Winter Virus Help
There are lots of stubborn viruses, colds and flu this winter. In this tricky time after Christmas when we rush around, put systems under stress, and eat and drink foods that compromise the immune system, viruses find it much easier to take hold. Add the lack of sunshine and vitamin D, and this is why Janaury tends to be a peak time.
Here's some help to get you through it as quickly as possible.
** Seek medical attention if someone is seriously unwell, especially in the elderly, or young, or those with compromised systems, or if someone becomes delirious in severe cases as this can represent serious dehydration. But in most cases, staying home and not transmitting to others is sensible. Good hand hygiene is key to not spreading the virus. Most self limiting conditions will clear in 2-7 days. Although GPs are reporting seeing some stubborn coughs this season lasting 3 - 6 weeks. If in doubt ring your surgery for advice, especially for those who need extra care. This article does not constitute medical advice.
This is absolutely vital. You need to up your water intake. Deydration is common with viruses. And if there is any vomiting etc especially, then this becomes critical to hydrate properly. Add comforting herbal teas such as lemon and ginger, which will also support your liver. If you have nausea, the ginger will really help this. And chamomile can help to relax you. Avoid cold or very hot water, warm is best, in small regular amounts. A small amount of Celtic Salt in water will help electrolyte balance, especially if there has been dehydration.
It is better to take time out initially and give your body the best chance it can to heal. Get warm and comfortable. The more you try and fight off a virus, the worse it can be. Rest can reduce severity and duration, it is essential for healing. Stress very often precedes a virus taking hold, and will certainly prolong it, so the message is, your body definitely needs to rest now. The more sleep you can get, the better, it will lower cortisol and help you defeat the virus. You MUST look after yourself.
Sugar will not help you heal. It reduces the ability of cells to resist a virus. Amd affects nutrient uptake. So although it is common to give people sweet treats when poorly, it really doesn't help. A small amount of fruit is ok, but try to focus more on dark green leafy vegetables.
Get fermented foods with good bacteria in if you can. So live yoghurts, kefir, pickled vegetables, kimchi, sauerkraut etc. Green leafy vegetables will pack in those vital vitamins and minerals. But if you have a stomach virus, you will need to keep to bland foods for a few days. Fresh garlic and ginger are fantastic . And a teaspoon of Apple Cider Vinegar if there is some in the cupboard (which there always should be, but do make sure it is the unpasteurised "mother" type). Fresh oily fish is fantastic if you can face it and the omega oils will help.
For blocked noses, and especially if a virus hits a chest, these are so useful, 3 or 4 times a day. PLEASE BE CAREFUL with boiling water / assist those that are infirm or very unwell. Fill a large bowl, and create a tent with a towel over your head, and spend around 5 minutes breathing deeply to let the healing heat clear your airways. One of these before bed may help you get to sleep with more ease. Hot baths and showers are also beneficial, but don't get too hot in the bath, it is easier to do short steam inhalations if you are very poorly.
Night time coughs
When we lie flat, mucous accumulates, and this is why coughs are more severe at night. Although lots of pillows are not good for your neck and back, if you sleep more propped up, this will help matters. There are many cough remedies, and there may be a place for these, again, especially for the elderly. But suppressing a cough can actually worsen matters sometimes. So try and balance your needs here - your body needs to expel that mucous for a reason! Use extra pillows and cushions and create a comfortable upright position to reduce the coughing cycle naturally.
Hot Water Bottle
A hot water bottle on your chest if you have a cough is naturally soothing, or to your tummy if you have the crapmps of stomach flu. It will help to relax muscles and you! Take one to bed with you too for the comfort if nothing else.
Paracetomol for Fever
If there is a temperature, good old paracetomol is the most effective way to bring this down. Do check for precautions where necessary.
Viruses will pass on their own. But on occasions in some people can be very stubborn and linger. There are supplements that will help matters.
At the onset, you want to get calcium (protective against viruses), omega oils and trace minerals into your system. This can help speed the process up and help to deactivate the virus in your system.
Vitamin D in the form of Fermented Cod Liver Oil. is great if you can budget it. Crucially this naturally also contains vitamin K which is vital for the D to work properly. At this time of year, most people are very lacking and is a major reason we see so much more illness in the winter. If you see any winter sunshine get out and grab it for free natural vitamin D.
It will pass, and you will be better soon. When you are feeling better, you need to look at ways to improve your immune system. Viruses in general can't even take hold when your body is strong and protected. Improve your diet and lifestyle. Minimise stress. Enjoy real food, get rid of processed ones. Get slim if you need to. Life will be so much better for these changes, and you will be far less likely to come down with colds, flu and other viruses. We can help with all of these issues, let us know if you need any support.
Add supplements like the Olive Leaf, and also the Zell Oxygen are fantastic for rebuilding and restoring. And make sure you get baseline all around nutrition with EITHER Chlorella, Barley Grass or Kelp.
We really hope you are feeling bettter soon, any questions, please do let us know.
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