When I happen to get a cold or flu in spite of all my best efforts to be immune, I make sure to follow these tips and have plenty of healing comfort food available. Recipe link below…
So here are some of my best tips for getting over a cold or flu:
- Be humble – in spite of your best efforts to avoid it, you got it, so accept the challenge to slow down gracefully
- Really rest, don’t watch TV or play computer games all day, you’ll recover 10 times quicker
- Drink lots of herb tea and filtered water – this serves two purposes, keeps you hydrated, and gets you up every so often to pee and get your blood flowing
- Don’t eat if you don’t feel like it
- Eat comforting, easy to digest foods when you do feel like it – miso or other brothy soups to start (see kichiri recipe here)
- To reduce pain, get a foot, hand, and/or neck massage – if this isn’t possible lay over a foam or wooden roller, even in bed! You’ll be amazed at how well this works, better than aspirin!
- Or, take a hot Epsom Salts bath ands sweat it out!
- Avoid analgesics if possible – they give you relief in the moment, but, they lower your immune system, which can stretch out your recovery. They also make you feel better than you really are, which keeps you from resting properly!
- Seek out holistic help – acupuncture, homeopathy, naturopathic remedies, etc…
As you can see, there is nothing radical here, no magic pills, but the truth is when you are down and out, it’s time to respect your body and take care.
For the best healing, soothing, comfort food I know of, try this soft, creamy, mildly spicy combination of rice and red lentils called Kichiri