Cold and Flue Care

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     About a week ago I came down with a cold and I actually felt bad about it.  I might be imagining it but I feel like having a healthy lifestyle and being a health advocate that I am not allowed to get sick.    I have to instead remind myself of how sick I used to get compared to how sick I get now, and how often.   I have a couple of colds a year and they last about a week, nothing impressive.  However, prior to my healthy living it seems that I was sick double that, and nearly every cold would turn into a chest infection.  I have even had pneumonia a few times as well.  This would lead to weeks in bed and multiple uses of antibiotics every year.  It has been years however since I had to go on antibiotics for a chest infection.  I need to remind myself that that is a success and to keep up the good work.  There have been many times that I have felt  a cold coming on but I never got sick.  I think that is from me starting to take preventative measures right away.

     Here is my tonic for preventing or getting you through a cold and preventing a chest infection if that is something that you are prone too.   Drinking tea is not only great medicine, but it helps me to drink throughout throughout the day.  With every cup (1 every hour) I take a Vitamin C equal to 500mg.   I could swear by Traditional Medicinals tea.  I highly recommend the Gypsy Cold Care, Throat Coat and Breathe Easy varieties.  In every cup of tea I add a shot of Apple Cider Vinegar (with the “mother” in it) and a teaspoon of raw honey.  Raw honey is anti-bacterial, fungal and viral.  Apple Cider Vinegar has the same properties and  is also a powerful expectorant and anti-inflammatory.

     The herbs in the tea are such high quality and therapeutic.  In addition I will increase my Zinc intake to about 150 mg a day.  Zinc is a powerful immune booster and has been shown to be able to stop progression of a cold and prevent as well.  I have found this tonic to work very well.  As a matter of fact when I worked as a secretary last year, every single one of my coworkers got sick one after another throughout the entire winter and I was the only one who did not and this is what I did every day.  So stock up on these items for winter and stay well!

Chlorophyll

     Drinking water is so important and most Americans do not drink enough of it.  I am guilty of it as well.  It is not that I am drinking other drinks instead like soda or juice (like most Americas) it is that I rarely get thirsty until I am actually dehydrated and start to get a headache or achy.  Also sometimes water can bore me.  So here is something you can make yourself to add flavor to water and has many health benefits as well besides the ones that simply hydration has to offer. To make my summer “tea” I use Chlorophyll.

     Chlorophyll is the lifeblood of the plant.  It is responsible for photosynthesis which gives life to the organism.  It is actually very comparable to human blood.  In fact the biggest difference between the molecules is that human blood has an iron component while in plants it is magnesium.  It has tremendous capabilities in humans as well.  Here are some reasons that you should incorporate chlorophyll drinks into your daily lifestyle.  I make it by adding a tablespoon of chlorophyll,  (you can pick up a bottle at the health food store) into a glass of water and then add a few slices of lemon.  That’s it!  It has a very refreshing taste, kind of reminds me of unsweetened iced tea.  The lemon is also antibacterial, and has lots of Vitamin C.  And if you needed any other reasons to try chlorophyll here are a few:

1.  It promotes digestive health.  If you are not living a mainly vegetarian, whole unprocessed grains lifestyle then you probably have quite a large amount of buildup in your colon.  Chlorophyll will help to loosen the sludge and promote digestive health.  It is  low on the pH scale and will help to alkalize your body and can fight Candida as well.

2. It detoxifies.  Chlorophyll binds to toxins like heavy metals in the body and helps to excrete them.  Do any of you have metal fillings?  Then you have heavy metal buildup in your body of toxic metals including mercury.

3. It fights sickness.  It is very high in many vitamins, minerals, electrolytes and antioxidants which will help to boost your immune system.  Research is currently being conducted using chlorophyll to treat cancer.

4.  It boosts production of hemoglobin in the blood and aids in oxygen transport.  This means increased oxygen circulating throughout the body!  Other countries actually use oxygen treatments for cancer patients and have seen promising results.

5. It  treats bad breath.  It deodorizers and helps to kill the bad bacteria in your mouth that cause bad breath, which means sipping on some throughout the day will help keep your breath smelling fresh.