The previous Great NEWS post was on Cold and Flu Prevention Prescription Part 1 and today we share Cold and Flu Prevention Prescription Part 2. Many people are concerned about catching a cold or flu. This blog is designed to help you avoid spending your money on expensive vaccinations, OTC and prescriptions that do little to help you recover quickly and actually have many negative side effects. This Cold and Flu Prevention Prescription blog post can help you prevent catching a cold and flu and help with a speedy recovery in case you let yourself get to rundown.
After identifying the sources of the health problems in the previous post it is time to focus on simple solutions and smart strategies. An effective natural remedy protocol for both prevention and recovery includes the following suggestions:
Simple Suggestions for Prevention Prescription
During a deluge of pollen, dirty, dry or dusty periods using a neti pot with warm water and a pinch of sea salt to clean out your sinus cavities will really help. Even if you do not have one you can use a coffee mug to accomplish the same thing.
Putting hydrogen peroxide drops in your ear and letting it bubble for several minutes before draining is helpful for keeping the inner ear clean. This helpful recommendation from Dr. Mercola has worked wonders for prevention and speedy recovery from colds and flu.
Drinking warm water all day keeps you energized and hydrated. Even a slight fever indicates you are dehydrated and this often leads to more serious issues. We tend to drink less water when we are cold or the water is colder than body temperature. Fereydoon Batmanghelidj M.D. wrote in his book “Your Body’s Many Cries for Water” that all disease starts with dehydration. You wake up dehydrated so it is imperative you drink adequate amounts of water all day. The best way to tell if you are dehydrated is the color of your urine. Yellowish and unclear urine indicates you are dehydrated so monitor yourself with this easy signal.
Even the quality of your water is important so be sure to consume the highest quality water you can source. Spring water is usually the best followed by aquifer or well water as long as they have not been contaminated. Surface water from lakes and rivers are often the most contaminated due to chemical run off. Also sewage treatment plants dump their treated water back into the rivers so people downstream end up with excess chemical and pharmaceutical contamination. Fluoride is particularly harmful to your health. Therefore even a basic carbon water filter is better than no filter at all.
During the fall and winter is a great time to drink warm home made herbal chai tea during day. You can make it with warm water and cayenne (pinch), cinnamon, clove, ginger, honey, fresh lemon or lime juice and sea salt (pinch). Ginseng tea is another choice to help boost your immune system.
Spices are great for flavoring foods and they also offer potent medicinal benefits. Spices are loaded with antioxidants, minerals, phyto nutrients, trace elements and vitamins. Great choices include basil, black pepper, cardamom, cayenne, cilantro, cinnamon, clove, ginger, horseradish, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage and turmeric.
Consuming foods with pro-biotics or taking a pro-biotics capsule helps maintain your intestinal flora. Your immune system starts in your digestive tract. Kimchi and sauerkraut are traditional fall and winter foods in many parts of the world and help with maintaining your immune system.
Soaking in a warm bath with Epson salts, baking soda or calcium bentonite clay and a few drops of your favorite essential oils to help you sleep better. Top choices are lavender, rosemary and sandalwood.
Place a few drops of eucalyptus oil in a cup of warm water and inhale the aroma. Eucalyptus oil is the natural ingredient in many cough drops, teas and throat lozenges. One company used it in their famous vapor rub to help relieve congestion.
Other beneficial essential oils include cedarwood, cinnamon, clary sage, clove, frankincense, lemon, myrrh, orange, oregano, patchouli, peppermint, rosemary and rosewood. Most essential oil is acknowledged to be antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and anti parasitic.
