I remember when I could take a sick day and actually be sick. I would come home and bundle myself up, watch Netflix and nurse myself back to health – kind of. Now that I’m a mom, sick days don’t mean much more than having to do it all and mother. The wheels of the house need to keep turning and for that – mama needs to be healthy. Whether you are a stay at home mom, work from home mom or a working mom – we all go through the same struggles while trying to stay in tip top health year round.
Keeping your body healthy and functioning properly is the most important factor here. Staying away from refined sugars and grains (processed junk foods) is a good starting point. Make sure your diet is composed of real food, foods that your body recognizes and assimilated properly not just for the sake of a smaller number on the scale but for the sake of a healthier you – the best, healthiest version of you possible.
The key to getting ahead of a cold or flu is to catch it early and hit it hard with natural products that help rev up your immune system. Over the counter cold and flu medications only cover up symptoms – they don’t actually help you get better. If you feel a bug creeping up on you, take action now and start using any one or all 5 Tips to Beat a Cold or Flu Naturally!
5 Tips to Beat a Cold or Flu Naturally
Tip #1: Vitamin C
Did you know that the popular emergen-c or airborne products that you see at the register at Walgreens or CVS are full of crapy ingredients? Added colors and flavors, preservatives? I just want to get better now fill up on junk!
Vitamin C is a water soluble vitamin and a powerful antioxidant that may help reduce how long a cold lasts. Pure Encapsulations Buffered Ascorbic Acid, this is the Vitamin C I have in my supplement arsenal.
As soon as I get the smallest hint of a bug hitting me, I start taking 1,000 mg every 4-6hrs for a couple of days. Anything the body doesn’t absorb is excreted – you pee it out.
Another option is the Camu berry which is one of the worlds most abundant source of Vitamin C. You can tap into this source via Navitas Naturals Organic Raw Camu Camu Powder and get a whopping 1180% of your daily value. This antioxidant-rich berry from the Amazon is also a plentiful source of potassium, calcium, protein, beta carotene, amino acids and powerful phytochemicals. Camu fruits are the highest documented source of vitamin C – providing 200 times more than a banana, 56 times more than a lemon, and 30-60 times more than an orange.
Mix a few servings of camu powder into your smoothies or drink of choice. Plus, you can get it without leaving the comfort of your own home – order in on amazon HERE.
Tip #2: Fermented Cod Liver Oil
Fermented Cod Liver Oil has the perfect natural blend of Vitamin D and Vitamin A. This combo of vitamins has been shown to help maintain a healthy and functioning immune system – making fermented cod liver oil the perfect option for helping you fight off that cold or flu naturally.
This is the one I have in my fridge: Green Pastured Blue Ice Fermented Cod Liver Oil in Cinnamon Tingle . This does not taste good, but it works. Do it for your health and chase it with a big cup of water. You’ll be fine.
3. Probiotics or Fermented Foods
Did you know that 70-80% of our immune system is in our gut? For a quick increase in good gut buggies, you can try Jarrow probiotics as a supplement. Long term, you can start including fermented foods into your diet. Sauerkraut, kimchi or kombucha – these fermented foods are great sources of probiotics. Keep those stomach buggies happy with probiotics and fermented foods.
4. Wellness Tonic
Ginger, turmeric root, lemon, raw honey, sea salt and black pepper. Ginger contains antioxidants that are helpful in fighting disease and turmeric has tremendous anti-inflammatory properties – super helpful in fighting a cold or flu. Combining ginger, turmeric with honey sea salt and black pepper make for a powerful wellness tonic. Juice the ginger and turmeric then mix in a little honey, a pinch of sea salt and black pepper and drink away!
5. Bone Broth
Chicken soup can in fact help you get better faster – but only if it is made with bone broth! Canned soup will not fix you. Bone broth is rich in easy to absorb vitamins and minerals, you can make a batch of your own by using my Healing Bone Broth Recipe or if you don’t have time or energy to make a batch find yourself some Bonafide Provisions Bone Broth – they make high quality bone broth and it’s available all over the country, you can check out their locator HERE.
Whatever you chose to do, make sure you rest! Take some things off your to-do list and give yourself a break. I know it’s easier said than done but think of it as an investment in getting better faster.
Did you find these 5 Tips to Beat a Cold or Flu Naturally helpful? If so, let me know in the comments! I would love to know if one of these tips helped you!