Sickness-I’m So Over You

December 26, 2012

I’ve been infected with an Upper Respiratory Infection.

I’ve been fighting it for a little over 2 weeks now.

Good part is, it’s almost gone. Only a little cough is left.

Bad part is, I usually don’t get sick. And when I do, I get over it really quickly. Take a 24 hour flu bug for example, and my system kicked it out in 4 hours. Two weeks was a bit ridiculous.

Another good part is, is that it didn’t turn into Bronchitis or Pneumonia, like with many others I know, that also lasted up to 5 weeks. Yuck!

It may have taken longer for my system to get over it, but I refused to go the conventional way by going to the doctor and getting on antibiotics. I tried lots of different homeopathic medicines only to be disappointed after trying them to realize that some of them had sugar and lactose in them! That just made me want to call the companies and explain to them that

  1. Sugar causes inflammation and with things like upper respiratory infections, your body is trying to fight inflammation. That’s why there is an over production of mucus, to coat the inflamed area and help it heal.
  2. Lactose is made from milk, which contains mucus and puss, which causes your body to produce more mucus and puss. Why would you want to put something into your body that creates more of what you are trying to get rid of?

Maddening.

So, I stopped taking those.

They weren’t working anyways.

I did come across a homeopathic cough syrup with wild cherry bark  that actually worked though. Wellness Cough Syrup

 

And then the final thing that really kicked the infection’s butt and out of my system was Zinc. Yep, Zinc. I started taking it and almost immediately started feeling better. Then I wondered why I didn’t start taking it earlier!

Zinc is known for it’s immune system building properties and boy did I need it! If you want to read more about Zinc here are The Top 10 Benefits.

Something else the Upper Respiratory Infection caused was my appetite to dwindle down to virtually nothing. No energy to do anything and no appetite. Needless to say I lost a few pounds. Good thing it’s winter though because I can build it back up with muscle by working out at the gym, which will warm me up and also load up on things like nuts to build myself back to where I need to be.

TELL ME: What do you do to fight off colds naturally? Leave your comment below.

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Written by Natalie Collins
Natalie Marie Collins is a certified Raw Food Nutritionist and Brilliant Business Coach. She is passionate about how easy it is to change your body, lose weight and glow with fresh whole foods.