Did you know?
The confined setting and reduced fresh air of airplanes, trains, buses, and subways as well as large enclosed public spaces such as malls, museums, and arboretums contribute to the spread of airborne germs and thus the spread of viruses.
Antibiotics are ineffective for viral infections.
Mother Nature provides an arsenal of medicinal foods and herbs to support your immune system in its fight against viruses.
A balanced diet and regular exercise is your first line of defense.
Organic fruits and vegetables along with plenty of water and sleep are the foundation. When a virus gets in though there are still natural ways to “Fight Back”.
A sample arsenal pantry
Oregano Essential Oil
Grapefruit Seed Extract
Vitamin C – Oranges, lemons, limes, mango, papaya, chilies and supplements.
Vitamin B Complex – Best taken as a supplement
So how do we fight back?
Try misting yourself with a mix of essential oils of such herbs as rosemary, lavender, clove, cinnamon, lemon, eucalyptus, thyme, and oregano; put up a barrier between you and community viruses.
Hot Lemonade – It decreases congestion and it also provides a healthy dose of vitamin C. Go easy on the sweetener but a touch of honey and salt will help in the healing.
Hot Tea with Honey and Lemon – Relieves congestion and provides a healthy dose of anti-oxidants. The darker the tea is the better. The honey soothes a sore throat and also provides anti-oxidants.
Ginger – Exotic and effective, from candied ginger to ginger tea particularly good at combating cold viruses. It helps your body to get rid of chills and relieves sinus congestion.
Garlic – As unpleasant as it might sound, garlic is most effective for a cold when eaten raw, since cooking alters some of the herb’s active ingredients. Garlic contains selenium, a natural immune system booster. OK so aren’t going for that are we? Yeh I know. So add some to your cooking yes you’ll lose a bit of the strength but it’s still a force to be reckoned with.
Fruit – Don’t just limit yourself to oranges. Passion fruit and guava are packed with Vitamin C. And don’t forget “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” And though not a fruit many chilies including the jalapeno are power packed with vitamin C.
Water – The main trick with any virus or allergies is to keep the balance of mucous in line. Water is your best tool. Stay hydrated and gargle with warm salt water.
Spices and herbs – There is nothing better to get your sinuses open than a hot chile pepper. Peppers, mustard or horse radish can easily open up your nasal passages. Licorice and peppermint help soothe throats and quiet coughs.
Foods to avoid when you have a cold – caffeine because it dehydrates, milk and alcohol because it thickens the mucous lining
Continue to drink these soothing beverages and eat the comfort foods your body craves when you are sick throughout the year.
Every day health always remains your fist and best defense. A diet rich in foods containing naturally occurring vitamins especially C, zinc and Omega 3.
When you are feeling down a MatchaGT Soy Frappe with a boost of Vitamin C and Immune Support will help bring your energy naturally up without the dehydration or crash of caffeine.
Matcha GT Frappe 16 oz
Fill 16 oz cup with ice
Fill cup with milk of choice (2%, Soy etc)
2 scoops of Matcha GT
3/4 scoop of Ghirardelli Classic White Frappe Mix
Blend & pour back into cup