With the exception of one trip to Denver last week for a family member’s appointment – I haven’t been out of the house since 12/18 last year.
This season, I’ve managed to catch 2-3 bugs/illnesses in immediate succession. (A common cold, followed by the flu, followed by a stomach bug or food poisoning, I think). Apparently I’m attractive to infectious bugs. <3 🙄 Awwww.
Being “out of commission” for three weeks reminds me of what was my constant reality for much of last year.
I struggled to think, move, or function much at all. Sometimes it was difficult to even put together a meal to eat (and my system could hardly tolerate any foods anyway).
After a lot of research, trial and error with foods/supplements, and three visits with a chiropractor (who actually hasn’t adjusted me yet, but his expertise extends way beyond chiropractic skills/knowledge), I began noticing some significant improvements in my health around early December.
And then WHAM. The Attack of the Bugs commenced.
And my system defended valiantly with sinus congestion, headaches, muscle pain, and gastrointestinal cramping and disgorgement of contents therein.
But even in my temporary sickness, I’ve still sometimes had more energy and fewer symptoms than I had for most of 2017.
Even now, I generally feel less cold, less dizzy, less depressed/anxious, and more awake cognitively than I have in a long time.
It seems that the answers I’ve found for treating my chronic illness – which involved changing my diet/lifestyle – have also improved my resilience to infection.
Which…seems like a no-brainer, I guess.
But it makes me wonder how many of us would experience a curtailment in quantity, duration, or magnitude of flu/cold symptoms if we each ate the right diet for our individual, unique bodies (and avoided foods that make us sick).
Perhaps some of the foods in our diet (even seemingly “innocent” ones – let’s pick on the tomato) are weakening us and causing us to be impacted more severely by the common cold. (If you’re thinking “Hey, what’s so bad about sweet little Tomato?”, please feel free to ask for more info in the comments and also check out Legit Excuses for Picky Eaters. In short, some potential problems with the tomato [at least for some of us] involve solanine, calcitriol, lectins, and glutamate.)
Some things I’ve been taking to recover from infection:
- Silver (to destroy infectious microbes).
- Turkey bone broth (to heal the gut, especially after stomach bug).
- Magnesium (which I try to take anyway, but replenishing the body’s electrolyte reserves is especially important after sickness.)
- Salt (strengthens the adrenal glands, which can be weakened by sickness).
- Water with lime juice, baking soda, and monk fruit (for stomach).
- Hot ginger water with honey (for stomach).
- Clementines (rich in vitamin C).
Hope this post finds you well. <3 As always, if you have any questions, feel free email me or drop your query in the comments section below. (However, please do not treat any information [in my posts, the comments, or from other correspondence with me] as fact or medical advice [see brief and full disclaimers below]. These are just some remedies I’ve personally found helpful.)
Stay warm + well. <3
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