Cold and flu season is upon us and unfortunately, getting both are an avoidable part of life. It comes with interacting with other people on a daily basis. The good news is that you don’t have to suffer with golds or the flu and you don’t have to give up your organic lifestyle in order to feel better. There are truly natural remedies that you can use to treat your symptoms and the symptoms of your entire family that both work and work with your body’s natural healing properties.

First and foremost, it is important to understand that there are six key components to treating a cold or the flu. These include: a healthy diet, plenty of water, getting plenty of rest, breathing unpolluted air, exposure to sunshine and getting adequate exercise. If you’ll notice, they are also the key ingredients to a healthy lifestyle in general. In addition to these key components, you can also mix in the following treatments in order to begin feeling better fast.

Mineral Water – Almost all adults and most children are chronically dehydrated. If you are sick, the problem gets worse. To figure how much water you should be drinking while you are sick, take your weight, divide by two. This is the number of ounces you need on a daily basis.

Vitamin C – Vitamin C has been scientifically linked to creating a strong immune system. You should take it to prevent getting sick as well as to help boost your immune response when you are sick. 3,000mg every two hours can have a profound effect on the length and severity of your illness.

Elderberry Syrup – Elderberry syrup can also boost your immune system as well as soothe a nasty cough and help kill off viruses like Tamiflu.

Vitamin D3 – Not only does Vitamin D3 help your body absorb calcium. It also helps prevent and treat viral infections. Taking a Vitamin D3 supplement will help you prevent getting ill, but also helps boost your immune system and helps you kick your illness.

Raw Honey – Raw, unfiltered local honey has natural antibiotic properties and can help you prevent or treat a secondary bacterial infection naturally.

Ginger – Ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-viral and anti-emetic. There are plenty of all natural ginger supplements out there that you can pick up fairly reasonably.

Tea – Tea has been shown to provide many health benefits and helping to treat colds and flu are on that list. Chamomile tea helps sooth coughs while ginger and peppermint tea have anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties.

You can also use saline nasal sprays to help keep secretions thin and draining.

Remember, always consult your doctor.

A fever is the body’s way to kill bacterial and viral infections. Minimizing fever is reducing the body’s own natural defenses. It also encourages you to get up and stay active when you should be resting and can prolong your illness. While there are instances when a fever should be treated, allowing your body do its work it vital to the healing process.

Antibiotics – The use of antibiotics is often controversial these days, thanks to the overuse of these compounds and the rise of resistant strains of bacteria. If you are concerned that you or your child is getting worse and whether or not antibiotics are necessary, call your doctor.

And lastly, 90% of ear infections heal on their own, despite using (or not using) antibiotic treatment.

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