November 05, 2015 3 min read
We all know the feeling: itchy throat, congested nose, headache, maybe aches and fatigue. A cold must be on its way--but it doesn't mean it's here to stay. Read on to learn how to eliminate your cold in 24 hours!
We just released a new FREE guide on Keeping Healthy During Cold & Flu Season. This guide has tips from holistic nutritionists, the best product recommendations, lifestyle changes you can make to avoid illness, and some immune-boosting recipes to keep you going. Click here to get this free guide!
Now, let's learn how to combat that cold--today.
A cold is a clear sign of a depressed immune system. Examination of your lifestyle may reveal the culprit, be it lack of sleep or improper eating. The moment you feel that scratchy throat or runny nose, you know that your body has already been fighting with all its resources for 24 - 48 hours and can do no more; the virus responsible has now escaped the body’s immune responses and is multiplying out of control: Take action immediately before the cold gains a stronger foothold! You can eliminate a cold in 24 hours or less! Here’s how:
Supporting Your Immune System
You have two ways your immune system is developed: your acquired immune system and your innate immune system. Your acquired immune system is created by coming into contact with a virus and letting your body deal with it naturally. Your innate immune system is one that you build and keep strong through diet, supplementation, and lifestyle.
The Role Of Digestion
70-80% of our immune system lies in our digestive tract. This means that we need to keep our digestion healthy with no bloating, gas, or irregular bowel movements. We also want to avoid foods that are irritants and cause stress on our digestive system. Good stomach acid and proper balance of good bacteria (Probiotics) help to keep our digestion ticking and our immunity strong. If you have trouble with digestion, you can use:
Foods to Avoid: sugar (this can include natural sugar)*, caffeine, pasteurized dairy**, wheat and flour products
Good Immune Foods: eggs, coconut oil, liver, sauerkraut, bone broths, sea salt, herbal teas, cod liver oil, organic seasonal vegetables
*Sugar can suppress the immune system for 6-8 hours *
* Dairy is mucous causing, and therefore should be avoided completely with any cold or flu To learn more about how to strengthen your immune system and prevent illness, check out our Cold & Flu Guide here for free. It includes delicious recipes as well!
Katie has worked in the natural health & wellness industry for over 10 years and is currently studying to become a Registered Holistic Nutritionist. She is passionate about eating #feelgood food and recognized that this might look different for each and every person. She truly believes that in a healthy lifestyle, you can have your cake and eat your kale, too! Follow her on Instagram @katielmitts
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