What prompted me to share this and does it event work?
The cold and flu seemed to have hit people the hardest this year [2019-2020]. For most of the people that I've encountered, it all started just after the holiday's--pretty much as soon as they went back to school and work. It's one of those things that can happen to anyone, even if you consume a vegan or plant-based diet. What determines if you get sick or not is the strength of your immune system and if you have an impaired digestive system. This cold and flu fighting cocktail absolutely works and has been a staple in our family for 10 years now.
Why do we get sick in the first place?
Get and I have been eating a plant-based diet since early 2016, and to be honest, we probably have gotten sick twice since then. As opposed to before that, I (Trudy) would get sick at the change of every season (2 or 3 times per year) and he would get sick right before Winter begins (at least once per year). The thing about getting sick is that it's our fault. Many of us get sick and say "ugh, this nasty bug has been going around and now it got me" or "my child or partner got me sick, now I'm down and out." We have to first re-train our belief patterns from putting the blame unto others, to putting the blame unto ourselves. Once we take responsibility for our own health issues, we can then move towards fixing them.
A virus cannot thrive in a healthy body, so you getting sick is your own fault. However, you can change this by switching up a few habits which will strengthen your immune system to prevent you from getting sick as often. I will be sharing more about this below. But, in the case that you do get caught slipping, this 24-Hour Cold & Flu Fighting Cocktail will help to quickly boost your immune system so that you can fight the virus more fast and effectively. You'll see a notable difference in how you feel within 24 hours of drinking your first cup. But, please do continue to make a fresh cup every day until at least 2 days after you feel that the cold or flu virus has left your body. This is important because it will ensure that you fully eradicate the virus so that it doesn't return.
We have to first re-train our belief patterns from putting the blame unto others, to putting the blame unto ourselves. Once we take responsibility for our own health issues, we can then move towards fixing them.
Tips on Preventing Yourself from Getting Sick in the 1st Place
Prevention is better than cure they say--so that's why we've built our lifestyle around that premise. Being well more often than not enables you to be more productive in your personal and professional lives so that you are able to do the things you were put on this earth to do.
So, here are a few tips to prevent from getting sick:
1. Evaluate your diet by keeping a food journal for at least 7 days straight. Write down every meal, snack, dessert, appetizer and drink that you put into your mouth. I know this may feel extreme at first but it is really key in beginning to understand where your poor food habits stem from so that you can make a change. Lessen the amount of meat and dairy you consume if not completely remove them from your diet, if you feel so inclined.
2. Swap out process foods and drinks for organic, naturally-occurring and plant-based foods and drinks. For instance, if you're used to having a breakfast sandwich for breakfast every morning, swap that out for a breakfast bowl or a breakfast wrap. The idea here would be to eliminate the bread, meat and eggs from your morning meal. Bread is usually highly processed, made with yeast and sugar and is also too heavy of a carb to have first thing in the morning. Meat and eggs are high in saturated fat and cholesterol (those are the fats you do not want) and over-time can weaken your heart and your immune system. You want to start your day with healthy carbohydrates, proteins, iron, magnesium and fats. A good example of that would be a breakfast bowl consisting of a chick pea patty/fritter, sautéed greens, half of a baked Japanese sweet potato and 1/2 of an avocado.
3. Include more fresh herbs and spices into your cooking. Things like ginger, garlic, lemon, lime, cayenne pepper and turmeric all naturally build your immune system and keep it strong if eaten on a regular basis. That way, your body can fight the virus the next time it encounters one.
4. Eliminate or lessen your sugar intake. I don't mean to spread fear but the truth is--sugar is literally a silent killer. Nutrient deficient carbs like candies, cookies, cakes, ice cream and soda's are all obviously beyond "bad for you"because the sugar in these foods weaken your immune system. However, did you know that flavored yogurt, cereal, some applesauce brands, crackers, ketchup, some no-sugar added foods, alcohol mixers, some nut butters, some protein powders, instant oatmeal, jam, granola bars, coffee drinks, chai latte mixes, gummy vitamins and salad dressing all contain hidden sugars? And that those hidden sugars alter our palettes towards craving move sweetened or sugar-rich foods which continues a detrimental cycle of destructive eating? Yes, it's all true.
