By – Margaret A, Freelance writer, Health & Wellness
Why take a holistic approach?
I prefer to think of the word holistic as being spelled wholeistic. Why? Because the holistic approach is meant to treat the entire human: mind, body, and spirit. Modern Western medicine can be very touch-and-go, treating only the symptom or the affected site, ignoring what else may be going on in the body. According to the American Holistic Health Association, “this condition of holistic health is defined as the unlimited and unimpeded free flow of life force energy through body, mind, and spirit.” The focus is not only on the healing aspect of health, but also puts emphasis on maintaining a well-balanced life and prevention of illness. This can include alternative therapies, daily diet modifications, and physical activity to promote metabolism, endorphin release, and blood flow.
First of all, one of the most annoying things about having a cold is asking yourself “Is this just a normal cold or do I have advanced bronchitis?” only to go to the doctor and they direct you to the nearest pharmacy to buy an expensive decongestant from the shelf. It makes sense to just take a few extra preventative steps in your daily routine so you can skip the sterile waiting room with uninteresting magazines and the uncomfortable exam table covered in obnoxiously crinkly paper.
Here are a few ways to prevent an unexpected and inconvenient attack on your immune system:
• Wash your hands
Sometimes a no-brainer, but the fact is is that most of us do not wash our hands often enough.
• Take probiotics
The Immune system is 80% located in the gut. A study in 2017 demonstrated a strain of probiotics called Bacillus was a high anti-viral performer.
• Get enough sleep
Sleeping is the ultimate body recharge. Your cell phone can’t operate to its fullest potential at 2% battery, why should you?
• Immune system operating on level 10
Making sure that your body is getting enough vitamin C, B6, and E is crucial. Start every morning by shooting 2 ounces of juiced ginger, green apple, and turmeric. Turmeric helps fight inflammation, ginger helps clear your airways, and lemon is loaded with vitamin C.
• Make sure to eat fruits and vegetables, exercise and minimize the intake of alcohol, saturated fats, and refined sugars.
Virus or bacteria already have a grip on you? Scientifically reserched ways to fight back
key to flush out your system. The increase of healthy juices, broths, teas, and just plain water is paramount. Not all beverages are created equal: unless you want to increase your waistline and remain ill, avoid soda and high-calorie juices. Sugar and high fructose corn syrup can hide in unsuspecting places. Honey, lemon, and ginger with hot water helps soothe sore throats, suppress coughs, and the honey is not only delicious but encourages anti-microbial activity. (2)
proven to act as effective against human pathogenic bacteria. Simply add it to an essential oil diffuser, put a few drops in hot water or sub-lingually (under the tongue) (3)
Proven to efficiently fight off influenza symptoms according to a study performed in 2000. (1)
a strong antioxidant and an excellent source of vitamin C, magnesium, copper, and manganese. It can be effective in treating nausea, inflammation, migraines, and other ailments. It is also extremely versatile; it can be ingested, juiced, or can be infused into oil or tea. (4)
It is important at any age to treat your body, mind, and spirit with the love and respect they deserve. In addition to the natural home remedies mentioned above, it is key to supplement your body and mind with physical therapies such as meditation sessions, yoga, or just a simple walking routine. Getting outside to enjoy the sunshine and be a part of nature can be just as much more beneficial to the body as than sitting in a waiting room reading a Reader’s Digest from August 2007. Of course, if symptoms persist and get worse, do make an appointment with your general physician or specialist to help prevent the progression of the illness.
Best Hot Toddy for Colds – Jaunty Staff addendum
Enjoying a Hot Toddy when your down with a cold might be just the thing to relieve some of your symptoms, relax you and get you ready for a good nights sleep. Our favorite recipe is listed below. Our friends at the Smithsonian can give you more info on why if your curious. Enjoy & feel better!
- 2 cups hot water
- ginger root, 5-6 thinly sliced pieces
- 2-3 cloves
- 1 lemon, halved and squeezed in
- a drizzle of honey
- shot of Rum or Bourbon (1 shots good)