Have you starting mapping out your strategy for battling a cold? It seems that once the weather begins to change, everyone starts talking about “cold and flu season”, yard signs advertising flu shots litter local pharmacy lots, and the shelf space for cold medicines are suddenly empty. But we don’t necessarily have to resort to these mainstream ways of treating and preventing colds. No one likes to battle a cold, but by taking immediate action when you feel a cold coming on and incorporating things like flu-busting gummy bears and fire cider, you can avoid these other potentially dangerous methods.
This post details another 6 ways to battle a cold, and some of these tactics may seem unconventional, but we dare you to try them and watch how it enhances your health! 🙂
“No one likes getting sick, yet it’s something a lot of folks seem to think is inevitable. “Cold and Flu Season” comes around every year and it’s just something we have to deal with, right? Kind of like weight gain is just bound to happen with age to every single person on the planet and there’s no way around it, right? Wrong. The good news is that neither of these scenarios have to be that way!
One of our favorite parts of the PFC lifestyle is not getting sick! We love watching clients make this connection in their coaching appointments. Their eyes light up as they reminisce over the days and weeks they’d miss out on fun life events due to sickness and how this doesn’t happen to them anymore. A reduced number of colds and their duration is one of the awesome benefits that goes along with providing your body with the nutrients it needs to keep your immune system up to par which keeps you healthy.
1. Avoid Sugar
Sugars, grains and other starchy foods negatively affect your immunity because your immune system is suppressed for several hours after ingesting them. Multiple studies agree that after ingestion of simple sugars (especially table sugar, high fructose corn syrup, etc.) there is a huge decrease in white blood cell production—many studies suggest 50%. Thankfully, if you have been following our PFC lifestyle, this tip isn’t a tough one to implement! Remember that if you’re sick or don’t want to get sick, it’s important to give your body nutrients, not sugar!
2. Increase Your Intake of Vitamins, Minerals, and Antioxidants
Vitamin D: We have been told for too long that Vitamin C is the magical fix for colds and healing, and while it can be helpful, I want to direct your attention to Vitamin D. This nutritional superhero supports the antimicrobial process in the body by regulating the antimicrobial gene that supports white blood cell production and we think it’s way more important to supplement with Vitamin D than Vitamin C. In general, we recommend 10,000 IU every other day to keep your level stable or to slightly increase it, but if your level is low, it’s going to be important to increase your supplementation further in order to get it into the normal range. We want your Vitamin D level between 50 and 80 ng/ml for a healthy metabolism, good moods, strong immune function, excellent bone density and more. Most of us have a low level unless we are supplementing daily, so it’s wise to get it checked!
Zinc is essential for normal regulation of natural killer cells—the ones who keep your immune system strong. It also helps heal up wounds and maintain a strong cell wall (to avoid invaders). Zinc is naturally found in foods like oysters, dark meat chicken, beef, cashews, almonds, and yogurt.”