The dreaded flu! No one wants to get it and when they do, they want to be rid of it, as soon as possible.
There are some easy things you can do to ease the suffering and get better faster. Here are some natural remedies that can help: salt baths, magnesium, Vitamin C and D, sweating and respiratory aids.
Many years ago a patient came into the office and shared this great home remedy for illness. I have used it many times since then. Salt baths…they are a great therapy for any sickness. Here is how it works. With the flu you have a lot of toxins trapped in your body needing a way out. Your body gets rid of these toxins through your pores, urine, snot, diarrhea and vomiting. When you have the flu, these mechanisms get overwhelmed and you suffer. A simple way to speed up the toxin removal is by using a little trick that sends the toxins out through your pores.
Make sure you have Epsom Salt and Baking Soda (not powder). Put 48 ounces (3 pounds) of Epsom Salt and two boxes of Baking Soda (the small boxes at 16 ounces each) in a warm bath and make sure it all dissolves. Then soak in it for 45 minutes to an hour.
While you’re in the bath, have a large water bottle with room temperature or hotter water to replenish your internal water with clean water. Drink the entire bottle over the course of your bath. Don’t drink cold water because you want to sweat as much as possible in your hot bath.
In addition, don’t get into a super-hot bath because your pores will react by closing up. So make the water comfortable and once you’re in the bath, crank up the hot water.
The purpose of the Epsom Salt and Baking Soda are to create a saltier water solution outside your body than you have inside your body. In response, your body tries to dilute your bath water with its internal water stores where all your toxins are hanging out and making you miserable. The result is toxins leave your body as they’re drawn out with your internal water. I heard of one man taking this type of bath and he could see gunk oozing out of his pores.
Afterwards you should feel really drained and tired, yet you will feel better. A nap after this cleanse is a good idea. You can take these baths two to three times per day.
You have no idea how much this speeds your recovery until you try it. Just remember to get your supplies and have them on hand for the next time you do get sick or start to feel like you are getting sick.
Why do your muscles get sore when you’re sick?
The biggest reasons are toxins and magnesium deficiency. I prefer a powder form of magnesium such as “Natural Calm.” This allows you to control the amount of magnesium. It is important not to overdo it because too much magnesium can cause diarrhea. Not the most preferred thing if you’re getting diarrhea with the flu.
I remember having the flu many years ago and my muscles hurt everywhere. When I had recovered enough and the nausea went away, I tried some magnesium citrate dissolved in warm water. Within ten minutes my muscles started feeling better. I was stunned.
Why do your eyes hurt?
This is due to Vitamin C deficiency. In the human body, we store Vitamin C in our eyes and a few other places. When we’re sick we tend to use up our stores of Vitamin C, which makes our eyes sore and achy. Orange Juice, fruit or Vitamin C pills can help with this and speed your recovery.
What to do about respiratory congestion?
Vicks vapor rub is awesome to loosen up your chest. The other thing I suggest is the two respiratory enzyme formulations we sell at our office. These are incredible for loosening up your tight chest and dramatically improving this method of elimination for getting toxins out of your body in the form of phlegm.
What about diarrhea?
You can just let this happen because your body is using that method for eliminating toxins. If you’re diarrhea is severe, seek medical intervention. They might suggest simply eating bananas and apple sauce to make your stools more solid or on the other extreme putting intravenous fluid into you to make up for lost fluids.
Don’t forget about Vitamin D
Vitamin D deficiency could be the reason you got the flu in the first place. I take 25,000 IU’s 2x/day when I’m sick. When I look back I realize I wasn’t taking my Vitamin D prior to getting the flu.
It’s interesting that people north of the equator get the flu in and around January when Vitamin D from sun exposure is the lowest(This is our winter time) and people south of the equator get the flu in and around August when vitamin D from sun exposure is the least for them (there winter time, our summer time).
It’s important to get Vitamin D levels high before getting sick to get the preventative benefits. But taking Vitamin D while you’re sick will help. If you’re ever in doubt you can get your Vitamin D levels checked with a lab test. Make sure you take Vitamin D3.
Don’t underestimate the power of a fever
I know you feel crumby with a fever and it’s easy to reach for over-the-counter medications to tame the fever. But by raising your body temperature, your body tramples on bacteria and viruses. It’s a huge player in our immune system, so let the fever run its course. Encourage it by bundling up and sweating like crazy. And drink lots of fluids of course.
Regular chiropractic treatment is always a good idea.
This helps keep your body working properly which includes your immune system. I’ll have more on this in a future issue. Just to give you a teaser of what I’m talking about I’ll say that Chiropractic became a licensed profession because of its ability to keep people from dying in the 1918 flu epidemic. Yes, we became licensed because of our ability to treat infectious diseases.
If you’re curious to know more, I have a YouTube video on my website that goes into the details. Visit https://www.aberlechiropractic.com/energy-sleep-immunity/ to watch it.Share