Support Your Body Naturally through Cold and Flu season

Support Your Body Naturally through Cold and Flu season

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I’ve been pretty healthy in the last several  years, only going to the doctor maybe once every other year. So imagine my horror when I contracted the flu from my husband.It was awful! Thankfully my husband was mostly over his when I got sick (something I attribute to him never receiving vaccines - but that’s a post for another day!) so he was able to do things for me while I was recovering. 


I was doing several things naturally to support my body through the flu that may have also had the added benefit of temporarily putting my rheumatoid arthritis symptoms into remission temporarily. I gotta tell ya, plain old body aches beat RA pain anyday.  


Here’s what I did:


  • Sipped on a good quality coconut water as often as tolerated. My favorite brand is Harmless Harvest. It’s always the fastest hydrating and it’s always fun to try and find a pink one!

  • Drank tons of bone broth, usually about 32 - 36 ounces daily. Mine was homemade and was so easy to make in my Instant Pot. Recipe I base mine off of here.

  • High doses of Vitamin C as tolerated. I took both chewable and tablets, taking approximately 2.6 grams per day.

  • Followed modified BRAT diet - using gluten free toast from Canyon Bakehouse, no rice (my body doesn’t tolerate it well), organic applesauce (that my body ended up not liking either) and under ripe bananas. The resistant starch did wonders to keep up my energy.

  • Diffused my favorite antiviral essential oils (Clove, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus Radiata, Rosemary and Lemon oils) pretty much 24/7 and applied a Eucalyptus blend as needed on my chest and throat for cough and sore throat. Get my favorite one here

  • Drank at least 70 oz of water as tolerated (over half my body weight)

  • Took 10,000 IU's of Vitamin D drops daily

  • Consumed 2-3 drops nascent iodine twice a day

  • Drank Peppermint and Chamomile herbal teas to both keep my passages clear and help soothe me to sleep at night. I added some local honey to help keep probiotics in my body and to soothe my sore throat


One thing I didn’t do was take anything for my fever. It wasn’t that high (maybe 102 at its highest) so I allowed my body to use the fever to fight off the virus. I have an autoimmune condition currently so I needed to be as kind to my body as I could without pushing it too far.


I’m not a medical professional, so I can’t say this will work for you, just that it helped me as I was healing from both types of flu. PLEASE do what I did and seek out a professional opinion before starting any sort of treatment. I’m so glad I was able to support my body naturally, with a little help from an antiviral, which I think helped tame my EBV (Epstein-Barr Virus) down while I wasn’t feeling well. This helped eliminate any rheumatoid arthritis symptoms, which was a HUGE relief! I can’t imagine dealing with an RA flare AND the flu. That would’ve been really miserable! Praying that you and yours stay happy and healthy throughout the rest of the Winter.


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Winter got you down? Do these things daily to help you feel a little brighter

Winter got you down? Do these things daily to help you feel a little brighter
The Winter blues are a real thing. As much as 60% of the US deals with it each year. That's a lot of people who are feeling a little down! What are the winter blues? Known as seasonal affective disorder, often referred to by the acronym SAD, the winter blues shows itself in the following ways:

1. Mood: anxiety, apathy, general discontent, loneliness, loss of interest, mood swings, or sadness.
2. Sleep: excess sleepiness, insomnia, or sleep deprivation
3. Whole body: appetite changes or fatigue
4. Behavioral: irritability or social isolation
5. Also common: depression, lack of concentration, or weight gain (list courtesy of www.mayoclinic.com)

Now that we know what to look for, what are some ways we can combat it's effects?

1. Get some fresh air and exercise. I know, I know, that's what everyone says, but in this case it's true. The endorphins (or feel good hormones) that are released during and after even just 20-30 minutes of any heart pumping movement, especially if it's outdoors, can turn any gloomy day around.
2. Going to bed and waking up at the same time. Having a bedtime routine that your body can look forward to sets the stage for a great night's sleep. Having trouble settling your mind? Keep a notebook by your bed to jot down notes and consider the use of a non-melatonin based supplement like Sleep Essence that harnesses the power of essential oils to naturally lull you to sleep.

3. Get as much sunshine as possible on your skin as early as you can. Even if it's just 10 or 15 minutes each morning, that can produce the amount of Vitamin D your body needs to regulate your mood. If the day is dreary or overcast, find a good Vitamin D3 supplement and take at least 3,000 IU/day. Spending 10-15 minutes in front of a light box first thing.

4. Diffuse mood lifting essential oils. Essential oils work great when diffused because they can cover a large area and when used in an ultrasonic diffuser can quickly and safely get into your bloodstream and help lift your mood effectively and naturally. Some of my favorites are Joy (a blend of floral essential oils), tree oils such as black spruce or balsam fir and citrus oils like Orange and Lime.

Picking just one (or more) of these choices will help you combat the effects of Winter and help you feel like yourself again!
If you'd like to learn even more about this topic or to schedule a time to speak with me about this, give me a holler. I'd love to chat with you!