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What to Do When You’re Sick: Ideas for Natural Recovery and Healing

When battling a bug or seasonal allergies, you can help the body’s healing process, naturally.  And in this article, I’ve listed some of the best ways to do that:

Food:

Eating a “clean” diet made up mostly of raw fruits and vegetables will encourage natural, powerful healing at the cellular level and clean the body for a more potent healing than most medications.  A few of the best foods for healing and their effect on your body:

  • Watermelon – replenishing
  • Pineapple – fighting / cleansing
  • Greens (kale, spinach, arugula) – fighting / cleansing
  • Berries – protecting / cell renewal
  • Tomato – protecting / cell renewal
  • Citrus (orange, grapefruit, lemon) – protecting
  • Apple – replenishing / cleansing
  • Avocado – soothing

Water:

When your body is hit with thousands of allergen particles, the natural response is to sneeze and cough to remove them from the body.  Water is the remedy – with enough water, the body is able to have the fluid it needs to process the invading allergens and remove them from your body.  This is huge when fighting seasonal allergies.  When I started drinking the right amount of water, I was able to stop taking my prescription allergy medication!  It has a lot to do with eating clean and drinking enough water…drinking even more water when allergies hit!  To know how much water your body needs, take your weight and divide it by two and the remainder is the amount of water, in ounces, your body requires as a base for health.  Example: 130 pounds / 2 = 65, so 65 ounces.  When allergies start tickling your nose, add 20 ounces or so to that total.  You’ll feel better within the hour, and your body will be happy to have the help as it works hard to keep all of your internal systems free and clear.

Supplements:

Supplements can be used to fill in any nutritional gaps or to get an instant boost in nutrients, both promote natural healing but I’ve found the following three supplements highly effective in speeding recovery time:

  • Zinc + vitamin C. I take Earthsweet Zinc lozenges – take 2-3 a day to significantly boost your immune system to either fight a cold, of keep yourself from catching one. Take this instead of EmergenC, as it is a whole-food formula.
  • Adaptogens. These cell-renewing herbs are found in Shakeology, which I take every day. When you’re sick, you can replace up to 2 meals a day. Mix it with 20 ounces of room temperature water to maximize nutrient absorption.
  • Calcium + magnesium. My favorite is organic Calm tea – take 2 teaspoons in warm water before bedtime.

Exercise:

A relaxing Yoga flow routine gives us the ability to heal quicker by opening energy pathways throughout the body, creating space between the bones of the spine, increasing blood flow to our brain, and gently re-aligning our body.  I love the “Yoga Studio” routines available on Beachbody On Demand.

Inhale joy, exhale worry. Ahhhh 😌

joy

Rest:

Sometimes our body succumbs to sickness when it is just in dire need of rest.  So instead of the “fighter” mentality that could come when you fall sick, choose to “lean in” to it, doing the best you can to encourage healing naturally through diet and yoga as suggested above, AND by setting yourself up for adequate rest and recovery.  For me to rest well, I usually ask my husband or a friend for help with the children (I have three young ones, and making sure they’re taken care of is always key!) and maybe a warm bath with lavender essential oil, or an entire day spent in my PJs resting and reading in my bed.  On some days, all I can claim is 3 or 4 ten-minute meditation sessions where I focus only on God and His greatness, which gives my body, mind, and soul a refreshing break.

My point is: when you’re sick, get the food, water, supplements, exercise, and rest that you feel you need.  You know your body best, and you can do a lot to help your body heal.

Do you have a go-to routine for healing?

I’d love to hear it!  Shoot an email to katygillis@gmail.com or comment with your ideas below:

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