Although this world is not set up in a way that encourages us to thrive, we can do our homework on the foods that we do purchase at the grocery store and on the meals that we do consume to lessen the toxic sugar overload that is so easily available to you in today's world. Read each label on the foods that you're considering purchasing, google at least the first three ingredients and if sugar or some sort or syrup is included, put it back down. Check the amount of sugars listed on the back including the added sugars. Anything over 7mg in most cases is not something you should be consuming.
Read each label on the foods that you're considering purchasing, google at least the first three ingredients and if sugar or some sort or syrup is included, put it back down.
Make your desserts from scratch at home and use natural sweeteners like dates, banana's, date syrup, agave and coconut nectar. Purchase only plain un-sweetened yogurt. Also, practice using less sweetener in general. Sugar turns into glucose in our bodies and the glucose is pumped into our bloodstream which gives us energy. The problem with this type of energy is that it's just too fast of a process. Just as fast as your receive the energy from "inferior carbohydrates" is as fast as it will be taken away from you once the sugar-high leaves. What you want is a more gradual process of sugar turning into glucose and glucose being absorbed into the bloodstream. You get this when you consumer whole foods like fruits and root vegetables. Foods that have naturally occurring sugar like fruits and sweet potatoes contain fibers which enables the glucose to slowly pump into your blood stream so that your insulin and blood sugar levels don't spike which over time can disrupt insulin production and weaken your bodies defense mechanisms.
5. Expose yourself to the sun at least 4-5 times per week and/or take a liquid vitamin D supplement. Include more mushrooms in your diet as well. When your skin is exposed to the sun, it naturally produces Vitamin D. Vitamin D is an essential mineral for calcium absorption, for promoting bone growth and for improving your overall immune health.
6. Exercise more often (3-5 times per week). Exercising is a form of detoxification. It increases your metabolism which means that your body (much like a car that gets serviced on-time) will function much more efficiently.
7. Improve your digestion by being more mindful about your food combinations and at what times of the day you eat. Eat your largest meal around midday, your second largest meal at breakfast and your lightest meal at dinner. This may be completely different than what you're used to but I guarantee you it works. 70% of our daily energy is allotted to digesting your food, if you can give your body enough time to digest your food in between meals and eat your heaviest meals at the most optimal times. You'll see a huge difference in your digestion which naturally improves your overall health. Also, food combining is a science but don't get overwhelmed. Educate yourself once or twice per week on foods that should not be eaten together to improve your gut microflora and to avoid un-digested food from sitting in your stomach.
Eat your largest meal around midday, your second largest meal at breakfast and your lightest meal at dinner.
8. Supplement only where and when necessary. Over-supplementation can cause you to over-work your liver and potentially weaken your bladder and immune health. Go to your Internist, Naturopathic Doctor and Ayurvedic Practitioner to determine your vitamin levels. If you do come to learn that you are low in some area's, start by increasing certain fruits and vegetables in your diet, then add herbs, tinctures, homeopathic remedies, and teas into your routine. Follow the protocols for how long to take each supplement.
9. Avoid caffeine and sleep as much as your body requires. Caffeine acts as a natural central nervous system stimulant which can over-work your adrenals over-time and cause adrenal fatigue. Disease stems from poor digestion and caffeine slows down digestion. Drinking caffeine stresses the physical, mental and emotional bodies which can eventually weaken the immune system leaving you more vulnerable to getting the cold or flu.
24-Hour Flu & Cold Fighting Cocktail Recipe
24-Hour Flu & Cold Fighting Cocktail Instructional Video
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