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How I Beat the Flu with Natural Remedies

The magic garlic?

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Oh No, My Roommate is Sick!

For the past two weeks, I noticed my roommates sickness was getting worse. And after going to the doctor, she found out that she had both bronchitis and the flu. Yikes! No good for her, and no good for me, as those are two highly contagious sicknesses. Unfortunately, I woke up Sunday morning with a slight sore throat and a stuffy nose…I knew it was inevitable while living in such small quarters with my roommate. However, working from home allowed me to focus on doing what ever I can to prevent my sickness from developing further. And somehow, my crazy methods seemed to work! By Tuesday I barley felt a sore throat, and felt good enough to go bowling! In fact, I rolled my highest all time score of 234! By Friday I had no trace of a sickness at all. So how did I do it?

Something I Did (or was doing) Worked

I am aware that correlation doesn’t mean causation; but to avoid developing these highly contagious sicknesses, I had to do something right. So, rather than telling you I know for certain what worked, I am going to simply tell you everything I did (and was doing prior) in order to beat the sickness.

Prior to the Sickness: A Quick Background

For the past few months, I have been eating a very healthy diet and working out three times a week. My diet is extremely low in carbohydrates, dairy, and grains. Excluding when I go out to eat, my meals are a combination of meat/eggs and veggies cooked in olive or coconut oil. I eat two or three meals a day, and when I eat I eat a LOT.  My sleep schedule is all over the place, but I manage to get at least 8 hours every night. On the other hand, I had been drinking a good amount each weekend. I think my fairly healthy life style played a huge role in preventing sickness from developing. 

The Treatment

After realizing I was getting sick, I started my “treatment”. Here’s what I did:

When getting sick, it is important to get anti-oxidants and vitamins. Carlson’s Aces are a supplement that contains vitamins A, C, E, Selenium and Calcium. They claim that the ingredients together are highly effective in helping our body get the appropriate anti-oxidants. Science aside, when I was a kid I was just told by my family to take these when I felt I was getting sick…so that’s what I did!

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This I believe is the most important and effective part of my treatment. I learned this trick from my good friend Sarah Bailey the last time I got sick. It is very important to start doing this as SOON as you feel sick. Garlic is like natures antibiotic. It is important that the garlic is fresh…minced garlic in a jar will NOT work. Why? When fresh garlic is crushed, a chemical reaction results in sulfenic acid. However, this acid is unstable and breaks down into allicin, which has strong antibiotic components. You can read more about it at Body Unburdened.

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So, here’s the procedure:
    • Let the garlic sit for 15 minutes so the sulfenic acid can turn into allicin. 
    • Combine the garlic with one teaspoon of raw honey. This makes it more bearable.
    • It is also recommended to add a 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper, but I did not have any on hand. 
    • Finally, spoon the mixture into your mouth, chew it up, and swallow! 

Do this 3 time s a day and continue doing so until a day or two after the symptoms are gone. 

Once again, it is important to get anti-oxidants when sick. Fruits are a great natural way to get them. My smoothies consisted of 1-2 bananas, 6 straw berries, a handful of mixed berries (blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries) mango juice, and a scoop of Whey protein powder. You can get this stuff in bulk at Costco or Sams Club.

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Have a water bottle or glass of water on you at all times.

Life While Treating the Sickness

While I had the beginning symptoms of getting sick, life went on as normal. I continued working out, staying up until as late as five in the morning, and even drank some beer at the bowling alley. If I had noticed things getting worse rather than better each day, I may have modified this behavior.

Who knows exactly how effective the treatment was versus my prior life style. But all in all, I hope this was insightful and can assist someone else when they start to get sick!

1 Comment.

  1. Sarah Bailey

    Glad you got better quickly! I am in the same situation right now (roommates been sick for weeks) and am beggining the garlic treatment.

    Another tip for peeling a bunch of garlic at a time is to seperate the cloves and throw em in a jar and shake shake shake; the skins will just fall off in the jar.

    There’s a lot of hype on Vitamin C with preventing illness- EmergenC anyone? But take a look at the ingredients: Fructose, Citric Acid, Natural Orange Flavors, Malic Acid, Orange Juice Powder, Tapioca Maltodextrin, Silica, Beta Carotene, Glycine, Aspartic Acid, Tartaric Acid, and Cysteine Hydrochloride.

    Not sure if all thats gonna help anyone feel any better, best to avoid sugary drinks and white foods in general especially when feeling sick as you mention- low carb low grain.

    With your smoothie note, it is key to consume whole foods (vegetables, fruits, and more herbs please!) packed with vitamins and antioxidents on a daily basis and even more so when feeling ill. If you are going to take suplements, I think its important to stress finding quality reputable sources. Zinc is another great and vital immune booster that many of us could benefit from adding a little extra to our diet.

    Thanks for the post, Kurt!
    Cheers,
    Sarah

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