Cold and flu season is here! Check out my top 10 tips to bounce back quickly!
Wash your hands
Scrub with soap and water, thoroughly and often. Many people are fighting off colds/flu’s around us, best practice is prevention by washing hands.
Warm fluids, sipped constantly throughout the day to help flush things out.
Warm nourishing foods
We don’t want our body working too hard by eating tough things to digest. However, we want nourishing foods that restore and provide essential nutrients to support our immune systems. Organic bone broth soups are a wonderful option.
Avoid sugar and processed foods
The goal is to minimize inflammation so your immune system can focus on fighting off any active infection. Sugar and processed foods are inflammatory.
Cold wet sock treatment
My absolute favorite. Wring out cold, wet socks and layer with wool socks over, right before bed. Great for pulling congestion and heat out and away from the head. Sounds terrible, but your body quickly warms the socks and it works fantastic.
Rest rest rest
Any vigorous activity or “pushing through” means your body is using resources for something other than fighting off your active infection. This will simply prolong your cold and flu. Listen to your body and rest.
Vitamins A, C, E, D, and minerals zinc and selenium are tools your immune system fight off an infection. These are great immune-boosting nutrients.
Echinacea, Andrographis, and Holy basil are immune-supporting and antimicrobial herbs that help quickly fight off active infection.
IV Nutrient Therapy
A fantastic way to bypass your digestive system and get high dose nutrients directly to the bloodstream. Nutrients such as Vitamin C, B vitamins, zinc, selenium, etc. in a hydrating bag may boot your immune system and be an added benefit for some.
Disclaimer: always consult with your health care provider before adding in supplementation or herbs to make sure they are suitable for you.
-Dr. Ashley Damm, ND
Naturopathic Doctor, Vancouver, BC