Feeling Under the Weather?

Published August 27, 2013

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I woke up this morning feeling ‘under the weather’. Yukky feeling in my throat, sore, tired, no energy, light headed….I immediately knew what was coming my way. Winter flu, oh NO! 

I have assignments and work stuff coming out of my ear at the moment, so I really cannot get sick. So I decided I am not letting this one beat me! 

Even though, all I felt like doing was crawling back into bed, I made myself get up and started with my morning routine, my lemon water, husk and apple cider vinegar drink. This might not sound appealing, but it is the best way to alkalise your body first thing in the morning and ‘get things moving’ if you know what I mean. Sickness is usually the result of the body becoming too acidic, so the very best thing to do is try to restore the pH balance with lots of alkalising foods, such as fresh fruit and veg and Supergreens.

As feeling cold and sick-y, for breakfast I didn’t really feel like chewing on a cold carrot, (which I would’ve been happy to do any other day) so I ldecided to make my favourite morning porridge with added chia seeds (Omega 3s), fresh blueberries (antioxidants + fibre), cinnamon (blood sugar regulator) and Manuka honey! Manuka honey is fantastic, its a medical grade honey from New Zealand that is know to minimise the effects of cold & flu.

My very next thing after my delicious breakky was a shot of spirulina, to really get that alkalinity and detox going. Yes, that stuff is vicious and it tastes like the bottom of your fish tank, but it does the job! It also enhances your body’s natural detoxification.

To wash down the ‘delish’ spirulina flavour, I’ve made myself a nice hot Rosehip tea, which is high in Vitamin C which is a great immune booster and antioxidant.

Next, the supplements! Without fail, I always have some Echinacea at the house for occasions like this. Echinacea supports healthy immune function and relives symptoms of upper respiratory tract infections. If I ever feel any signs of something coming on, or if I have sick family members around me, I immediately start taking it and it works wonders. 

Vitamin C and Zinc are the other MUST HAVE items in my cabinet, as they are necessary for good immune function. BUT instead of having one big hit of vitamin C, I take 500mg increments every hour, as it is better absorbed in small quantities. 

Onto the next…good old Garlic! Garlic is a great traditional remedy for sickness, a natural antibiotic with antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. 

You can make a nice crushed garlic salad dressing, or you can just swallow it by itself. I peel 2 garlic cloves, smash them with the flat part of the knife, let it sit for 5-10 mins to bring out its health-promoting properties and just swallow them like tablets chasing it with a tasty drink. This way I don’t have to chew it, and I won’t taste it as much throughout the day. I repeat this 3-4 times per day, until I am better. 

As for food, I keep my meals nice and light, with lots of fresh citrus fruits and lightly steamed veggies. 

Stay away from inflammatory and mucus forming foods such as wheat/gluten and dairy, and stay FAR away from sugar! 

Load up on antioxidant SUPERFOODS, green juices and smoothies. 

Keeping up fluids is also vey important, so sipping on warm herbal tea is always a good idea. 

 

I am already feeling a hundred times better, no signs of stuffiness or sore throat! All within just a few hours of waking up sick. Feeling great already, I will be ready for a fresh start tomorrow morning. 

 

Happy healing! 

Nik

Nik Toth