Updated: Nov 20
The next time you feel the onset of a cold, flu, or are considering an antibiotic
for something, there are some natural remedies you could try first or alongside
it to help speed up your healing. While you may need an antibiotic in some
cases and you should always consult with your doctor, there are so many foods
that you can use to support your body in preventing illness or to recover quickly.
"Let food be thy medicine, and let medicine be thy food." -Hippocrates
The strength of your immune system is directly related to how often you catch colds
and viruses, and how severe they are, which is why eating these foods and consuming immune boosting supplements regularly is so important.
If you do need to take an antibiotic; it's important to take a probiotic at the same time
to replenish the good bacteria in your gut and maintain the health of your microbiome. I am always both surprised and disappointed by the doctors who will prescribe an antibiotic without offering further guidance to properly care for the patient's body. Read below for my top immune boosting food & supplement choices.
Garlic is nature's medicine and an important healing vegetable. During World War II, Russian
soldiers ran out of penicillin, and they started using crushed garlic in its
place, so it was given the nickname Russian Penicillin. It contains anti-viral,
anti-bacterial, and anticancer properties.
There are so many ways to enjoy fresh garlic. Infuse more into your diet by adding it
to guacamole, pasta sauce, potatoes, or bread.
RAW HONEY & MANUKA HONEY
The fructose and glucose in Honey are saturated with more than 200,000 undiscovered
phytochemical compounds and agents, including pathogen-killers, phytochemicals
that help protects you from radiation damage and anti-cancerous phytochemicals.
In addition to its anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties, Honey's highly
absorbable sugar and B12 coenzymes make it one of the most powerful brain foods
of our time. Raw Honey also helps repair DNA and is high in minerals such as
calcium, potassium, zinc, selenium, phosphorus, chromium, molybdenum, and
Enjoy raw honey as a natural sweetener and replace processed sugar with it. I love to
add manuka honey to my morning matcha. If you have a cold, you can add it to
warm with water with lemon to support your immune system. I also love to use it
on apples or as a topping on banana ice cream.
CELERY JUICE or GREEN JUICE
Celery Juice has become one of the most popular drinks in the last few years for a
good reason. The benefits almost seem endless - with just a few of them being
to kill Epstein-Barr virus, eradicate Strep Bacteria, E-Coli, and reduce
Celery Juice can help heal UTIs, Autoimmune Disorders, Acne, Eczema, and Psoriasis.
Enjoy Celery Juice any time of day or when you wake up – just make sure it's on an empty stomach and wait 20 minutes before consuming anything else to receive the maximum benefits.
Learn more about the benefits of CELERY JUICE here.
Potatoes contain anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral properties. They are also
abundant in the amino acid L-Lysine, which inhibits viruses.
Potatoes are one of the easiest things to bake with so many varieties and ways to enjoy
them. You can bake them whole, slice them up to serve as fries, make potato
chips (sans oil), or dice and toss them in a salad.
You can also purchase an L-Lysine supplement in my online store.
It is common knowledge that lemons and citrus fruits have a high Vitamin C content
which keeps the immune system strong and healthy.
Add it to a glass of water daily, use it as a healthy salad dressing
alternative, or add it to warm water with Honey.
Colloidal Silver has been used for thousands of years to protect human health. It is a
powerful antiviral and antibiotic consisting of tiny nano-sized particles of
Silver suspended in water.
From the time of Hippocrates, Silver's health-protective properties have been
well-known and vastly researched. Silver was used to help protect the purity
and safety of drinking water throughout ancient civilizations.
Colloidal Silver can be taken as a maintenance dose or for short-term immune support.
Just check the package for dosage instructions.
VITAMIN C FOODS & SUPPLEMENTS
Vitamin C is widely known to support the entire immune system, but it's essential to
take a high-quality supplement without additives. Take a high-quality supplement
daily to build immunity, and when you feel the onset of a cold, flu, or other virus, just increase your dosage.
Vitamin C rich foods include Bell Peppers, Broccoli, Citrus Fruits, Cauliflower, and
Kale. Add some fresh kale to a smoothie and enjoy bell peppers in a salad or crudite.
Oregano oil is amazing for colds or a sore throat. It is rich in anti-viral, anti-parasitic
and anti-bacterial properties
Add it to a fresh ginger shot with cayenne pepper, or it can be taken on its own.