Fight or Flu: How to Naturally Beat the Flu

Nearly everyone I meet at the moment has just been through, or is in the middle of, a virus attack. These are the folks that have either just overcome (or are still battling) the crippling fatigue, sore muscles, trouble breathing, sore throat, chest tightness, headaches and generally “feeling under the weather,” believing that once these symptoms are gone, then they’re in the clear. Despite having already coughed your guts up, all the mucus is still stuck there, and in a worst case scenario, it can become a breeding ground for bacteria, which leads to yet another infection. Your nose is constantly running, and you feel as if your head is a never-ending bucket of snot. There are of course some people who miraculously manage to bypass the snot and headaches, but their bodies are still in recovery; a process, which for most people’s liking is just too slow. They head off to work or school, looking tired and pale, with no energy or enthusiasm.

Here’s some help along the road to recovery. Awaken the fighter within and battle your way out of the flu, colds and snot! Drop the kleenex and cough sweets for the right foods and supplements, which will strengthen your immune system, give your nervous system a well deserved rest and help you naturally beat the flu.

I’m giving you a food plan for a week and a rescue kit to get you fighting fit again. Think of it as a helping hand, but if your illness gets drastic, don’t neglect going to your GP (sometimes you are just so run down that you have to consider antibiotics).

Fight or Flu: How to Naturally Beat the Flu

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The Acute Phase:
Assault from fever, pains, headaches and generally feeling unwell.

  • The best thing for you is plenty of bed rest. Sleep is your body’s natural defense against viruses and bacteria, and your high temperature is actually trying to kill all the nasty bugs in your system. It’s not a good idea to try fighting your fever straight away. Give your body time to do its job.
  • Drink plenty of water. You’ve probably not got much of an appetite, and it’s okay if you don’t eat much for the first few days, but it’s VERY important to drink lots and lots and lots of water. Also, Elderberry Juice. if you can. Elderberries have a documented effect on your immune system.
  • Echniaforce or Purple Coneflower: 40 drops in a glass of water 3 x daily.
  • Mucomyst is an expectorant dissolvable tablet, which promotes the expulsion of phlegm in your airways that is available over the counter. It contains acetylcysteine, which apart from the expectorant effect, also helps detoxify your liver. Take the recommended dosage on the bottle, which is up to 4 times a day. This is an absolute must for dissolving the mucus in your airways so that you can cough all the phlegm up.

After the Acute Phase

Keep taking the same medicine as you did during the acute phase, but be aware of how long you are allowed to take Mucomyst.
In addition:

  • Vitamin C: Take at least 3g daily, but you can also take more, or simply 1g every other hour for 4-5days, and then keep going with 1g 3x daily for 2-3 weeks until you feel better again. After that you can settle on 1g daily.
  • Sore throat? Garlic Spray is a miracle in a bottle. It contains Allicin, the active virus and bacteria fighting substance which you will also find in garlic. Spray 4 times daily at the back of your throat until you are well again.
  • Vitamin A: 10,000 i.u. daily
  • Vitamin D is really important. Vitamin D strengthens not only your bones but also your immune system. Give yourself a good vitamin D boost for 3-4 days. It’s actually ideal during the acute phase and you should take 10,000 i.u. daily for 4 days and then cut back to 4-6,000 i.u. for a few weeks. You can then continue with a top-up dosage of 2,000 i.u. for the rest of the winter.
  • Zinc is also an immune booster. Take 30-50mg daily.

Food is your most important weapon! It will take two weeks to fully recover!
Boost your immune system with food which contains antioxidants, vitamin C and phytochemicals.
Spare your immune system any further weakening by dropping fast food and foods with added sugar.
Prevent further mucus and phlegm build up by avoiding dairy products, including yoghurt and cheese.

Do you have a juicer? Maybe you haven’t even taken it out of its original box or it’s right at the back of the kitchen cupboard. Get it out, give it a good dusting and buy lots of organic or local fruit and vegetables and make your own medicine!

