5 Easy Steps to Get Over a Cold or Flu
Catching a cold is miserable, and the flu is even worse. The aches, pains, fever, delirium, and constant coughing can make it feel like your body is engaged in an all-out war against the illness – and you’re suffering the collateral damage.
The good news is that you don’t just have to “wait it out” – there are steps YOU can take to speed up your recovery and feel better faster.
1. Get Plenty of Rest
The average person needs 7-9 hours of rest per night to keep their body in top form, but when you’re sick, that number goes way up. Why? Because according to recent research, the function of your immune system is enhanced while you’re sleeping. This immune-boost happens in a few ways:
- Improved cytokine response: Cytokines are inflammation markers your immune system uses to direct immune system activity to affected parts of your body. When you sleep, your body’s production and use of cytokines is greatly enhanced – thereby better coordinating and increasing the effectiveness of your immune system.
- Boosted T-cell activity: Scientific research has shown that T-cells, a key type of white blood cell that targets viruses and infected cells, are significantly more effective while you sleep.
- Energy and focus: When you’re active and awake, much of your body’s energy is devoted to the activities of life. One of the functions of sleep is that it allows your body to devote all available resources to repairing itself, restoring proper function and detoxifying.
If you omit to get sufficient rest while ill, you are unquestionably prolonging the illness and causing yourself to suffer. Try getting 10-12 hours of sleep at a minimum while sick, and more if you can.
2. Stay Hydrated
The symptoms of illness often cause your body to lose fluids much quicker than usual, and it does so in many unsuspecting ways, including:
- Fevers draw fluids to specific locations in your body and use fluids much quicker
- Excessive sweating
- Mucus production
According to research, dehydration of even 1-2% can cause significant problems in bodily functions and performance – including immune response. If you don’t replace the fluids lost during your illness, you are at risk of prolonging and exacerbating the symptoms.
Furthermore, the loss of fluids includes a loss of electrolytes (charged minerals your body requires to perform the biological process of hydrating your cells).
So, despite the discomfort of a sore throat, you should always take PLENTY of fluids – and include an electrolyte supplement of some kind whenever possible.
3. Eat Vegetables & Nutrient-Dense Foods
Your immune system relies on the nutrients you eat to function and maintaining an immunopositive diet while ill is critical. There are many foods known to provide essential vitamins and nutrients that boost immune response, and eating as much of these as possible will help reduce the duration and severity of your symptoms. Remember, up to 70% of your immune cells exist in your digestive system!
We recommend eating:
- Cruciferous and leafy greens: Broccoli, kale, spinach, and related vegetables contain high quantities of vitamin C, phytonutrients, and other vital bioactive compounds. These vegetables are known to directly impact your immune system’s ability to fight off invaders.
- Garlic: Garlic is full of bioactive compounds that have been used for centuries as a medicinal cure – and for a good reason. Make sure to eat fresh garlic if possible, as freshly cut or crushed garlic contains the highest concentration of nutrients.
- Elderberry: Elderberry is full of a particular group of phytonutrients called anthocyanins that directly target and help kill all strains of the influenza virus.
- Yogurt: Yogurt contains high quantities of probiotics that help support and enhance your gut biome, thereby enhancing your body’s immune response.
- Chicken soup and broth: Not only does this taste good, but the warm liquid can help both hydrate your body and soothe your irritated throat.
4. Ease the Phlegm & Mucus Out of Your System
Phlegm and mucus are both substances produced by your respiratory system, but they are different. Mucus is a thin secretion that is produced in your nose and is designed to protect your body from invaders. It is part of the innate immune system and exists at all times. Phlegm, on the other hand, is produced in your throat and lungs as an immune response to help flush out foreign particles, bacteria, and viruses.
When you’re sick, both phlegm and mucus tend to start accumulating. You feel that nasty stuff in the back of your throat, your nose runs, and you often cough up nasty green stuff. When this happens, it’s important to remember one thing: That this is a natural, effective response by your body to get rid of your illness.
Unfortunately, the creation of phlegm sucks hydration from your body and can often become very thick and uncomfortable. In some cases, it becomes so thick that it’s hard to get it out – which is a problem. So, naturally, you want to do everything you can to keep it thin and flowing, so the bad stuff gets OUT of your body.
Some good steps you can take to keep mucus phlegm flowing and prevent it from becoming stuck are:
- Using a humidifier
- Taking a long, steamy shower
- Using a neti pot
- Drinking warm tea and broth
- Stay hydrated
- Gargle salt water
- Taking an over-the-counter expectorant or decongestant
So, whichever remedy you use, keep it flowing!
5. Take Supplements
Last but not least, supplementing your diet with critical nutrients and herbs can significantly improve your immune system’s ability to fight illness.
For this exact reason, I researched and developed the Super Flu Bomb. This product contains nature’s top flu and cold-fighting nutrients in the perfect ratios and with excellent bioavailability, including:
- Vitamin A: An important antioxidant. Provides cofactors to break down toxins and supports moisture production of eyes, skin, and mucous membranes
- Vitamin C: A strong antioxidant. Provides broad immune system support, can make bacterial cell membranes permeable to antibiotics, and supports neutralization of toxins and glutathione levels
- Vitamin D3: Supports immune function and antimicrobial production in the body
- Vitamin E: Functions as an antioxidant and enhances the immune response
- Echinacea Purpurea: Enhances the activity of the immune system and supports inflammation reduction, antioxidant health, antiviral capabilities of the body and oral health
- Echinacea Angustifolia: Enhances the activity of the immune system and supports relaxation and mental calm, inflammation reduction, antioxidant health, and the antiviral capabilities of the body
- Quercetin: A powerful antioxidant that supports inflammation reduction and respiratory health
- Beta Sitosterol: Provides general immune support
- Lactobacillus Acidophilus: Supports a healthy gut flora, a healthy digestive system, and a healthy immune system
- Bifidobacterium Bifidum: Probiotic that supports a healthy gut flora as well as the production of B complex vitamins and vitamin K
- Lactobacillus Reuteri: Probiotic that is part of healthy gut flora and supports healthy immune system function
- L. Bulgaricus: Probiotic that can fight harmful bacteria that invades the digestive system
- Zinc: Enhances release of vitamin A from the liver and supports immune cell function, white blood cells, and 300 enzyme reactions that affect the immune system
- Selenium: Supports immune function; interferon, gamma, and T-cell proliferation; leukocyte activity, and the formation of glutathione, a key antioxidant
- Superoxide Dismutase (SOD): Supports anti-oxidation and anti-inflammatory pathways of the body
- Oregano Extract: Supports the immune system against viruses, parasites, fungi, and enhances the immune response against respiratory infections
- L-Lysine HCI: Supports the development of immune antibodies and supports the body against viruses by corrupting viral replication
- Monolaurin: Supports the immune system against viruses, bacteria, yeasts, and fungi
- Yakriton: Supports the detoxification pathways of the body and the immune system for efficient drainage as your body destroys the cold or flu virus
Not only is this supplement free of sugar, GMO, and common allergens such as soy, dairy, gluten, milk, egg, yeast, nuts, and fish – but it is also sourced from natural, top-quality ingredients.
If you’re suffering from an illness, or want you and your loved ones to have the tools you need to get better fast, try it today!
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