Staying healthy this season

The flu season is upon us.  Most likely, we will all come into contact with the seasonal flu and the H1N1 virus.  Some of us with contract it and others will not.  Whether we contract the viruses and the severity is likely due to our immune system.  Here are some tips for keeping your immune system strong and preventing the proliferation of the viruses:

  • Prioritize your health this winter.  What does health mean to you?  Take a few minutes to think about it and be clear.  The law of attraction works well if you have a clear picture in your mind.
  • Don’t worry, be happy.  Seriously, chill out and don’t stress about little things.  Take things in stride.  Stress feeds illness and taps the immune system.
  • Plenty of restful sleep is essential to wellness.  Our immune system has to work extra hard if you are lacking sleep.  Prioritize this for you and your family.
  • Reduce your intake of sugar wherever possible.  Sugar feeds disease, infections, viruses, etc.
  • Take plenty of Vitamin C daily for prevention.  You can take as much as your bowels will handle.  If feeling run down take you may try 1000 milligrams every waking hour.  If feeling a cold or flu coming on, you may increase it to 2,000/ waking hour.  Vitamin C with zinc will help absorption.
  • Gargle 2x/day with warm salt water to prevent viruses from settling in.
  • Use a neti pot with salt solution to keep nasal passages clean of bacteria and viruses.
  • Wash your hands often and avoid putting them on your face.
  • Stay hydrated with plenty of fresh filtered water and herbal teas.
  • Drink plenty of warm, caffeine-free liquids daily.  This will wash any virus from the throat into the stomach for removal.
  • Garlic, garlic, garlic.  Eat raw or put in dishes during last couple minutes of cooking to keep all the healing benefits.  Same with onions.
  • Add turmeric to your dishes.  Or put some in your daily green smoothie for anti-inflammatory properties.  What? You’re not drinking a daily green smoothie?  J
  • Eat healthy fruits and vegetables for a strong immune system
  • Have herbal extracts on hand.  Concentrated herbal extracts, called tinctures, can easily be prepared at home to have on hand in case of cold/ flu symptoms and flu prevention.  Herbal extracts might include: Echinacea, St Johns Wort, Astragalus, Boneset, among others.  Contact TBW for learning how to make a tincture for your needs.

Natural, herbal healthcare can be very effective and empowering.  Taking some action will enable you to heal quicker and help others to do the same.  Have some tips to share?

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