It’s cold and flu season. If you feel something coming on, it’s best not to run out and buy something that will suppress the symptoms. Getting sick is the body’s way of “housecleaning”. In other words, your body is attempting to rid itself of the accumulated toxins.
What you want to do is support the detoxification pathways. The body detoxifies via urine, feces, perspiration, mucus, and vomit. This is why, when we ingest something toxic, we throw up or have diarrhea — or start producing a lot of mucus. The body is trying to get rid of the toxins.
If you take a pill to clear your sinuses, the body cannot detoxify.
Think about it. If you take a pill to clear your sinuses, the body cannot detoxify. So you may feel better temporarily, but the body is being thwarted from its natural need to detoxify.
And where do those toxins go? They go underground. The body has no choice but to store the toxins. By taking these drugs (prescription or over-the counter), you are actually increasing your chances of degenerative diseases like cancer.
The other thing you do not want to do, if you can avoid it, is take an antibiotic. Antibiotics may kill the bad bugs, but they kill the good bugs, too. You need those good bugs to help you recover.
So when you catch a cold or flu, the most important thing you can do is assist the body in detoxification.
To learn more about illness as a housecleaning, read this article by Dr. Philip Incao, M.D.: Understanding Infection: Not a Battle But a Housecleaning
Here are my top 10 home remedies for a cold or flu:
1. Rest and sleep as much as possible. When the body is trying to detoxify, it needs to direct all its energy toward that aim. Do not go to the gym or do housework. Lie down. Rest. Nap. Go to bed early.
2. Homemade chicken stock. A minimum of 3 cups per day. You can also drink beef stock or fish stock. There’s a reason they call this “Jewish penicillin”. Read more about the healing properties of bone broth: Broth is Beautiful. — click here for my homemade chicken stock; click here for my homemade beef stock; click here for my homemade fish stock
3. Lots of fluids. Filtered water, bone broth, raw milk, and kefir are good choices. Fluids will help you pass the toxins via urine and sweating. The antioxidants in freshly squeezed fruit and vegetable juice also help the body detoxify. You can also drink lots of hot herbal tea. Add a little freshly grated ginger and raw honey — these will also help to support the body’s immune response. Coconut oil is also great to add to tea — it’s antifungal and antibacterial. Avoid caffeine (not good for your adrenal glands), storebought juice and soda pop (too high in sugar). — where to buy coconut oil; where to buy honey
4. Hot epsom salt baths. If you don’t have epsom salts, you can use fresh squeezed lemon or [easyazon-link asin=”B0014P8L9W” locale=”us”]Bentonite Clay[/easyazon-link]. The hotter the better. The heat helps you sweat, which is a detoxification pathway. and the salt/lemon/clay will help draw out the toxins. You can also do clay baths. After your bath, crawl into bed and get under the covers so you continue to sweat.
5. Steam baths. If you don’t have a bathtub or can’t do baths for some reason, boil some water and then sit over the pot with a towel draped over your head. Do this for as long as you can stand it. It will help you sweat and move the toxins out. When you finish, lie down under the covers with the towel still wrapped on your head so you continue to sweat. The longer you sweat, the better. I like to do this just before bed.
6. Use a neti pot. The neti pot facilitates nasal irrigation. In other words, it cleans out your sinuses and helps you get unstuffed (this also helps move those toxins out). Just fill with filtered water and a pinch of sea salt.
7. Eat fresh garlic and onions. Add these to your chicken soup. They really support the immune system, as so does fresh parsley and cilantro. — click here for my homemade chicken soup recipe>
8. Avoid sugar and flour. These foods depress the immune system and tax your body’s resources. So steer clear of pasta and sweets and stick to homemade soup, eggs, meats, and produce.
9. Consume raw egg yolks from pastured chickens. Raw egg yolks are immune-enhancing. Throw them in a smoothie with kefir, raw milk, or coconut milk. Or put them in your chicken soup. Don’t do this with battery eggs from a factory farm — they are likely to harbor salmonella. Use real farm-fresh eggs from a trusted source (i.e., a local farmer).
10. Cod liver oil. A super food for the immune system. Double up on your normal dose.
It’s also really important to take a strong probiotic and/or consume plenty of fermented foods and beverages like kefir, yogurt, kombucha, raw milk, fermented salsa, and sauerkraut. The more good bugs you have working for you, the better!
If you really must take something to help you with symptoms of a cold, I recommend taking something homeopathic. Homeopathic remedies work with the body instead of suppressing symptoms. For a sore throat and cough, I really love Chestal homeopathic cough syrup. It really works!