Week 4 has not been great.
I lost a beloved aunt on Sunday.
Even so, I planned to run.
Then the cough started and I lost my voice.
Still planned to run.
Then the fever and aches kicked in.
And like that, I’m fighting a horrible bug that’s moving through the house (perks of having a toddler!)
While I’m still not feeling well I’m really thankful it’s not as bad as it could be. This is one of those moments where I have to listen to my body, rest, & recuperate.
So, instead of sharing my (nonexistent) runs this week, I figured I’d share some of my favorite all-natural germ-fighting remedies. I’m not a fan of dosing myself up with chemicals so when I’m under the weather I rely on these to get me better quick.
I take a probiotic every morning but when I’m not feeling my best I will take 2 in the morning & 2 in the evening. Stress & lack of sleep will trigger the gut & brain that the immune system is prone to attack. By increasing the healthy bacteria in the gut I’m giving my body the opportunity to fight back by absorbing additional nutrients & increasing serotonin (the feel-good hormones). My go-to vegan probiotic is from NOW Supplements.
While Vitamin C does not cure colds & viruses, it does help boost the performance of white blood cells, those strong little fighters in our blood system who attack infections. When my WBC’s are in need of a boost, I cut up an orange, lemon, and lime, bring it to a boil in a saucepan with water & fresh garlic (another immunity-booster & infection fighter) and drink it down warm like tea. Not only is this soothing to my throat, but gives my system the opportunity to fight.
When I reach for herbal tea there’s only one brand I grab… T-We Tea! T-We Tea has a great selection of delicious teas and tisanes with hilarious names and the perfect herbal/floral blends for whatever ails you. This particular tisane selection is one of my favorites for cold busting. Turmeric is a powerful antioxidant & anti-inflammatory to help with the fluish body aches. Lemongrass also is a pain-fighter, while orange peel helps boost the immune system. Chamomile blossoms are great for relaxation & sleep (much needed when sick) and carrot chips are filled with vitamins (K1, potassium, A, B6 to name a few) that help fight germs & boost the immune system.
I’ve been a lifelong asthmatic, so the humidifier has always been a constant in my home. When I’m sick, I immediately get the warm mist pumping through the air to keep my lungs open and clear. Since I’m battling the flu, using warm mist also helps to keep my sinuses clear. What I love about this Levoit brand is that I can add essential oils on a side slot & pad to add to the healing element. Currently, I have lemongrass and eucalyptus oil for helping to fight my fever. At night I use some clove and rosemary to detoxify the air and surfaces around the house. A much better & healthier option (for me) instead of spraying Lysol or using bleach.
There’s nothing better than increasing your water intake when fighting the flu. This is a number one essential for fighting any infections. Water helps break up congestion and gives your body the energy to fight the nasty bug trying to take you down. It also feels amazing when fighting that cotton-mouth-feverish duo that strikes. I fill my bottle with ice cubes & drink it down.
I’m allowing my body and soul time to rest and heal before pushing it again. Next week, I’ll get back to smashing my goals, not only because I want to, but because I know my auntie would be incredibly proud of me.
What are your go-to natural remedies? Runners, how do you get back on track after a bad week? Please reach out to me on social media @NJGardenTeacher & let me know! (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat)
Get ready for next Friday’s update!