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Sunday, January 13, 2013

Home Care For Colds and Flu

Cold and flu season is in full swing. If you get sick, follow these tips to minimize down time and speed recovery.

#1  Stay home from work or school and cancel all non-essential activities until you’re fully recovered. 

#2  Get a lot of sleep, at least 10 hours per night, and take naps when you need to.

#3  Eat only when you’re hungry and choose foods that are nourishing and easy to digest like Bone Broth and steamed vegetables.

#4  Avoid sweet drinks (including juice), sweet foods, processed grains, and other starches.

#5  Drink only water, unsweetened herbal tea, and Spicy Ginger Tonic. Consume enough fluids to equal half your body weight in ounces, or more. (A 150-pound person should drink at least 75 ounces per day.)

#6  Avoid fever-reducing medicines because higher internal temperatures make viruses less active and immune cells more active.
#7  Take a multivitamin to make sure that your immune system is getting all of the nutrients it needs to fight infections.

#8  Ask your naturopathic doctor for individualized recommendations. Nutritional supplements and botanical medicines can help soothe sore throats, quiet coughs, clear congestion, and boost immune activity to help your body fight infection.

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