Staying Healthy This Cold and Flu Season

Tips to Stay Healthy During Cold and Flu Season

Winter’s here, and with it are the colds and flus that knock us down.  Here at The REBEL Workout headquarters, we have some tricks to make sure your immune system is working well and if you do get a cold or flu, to help you knock it out as quickly and comfortably as possible.

Essential Oils
Essential oils are extracted from plants that have biological healing properties. Essential oils have been used for centuries and have documented effects besides just smelling nice. You usually either use them topically or put them in a diffuser. Sometimes you can take them orally, too. Here are a few good essential oils for kicking a cold or flu.

Eucalyptus oil contains eucalyptol, which relieves congestion, decreases coughing/bronchitis, and kills infectious bacteria in your respiratory tract. Rub some under each nostril if you're stuffed up.

Oregano oil is an antiviral, antifungal, and antioxidant.  Swallow 4-6 drops of oregano oil diluted in coconut oil or oregano supplements.  Don’t take oregano oil for more than a week.

Tea tree oil also kills resistant bacteria. it’s great for disinfecting your house if you have a cold, and you can breathe in tea tree oil vapor to relieve congestion. Just don’t swallow this oil.

Supplements
Supplements get a bad rap but its all about the quality of supplement that you purchase.  Supplements works the best for immune enhancement. Here are the superstar supplements for enhancing immunity, the ones with the most research.

Vitamin D3 – During winter, taking 1,000 IU of D3 for every 25lbs of body weight can greatly increase your ability to fight off infections.

Vitamin C, contrary to popular belief, won’t necessarily prevent you from getting sick. It can, however, help you get rid of your cold more quickly. When you’re getting sick, your body will demand far more vitamin C than normal.

Glutathione recharges antioxidants after your body uses them, so taking it with vitamin C gives you an extra antioxidant boost. When you’re getting sick, you have more oxidative stress and more free radicals to quench.

Zinc can help you kick a cold faster and decrease your symptoms, too…as long as you take it within 24 hours of the cold’s onset.

Foods
Chicken soup. The old classic really does kill pathogens that cause upper respiratory infections. Always get or make your chicken soup from the bones of pasture-raised chickens. You can also use beef or lamb bone broth bases.

Ginger contains sesquiterpenes that specifically fight the rhinovirus – that’s the virus responsible for many colds.  Make ginger tea, eat raw ginger, or add ginger to your chicken soup.

Garlic is a strong antiviral, antibacterial, antiparasitic, and antifungal. It also boosts your immune system.

Turmeric is full of antioxidants and curcuminoids, the most famous of which is curcumin.  Curcumin regulates your immune system and is a strong anti-inflammatory.  Purchase it combined with black pepper extract, which boosts bioavailability considerably.

Remember these easy tips and you'll be cold free in no time!


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