12 March 2009

Overcoming sickness

From various sites like Life Spotlight (formally known as Modern Forager), Mark's Daily Apple and Associated Content.
  • Blow your nose properly: gently, frequently, and press one nostril at a time.
  • Don’t cut sleep.

  • Gargle salt water, vinegar, or lemon water. Gargling two to three times a day gives your body three benefits: First, it helps break up and remove mucous from your throat. Two, it relieves the pain of a sore throat. And three, gargling helps kill germs in your throat and mouth. A simple gargle of a cup of hot water with a 1/4 teaspoon of table salt stirred into it is most effective.

  • Add cinnamon to beverages (anti-oxidant properties)

  • Drink hot liquids (tea, broth, even plain, hot water).

  • Watch your sugar and processed carbs. EAT REAL FOODS.
  • Take a hot, steamy shower or visit the sauna (Banya 5 what it do?!). Or a contrast bath: Shower intervals of 1-2 mins hot water, 30 seconds or so of cold, repeated 3-8 times. Increases circulation and lymphatic flow.

  • Sleep with an extra pillow for proper drainage. (Not sure about this one. I place comfort over drainage, but maybe it works for you.)

  • Keep stress low!
  • Mark's extra point: make sure you’re living a preventive lifestyle to begin with so your immunity isn’t compromised. Get enough sleep, eat natural “primal” foods, consider supplementation, and most important at this time of year, control that stress.

  • Supplement: Vitamins A, C, D, Zinc, Magnesium, ZMA.
  • Avoid the flu shot.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar every day - "I’ll admit, even I fell off the ACV bandwagon a while back and a recent day of feeling run down reminded me that prevention is key and my ACV was my best friend. 1-2 tablespoons of ACV mixed in some boiled hot water first thing in the AM and last thing PM are what the body loves. Talk about killing off fungus, bacteria and anything else growing. Also it’s a great Ph balancer and about 1000 other health claims made by people from helping to get rid of Acid Reflux to improving their joints….heck you could probably shine silverware with it. Best part….get a big bottle at the local store for $4. Even the deductible for one doctor visit is way more than that! For $4 a month I never have to see a doctor! If you want to spice it up add some cayenne pepper for increased circulatory benefits. Warning: NEVER take it straight!! (always mix in water). Also when buying ACV ALWAYS get the kind “WITH the Mother”….it’s the cloudy kind that has the good stuff still alive inside. The standard clearer bottles on the supermarket shelves (next to the regular white vinegar) are not the same thing. Look in the health food section of the supermarket of find a health food store (a good brand to look for is Bragg, started by Paul Bragg who has been preaching the health benefits of ACV for a very long time)."
  • Don't forget to drink chicken soup or broth. Chicken contains an amino acid called cysteine, which has been proven to help break up congestion.
  • You've undoubtedly heard the old saying, "Feed a cold, starve a fever." If you employ this tactic to get over a cold, just keep this in mind: stay clear of milk and other dairy products that create mucous. Instead, look to other foods such as pineapple and citrus fruit, whole grains, garlic, onions, horseradish and peppers.
That's all I got.

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