In honor of being sick all last week with the plague/flu, I've compiled a list of my tried-and-true remedies and tools for navigating winter sickness mindfully and naturally. Behold, your complete guide to getting and staying healthy and radiant all cold + flu season long.
COLLOIDAL SILVER | A powerful healing + protective supplement that should be in everyone's medicine cabinets. Colloidal silver is antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal, and is highly effective against even antibiotic-resistant superbugs. No matter what the issue, colloidal silver quickly + effectively eliminates pathogens within the body to restore balance and healing. I take 1 tsp sublingually once daily as a preventative measure, and up to 5-7 times daily when sick. It's also great in a nebulizer and/or neti pot for lung or sinus infections.
OIL OF OREGANO | Another must-have for the medicine cabinet. Oil of oregano is considered a (in my opinion, far superior) natural alternative to antibiotics - it's highly antibacterial, as well as antiviral, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory - without the harmful side effects. Unlike antibiotics, oil of oregano not only doesn't damage our gut lining, but it works to pinpoint and destroy harmful gut bacteria while simultaneously nourishing the beneficial, good-for-us bacteria. Considering that 70% of our immune cells reside in the gut, it's in our absolute best interest to steer clear of anything that compromises this system (looking at you, antibiotics). Next time you feel something coming on, combine 1-4 drops oil of oregano with 8 oz. water and drink up. Continue 1-3 times daily until illness subsides.
LEMON WATER | Something I recommend to all my clients and am super diligent about doing myself: warmed water with lemon first thing in the am. Not only are you getting a giant dose of bioavailable vitamin C for increased immune function, but you're nourishing the liver + digestive system for optimal detoxification (which is truly the key to staying healthy). Drink daily, and double up on those days you're feeling less than your best.
VITAMIN D | For optimal immune system function. Our best, most bioavailable source of vitamin D comes from the sun, so I've been dedicating 30 minutes each day to soaking up this ultra-healing vitamin. They don't call me SOLful health for nothing. it's no coincidence that cold + flu season coincide with the darkest months of the year - low levels of this essential vitamin will leave you with a weakened immune system and at increased risk for illness and disease. Ideally, we'd all be getting 20-30 minutes of unprotected sun exposure each and every day (yes, really), but if time or geographics prohibits this, a high-quality vitamin D3 supplement will suffice. Take daily, especially during these dark winter months.
MASSAGE | Treated myself to a 90 minute deep tissue massage this week to stimulate and detoxify the lymphatic system. Our lymphatic systems are responsible for flushing + riding the body from infection, toxins, and disease, and swollen, sensitive lymph nodes are a sure sign that your body is hard at work fighting something off. Massages nourish and support this system in keeping our bodies healthy and toxin-free.
REISHI | Because I obviously had to include an adaptogen. Aside from offsetting the stress of being sick (sigh), Reishi is a potent immune modulator. This highly-revered medicinal mushroom is a rich source of beta-glucans, one of the most effective + powerful immune system boosters. I simply add a packet of Four Sigmatic's Reishi to my morning latte or smoothie for some immune and nervous system love. (If ordering from the Four Sigmatic site, use code 'SOLFUL' at checkout for a discount!)
MINERAL SALT SOAK | I'm convinced there's nothing a hot bath can't fix. Magnesium salt baths draw out toxins, ease aches + pains, boost serotonin production, and reduce stress. Brew some tea, grab a book, and soak your way to better health.
HIBISCUS TEA | My sip of choice for a vitamin C + antioxidant boost. Hibiscus flowers are highly medicinal, containing antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and fever-reducing properties.
BONE BROTH | Aside from being incredibly rich in immune-boosting vitamins + minerals, something about sipping on a warm mug of bone broth feels super comforting and healing. It also nourishes and heals our gut and digestive system, which again is so crucial for immunity and overall health.