Eek, winter is here
And we all know what that means: clogged noses, sore heads and feeling like the pits.
But don’t reach for the cold and flu medication just yet.
The truth is, we get the flu for good reasons.
Team TCK are firm believers that the flu is not a dis-ease that we should panic or fear, however we know that days in bed can really get us down!
Our good friend and ‘Wholefood Medicine Man’ Don Tolman has some pretty good thinking on the subject.
He talks about how our body is like a house and each one has a fire place with a FLU for the smoke to rise, so it doesn’t fill the house with smoke and gunk!
Your body is actually venting constantly, through your pores, when you go to the loo and more.
However, occasionally your chimney gets so blocked up with junk, your body needs to open ALL the vents to start immediate clearing!
So you can imagine, when you suppress your symptoms with medicine, not only are you blocking your vents, you’re also weighing down your system with even more junk to clear.
Now, we think it’s important to do whatever is best for you, and we certainly aren’t doctors (although we like to think of ourselves as Juice Doctors!), but if you’re feeling the effects of the flu we have a few wholesome wholefoods that we reach for to speed up the detoxification process and get it over and done with, so you can go back to being a star!
The key here is to support the venting process, not to suppress it!
And now *drum roll* our three favourite flu busters:
Our little yellow friends are jam packed with Vitamin C, which is known to help support the immune system. Lemon can help to bring up and dissolve phlegm (yikes). Lemon is also seriously anti-bacterial, so it will help clear out those nasties that your vents are releasing!
Turmeric is loaded with anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties, so it’s the ideal support for your body during a ‘clean of house’ process. By including turmeric in your diet you can fight infection and warm the body. Seriously, we love the stuff in a juice, stir fry or tea!
Ginger helps to soothe the systems of the flu, as well as speed up the venting process. Ginger is a natural antiviral and can help stimulate perspiration, this is so important as the pores of your skin are your bodies largest vent. Ginger also contains antiseptic properties which act as a decongestant.
We love Lemon, Ginger and Turmeric so much, you’ll find each of them in a bunch of our juices. Think:
- Go Go Green
- Ginger Snap
- Beet Chia
- Clean Green
- Daily Green
- and more!
- Because three is never enough
And if you’re struck down with the flu right now, there are a few other handy tools from nature that we suggest you reach for. We make sure we have good, unrefined salt on hand at all times. Bathe in it, sprinkle it in your water and add it to your food. Seriously, salt works wonders for the flu. We also make sure we drink at least 3 litres of water a day when we’re feeling sick. If you really want to supercharge your healing process, add some activated charcoal to mop up any nasties that have been left behind.
And have a beautiful day,
Inga & The Cleanse Kitchen xxx
** Blog image by the wonderful people at Par Avion Tea