Although I’d like you to think I’m superhuman, I must confess – I’m just re-emerging to life after two weeks of being knocked down by the flu! Yep, I had Influenza A. I’m still shocked. I can’t remember the last time I was this sick.
While both Jules and I typically ward off many of the nasty bugs that float around this time of year by drinking lots of green juice and eating a clean diet, we do occasionally have to do our time with a cold, sore throat, or this time, the flu.
Being sick is no fun! And while I do everything I can to stay healthy and feeling good, sometimes the little buggers get me too.
The good news is that it is possible to cut the duration of an illness in half with some super simple tips. Check out the tips below and leave me a comment. Have you been sick this season? What are your tried and true tips for fighting nasty colds and flu bugs?
With bug fighting power,
7 Tips to Fight the Flu and Feel Better Fast
- Rest, rest, rest! I can’t emphasize this enough. While cliché, this is truly THE most important thing you can do when you first get sick. If you don’t take this time to slow down, you’ll end up paying the price with a lingering cold or flu. Clear your calendar and rest. Everything else in your life can wait.
- Cut the white stuff out. Sugar suppresses your immune system. Just 75-100 grams of sugar per day (i.e. – just two cans of soda), can cause a 50% drop in the ability of white blood cells to kill off those nasty little bugs. So while you’re sick be especially diligent to remove all sugars, even the so-called healthy ones like honey, agave syrup, beet sugar, coconut sugar and maple syrup.
- Get a dose of “Happy Juice” vitamin D. In the winter we’re more susceptible to getting cold and flu bugs because we don’t get enough vitamin D from the sun. In a recent study, influenza was reduced by over 42% when participants were taking 1,200 IU of Vitamin D3 a day. When you’re under the weather increase your daily dose of vitamin D3 to help you get back into your life, feeling your best, fast. Our favorite is called Liquid Sun by Dr. Douillard at Lifespa.com.
- Keep your gut bacteria healthy and happy. 80% of our immune system lies in our gut, so it’s crucial to keep this system in balance. If you’re not already, take a high quality probiotic like this soil-based brand from Kimberly Snyder. Also, to feed those healthy bacteria make sure to get in your daily dose of veggies, as the fiber acts as a prebiotic, nutrients or fertilizer for the good bacteria.
- Get your ZZZ’s. Less than 6 hours of sleep has been shown to impair our immune systems. Aim for at least 7-8 hours of sleep per night and when you’re sick allow yourself to get 10-12 hours of sleep a day or more as needed. Naps are friends when you’re sick.
- Infuse your body with vitamin C. In a recent study, participants who took mega doses of vitamin C during the first 6 hours of feeling sick, reported fewer cold and flu symptoms. Oranges, papayas, broccoli, pineapple and Brussels sprouts are veggies and fruits high in naturally occurring vitamin C. When you’re under the weather make sure to supplement with at least 2,000- 3,000 mg of Vitamin C per day. Our favorite has no added sugar (be sure to check your labels). It’s a vitamin C zinc complex called Vitali-C Plus.
- Eat like an Italian minus, the pasta, bread and dairy that is ☺. Add in oregano to your health routine. We’re completely in love with oregano, specifically oregano essential oil. Oregano oil is a potent antimicrobial agent. My favorite way to use oregano oil is by steaming and inhaling oregano oil that has been added to boiling water. Add boiling water to your sink with 1-2 drops of oregano oil, lean over the sink and place a towel over your head to seal in the steam. Inhale deeply over the sink for 5 minutes to bring the air into your lungs.