1. Relax and Get Rest!!!
This is so important when you are sick. Getting sick is usually our bodies way of telling us to slow down and hit the breaks a little bit. If you are always on the go and never giver yourself some time to rest and recharge, eventually your body will make you, by some form of illness or injury. I understand that everyone is busy with work or kids, but try your best to get as much rest as possible if you want to get better faster!
2. Take Probiotics
Everyone should be doing this on a daily basis. But if you are not, start now! Probiotics are the good bacteria that live in your digestive system (Gut). Unfortunately with all the antibiotics we take and chemicals in our food, its causing us to have a lot less of the good and more of the bad bacteria. When you take an antibiotic, not only does it kill the bad bacteria but it also kills the good bacteria along with it, this is why its important to be taking probiotics regularly. This can help immensely when you have a cold, I recommend taking more than your normal dose when you have a cold, I take 2 or 3 before bed if I feel something coming on. That will give you a nice dose of healthy bacteria to help kill any viruses and boost your immune system. (which we all know 80% of our immune system is in our gut!) So we want that to be nice and healthy.
-My favorite probiotics are...
Garden of Life Once Daily Women's
3. Turmeric, Ginger, and Lemon
You can combine all of these, or choose one and load up. You can use them in tea, smoothies, or as a fresh pressed juice.
Turmeric- Super anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. Supports immune system and fights infections.
Ginger- Another good anti-inflammatory, helps aid in digestion and nausea. Natural pain reducer. Fights infections.
Lemon- Great Source vitamin C. Antioxidant. Helps to alkalize the body and reduce acidity. Cleanses and detoxifies the liver and kidneys. Boosts immune system.
4. Vitamin C and Zinc
Vitamin C- Helps support a healthy immune system. Antioxidant. Helps repair damaged tissue in the body. (Also great for your skin!)
Zinc- Helps the immune system fight off bacteria and viruses. Antioxidant, fighting free radical damage and helps to balance hormones.
5. Thieves Essential Oil
This is liquid gold in my opinion. I use it any time I'm feeling under the weather and I swear I feel better in no time. Thieves essential oil mixture is antibacterial, antiseptic and antiviral, and have immune-stimulating properties. You can also use it to clean your house and keep viruses from spreading. My favorite way to use it is to apply it on the bottoms of my feet at night. We have a bunch of nerve endings and larger pores in the bottoms of our feet, which helps the oil to absorb quickly and easily. You can also diffuse it, diffusing Thieves Oil will purify the air, kill germs and eliminate odors.
Learn more about Thieves Essential Oil > Here
6. Eat Less
This one might be a little controversial, but in my opinion it help the body recover faster. Believe it or not it takes a lot of energy to digest food. So when you give your digestive system a break, your body will use that energy to help repair and restore other parts of the body that need it. You do not need to starve yourself, but eat easily digestible, nutrient dense, whole foods. And don't stuff yourself. Studies have shown the short periods of fasting may help promote a healthy immune system, immune cell recycling, and lowering inflammatory responses in the body.
7. Drink More Water
This seems so obvious but it can be difficult for some people, especially in the winter to remember to stay hydrated. Stay away from sugary caffeinated beverages, that suppress your immune system. Try to go with natural spring water, purified, or filtered water, along with tea. Drinking plenty of fluids will help flush out toxins and cleanse your organs so they can work properly.
I hope this helps you to have a speedy recovery!! And remember to always eat as natural and organic as possible to help give your body the nutrients it needs to heal.
Feel Better Soon!!!