Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Avoid The Medicine Cabinet This Fall...

Avoid The Medicine Cabinet By Stocking your Kitchen Cabinet This Fall

            Look, no matter how frequently your neti pot is in rotation we’re all susceptible to the autumnal sniffles of the common cold.  In order to avoid defaulting to your medicine cabinet it is key to have a properly stocked kitchen cabinet.  Prevention is the name of the game, folks.  It doesn’t take make much and it doesn’t have to be crazy expensive either.
            Okay, this might be blasphemous, but truth be told you don’t need tea.   We all enjoy it and that’s great but, invest in some fresh ginger (which stores best in the freezer, actually).  Starting the morning off by steeping grated ginger in hot water and squeezing some lemon juice in it goes a long way.  And what’s more, the concoction is not a diuretic like most teas are so you won’t suffer from dehydration which puts our bodies at risk often without us knowing it.
                        Oregano oil.  Amazing.  Pick it up at a local natural foods store and, along with your ginger brew in the morning take a few drops orally.  Oil of oregano is attributed with characteristics including antibiotic properties, powerful anti-parasitic properties, natural antihistamine and antiviral.  And the best thing about this substance? Your body is not going to build a tolerance to its efficacy as you would with pharmaceutical antibiotics.
Let’s not forget about vitamin C either.   However, instead of chugging 8 oz of pasteurized (deadened) orange juice have a grapefruit or an orange before brekky and you’ll be set.
Avoid dairy.  I know, people love cheese.  But it only increases unnecessary mucus production in the body.  Keep it moderate, and, if you have to get your dairy fix try goat dairy as it ‘s much easier to digest in our one-stomached system than cow dairy and thus does not ignite the creation of mucus in the sinuses and throat the way cow dairy does
            So, you’ve taken the necessary precautions and you still get the sniffles? It’s okay.  My preferred remedy, and all my school teacher friends swear by it, is “kick-ass immune” which you can get at the natural food store and take orally.
            Beware of homeopathy.   Although it is a popular route to take towards curing ailments in new-age culture there is very little research to show that homeopathic cures are actually effective.  It might just be a waste of your money and time. As E. Ernst of the University of Exeter writes, “…there was no condition which responds convincingly better to homeopathic treatment than to placebo or other control interventions. Similarly, there was no homeopathic remedy that was demonstrated to yield clinical effects that are convincingly different from placebo.”[1]
            That said I think for myself, if I get a cold this fall, I’m going for the kick-ass immune and heavy dose of some kava extract.


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