Avoiding Colds and Flu Naturally!

This year it is of utmost importance that we pay attention to strengthening our immune
systems naturally.  
Using certain herbs, foods, supplements and homeopathic remedies can help you avoid
catching a cold or flu and build your immune system.  If you do catch a virus, they can help
relieve the symptoms and shorten the duration and severity of the illness.  

What most people don’t realize is how much your daily diet has an impact on the strength of
your immune system.  If you or your child are eating sweets daily, processed foods, junk
food, drinking soda or other sweetened beverages regularly, you are weakening your
immunity and will be more likely to catch virus’s. One teaspoon of sugar (soda has about 9-
11 tbsp.) can weaken your immune system for 4 hours.  I believe that this is why so many
people are now having an extreme difficulty fighting illnesses.  (Besides repeated antibiotic

Try eating more vegetables, at least 4-5 servings a day!  Along with eggs for breakfast, how
about a few pieces of steamed asparagus, some spinach, squash or a few tomato slices.  
Have a salad with lunch, and at least two vegetables with dinner.  Fresh fruit can also bolster
vitamin C and help build resistance.  
Eat berries daily!  Especially frozen - freezing berries breaks the cell wall and releases more
color pigments containing the beneficial bioflavanoids.   Avoid all white flour (eat only
WHOLE grains), baked goods, sugary cereals, cookies, cakes, candy, and sweets.  You’ll
feel so much stronger than you realize!  

Good Natural Vitamins a MUST!
It is very important to take a good quality, plant-based not synthetic, multi-vitamin/ mineral
supplement daily which supplies you with vitamins, minerals, trace minerals, amino acids,
essential fatty acids, proanthocyanadines, bioflavanoids, green foods, enzymes and more.  
(Nature's Sunshine has VitaWave liquid which contains all these)
Taking 2000-4000 mg. of  Vitamin C every day will help you fight infections.  Eating garlic
regularly or taking odorless garlic capsules helps fight viral, bacterial, and yeast infections.  
Bee propolis is known as Russian penicillin and is often found in natural vitamin
supplements.  It is collected by bees to protect the hives from infection.

Super Antioxidants
I HIGHLY recommend using Super Antioxidants daily!  Not only because they help reduce the
signs of aging, along with aches and pains, but they can greatly increase your immune
system, being 20 - 50 times more potent than Vitamin C and E!   
Nature's Sunshine Grapine w/protectors is wonderful

Using Echinacea (purple coneflower) herbal extract regularly can help you avoid or reduce
the severity and duration of viral illnesses.  40 drops for an adult taken 4-6 times a day at the
first sign of a cold can help you avoid it completely.  Olive Leaf extract from Pure Herbs is  
proven more powerful than penicillin in fighting upper respiratory infections, sinus, strep
and throat infections!  Those with autoimmune diseases should consider using Astragalus
instead of Echinacea to strengthen the spleen and immune system.  It is a safe, long term
immune system tonic.

Oil of Oregano
My favorite is a high-quality, full-strength Oil of Oregano.  It is a very powerful agent against
bacterial, viral,parasitic, and fungal infections.  I recommend keeping some on hand!  It’s an
excellent general tonic and immune stimulant.  You can take one or two capsules a day, or
place one or two drops of the oil under the tongue to go immediately into the blood and
lymph system.  4-5 drops can also be placed in juice andtaken several times a day.  This can
be your best defense against the flu!  

Therapeutic value of Colloidal Silver
Also consider using Colloidal Silver for excellent anti-viral protection!  It works great to help
avoid or reduce symptoms of colds and flu.  The body has an innate ability to rejuvenate and
restore itself to optimum health. When taken daily, Colloidal Silver acts as an optimal
immune system supporter by helping the body fight invaders. Medical tests indicate no
known adverse effects from the use of properly prepared Colloidal Silver, and there has
never been a recorded case of drug interaction with any other medication.
The body does not develop a tolerance to Colloidal Silver and no allergic reaction has ever
been recorded.

How Colloidal Silver Works
The presence of Colloidal Silver near an invader disables its oxygen-metabolism enzyme, its
chemical lung, so to say. Within a few minutes, the invader suffocates and dies, and is
cleared out of our bodies by the immune, lymphatic and elimination systems. Unlike
pharmaceutical antibiotics, which destroy beneficial enzymes, Colloidal Silver leaves these
tissue-cell enzymes intact, as they are radically different than those enzymes of primitive
single-celled life. Thus, Colloidal Silver is absolutely safe for humans,reptiles, plants and all
multi-celled living matter.

Not to be underestimated is the value of maintaining good colon health.  The Chinese have
long equated respiratory problems with poor bowel function.  If waste product is not being
removed in a timely fashion then toxins build up in the body, and particularly the respiratory
system.  Be sure to take NSP's Bowel Detox, as well as keep the intestines in fighting shape
with friendly bacteria, such as acidophilus or Probiotic Eleven.  Enzymes are a must.  Take a
broad spectrum enzyme combination, such as NSP's Proactzyme both with meals and
between meals.

Regular daily exercise and fresh air will also keep your lymph moving and your immune
system strong.  
Try rebounding (jumping on a mini-trampoline) everyday, even if it's just 2-5 minutes, several
times a day.  
Be sure to wear a hat when out in the cold.  Getting plenty of sleep and daily relaxation to
reduce stress will also help.  Keeping your self strong and healthy not only protects you
from the flu, but many other ills as well.

Gael Riverz is  a naturopathic doctor and can be reached at 262 538 2448 or email:
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