Protect Yourself From Colds, Flu & Other Viruses. Naturally.

A regional virus outbreak in China has morphed into a global scare that now threatens countries all across the world. Cases in America have skyrocketed, with 22 states now being monitored by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The CDC is watching a total of 63 potential instances of the Wuhan virus across nearly two dozen states, CNBC reports.

In addition, for the week ending January 11th, The CDC’s Weekly U.S. Influenza Surveillance Report, found that:

  • All 50 regions of the country are seeing elevated levels of flu-like illness.
  • Activity is being caused mostly by influenza B/Victoria viruses, which is unusual for this time of year. A/H1N1 viruses are the next most common and are increasing in proportion relative to other influenza viruses in some regions.
  • CDC estimates that so far this season there have been at least 13 million flu illnesses, 120,000 hospitalizations and 6,600 deaths from flu.

Translation: this season’s flu is hitting at the high end of normal. According to reports in Scientific Americanthis year’s flu vaccine may be as ineffective as last year’s version.

People with a depressed immune system, nutrient deficiencies, lack of adequate sleep, and exposure to toxins are especially susceptible.

Antibiotics are medicine used to treat and prevent bacterial infections. When used properly, they can either kill or inhibit the growth of bacteria that cause problems like ear infections, stomach problems and several skin issues.

However, antibiotics do not fight infections caused by viruses, such as colds, the flu, most coughs, and sore throats. They also do not work against fungal infections.

So, how do you prepare your body to ward off viruses naturally? 

Natural remedies for strengthening your immune system include vitamins C and D, herbal supplements, essential oils and eating healthy. Try the following five natural immune boosters to help your body step up to the plate:

1. Vitamin C (500-1,000 mg)

Research shows that vitamin C has shortened the duration of colds and can decrease the number of colds in physically active people.

For maintenance, take 500-1,000 mg buffered vitamin C daily. During acute conditions, take up to 4,000 mg a day until symptoms resolve.

2. Vitamin D3 (2,000 IU daily)

Vitamin D is produced in the body by sunlight and regulates the expression of over 2,000 genes, including those of the immune system. Recent research shows that low vitamin D levels are linked to higher rates of cold, flu and respiratory infections. Unfortunately, up to 90 percent of people are deficient in vitamin D.

For maintenance, take 2,000 IU vitamin D daily.

3. Garlic (600-1,200 mg daily)

Garlic is a natural antibiotic as well as antifungal and antiviral agent. A study published in the journal Microbes and Infection found that the sulfur compounds known as allicin in garlic act as natural antibiotics. It helps boost the number of virus-fighting T-cells in your bloodstream. It also helps kill intestinal parasites. It contains a host of vitamins, nutrients and minerals that are beneficial to overall wellness. 

One study gave 146 healthy volunteers either garlic supplements or a placebo for three months. The garlic group had a 63% lower risk of getting a cold, and their colds were also 70% shorter.

If you often get sick with a cold or flu, eating garlic can help reduce your symptoms or prevent your illness entirely.

For maintenance, eat 2 to 3 freshly crushed or sliced garlic cloves daily. If you choose to cook with garlic, remember that crushing garlic and allowing it to stand for 10 minutes before cooking can help prevent the loss of its medicinal properties. Supplement doses range from 600 to 1,200 mg per day. High intakes of garlic supplements can be toxic, so don’t exceed the dosage recommendations.

4. Ginger

Ginger’s natural antibiotic property helps prevent and treat many health problems caused by bacteria. Fresh ginger has an antibiotic effect against food-borne pathogens like salmonella. It also has an antibacterial effect on respiratory and periodontal infections.

For maintenance, drink ginger tea daily. Grate 1 inch of fresh ginger and boil it in about 1½ cups of water for 10 minutes. Strain, add honey and lemon juice for taste and drink it. Also, include dry or fresh ginger in your cooking.

5. Astragalus Root

Astragalus root is a powerful antiviral herb. It has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries to boost the body’s immune system. Scientific studies have shown that astragalus has antiviral properties and stimulates the immune system, suggesting that it may help enhance your immune system to prevent and fight bacterial and viral infections, including the common cold.

A study out of Beijing displayed its ability to control t-helper cells 1 and 2, essentially regulating the body’s immune responses.

Another study evaluated the effects of astragalus on herpes simplex virus type 1 and found that the herb has obvious inhibiting efficacy. 

Astragalus also has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, and it is used on the skin for wound care. It’s also an adaptogen herb which means it may help the body handle stress more effectively.

There is not a standardized dosage for astragalus, but you can work with your health practitioner to determine how much you should take and how often.


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Distress or Chronic Stress

Distress or chronic stress is uncontrollable, prolonged, or overwhelming stress. Once stress becomes distress, the body manages to survive though not always to thrive. For example, when faced with periods of chronic stress, the body’s immune system function is lowered, and the digestive, excretory, and reproductive systems no longer function the way they should. In a state of distress, the cells of the immune system (and other body systems) are unable to respond normally and produce levels of inflammation which increase the risk of further health issues.


Homeostasis refers to your body’s ability to regulate itself and maintain a comparatively stable internal environment despite external and internal conditions and events.

Your body is designed to be in a state of homeostasis, where all the systems within are functioning optimally.


Stressor is anything that is perceived by the body as challenging, threatening or demanding.

Health Story

In the context of My Wellbeing Compass, your “Health Story” represents the combination of your dis-eases, conditions, symptoms and the history that binds them together. It is multi-layered and multi-dimensional. Unearthing and resolving the root causes at the core of your Health Story is the only way to truly rewrite this Story.

Natural Self-repair Mechanisms

The body is made up of intelligent, living cells that are dynamically connected. They communicate and just know what to do and when to do it in any given situation. They grow, replicate, repair, and age. Every 90 days, the body has a new bloodstream; every year, it manufactures billions of new cells; colon cells refresh every 4 days; the skin is entirely regenerated every 2-3 weeks; white blood cells regenerate in about 1 year; the liver renews itself at least once every 2 years; and the skeleton replaces its cells entirely every 10 years.

You are an incredibly complex, interactive, and dynamic living organism that is well-equipped with self-repair mechanisms that can fight infections, eliminate toxins, fix damaged DNA, destroy cancer cells, and even slow down aging.

This natural self-healing ability (also referred to as cellular intelligence or body’s innate intelligence) explains spontaneous remissions from seemingly “incurable” diseases.


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