3 Ways to Prevent a Cold and the Flu

We are entering what is called the “cold and flu season.” Boost your immune system in preparation and keep yourself healthy with these 3 steps:

1. Eat well. This is one of the simplest and best ways to keep your immune system strong. Did you know that one gram of sugar shuts down the immune system for 4 hours and most carbs will turn into sugar as soon as they start to digest in the stomach? Carbohydrates are necessary, of course, so find balance and limit or eliminate the simple carbs (corn syrup, table sugar, honey, candy, soft drinks, maple syrup, jams/jellies, fruit drinks, brown sugar, molasses) and eat more complex carbohydrates (green veggies, whole grains or sprouted grains, starchy veggies like potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn and pumpkin, beans, lentils, peas).

2. Get enough B- Vitamins. Ever feel really tired ofter you eat? B-Vitamins turn carbohydrates into glucose for energy. If B-Vitamins are not present in our body’s to break down the carbs and protein, the body’s stored energy is used to try and break them down, thus zapping us of energy. B-Vitamins are water soluble, which means the body cannot store them and the excess will be flushed out through the urine. B-Vitamins should be replenished everyday either from foods high in B-Vitamins (broccoli, spinach, parsley, beets, turnips, mustard greens, asparagus, romaine lettuce, bell peppers, turnip greens, lentils, snapper, calf’s liver) or from a plant based supplement.

3. Detoxify every 6 months. Even if you do nothing else, detox. Detoxing the colon is the first step of any good detoxification program. The colon stores a lot of excess fecal matter that can be full of toxins. Most people have an average of 5 to 10 pounds of excess fecal matter and some have even more! When the intestines are clean, the rest of the body is then able to detoxify quicker and more efficiently. Detoxing is akin to getting rid of a virus’s food storage. Without all the toxins in the body there is nothing for the virus to live on and the immune system is able to get rid of it before it affects you.

Prevent yourself from getting a cold and the flu this season with a few simple changes. First, change your diet and cut out any foods with artificial ingredients, sugars, grains, or processed food. Second, add B-Vitamins to your daily diet. If you are unable to change the foods you eat then at least give your body the proper tools to break them down. Third, detoxify: don’t allow toxins to be stored in your body for viruses to use against you.

Here’s to your health and mine! Namaste.

How to prevent colds and illnesses

As of late, I have been noticing that my friends who are 10+ years younger than me often have a cold, or a headache, have to call off work, feel exhausted, and/or aren’t nearly as active as I am. This has lead me to do some research into sickness and diseases. I’ve come across some fascinating articles from pHd’s, university’s, medicals centers, and nurses and wanted to share my findings.

“Nutrition is a widely accepted tool for prevention of chronic diseases” – according to the Washington State University. “Hydration, plant-based foods, probiotics, exercise, and vitamins and minerals are 5 ways you can prevent colds and flus” – says the University of Tennessee Medical Center.

This seems somewhat obvious to me. Don’t most people know these things, I wonder? Are my friends just not privy to such helpful info?

I remember a past roommate of mine who suffered from chronic back pain. I was working for a chiropractor at the time and loved his expertise and suggested she see him. After months of resistance, she finally did and several weeks later she told me, “Wow. I had no idea how much pain I was in! I was so used to it that it became part of my life and I tolerated it. It’s not until I’ve become nearly pain free that I can see how bad it was.” It reminds me of the frog in the boiling water analogy: if a frog is put in a pot of boiling water, it will jump out immediately. If a frog is put into a pot of room temperature water and the heat is added slowly, it will stay there and be boiled to death. I think we humans are the same way, and I’m no exception. We need to think bigger than the pot/situation in which we find ourselves. After all, we aren’t amphibians or reptiles. We can think and choose differently.

I experienced a deadly health condition (ovarian cancer) at 24 and have been exploring what it means to be truly healthy ever since. I can see my own past (and current!) bad behaviors mirrored in others and wonder how I can best use my experience to help. Hitting people over the head with all the knowledge I have hasn’t really worked. Me being silent about it and letting people continue to get colds and have headaches and pain, isn’t helpful either. I’m exploring a different option through this blog and sharing my journey. My hope is that you can avoid the hell that I experienced and live a much richer and fuller life.

So, how have I gained the health I have today after being told multiple times that I wouldn’t live, having had 13 weeks of 8 hours-a-day chemotherapy, a dozen blood transfusions, my abdomen sliced from my sternum to hips 5 times, a 5 pound tumor and 50 tumors taken out-at-one-time? That’s a long story, maybe for another time. The short version is to never give up. Look beyond what you can see. Cry, laugh, sing, dance, do yoga, take supplements, eat organic, work with alternative as well as mainstream health care practitioners and in various fields, talk to people, pray, and keep moving forward.

If you want to read more of my story now, visit http://www.lasaludorganics.com and check out the Meet Audrey tab. Today, I take just 3 supplements and eat whole, real, organic food, with the occasional treat to In-n-Out or a steak house. I’ve learned to lighten my grasp on “my health” and I recognize that it’s so often out of fear that we do and don’t do things: I used to be extremely rigid and regimented in what I ate and didn’t, ALL THE TIME. Thankfully, perfect love casts out fear (1John 4:18) and so I lean into His heart for me (and the world) and am watching this fear and control leave as I step into more and more health. It’s funny how it works that way. I let go, still using my knowledge and understanding (not throwing the baby out with the bathwater), and I get even healthier.

May love and health come to you like a river! Thanks for coming on the journey with me. I’d love to hear how it’s going for you.

Read more from the UT Medical Center: http://www.utmedicalcenter.org/news/370/5-ways-nutrition-can-prevent-cold-flu-and-treat-them/
Read more from Washington State University: http://www.pitt.edu/~super4/38011-39001/38711.ppt