Your Natural Anti-Biotics

Let’s face it. There’s not a darn thing about a cold or sinus infection that’s fun or exciting. And every over (and behind) the counter “aid” has a side effect that’s even worse for your body than the infection itself. So how about we do something good for our body that also makes us feel better? This is a list of what we do in our house for ourselves and all nine kids. I dare you to try a few!!

First of all: We get adjusted on a regular basis. Did you know that every time you get your neck adjusted it boosts your immune system? That’s an easy one.

Next: There are foods you should avoid in order to get healthier and stay healthier. Read on.
*Sugar: Sugar is THE WORST THING FOR YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM. Bacteria thrives on sugar. Your immune system cells that attack infection can’t work when you consume sugar.
*Dairy: Dairy thickens mucus and promotes microbial growth (bad), and is known to cause sinus infections. A much better source of calcium is leafy green vegetables.
*Citrus: A mucus producer. Fruit is good to eat, just steer clear of lemons, grapefruit, limes, and oranges.
*Fried Food: Fried foods increase inflammation all over the body, even your sinuses.

Lastly, there are foods you can focus on that will help you heal and stay healthy.
*Onions and Garlic: Both are natural antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial.
*Ginger: Ginger contains antioxidants, natural anti-histamines, and anti-inflammatories. This speeds healing, decreases pain, and reduces swelling and congestion.
*Coconut oil: This is very good at decreasing inflammation and killing viruses, bacteria, and fungus. Swishing a spoonful of oil for 5 minutes per day does wonders!
*Hot Tea: Warm herbal teas let you inhale steam as the warm liquid carries away the mucus. The better teas are peppermint, ginger, chamomile, an licorice.
*Apple Cider Vinegar: This is 1) a natural antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory. It can kill destructive microorganisms that cause infection. 2) helpful for the body to maintain a healthy alkaline pH level, which helps to break up mucus and discourage disease. 3) a proven immunity booster, so it can help prevent infections from occuring in the first place. It’s easy to use. Dilute 1 TBSP vinegar in 1 Cup of lukewarm water and drink up, once each day.

-Dr. Sherry

Brett McDonough