Calcium bentonite clay is a natural product that is great for its many natural health properties. It has also been found to be antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral and antiparasitic. The skin is the largest organ for cleansing and detoxing thus controlling the health of the rest of the body. Calcium bentonite clay makes a great detox bath when you are feeling under the weather. It is also great for clearing up skin challenges such as black heads and acne. It also makes a great facial. Put a thin layer of clay gel on your face as a mask and let it dry for 30 minutes. Gently wash if off with warm water and notice how you’re your skin feels and looks. Did you know it will also do wonders for your feet? Apply the clay gel to your feet at night, let it dry and sleep with socks on to help your feet feel and look better. Many people take it internally on a regular basis to help with maintaining alkalinity and to reduce unhealthy bacteria in the colon.
Coconut oil is one of the best foods on the planet. Eating coconut oil is great for your brain, cells, digestion, hair, metabolism, muscles, nervous system, organs and skin. It is a true super food and one of the best food values on the planet. Coconuts are very inexpensive when you consider the great food value they deliver. Coconut oil will help reduce cravings for carbohydrates. It is a pure fuel source for the body that delivers a high amount of energy with a low expenditure of energy to process it. Contrary to what many people think coconut oil can actually help people rid the body of harmful fat by giving the body healthy fat. It is an amazing fat that heals versus the processed fats and oils (GMO canola, corn, cotton seed, soy oil) that harm which most people are consuming. Dr Udo Erasmus in his book Fats the Health and Fats that Kill gives you the long explanation of why you must avoid all the highly processed oils.
Use a cool humidifier to put moisture back into the air that is removed by furnaces and heaters.
A quality air filter may help remove some of the mold spores, pollen and pollutants in the air that are irritating your sinuses and lungs. There may be times when wearing a filtering face mask is beneficial.
Avoiding breads, cakes, candies, canned foods, cereal, cheese, coffee, corn, milk, pasta, peanuts, pizza, processed foods, sugar, sweets and white potatoes is important. Avoiding fast foods, fake foods and junk foods is e major step for better health. If you feel you must have some bread buy sprouted grain wraps (Ezekiel) with some avocado or guacamole and lettuce. Also look at Essene bread (raw bread), Kamut, Buckwheat or sourdough rye breads for healthier choices. Most bakeries do not sprout the grains, or use a sourdough process and bake at high a temperature which is why most bread is not healthy for you.
Eating foods that are easy to digest like avocado, brown rice, wild rice, chia seeds, Energy Elixirs, fruit smoothies, quiona, veggie juices, warm veggie broths and soups (natural and not canned or packaged) saves energy and maintains your health.
Avoiding the drama, news and violence on television blocks the negative influence and frees up time for more rewarding activities. Most TV is mindless chatter and not healthy before going to sleep or for your life. There is already too much drama and negative news. Even staying on the internet late at night is not healthy before going to sleep. Read, relax and rejuvenate the body, mind and spirit before getting a great night sleep. Students do better in school when they avoid TV and focus on homework and healthy activities.
Listen to some relaxing music like Baroque, Classical, Instrumental, Nature Sounds (Birds, Dolphins, Rain, Running water, Thunder, Waves, Whales, Wind), Crystal bowls, Wind chimes, Bells, Harp, Native American Flute, Drums, Gregorian Chant or Piano. Steven Halpern has numerous CD’s with healing music.
Meditating is a great way to calm an over active mind and experience deep relaxation. Meditation is form of deep rest and therapeutic healing that helps release stress and tension which leads to degeneration and disease.
Doing yoga is another great way to calm your mind and energize your body with simple yet powerful exercise. Yoga can help maintain agility, flexibility, posture, strength and toning.
Exercise is essential for health, recovery and resilience. Any kind of exercise is better than nothing at all. Some of the best forms of exercise is full body work outs such as calisthenics, cross-fit, high intensity interval training, jogging, Monkey bar gym, Peak 8, primal training, resistance training, walking with hand weights and yoga,
Earthing or grounding is the concept of connecting to the earth to discharge harmful electricity and electro-magnetic frequencies (EMF) in order to recharge your body with the revitalizing energy of the earth. Being in nature, eating organic whole foods, swimming, touching water, using magnets, walking barefoot and wearing crystals are examples of simple things to help you remain grounded. Shoes keep you insulated from the grounding effects of earth and discharging electrical buildup. Electricians and equipment manufacturers know about the importance of grounding. Unfortunately most people do not.