Fight or Flu: How to Naturally Beat the Flu

Fresh Juice is filled with immune boosters. Do yourself a favor and drink it as much as you can when you begin to feel the tingles of illness.

Buy: oranges, lemons, apples, beetroot, carrots, celery, celeriac, kale, ginger root.
Throw everything into the blender and let it rip. A nice big glass every morning! No, it’s not so hard, and yes, it’s annoying cleaning the blender afterwards – but it’s worth it.

It’s actually also a good idea to add 30-40 drops of Echinaforce to your juice.

Breakfast

DIY protein shake

2-3dl rice milk
2 tbsp Udo’s Oil 3-6-9 Blend
3 tbsp rice protein powder or hemp protein power
1 tsp raw antioxidant powder
1 tsp raw nettle powder
1 tea bag of green tea powder
1 tbsp Rosehip Powder
1 small banana
200g blueberries or other dark berries. Alternatively frozen spinach or parsley

Drink only herbal tea or hot water with sage or ginger. It’s also ideal to drink mint or nettle tea.

Snack

Gluten-free bread with avocado, hummus and roe with organic mayo.

Lunch

Raw vegetable salad or salad with stirfried vegetables and fish.
Use all the colours of the rainbow: tomatoes, red/yellow/orange peppers, spinach leaves, parsley, salad rocket, kale, carrots and beetroot.
Chickpeas or other leguminous vegetables (it’s ok from a can, as long as it’s organic), or brown rice/quinoa leftovers.
Walnuts, almond flakes or coarse coconut flakes.

Feel free to add some raisins.

Dressing: cold pressed olive oil or rapeseed oil, lemon juice, a bit of vinegar, ground turmeric, ginger, garlic, a bit of salt and pepper. Chilli is optional.

-or-

Hot soup

Snack

Freshly squeezed juice again… or take this short cut! It’s an excellent idea to use red beet crystals. Stir 1-2 tbsp into a glass made up of ½ water and ½ pure apple juice and add freshly grated ginger. If you want a more fortifying drink, you can also add 1 tbsp protein powder.
Eat a handful of almonds or nuts if you wish.

If you’re still feeling peckish, grab a slice of gluten-free bread with a hard boiled egg and pesto.

Dinner

A hot meal.
Slightly spicy food means fortifying food.
Chicken – you decide yourself how to cook it.
Root vegetables: sweet potatoes, carrots, beetroot, celery, parsnip.
Peel the vegetables and cut them into bitesize chunks. Bake in the oven with a bit of olive oil, garlic and rosemary.
Green salad with bitter herbs, salad rocket and parsley.
Brown rice or quinoa.

And that’s it.
Get well soon!

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THE ACUTE PHASE:

ASSAULT FROM FEVER, PAINS, HEADACHES AND GENERALLY FEELING UNWELL.

  • The best thing for you is plenty of bed rest. Sleep is your body’s natural defense against viruses and bacteria, and your high temperature is actually trying to kill all the nasty bugs in your system. It’s not a good idea to try fighting your fever straight away. Give your body time to do its job.
  • Drink plenty of water. You’ve probably not got much of an appetite, and it’s okay if you don’t eat much for the first few days, but it’s VERY important to drink lots and lots and lots of water. Also, Elderberry Juice if you can. Elderberries have a documented effect on your immune system.
  • Echinaforce or Purple Coneflower: 40 drops in a glass of water 3 x daily.
  • Mucomyst is an expectorant dissolvable tablet, which promotes the expulsion of phlegm in your airways that is available over the counter. It contains acetylcysteine, which apart from the expectorant effect, also helps detoxify your liver. Take the recommended dosage on the bottle, which is up to 4 times a day. This is an absolute must for dissolving the mucus in your airways so that you can cough all the phlegm up.

