Cold/ Flu Prevention

A happy home is a healthy home! It's not just me, it's all over the news. This years flu is particularly nasty! This is the first time in years that we've gotten sick. Over the holidays I got a cold and Cliff got the flu! It was BAD and it has taken about a month to feel OK again. I don't get the flu shot and don't plan to start but after what we went through over the holidays I am all about staying mindful to keep my immune system in tip-top shape!

Here are 7 of our favorite staying healthy practices to consider trying in your life!

1. Stay hydrated. Especially when you drink alcohol - drink at least one glass of water for every alcoholic beverage.

2. Drink herbal tea: fresh ginger tea + a squeeze of lemon daily.

3. Maintain your Vitamin D levels with a good supplement (& combine with magnesium). This blog post will tell you more on why you need both vitamin D + magnesium.

4. Keep your digestive fire strong by avoiding processed foods and stick to three nourishing meals per day. It will give your digestion a break in between meals to work its magic.

5. Use healing + warming spices in your cooking such as cumin, coriander, turmeric, ginger, cinnamon + cardamom.

6. Cook with coconut oil. It has great anti-microbial properties.

7. Mitigate stress with a daily practice that relaxes you (journaling, yoga, meditation, walking, etc.). Lately my favorite stress relieving place is the steam room + dry sauna a the gym!

Just as soon as you start to feel a little under the weather, take action immediately! Keep your diet light and eat simply. Think steamed or baked veggies. And of course rest, rest, rest. Honor when you body communicates that it needs to slow down and do. It could be the difference between a day in a bed or a week in bed!

DIY Healing Tonics

For cold/ flu:

sip water with lemon + garlic + ginger + a little dash of cayenne pepper.

For a dry cough:

½ teaspoon ginger powder + 1 teaspoon ghee (clarified butter). Take up to 3x/day.

For a wet, phlegmy cough:

  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper + 1 teaspoon honey. Take on full stomach, 2-3x/day for 3-5 days.
  • Mix the following and eat it straight off the spoon 3 times per day: ¼ teaspoon raw honey, ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder, 1/8 teaspoon ginger powder and 1/8 teaspoon black pepper.
  • ½ teaspoon ginger powder + pinch clove + pinch cinnamon in hot water as tea

TIP: make sure you are using fresh, organic powdered herbs purchased within the last year. If you can no longer smell the spice it's time to toss it and replace with new.

Hoping the cold + flu pass you right up this year!

With love, Lacy

Medical Disclaimer: None of the information contained in this document is intended to be medical advice or take the place of any evaluation or examination by your medical doctor.