Natural Remedies to Help Heal Cold and Flu

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When the flu bites, when the cold stings … these are a few of our least favorite things! Fortunately, it is possible to protect against some cases of illness with natural remedies that boost the body’s amazing natural immune system. Even once an illness has struck, there are things a mom (or dad) can do to get the family back on track. Herbal and natural remedies may not be a cure-all, but they can help shorten the duration and get you feeling better faster.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure … you’ve heard it a million times, but how does it practically relate to illness prevention? In short, giving the body what it needs and keeping a constant supply of nutrients will help ensure that the body can resist any pathogen it encounters. Changes to lifestyle will go a long way toward preventing illness, as you support the body to function optimally.

There are four areas so foundational to our immune systems that no natural remedy can replace them. They are, in no particular order:

  1. Prioritizing a nutrient-dense diet – Avoiding grains, sugars, and other highly starchy foods ensures that the body is functioning at peak immunity should it encounter a virus or bacteria.
  2. Optimizing Vitamin-D levels –  Studies show that optimizing vitamin-D goes a long way to preventing and shortening the duration of illness.
  3. Getting enough sleep – Getting enough sleep is also crucial to preventing illness, and even a couple nights of interrupted or not enough sleep can leave the body worn down and unable to resist illness.
  4. Regular exercise– Consistent exercise has also been shown to reduce the number of times a person gets ill per year and the duration. I like to do this simple kettlebell routine at home.

Granted, these are things to do consistently when you are well (no exercising when the flu comes on!). Of course, we can do these and still potentially get sick — although it certainly won’t happen as often — so don’t worry, there are natural ways to heal faster!

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