It is that time of the year again when people come down with more colds, 'flus and tummy wogs. This is particularly a problem as we get older or have weakness in respiratory areas.
There are some simple age-old remedies that still work well and are not precluded by blood pressure problems, glaucoma etc.
At the first sign of not feeling well, boost your Vitamin C levels. Vitamin C (better with added bioflavinoids) is a natural antibiotic that is used by the body to combat invaders. When we are sick, our normal supplies are used up very quickly and the body screams out for more.
Just as the doctor often says start the antibiotics with a double dose, we need a good starting amount of Vitamin C ie 2 - 4 Gms. (1000mg = 1Gm) Then top up with 1 -2 Gms every 1-2 hours the first couple of days. If bowels are getting loose you can ease off a bit, you have reached saturation point. By the third day you should be down to 4-6 hourly doses. Your body will be telling you when you need more - you will start to flag. Listen to your body (NB -use the right Vit C for your blood group.)
At the first sign of a furry, sore or uncomfort-able throat, start warm lemon and salt gargles. The lemon acts as an astringent, getting under the viral phlegm, lifting it off to be spat out; stopping it multiplying. The salt heals the raw surface left by the bug so that another one doesn't settle there. If caught early enough, you can stop it developing it. Otherwise, it will still take the pain out of the sore throat for a while and can be repeated as often as needed.
If you are stuffed up - nose, head, sinuses, chest; this is an ideal way to drain it all away and stop it multiplying. Bring a cupful of lemonade to the boil in a saucepan, return to cup and sip while hot. Works within 5 minutes and lasts at least half an hour. Can be repeated as often as needed. Use it to ward off bronchitis and pneumonia. Has been used successfully by our polios. A polio member remembers this remedy being used with ginger beer by his grandmother. Tea tree oil inhalations help with congestion and sinus too.
TUMMY WOGS and 'FLU's
Tummy wogs are often accompanied by giddiness, nausea and vomiting. The nerves in the balance centre of the ear are being interfered with and need more Vitamin B6. (200-400 mg) Take another 200mg whenever symptoms return. If muscles are aching as well, your body is sending out signals that more magnesium is needed. Take 2 - 4 chelated magnesium 500mg (ie 200 - 400mg elemental magnesium - check the fine print) every few hours as needed to control muscle aches. Take more as soon as niggles of pain return. Of course you still need all the extra Vitamin C mentioned earlier all the way along too. Loose bowels indicates saturation point of Vitamin C and Magnesium so you know when to ease off.
Listen to your body and treat the symptoms. You'll get better a lot quicker and won't have such a rough time.