Well gosh darn it, don't you hate it when you catch a cold, the flu, some unwanted illness that's flying around in the world? It can be rather frustrating can't it?
I'd say 100% Yes, I have a large un-love for being sick, there's pain, loss of appetite, and you have no motivation or energy to do ANYTHING!!!
I would know because as I write this blog I am in my Pajamas that i've been in since yesterday (it's almost 7 pm btw)
How do you get a cold in the first place?
"According to Estimates, adults and children in the U.S get 1 billion colds per year. There are over 200 viruses that can cause a cold. Cold viruses take up residence in the lining of the nose and grow, eventually attempting to infect the body. If the body is weak or unable to resist the germs, it will get sick... Evidence suggests the stress and allergies can increase your chances of getting a cold...Colds can run from two days to two weeks" - Dr. Josh Axe, Doctor of Natural Medicine and Chiropractic Physician
How can we speed up our healing process!
Through healthy food, the help of essential oils, and a little bit o' R&R!
How Food can speed up your recovery
The reason you are sick because your body is lacking the right nutrients to keep you healthy. After a few days, yes, your body will recover, but you can speed it up by eating the right foods.
When you do this you are providing your body with the specific nutrients that it needs to recover damaged cells, create the energy your body needs, and boost your immunity.
Now there are a lot of foods out there that claim to be beneficial for your health, such as the boxed, processed, and label induced foods you find on the shelf in the grocery store. Those can help, if they're the right ingredients combined together. But most of the time they aren't as powerful as making your own food.
I know, I know, when you're sick the last thing you are going to want to do is cook, but the actual act of getting up and moving can help you heal. Don't go for a run or get into the gym, your body is soooo not ready for that. But take 5- 10 minutes to fix it up.
Your body is like a machine.
When it gets slow, stops moving, or it is just not working right you need to give it the right stuff to get it moving again. You need to fuel your body with the right foods to help increase the healing process when you are sick.
When you eat the right foods your body fights off the sickness and you’re back to working properly.
What are the right foods
When you're sick you don't really have an appetite for food, especially heavy foods. There are a few that you should probably include in your sick day diet.
Instead of reaching for the easy, the prepackaged, found on the shelf foods. Go for the simple and safe foods like Blueberries, Ginger, Honey, Cinnamon, Vegetables, and Garlic.
Please, for all food that is good, DO NOT MIX THESE ALL TOGETHER!
It might give your body all the nutrients that it needs, but 1) it won't taste good, 2) it's probably going to over load your system and you're going to feel a whole different kind of sick.
You want to make sure you are plenty hydrated - lots of water/ tea- you'll want to cut back on coffee (oh the horror!!!!) I basically live off of coffee, but when I am sick, I live off of ginger tea and honey cinnamon tea.
Ginger helps relieve nausea, loss of appetite, and pain. It is also good for your immune system.
To make the ginger tea you can use any organic ginger tea (make sure it is unsweetened as sugar is a big no no when you're sick) or you can take a thumb nail sized piece of ginger and steep it in an 8 oz mug of hot water for 8-15 minutes. I usually let it steep for 5 minutes and drink it with the ginger still in it.
Honey and cinnamon tea is good because the honey provides throat soothing, antibacterial and antimicrobial properties and the cinnamon is great because it is loaded with antioxidants (which protect the body from oxidative damage caused by free radicals), it is an anti-inflammatory, and helps fight bacterial infections.(1)
To make the Honey Cinnamon Tea take a Tablespoon of Honey, 1-2 Teaspoons of cinnamon and mix it with 8oz of hot water. Mix until honey is dissolved and drink away. (This drink is also great for weight loss as it replaces the artificial sugar out and provides with heart health.)
It is also important to have 1-2 servings of PRObiotics each day: Fermented Products – Pickles, Sauerkraut, Kombucha
Probiotics feed the bacteria that live inside the small intestines, they are good for you because they strengthen the bacteria that fight off the bad bacteria that have entered into your body.
Garlic is another important food to feed your body because it, like cinnamon, contains antibiotics, helping to lessen the severity of your cold.
Chicken Soup, ah the glorious, epitome of sick food. Not only is it warming and it reminds you of when your mom would take care of you, but it also reduces symptoms by providing you with hydration from the chicken stock, electrolytes, and anti-inflammatory qualities.
Essential Oils That Support Your Immune system.
I am in no way an essential oils coach, or certified to say that essential oils will "cure" anything, but in my experience they are very beneficial to one's health
It is important to remember that even though you are sick, you can still build up your immunity, you will fight off the current illness and future illnesses.
What They Are - Essential Oils are concentrated oils found in plants, leaves, roots, bark, or peels. Most are obtained through steam distillation. Because of their concentration, small amounts are used. They are volatile oils, meaning they evaporate quickly and absorbed through the skin quickly.
You should always test on a small patch of skin before applying all over to see if you are sensitive to the oils. You can apply to the skin once diluted with a carrier oil, or distil it with a defuser.
If you have sinus congestion, Eucalyptus and Peppermint are a great combination for immunity support.
I suggest you try are the Immunity Blend, it supports, obviously, the immune system. If you are like me, I get extremely sore and tight muscles in my neck and back, occasionally in my arms or legs. I will use a Muscle Blend, it's a mood booster, relieves Anxiety, and eases muscle pain.
A Little Bit Of R&R
Resting is an ABSOLUTELY essential part of getting better. Without rest your body is just burning itself out. When you rest you are allowing your immunity to rebuild, you allow your energy to revitalize, and lets your body do what it needs to repair.
I am someone who doesn't like staying in bed all day, even when I feel like death is upon me. I try to vary the ways I let my body rest, so i don't feel like i am doing absolutely nothing with my life.
There are a few things you can do that require very little energy.
Long Soak In The Tub...
Nothing makes me feel better than a long, hot shower with a few essential oils mixed in there.
I like to throw a cup or two of The Ancient Minerals Magnesium Bath Salts and 7-10 drops of either Lavender or Peppermint essential oils.
Magnesium helps with nerve transmission, muscle contraction, blood coagulation, energy production, nutrient metabolism and bone and cell formation. It activates over 300 enzyme reactions in the body, which translates to thousands of biochemical reactions throughout the day.
Peppermint- Relieve muscle pain, headaches, digestive issues, boosts energy, soothes respiratory conditions
Lavender - Promotes sleep, relieves headaches, relieves anxiety and stress
It's warm, it's relaxing, and it requires next to no energy at all.
If you're going to lounge around all day, might as well catch up on that book you've been meaning
I hope you are reading this to prepare/prevent for your next sickness, but if this is reaching you while you are sick, then my prayers are out to you for a quick recovery!
- Best of Love, Ashleigh Overlander