AFTER THE ACUTE PHASE

Keep taking the same medicine as you did during the acute phase, but be aware of how long you are allowed to take Mucomyst.
In addition:

  • Vitamin C: Take at least 3g daily, but you can also take more, or simply 1g every other hour for 4-5days, and then keep going with 1g 3x daily for 2-3 weeks until you feel better again. After that you can settle on 1g daily.
  • Sore throat? Garlic based spray is a miracle in a bottle. It contains Allicin, the active virus and bacteria fighting substance which you will also find in garlic. Spray 4 times daily at the back of your throat until you are well again.
  • Vitamin A: 10,000 i.u. daily
  • Vitamin D is really important. Vitamin D strengthens not only your bones but also your immune system. Give yourself a good vitamin D boost for 3-4 days. It’s actually ideal during the acute phase and you should take 10,000 i.u. daily for 4 days and then cut back to 4-6,000 i.u. for a few weeks. You can then continue with a top-up dosage of 2,000 i.u. for the rest of the winter.
  • Zinc
    is also an immune booster. Take 30-50mg daily.

Food is your most important weapon! It will take two weeks to fully recover!
Boost your immune system with food which contains antioxidants, vitamin C and phytochemicals.
Spare your immune system any further weakening by dropping fast food and foods with added sugar.
Prevent further mucus and phlegm build up by avoiding dairy products, including yoghurt and cheese.

Do you have a juicer? Maybe you haven’t even taken it out of its original box or it’s right at the back of the kitchen cupboard. Get it out, give it a good dusting and buy lots of organic or local fruit and vegetables and make your own medicine!

Fight or Flu: How to Naturally Beat the Flu

Fresh Juice is filled with immune boosters. Do yourself a favor and drink it as much as you can when you begin to feel the tingles of illness.

Buy: oranges, lemons, apples, beetroot, carrots, celery, celeriac, kale, ginger root.
Throw everything into the blender and let it rip. A nice big glass every morning! No, it’s not so hard, and yes, it’s annoying cleaning the blender afterwards – but it’s worth it.

It’s actually also a good idea to add 30-40 drops of Echinaforce to your juice.

BREAKFAST

DIY PROTEIN SHAKE

2-3dl rice milk
2 tbsp Udos Choice Ultimate Oil Blend
3 tbsp rice protein powder or hemp protein power
1 tsp raw antioxidant powder
1 tsp raw nettle powder
1 tea bag of green tea powder
1 tbsp Rosehip Powder
1 small banana
200g blueberries or other dark berries. Alternatively frozen spinach or parsely

Drink only herbal tea or hot water with sage or ginger. It’s also ideal to drink mint or nettle tea.

SNACK

Gluten-free bread with avocado, hummus and roe with organic mayo.

LUNCH

Raw vegetable salad or salad with stirfried vegetables and fish.
Use all the colours of the rainbow: tomatoes, red/yellow/orange peppers, spinach leaves, parsley, salad rocket, kale, carrots and beetroot.
Chickpeas or other leguminous vegetables (it’s ok from a can, as long as it’s organic), or brown rice/quinoa leftovers.
Walnuts, almond flakes or coarse coconut flakes.

Feel free to add some raisins.

Dressing: cold pressed olive oil or rapeseed oil, lemon juice, a bit of vinegar, ground turmeric, ginger, garlic, a bit of salt and pepper. Chilli is optional.

-or-

Hot soup

SNACK

Freshly squeezed juice again… or take this short cut! It’s an excellent idea to use red beet crystals. Stir 1-2 tbsp into a glass made up of ½ water and ½ pure apple juice and add freshly grated ginger. If you want a more fortifying drink, you can also add 1 tbsp protein powder.
Eat a handful of almonds or nuts if you wish.

If you’re still feeling peckish, grab a slice of gluten-free bread with a hard boiled egg and pesto.

DINNER

A hot meal.
Slightly spicy food means fortifying food.
Chicken – you decide yourself how to cook it.
Root vegetables: sweet potatoes, carrots, beetroot, celery, parsnip.
Peel the vegetables and cut them into bitesize chunks. Bake in the oven with a bit of olive oil, garlic and rosemary.
Green salad with bitter herbs, salad rocket and parsley.
Brown rice or quinoa.

And that’s it.
Get well soon![/GeoTargeted]

Translated from Original Danish by: Synamon Mills
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