Cold Prevention
Natural Remedies

Twelve Tips for Preventing Colds and Flus

Oct 24, 2016

There are many natural remedies for the cold and flu, but the very best remedy is to prevent sickness in the first place. Taking care of your body ahead of time will save you the frustration of missing work or school and the misery that sickness brings. Cold and flu prevention remedies are not very expensive or difficult to implement but they do require diligence to follow through.

1. Apples

It is true. An apple a day keeps the doctor away. A daily apple provide nutrition and health benefits. The apple is especially likely to help your health if you choose it instead of a candy bar as a snack. If you really do not like apples you can try raw apple cider or apple cider vinegar. Taking raw apple cider vinegar daily in water or juice has many health benefits.

2. Astragalus

Astragalus is a root vegetable commonly used in foods in some cultures. This root has immune strengthening properties. Astragalus can be taken daily in a capsule or tincture form. The root can also be bought dried and in bulk and used in rice or soups on a regular basis for immune health.

3. Garlic

With its antiviral action, garlic is a great addition to your daily diet. Fresh garlic added to salads, soups, rice, etc. will help fight viruses that come your way before they take hold in your system.

4. Sunshine

It is no coincidence that there are more cold and flu viruses in the winter when there is less sunshine. If you can get some rays in the winter, that is wonderful. If you cannot, consider a vitamin D supplement in a modest dose. (High dose vitamin D supplements taken long term can cause hypercalcemia.)

5. Vitamin C

Daily vitamin C intake does help your body fight viruses. It is difficult to get enough vitamin C in your foods. If you are going to take vitamin C on a daily basis, the most efficient way is to use ascorbic acid and baking soda to make sodium ascorbate. This is easier on the stomach that ascorbic acid. Making your own sodium ascorbate makes it easy to control the dose and you avoid the fillers and artificial sweeteners common in vitamin C supplements.

Make your own Sodium Ascorbate

  • 1/8 teaspoon ascorbic acid powder plus 1/16 teaspoon baking soda will give you 625 mg of vitamin C. 
  • 1/4 teaspoon ascorbic acid powder plus 1/4 teaspoon baking soda will give you 1,250 mg of vitamin C.
  • Mix your homemade sodium ascorbate with water 2-4 ounces or whatever is easiest for you. Take your vitamin C 2-3 times a day. When your body has had too much vitamin C, you will begin to get loose stools. If this happens, reduce the amount of vitamin C you take.

6. Zinc

Zinc is another important supplement for your immune health. A zinc supplement can be taken daily with a meal.

7. Good Food and Water

Adequate water intake will keep your body and its cells properly hydrated. Water helps your body flush out toxins and keeps your kidneys working well. Herbal tea counts towards your water intake; coffee, soda and energy drinks do not. In fact, these beverages should be consumed in limited amounts if at all.

Make an effort to consume whole foods. Keep fast foods and processed foods to a minimum. Reduce your sugar and white flour intake. Eat fresh fruits or nuts for a snack. Not only will a healthier diet help your body fight viruses, it will make you feel better overall.

8. Hand Washing

Frequent handwashing will prevent the spread of germs. You do not need antibacterial soaps to get your hands clean. In fact, antibacterial soaps with triclosan can cause health problems over time. Lather your hands up with soap and scrub for 20 seconds, then rinse. Dry you hands with a clean towel. You can make your own triclosan free hand soap.

Sometimes you will be away from home and not have the option to wash your hands. Make up this easy home made hand sanitizer and keep it in your purse or back pack.  You can get your hands germ free without the risks from the store bought triclosan hand sanitizers.

Home Made Hand Sanitizer

  • 1/2 cup aloe vera gel
  • 1 teaspoon glycerin (you should be able to find this at a pharmacy.)
  • 2 tablespoons rubbing alcohol
  • 10 drops essential oil (orange is pleasant, lavender is calming, or tea tree, which will give some extra power to your hand saniitzer but it doesn't smell as pleasant to most people)
  • fill small empty squeeze bottles with your hand sanitizer

9. Exercise

Regular exercise may be the most important thing you do for your health. It promotes healthy immune function. It helps your lungs and heart to work well. Perhaps most important is that it helps your mood. And your mood and attitude do have a direct correlation to your health.

10. Rest

Rest may be one of the hardest disciplines for good health. It is so easy to skimp in this area. But your body is using rest time to heal itself. Make an effort to get regular good sleep each night. If sleep is elusive to you, see this page for ideas to cope with your insomnia.

11. Relax

Stress is not good for your health. Make an effort to do something that is relaxing to you. Take a hike. Sit in the sunshine. Read a chapter of a good book. Do a puzzle. You think you do not have time to relax. But do you have time to get sick? You do not have time NOT to relax now and then.

12. Healing Baths

Perhaps a bath is your preferred way to relax. Great! Baths are good for you! Adding some simple natural ingredients will help you bath contribute to you overall health. Keeping your body detoxed will help prevent sickness. Baths are one way to detox the body.

Do you have a cold and flu prevention method that works? Please send us some feedback!

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Posted by Mama To Many (Tennessee) on 10/24/2016
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It is that time of year to think about preventing colds this winter!

A couple of years ago I had one of my children on astragalus root daily as I felt he was at risk for lyme. (He had had a suspicious tick bite reaction.) He took it daily for a few months.

It was around this time of year that a cold was going around. Everyone in my family got the cold. (We like to share around here, haha.) Everyone, that is, except the child I had taking astragalus root.

Astragalus root strengthens the immune system. It worked for him! He was about 5 at the time, I think. He took one capsule a day. For an adult, I would probably take 2-4 daily. It is a pretty inexpensive herb.

There are plenty of things you can do to prevent colds - I would be interested to hear what anyone else has found helpful to stay healthy during the colder months!

Have a super day!

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Vibegirl
Buffalo, Ny
14 posts

Hi Mama to Many

There are so many wonderful options to prevent and deal with cold/flu etc.

Love that you and your family use an herbalist needless to say they are my first choice! The old 'plague' remedy is always on my cupboard - (vinegar, garlic, cayenne, ginger, onion, horseradish) and gives me a boost to my circulation each time as well! I take more if I feel the need if I didn't catch something in time. Echinacea is also high on my list.

I also believe Vitamin D3 helps me, washing my hands off and on through the day and avoiding sugar as much as I'm able! I kind of do anyway.

I'm also a big believer in mindfulness and 'expecting' to be healthy..have been cold free for 4-5 yrs now and simply expect to to breeze through the winter! But hey, there's always back up if we need it.

Thanks for sharing! :)