Quick Action Steps for Treating/Preventing Colds and Flu
As with all other disease conditions, prevention is the best way to deal with colds and flu. In this case, prevention means improving the health of your immune system so that it can swiftly respond to attacking cold and flu viruses and eliminate them before you develop any symptoms. The following recommendations can help you do so:
- To prevent colds and flu, be sure you get enough sleep each night and minimize stress. Also be sure to wash your hands throughout the day and avoid rubbing your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Eat lots of fresh, organic vegetables and drink plenty of pure, filtered water and fresh-squeezed vegetable juices throughout the day, and avoid processed foods, and foods containing sugar and simple carbohydrates, as well as milk and dairy products, and wheat and grains.
- Take a daily high potency multivitamin/multimineral supplement.
- Engage in regular exercise. One of the easiest and most effective exercises for all age groups is a daily 45 minute walk, which can dramatically boost NK cells and help keep your body’s lymphatic system free of toxic waste buildup. Yoga, particular the “cobra pose,” is also useful for keeping your respiratory tract healthy. To perform the cobra pose, lie on your stomach and raise your upper body backwards off the ground, bending at the waist as you inhale deeply. Hold this position for five seconds as you continue breathing. Then, as you exhale, return to your starting position. Repeat five to ten times. This exercise helps to expand your chest and lungs and can free up trapped mucus and phlegm.
- At the first sign of a cold or flu, supplement with vitamin A, vitamin C, garlic capsules, selenium, zinc and N-acetyl-cysteine (NAC). Colloidal silver can also be very effective.
- Helpful herbal remedies include astragalus, cayenne pepper, echinacea, goldenseal, licorice, lomatium, and St. John’s wort.
- At the first onset of symptoms take the homeopathic remedy Oscillococcinum (six pellets under the tongue every six hours).
- Should you develop congestion in your sinuses or chest, massage your chest with menthol-based lotion or ointment (avoid products that contain petroleum) before you go to sleep. This will help clear your air pathways and increase the supply of blood to your thalamus, one of the organs that controls your immune system.
- Throughout the day, tap your chest over your thymus gland, located in the center of your chest approximately one inch below your collarbone. This will help to stimulate your thymus gland, which in turn will help to boost your immune function.