Just a disclaimer: I’m not a doctor and I suggest that if you feel you are seriously ill, you seek medical assistance. However, since I seem to get minor illnesses frequently and recover from them quickly, I felt perhaps I would share my knowledge on the subject and how I treat small things like colds and sinus infections.
It’s a fact that constantly bombarding our systems with different medications and antibiotics only end up making stronger bacteria and can wreak havoc on the delicate systems in our bodies from a chemical and hormonal standpoint. As healthcare advances, the things that make us sick seem to do the same.
It’s important to remember that getting sick is our body’s natural method of fighting off foreign pathogens. Our immune systems, as long as they are functioning properly, are well-oiled machines with each symptom, while simultaneously being annoying and sometimes painful, serving a purpose. Therefore, I try to stave off illness as naturally as possible, not completely eliminating symptoms such as fever or coughing thereby not disrupting my body’s natural processes.
Here’s my process:
- On Day 1, as soon as you start feeling ill, begin taking 6 Wellness Formula and 2 oil of oregano capsules every 4 hours. While the former is a natural supplement that supercharges the immune system, the latter is a natural antibiotic. Yeah, I know it’s a lot to take, but trust me. Continue taking your other regular supplements such as probiotics, multivitamin, and omega-3 to keep energy up.
- Drink as much water as possible to help flush your system and hydrate.
- Consume primarily veggies, broth, and lean meat with healthy fats mixed in when hungry. Homemade chicken soup is ideal and can be made beforehand so you have it on-hand. Try to avoid grains as they can promote inflammation, making you achier. Try to avoid dairy as it can promote mucus production. In general, you don’t really need as many calories when you’re sick as long as you stay in bed because your body will be focused more on fighting infection than digesting food.
- Stay in bed. Your body needs rest and sleep in order to heal. I admit I’m lucky I have a job where I can call out whenever needed, but it is essential that you take care of yourself when sick, at least for a day. Plus, no one wants you to go into the workplace and infect them with what you caught. If you have the option, take it. Your coworkers will survive without you.
- Don’t take drugs if you can help it, including over-the-counter. OTC medications disrupt your body’s natural processes and don’t actually make you better. They simply make you feel better which can then lead to making your illness worse because you aren’t aware of it. The human body functions better, including fighting infection, at a higher temperature (i.e., fever), so taking something to lower it is actually counterproductive.
- Be sure to stay stocked up on the strongest ginger tea you can find. This is going to be your main tool toward making you feel better. You can make your own in a pinch with a 1:3 combination of ground ginger and honey, but it’s just not as good. Ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory and pain reliever, so just drink some whenever you start to feel crappy or nauseous and the symptoms should mostly abate.
- If you are having sinus issues–runny or stuffy nose, post nasal drip, sore throat, sneezing–use a neti pot to relieve symptoms and heal the inflammation.
When I concentrate on my health and nurse myself, I can sometimes be completely recovered within 48 hours. I usually avert most symptoms while I heal, except the general malaise, as long as I stay in bed and don’t waiver from my methods. Keep all this in mind the next time you feel a bug coming on.