Sherry A. Phillips

Suspense Author

How To Kill The Flu, Naturally!

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Last week I was at work and was exposed to someone who was feverish, achey, sneezing, coughing and sharing the wealth with everyone around them. Later that evening, I felt as though my allergies were acting up, so I took my homemade allergy mixture I wrote about last week which helps me feel better.

I went to bed and when I woke up the next morning, guess what? It wasn’t allergies, it was the flu. Headache, sore throat, sinus pressure, aches, feverish, the works.

So, what was I to do?

Here’s what helps me kick that flu virus to the curb naturally!

1. Drink Veggie Broth – Make a broth from seaweed, kale, celery, cabbage, carrots, leeks, garlic and mushrooms. I believe the lighter you eat while sick, the easier it is for your body to concentrate on healing you and making you better. Instead of concentrating on digesting heavy food, it can send all that healing energy where it’s needed.

2. Get some probiotics into your system – Cultured foods like miso, sauerkraut and coconut kefir can help with this. Want a great miso soup recipe? Try this one:

2 Cups of Boiling Water
1 Cup Chopped Kale/Chard or both
1/2 Cup Green Peas
1 handful of Dulse
Organic Chickpea or Adzuki Bean Miso (or organic soy)

Instructions: Bring your water to a boil and throw in your chopped greens, seaweed and peas. Let them soften and reduce your heat. Remove from heat and let cool for a few minutes and mix in 1 tbsp. of miso for each cup of water you have in your pot.

3. Drink warm water with lemon – Stay hydrated! All of that water will help wash the toxins out of your body and help it to heal itself. I know it’s hard to drink and eat when you’re feeling like something that’s been run over by a truck, but it’s important.

4. Steer clear of meat and dairy – Organic plants are the way to go when you’ve got the flu. Meat makes your digestive system work harder and the only thing dairy will do is make you more flemmy and congested.

5. Make yourself a green juice or smoothie (or better yet, get someone who loves you to make one for you!) – Use anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-viral ingredients. Mimi Kirk has a great juicing and smoothie book that I LOVE! She has wonderful recipes for making immune-boosting, anti-inflammatory concoctions. You can get it here —>

Healing Juice Recipe:

1 Rib of Organic Celery
1 Organic Cucumber
1 handful of Organic Parsley
1 handful of Organic Cilantro
1 Organic Lemon, peeled
1 inch ginger root
1 handful kale (or spinich or chard)

6. Sweat – No, I don’t want you to get up and run a 5k while you’re sick. Try getting into a steamy hot shower and let the toxins sweat out of your system.

7. Avoid drinking store-bought juices and sodas – Most store-bought juices have been pasteurized and contain added sugar which can weaken your immune system. Just say no to those! If you don’t have a blender or juicer and need to get something ready-made, Food Babe had a great blog post on which store-bought juices are the healthiest.

8. Last but not least … REST – I know it’s hard when you’ve got a million things going on and other people depending on you. However, you won’t be able to take care of any of it if you end up in the hospital with pneumonia. Take care of yourself and give your body a chance to heal itself.

I did all of these things and you know what? When I got up the next morning, I was feeling human again.

If you’re like me and don’t want to throw a bunch of synthetic pills down your throat, you don’t need to suffer with the flu. There is a better, natural way to combat it and I can say first-hand, for me, it works!

* Please note that the information contained on this website is my personal opinion, and should not be used as a substitute for medical advice and treatment. If you have medical concerns, please consult with a physician or other qualified health professional. The information about the health topics is for informational purposes only.

I am not a doctor, nor do I play one on TV. I am a mom who looks for natural ways to support her family’s health through nutrition, exercise and alternative, holistic methods. Any statements made on my blog are my own and do not reflect the opinions of anyone else.

Statements on this blog have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent or cure disease.

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