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Recover From Colds and Flu Faster, Naturally!

By T.E. Bonstrom

It’s that time of year again. With school and work back in full swing, we find ourselves exposed to cold and flu viruses at every turn. Those persistent bacteria are all around us: the grocery store cart, the elevator buttons, even the friendly handshake from a colleague. No matter how vigilant we are at washing our hands, the cold virus thrives in winter air while the flu virus lives longest on the hard surfaces of our work space, including keyboards, pens, and countertops. Both viruses are relentless in their goal to bog us down with miserable symptoms.

We all know the basics of fighting off viruses: stay hydrated, get rest, and take extra Vitamin C. But what about the lesser-known remedies that are highly effective in giving the body a boost it needs to fight, and win?

Here’s 5 Flu & Cold Natural Remedies You Need to Try:

  1. Vitamin D:  Here’s where a “D” is as good as a “C”. Studies are showing Vitamin D3 supplementation may reduce the risk of URTI (Upper Respiratory Tract Infection) associated with colds and the flu. Getting more of this nutrient is good preventative practice, and it’s possible it might even help after symptoms appear, to avoid a cold turning into a long, drawn-out respiratory infection.
  2. Honey: Any warm beverage is soothing for a scratchy throat, calming a nagging cough. But adding honey just got sweeter. As an anti-bacterial, antimicrobial and antioxidant, honey can help fight off the virus while soothing the symptoms.  It helps with clearing sinuses as well, without the nasty side effects of over-the-counter decongestants.
  3. Chiropractic: Your nervous system controls your immune system, and your spine is the primary guardian of it. Adjustments to correct mal-alignments gives your body the fighting chance it needs to fend off germs and viruses. Plus, a chiropractor can locate physiological disturbances, helping your immune system to function at premium level, even after the virus takes hold.
  4. Reflexology: It’s not just a pleasant foot massage, this ancient art utilizes specific pressure points that correlate with lung and bronchial activity. Many modern massage therapists are skilled in reflexology, and a visit to one may relieve chest tightness, improve energy levels, and alleviate swollen lymph glands associated with a cold or flu.
  5. Probiotics: A secret weapon to overcoming viruses, recent research is revealing probiotics not only support the immune system, but may reduce the body’s inflammatory response and thus shorten the duration and severity of respiratory infections.