Sleeping on a magnetic mattress is a great way to recharge and re-energize your body. Wearing magnetic insoles in your shoes also help.
Be sure you are providing your body with the essential minerals and trace elements it needs. Raw sea weed or sea salt are some of the best sources. Most people are deficient in one to several minerals and trace elements required for optimal health.
Sunlight is essential for your emotional, mental and physical health. Be sure to enjoy some time outdoors every opportunity presented to you especially during the fall and winter months. Seeing natural sunlight and having exposure on your skin is important to regulate your glands and hormonal system. Eating your lunch outside or at least in natural sunlight is very beneficial. Consider a safe sun lamp to boost your exposure to healing light waves.
Most Commercial Vitamins Contain Synthetic Compounds
Be sure you are taking a quality natural Vitamin made from whole foods. Most commercial vitamins are made with synthetic vitamins and are not healthy.
Deep diaphragm breathing is essential for energy, health and vitality. Oxygen is one of the most important fuel sources you have to produce energy efficiently. Any activity your body is engaged in such as digestion, exercise, fitness training, healing, meditation, mental work, temperature regulation, yoga and everything else requires adequate amounts of oxygen to convert food fuels into energy, cell maintenance and metabolism. We can only go for a few minutes without oxygen yet many people are barely getting by with just enough oxygen to barely function. Deep diaphragm breathing is one of the greatest healing techniques known to man yet practiced consistently by very few people. Negative emotions like anger, fear, stress and worry prevent most people from getting adequate levels of oxygen.
Ensure you are sleeping for sufficient time to be rested and rejuvenated in a dark, quite and relaxing environment. Most people are lacking in quality sleep and are being sleep deprived. You may require more sleep in the fall and winter to compensate for the lack of sunlight and extra stress Avoid bright lights from electronics and loud noises late at night. Also avoid alcohol, caffeinated drinks and eating late to help get your body ready for a restful sleep.
Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) also known as Meridian tapping is a very easy, fast and terrific method for dealing with the emotional stress that take a heavy toll on our happiness, joy and vitality. Use it several times a day to release negative emotions that can block your progress and drain your energy which can lead to disease. It is especially beneficial first thing in the morning to jump-start you day and right before going to sleep to reprogram you for a great night sleep.
Continue this protocol until you feel better and regain your balance, energy and vitality. You may even want to consider implementing it as part of a healthy lifestyle and wellness maintenance program to boost your immune system and prevent health issues from popping up. Bacteria and virus are always with us and only cause us issues when we allow our lifestyle to veer too far off course for homeostasis and inner balance. When we allow ourselves to become acidic, dehydrated, emotionally drained, low on oxygen, nutritionally deprived, physically exhausted, sleep deprived, stressed and upset it is only a matter of time before we must pay the penalty for violating the healthy living principles.
This Great NEWS post is designed to share simple suggestions for a Cold and Flu Prevention Prescription. As you tune into your inner wisdom for body, mind and spirit health we adjust our behaviors and habits to be even more happy, healthy and in harmony. With a Cold and Flu Prevention Prescription you have a blueprint to prevent catching a cold or flu or experience a speedy recovery.
What is your current Gap?
Where are you stressing and straining too much? Are there red lights on your dashboard sounding an alarm? What will you do to prevent your body from crashing with a cold or flu?
Mastery Action Plan (MAP)
Review your checklist of the actions and behaviors you know you must implement to create a peak performance body, mind and spirit. Set up a reward system that inspires and motivates you to exercise 3 – 4 times, do yoga, eat healthy 90% of the time, get to bed by 10:00, reduce stress and as many of the suggestions as you can implement.
Call to Action
What comments, commitments or questions do you have regarding the Cold and Flu Prevention Prescription Part 2?
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