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Wednesday, January 15, 2014 • Posted January 16, 2014

What To Do If You Get The Flu.

Flu Ban is my new favorite cold and flu remedy - it is an olive leaf, neem, homeopathic combination. I have gotten very good feed back on this from customers.

For respiratory symptoms, I have several recommendations. These include: Fenugreek and Thyme, a great combination for both cough and drainage. CongestEeze is another great product for helping with congestion and cough. Sinus Blaster is another customer favorite - this stuff tastes bad, but it works fast and helps relieve sinus and respiratory congestion.

I also like old-fashioned herbals like echinacea. Echinacea is a blood cleaner that helps break down mucous while boosting immunity. Elderberry is another good herbal that helps keep viruses from spreading while boosting immunity. Oregano oil is another great natural remedy. Oregano oil kills lots of viruses, bacteria, parasites and fungus. It is really strong stuff – especially the kind that is at least 70 percent carvacrol.

If you are deficient in zinc or vitamin A, you will need to supplement these to get your immune system to do its job. Zinc deficiency is common in anyone who is stressed - a good sign of zinc deficiency is white dots on fingernails. Vitamin A is deficiency is not as easy to find. Beta-carotene is not true vitamin A - people with blood sugar problems or thyroid problems cannot convert beta-carotene to vitamin A and will be deficient. Cod liver oil is a great source of natural vitamin A.

I also recommend keeping your body on the more alkaline side since viruses such as the flu will thrive in an acid environment. Most of us do not know what is acid and what is alkaline – so, I will summarize it for you.

Good – or alkalizing includes vegetables and fruits (raw being the most alkaline), raw vegetable juices, kombucha tea, coral calcium, green supplements, enzymes, raw lemon juice, raw apple cider vinegar and raw almonds. For instant alkalizing, drink 6 ounces of water with 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda stirred in.

Bad – or acid forming foods include sodas (diet sodas are the worst), tea, coffee, chocolate, smoking, and foods made with white flour and/or white sugar. Remember that sugar takes your immune system down for 5 hours - so in addition to being acid forming, it zaps your ability to recover.

Remember that diseases such as the flu are opportunistic. If the host is full of acid waste and other toxins, then the flu will love their body and thrive. If the host is healthy and alkaline, then the flu will have a hard time and will move on.

Stress and the typical American diet tend to make us good homes for viruses because they make our pH acid and deplete our vitamins and minerals. We are also inundated with chemicals that are bodies cannot break down and eliminate. To stay in balance, alkalize your diet, use herbal cleanses periodically to get rid of excess toxins, and take good high quality supplements that help keep you balanced so you are not a good host (or hostess) for the flu.

Margaret Durst owns The Green House, a vitamin, herb and health food store in Mason, Texas.

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