As of right now, I don’t think we need to panic about the swine flu. I think it’s important to remember that many people (companies) profit by creating panic, but I truthfully don’t think panic is necessary yet. And this comes from a worrywart!
I spent a lot of yesterday finding out as much as I could about the swine flu, and though I would like to have a plan of action in place for my family, I didn’t find any huge reason for fear. I especially appreciated Dr. Mercola’s article on the topic. I highly recommend you read it.
But since it’s always good to research, to improve your immune system and know of ways to fight infection, I thought I would share a few resources for you to consider. If we were to ever come down with a serious flu, I would try to fight against it from as many angles as I could. Meanwhile, I think it’s wise to work on really trying to boost my family’s immune system, because I truthfully feel like all three of us are a little run down right now. Hopefully some of the things we find helpful will be of use to you as well.
And please feel free to share your thoughts too!
Coconut oil is traditionally used to fight against the flu (and it does seem to have anti-viral properties).
“One of the most amazing benefits of coconut oil is its ability to kill disease-causing viruses. Antibiotics are useless against viruses, and anti-viral drugs have only limited effectiveness. Medications used to treat viral infections are often accompanied by undesirable side effects. Coconut oil is a natural, harmless product that is gaining notice as a means to help prevent and even treat viral infections. ” The Coconut Oil Miracle, Bruce Fife
Many people claim that when they started eating a high coconut and coconut oil diet that they stopped catching colds and flues for years! (Though I truthfully can’t claim the same for my family). Coconut oil is a traditional food that at the very least will help give your body support in many ways, and at the very best will prevent you from becoming ill. Read about it’s benefits here, and how I include it in my diet here. The easiest way is to simply take a spoonful of it and eat it, or to put some in a cup of tea. By the way, Bruce Fife also shared how traditionally in the tropics when someone was coming down with something they would actually drink glassfuls for coconut oil. You are probably not going to overdose! Just beware that since this is a strong, anti-yeast and anti-bacterial oil it could make you detox. I recommend getting your body used to it before you are ill. I also have a few fun recipes that are very high in coconut oil on this site, such as my “Mounds” bar recipe.
You can now find high quality virgin coconut oil at most if not all health food stores.
2)Oil of Oregano
First, there is only one brand of oil of oregano that I can recommend, which is North American Herb and Spice’s Oreganol (there are many places online that sell it). Many brands of oil of oregano don’t even contain a true oregano oil and they will not have the anti-viral effect you are looking for. We have used this oil for a couple of years now and have been very impressed with how well it works in fighting against the flue and colds. Once again, it seems that true, high quality oil of oregano has anti-viral properties, which is why it is effective against colds and the flu. We staved off numerous colds/flu with this product, as did other family and friends.
It’s very important that you start taking it as soon as you start coming down with your illness as it’s much more effective at that point. The only draw back is that it’s strong taste is hard for some to handle, though most of us got used to it. In the book, The Cure is in the Cupboard, the author recommends taking two drops every hour when sick.
3) Vitamin D
The flu runs wild when we aren’t getting enough vitamin D from the sun (such as in the winter). Getting vitamin D can be as simple as sunbathing. Dr. Mercola believes that if we can “optimize” our Vitamin D levels, we have taken a big step forward in preventing us from getting sick. He discusses this issue here. While he does recommend taking a good supplement if your levels are tested as low, he makes the strong disclaimer that supplementing too high of a dose is toxic. In his article about the Swine Flu, he also gives a protocol for taking vitamin D when ill. Check it out, if interested. I am going to try to soak up as much sun as I can with my daughter right now, and we also get vitamin D from our high vitamin cod liver oil.
4) Fish Oil and Cod Liver Oil
Dr. Mercola also recommended increasing your intake of omega 3′s. Once again, this is something that we always try to do. It’s just a common sense step to take for everyday health.
“Increase your intake of healthy and essential fats like the omega-3 found in krill oil, which is crucial for maintaining health. It is also vitally important to avoid damaged omega-6 oils that are trans fats and in processed foods as it will seriously damage your immune response.”
We personally use fermented cod liver oil (cinnamon flavored), which also gives us vitamin A and D, which are very important for your immune system.
5) Vitamin C
It seems that the swine flu isn’t what kills you, it’s the secondary infections, like pneumonia. Many naturopaths use a method of giving high amounts of vitamin C to fight infections with good success.
In fact, a personal friend of mine used the “bowel intolerance method” (taking as much vitamin C as your bowels will tolerate) to cure herself of repeated bouts of pneumonia. It’s something worth looking into and having on hand. This article explains how to do the method and also gives other recommendations. I don’t personally think that taking an isolated vitamin is the greatest thing on a everyday basis, but it can really prove life saving in a crisis.
One thing that has seemed to really help me overcome common colds before was drinking huge amounts of lemonade made with fresh lemons and sweetened with stevia. It gave me plenty of liquids and vitamin C from the lemons, without giving me a sugar overdose since I was using stevia. It tastes good too!
Garlic is strong stuff! Eating a lot of fresh garlic will certainly give your immune system a boost and help you fight against infection. Try to get as fresh of garlic as possible. One cold remedy that can be effective (if your body is new to garlic you will probably want to cut back on the garlic, even just using a few cloves may be effective) is garlic, honey, lemon tea. To keep the garlic uncooked, some people simply mince the garlic, leave for 15 minutes to allow the healing properties to rise, and then swallow with a sip of water. If you do this, I definitely recommend taking a little oil with it to buffer it’s harshness on your stomach.
I thought it was helpful that Dr. Mercola makes the disclaimer that garlic may not suite everyone. I also believe people can react differently to garlic or other foods, so definitely try to watch how you personally respond do any recommendation.
7) Water Therapy
It’s simple, cheap and an effective boost to the immune system. I truthfully don’t enjoy the process, but whenever I’ve done it, I always feel better afterwards. Here are the directions I use for water therapy.
Other things to keep in mind or look into:
- Homemade Chicken broth is extremely good for anyone fighting a cold or flu. It keeps their electrolytes up, hydrates them, and keeps them nourished. Same for coconut water from young coconuts. I want to make a big pot of chicken broth to freeze so it’s always on hand.
- One item that is also supposed to be very effective in fighting against illness is the “silver” health products. We have not personally used it, but have heard good things about it from friends. It’s something for us to look into.
- Stay away from processed foods, refined foods (white flour and white sugar), trans fats, and GMO’s.
- Exercise is a great way to boost your immune system. Take a walk on a sunny day for vitamin D.
- Stay well rested. Sleep is very important for your immune system.
- Reduce stress in your life. It hampers your immune system.
- We will personally also continue to take probiotics and eat fermented foods which play a big part in keeping you healthy.
- Stay well hydrated drinking from a pure source.
- I have a trusted Naturopath that I would quickly ask advice from if there was a high risk in my area or if my family was sick.
A quick disclaimer, I am not a doctor in any shape or form and am not offering medical advice or selling products to you. I am only sharing what I am considering for my own family and invite you to research what would serve you and yours. Please talk to a qualified health care provider about your choices.