Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Beating a cold... Bear Grylls style!!

Guess who is at home today with a cold? Yes that’s right. Even naturopaths get sick!

However because I couldn’t remember the last time I was sick I’d donated my Ethical Nutrients Zinc Fix (tastes like orange sherbet) and Fusion Cold Cough Flu liquid (tastes like death) to my other half. Then I woke up this morning with glands the size of golf balls and my head felt like I was hungover –without the awesome night out.

Going down to the shop to pick up some supplies was asking more than I could give so I decided to treat my cold naturally using my own defences with what I had at home. Bear Grylls style!

Rug up!! As I sit and write I am currently sporting socks, uggies, trackies, two long sleeve tops, a hoodie, knitted scarf and nursing a hot water bottle. Yes I look like a homeless bag lady, but I am as warm as gluten-free toast. I also made a chai on the stove with a cinnamon stick, extra ground spices and grated ginger. Joy.

To add insult to injury, not only are my muscles aching from being sick, but I also have delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) from my run yesterday and pilates on Monday night. Triple ouch! So I ran a hot bath with one cup of Epsom salts and six drops of lavender. Make sure you make it a hot one to get your sweat on! You want to ENCOURAGE a fever because when your temperature goes up it burns all the bugs rather than suppressing it with pharmaceutical medications.

This time of year I tell customers on a daily basis that they could take every supplement in the shop but the most valuable thing they can do is to take the day off and rest. I often feel like I’m too honest to work in retail…This is called convalescing! Don’t try and be a hero.

I had no vitamin C powder in the cupboard so I’ve been hooking into strawberries, tomatoes, freshly squeezed vegie juice and countless mugs of rosehip tea with fresh lemon and lime slices. Ahhh, you gotta love food as medicine!

Other awesome immune boosters:
*Acupuncture, acupuncture, acupuncture! Beg your pardon? ACUPUNCTURE!
* Sunshine! The latest scientific research proves that vitamin D is 800% more effective at preventing the flu than the actual flu vaccine. Oh… my… goodness!
*Miso soup is rich in good bacteria that colonise your gut. 80% of your immune system resides in your gut. See what I’m getting at?
*Burn grapefruit oil in an oil burner to blitz air borne bugs.

*Astragalus and Korean ginseng are herbs that can prolong an acute infection.
*No sugar! Sugar feeds the bad bacteria and helps it grow! Say “bugger off” to Butter Menthols! Greenridge and Olive Leaf both do really great throat sprays.
*No dairy or “damp” foods like bananas or spirulina which encourage mucous production.
*Get that snot moving! Charming… Bacteria LOVE the warm, moist environment of mucous. When mucous stagnates, bugs breed. So get into the ear candles, chilli, wasabi, turmeric, garlic, onions, ginger, pepper, hot baths and saunas!
*Get a new toothbrush after you’ve had a cold. Makes sense right?

Lesson of the day:
Figure out why are you sick right now. It’s an excuse to say there must have been a lot of germs around or to blame someone you talked to that day who had a cold. Germs are everywhere, so why was YOUR immune system weakened? Stress from work or a relationship? Recently been on antibiotics and didn’t take a probiotic afterwards? Haven’t been eating enough fresh foods? Been burning the candle at both ends? Hmmmm...

1 comment:

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