I’m not sure if I ever really had the flu before and if I have, it’s been quite some time. With the constant badgering from the government to get flu shots via commercials and other advertisements, it’s a wonder that people share a common fear of the dreaded flu.
I am anti-vaccine (a conversation we won’t get into right now), so needless to say, I did not get the flu shot. Nor have I ever gotten it for my son. So when the H1N1 arrived, let’s just say, I was a bit fearful.
Well without further ado, I managed to finally get the flu this past week, right in the first couple of days of June. Yup, it was 90 degrees outside and I was smacked with the flu virus. It started on a Saturday, I could feel what I thought were cold symptoms coming on. Sore throat, stuffy head, all things I had experienced before this season.
Admittedly, I’ve had a rough past few months, and lost my path of a good diet and nutrition. With the rise of a previous injury to my foot causing a lack of ability to run, my eating habits had gone south.
Stress from a divorce and child custody battle had caused me some emotional stress and I quickly started learning that I too (like most of my family) have an interest in emotional eating. I quickly packed on 15 pounds in a matter of months (just about 2), and my all around vested interest in good health had seemingly gotten lost.
So as soon as I started noticing symtoms of illness, I took no time to pop a few pills and medicate. I had a big work function approaching in a matter of days, and no time for illness. By Sunday night, I was sicker than I had felt in a long time. I was so bad that when I walked, I was dizzy. My breathing was heavy, my coughing caused an explosion of pain in my head, and the sheer thought of movement was dibilitating.
With a few words of advice from my boss (a raw foodie who is holistic and virtually against the use of drugs), I quickly realized that my approach was all wrong. I remembered a chapter the I had read Mayim Bialik‘s book, Beyond the Sling. She mentioned that the use of medication would only prolong an illness. That the drugs simply masked the symptoms and prevented the rapid healing that the body wanted to offer.
I made the decision in that moment, that I would stop the over-the-counters, and medicated holistically and alternatively through proper dietary choices. After all, ““Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” “. And with this knowledge, there is truth.
I started drinking a vegan sports hydration drink made by Vega. I juiced lemons (5 to be exact) and added it to water. I drank this a lot. I remembered when my boss was making a meal with lemons and as she squeezed the lemons in her hands, the juice squirted on her shirt, bleaching the color out of it. She had made the comment, “if the lemon juice could bleach my shirt, imagine how cleansing it is for your insides”. I kept this statement in my mind as I drank my lemon juice, and while it was pretty sour (I added no sweeteners), I know that it was healing.
In addition to the lemon juice, I made a green lemonade which I believe to be super healing I drank 2-3 of these for two days straight.
I used a dietary supplement called Sovereign Silver, a bio-active silver hydrosol. It’s an immune building and support supplement that can be taken in several forms. I purchased the nasal spray for immediate response by my system. (This product was recommended by my boss).
Recommended by my local organic market, I purchased a herbal cold and sinus blaster (store brand). They are drops that you add to water and tastes strongly of mint-very strongly. Some of the ingredients are horseradish root, echinacea, garlic, elderberry, cayenne fruit, licorce herb, and the list goes on. A dropper full of this in a glass of water, twice day, helped to clear the mucus out. But boy was it a bit of a challange to drink.
I also purchased some elderberry cough drops with Zinc in them.
I recently read on Healthy Bitch Daily that wheatgrass is so magical, that it can virtual heal a hangover, so I thought, “why not?, maybe it will heal the flu too”. Wheatgrass is available in the grass form by the tray or in frozen cubes in your freezer section. I had the cubes, so I thawed out 4-6 of them and drank through 20 in two days. I have to admit, within a hours of consuming both the wheatgrass shots and my magic healing exlixar (the green lemonade), I was feeling major improvements.
Within 24 hours of using the above methods, I felt a huge difference. I ate no solids, simply juiced. It was like magic, I felt 90% better and just in time to throw together the big party for work!
Do you have any natural healing secrets? I would love to hear other experiences with natural healing through foods.