it has been way too long since i have last posted, the game of life has kept me somewhat preoccupied over the past several weeks/months. I struggled to find something worth discussing in the few moments that i did muse about this blog. However i have decided to discuss something relevant given the fact that summer is over and cold season is upon us. This blog post will discuss ways in which you can prevent and heal colds (and the general feeling of being “under the weather”).
Consumers’ are bombarded with advertisements around fall and winter time that seem to only focus on relieving symptoms not fixing problems. Most of us might think that nasal sprays, cough syrups and Tylenol pills are the safe and effective choice in beating sickness. This again is big industry, paying big money to influence consumers to buy their products. I do not pay much attention to companies that put more dollars and focus in advertising than they do on creating a better planet through methods such as: community relations, reducing carbon footprint, conserving wildlife/forests, fighting for transparent labels, or in gist helping out people and/or the environment. While advertising is effective, the line remains fine between subtle advertising to help companies build and remain stable and advertising that is only meant for increasing profit of five or six big shots at the top. Those ‘big shots’ often show little concern for the REAL CONSUMER but i digress.
Some methods that have worked for me over the past several years in preventing and recovering from common colds and more severe sickness are as follows in no specific order:
1- Oil Pulling(using coconut oil): Oil pulling is a great way to quickly remove toxins from the body, loads of bacteria are present in the mouth therefore it is great to scrub the bacteria out with properties from nature. Check out a quick overview on the benefits of oil pulling here
2- More Zinc, Zinc is an essential nutrient however it is hard to get enough given the highly processed nature of American food. Zinc is great at boosting the immune system as well as T Cells which help fight off infection by increasing immune system power (in short). There are several types of Zinc, some more absorbent than others. I take Zinc Picolinate, Check out this link for a description on other forms of zinc.
3- Probiotics: Probiotics seem to be all the rage in the mainstream media today, however these friendly bacteria are not a new development in the alternative health world. Our body produces good bacteria in our gut which helps us to remove unwanted toxins and keep us healthy by preventing unwanted disease. We run into trouble though when we consistently eat foods and take certain medications (antibiotics) that harm the good bacteria. If you have ever been on an antibiotic, not only does the antibiotic kill the bad bacteria, but also the good bacteria. As we age, our system produces less good bacteria. Since the majority of the immune system is located in our intestines i suggest it is important we start protecting and replenishing the good bacteria to further fight off infections. Check out the benefits of probiotics here
4- Lemon/Apple Cider Vinegar shots: This next remedy is a do-it-yourself concoction that i use all the time, cold season or not. I simply squeeze one lemon and 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in 8 ounces of warm water and drink on an empty stomach in the morning. Lemon juice is great at keeping the body alkaline (more alkaline, less sick). Lemons are packed with vitamin C and help rid the body of toxins. Apple Cider Vinegar is filled with probiotics and enzymes that help protect and fortify the immune system, rid the body of toxins and kick-start the metabolism. I use Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar, the brand is one of the most trusted in the alternative health/medicine community. I cannot say enough about the benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar, it should be in EVERYONE’S daily routine. Check out some amazing benefits here
5- Garlic: Garlic? Yes, Garlic. This herb is so powerful at fighting colds and killing bad bacteria, ask any alternative medicine enthusiast and they will sure tell you the same. Check out this credible study if you do not want to take my word for it.
These are my top five remedies to rid myself (and Friends) of colds. While these are not the only options, they are the ones i find most effective (herbal teas are another great way to loosen sinuses and feel better from colds).
the next time you get sick consider using therapies such as these because they FIX THE PROBLEM. These methods do not need fancy advertising campaigns, but yet they are highly popular despite little to no advertising, safer and more effective at preventing and curing the common cold, as compared to the “junk medicine” sold at local drugstores.
Until next time