While we both typically ward off many of the nasty bugs that float around this time of year by drinking lots of green smoothies and eating a clean diet, we both have battled colds, sore throats, and even the flu this year.
Being sick is no fun! And with the flu being at an all-time high, we thought it would be good to share some of our secrets to staying flu-free.
The good news is that it is possible to cut the duration of an illness in half with some super simple tips. Check out the tips below and leave us a comment.
Have you been sick this season? What are your tried and true tips for fighting nasty colds and flu bugs?
With bug fighting power,
Jo & Jules
7 Tips to Fight the Flu and Feel Better Fast
- Rest, rest, rest! We can’t emphasize this enough. While cliché, this is truly THE most important thing you can do when you first get sick. If you don’t take this time to slow down, you’ll end up paying the price with a lingering cold or flu. Clear your calendar and rest. Everything else in your life can wait.
- Cut the white stuff out. Sugar suppresses your immune system. Just 75-100 grams of sugar per day (i.e. – just two cans of soda), can cause a 50% drop in the ability of white blood cells to kill off those nasty little bugs. So while you’re sick be especially diligent to remove all sugars, even the so-called healthy ones like honey, agave syrup, beet sugar, coconut sugar, and maple syrup.
- Get a dose of “Happy Juice” vitamin D. In the winter we’re more susceptible to getting cold and flu bugs because we don’t get enough vitamin D from the sun. In a recent study, influenza was reduced by over 42% when participants were taking 1,200 IU of Vitamin D3 a day. When you’re under the weather increase your daily dose of vitamin D3 to help you get back into your life, feeling your best, fast. Our favorite is Source Naturals Liquid Vitamin D3.
- Pop a vial of Oscillococcinum. This homeopathic remedy is something that Jules and her family swear by! She uses it as flu prevention, and it also helped the family rebound much faster when they got sick a few weeks ago. Take 1 vial of Oscillococcinum 2-3 times per day when you feel any symptoms coming on.
- Infuse your body with vitamin C. In a recent study, participants who took mega doses of vitamin C during the first 6 hours of feeling sick, reported fewer cold and flu symptoms. Oranges, papayas, broccoli, pineapple and Brussels sprouts are veggies and fruits high in naturally occurring vitamin C. When you’re under the weather make sure to supplement with at least 2,000- 3,000 mg of vitamin C per day. Jo swears by this remedy and takes up to 5,000 mg when she feels rundown. Our favorite whole foods vitamin C supplement is MegaFood Ultra C-400.
- Eat like an Italian minus, the pasta, bread and dairy that is. We’re completely in love with oregano, specifically oregano essential oil. Oregano oil is a potent antimicrobial agent. Our favorite way to use oregano oil is by steaming and inhaling oregano oil that has been added to boiling water. Add boiling water to your sink with 1-2 drops of oregano oil, lean over the sink and place a towel over your head to seal in the steam. Inhale deeply over the sink for 5 minutes to bring the air into your lungs.
- Load up on elderberry. This potent cold and flu remedy has been shown to improve influenza symptoms within 2 days of taking this supplement. We have Gaia Herbs Elderberry Capsules in our medicine cabinet and when we’re feeling under the weather we take 2 capsules 3 times per day. This is a must have this season!