Natural Ways to Stay Healthy All Year Long

Simple, Effective Techniques You Can Use Every Day

by Christiane Northrup, M.D.

Preventative Medicine

When it comes to staying healthy, I believe in prevention first. By prevention I don’t mean vaccines and screening tests. I believe in cultivating true health from the inside out by adopting healthy habits such as proper diet and exercise, an enjoyable family and social life, and a personal spiritual practice.

Yet, even healthy people sometimes get sick. And with “cold and flu season” approaching I want to share some of the best ways I know to stay healthy naturally and some natural ways you can treat symptoms so you can recover quickly if you do get sick.

10 Ways to Avoid Getting Sick

  1. Keep your gut healthy. In the cooler months, it can be tempting to load up on comfort foods. And I’m all for nourishing yourself emotionally, but it’s important not to forget healthy eating habits altogether. Remember, 80 percent of your immune system is in your gut microbiome. The best way to improve your microbiome is through your diet. So, be sure to eat a wide range of fruits and vegetables, including lots of dark leafy greens, berries, onions, and raw garlic. You may also want to add fermented foods that contain probiotics and prebiotics. This is an easy way to seed your gut with beneficial bacteria. Adding spices such as ginger, cumin, turmeric, oregano, and cinnamon to your food can help to improve your digestion, and they have the added benefit of boosting your immune system because they have antibacterial properties. When you want to indulge in rich foods, try high-quality dairy, nuts and seeds, organic meats and fatty fish, and healthy fats.
  2. Take vitamin D. Getting your vitamin D levels in optimal range (between 50 and 100 ng/mL) can help prevent disease, including seasonal affective disorder (S.A.D.), multiple sclerosis, and even breast cancer! In the winter, it can be hard to get enough sunlight for your body to create vitamin D. So, ask your health care practitioner to order a 25-hydroxy vitamin D to determine your levels. Or better yet, go to and order a home test kit. (You don’t need a doctor’s prescription.) If you have low vitamin D, take 5,000 IU per day of a high-quality vitamin D supplement, and continue to monitor your levels. Remember, it’s still important to get as much natural light as you can. This will help you maintain a positive attitude, which will help boost your immune system.
  3. Wash your hands. Washing your hands is the easiest way to prevent colds and flu and to keep from spreading them. The proper way to wash your hands is to rub them together for at least 30 seconds with hot water and plain old soap. Be sure to get the backs of your hands, in between your fingers, and under your nails. Then dry your hands thoroughly. Don’t go overboard with the antibacterial soap and hand sanitizer, and don’t allow yourself to get all “germ obsessed.” When your immune system is healthy, it will protect you.
  4. Take a multivitamin mineral supplement. In addition to taking vitamin D, a good multivitamin mineral supplement can help boost your immune system and keep you feeling good. Be sure to look for a high-quality supplement that contains vitamins A and C, along with the minerals zinc and selenium and the amino acid L-carnitine. Glutathione is an important immune-enhancing antioxidant that has been shown to help support your liver, the organ primarily responsible for detox in your body. Turmeric is a great free radical scavenger and does double duty to improve joint and cardiovascular health. If you are under stress, you may want to add an adaptogen, such as ashwagandha, to your supplement routine. And don’t forget to take enough magnesium. Remember, vitamins are not magic bullets, but they can help support your body when used properly. Take the supplements that feel right for your body, and remember that what is right for you now may change, so trust your intuition.
  5. Get enough sleep. Adequate sleep is important for your brain and every organ in your body. When I feel like I am getting sick, sleep is my number one remedy because it allows my body to repair. As the days get shorter, take your cue from the sun and go to bed earlier. (You can benefit from doing this even if you are not feeling sick.) Limit caffeine, avoid alcohol, and turn off the television, computer, and phone at least 1 hour before going to bed. Here are some more ways to get a good night’s sleep.
  6. Clean your cell phone. Cell phones, computers, and other surfaces you touch frequently can harbor bacteria and viruses, such as rhinoviruses, for up to 48 hours! You can easily clean your phone with an antibacterial microfiber cloth and spray cleanser suited for your device. Also, don’t use other people’s devices if you can avoid it.
  7. Keep your sinuses moist. Dry air can cause dry sinuses, and this can certainly be uncomfortable. Keeping your nasal passages moist can help prevent symptoms such as pain and nose bleeds and can even help prevent colds. An easy way to keep your sinuses moist and healthy is to use a saline nasal wash every day. You can buy saline nasal rinses and sprays such as NeilMed Sinus Rinse or Xlear Nasal Spray over the counter. Or you can use a neti pot and make you own saline solution with Himalayan neti salt and warm water. Another way to keep your sinuses healthy this winter is to use humidifiers to keep the air in your environment moist.
  8. Move your body. Regular exercise strengthens your immune system. It also makes you feel good. If the winter months make you less likely to get outside for exercise, try doing an indoor workout. There are so many at-home workouts that you can do without owning any gym equipment. Just look on YouTube or other websites for inspiration and routines. You can also try group exercise classes, which not only will keep you moving but will help you stay connected to others and is another great way to strengthen your immune system.
  9. Take a sauna. Saunas have many health benefits, and some studies show that regular saunas can reduce your chance of getting a cold by 30 percent. In addition, infrared saunas have even been shown to help prevent a cold from getting worse. One of the reasons is that a sauna-induced fever may stimulate the immune system to increase production of white blood cells and antibodies.
  10. Exhale. This is not science but common sense. If you see someone coughing and sneezing around you, don’t inhale. Try to slowly exhale until you are well out of range of the possible contaminants—about 10 feet.

Natural Ways to Speed Recovery If You Get Sick

When I get a cold or the flu, it’s usually because I’ve been overdoing things and not getting enough quality sleep. The first thing I do if I become sleep deprived is to allow my body the time to recover. In addition to getting much-needed rest, I like to use the remedies I can find in my kitchen rather than take medicines if I don’t really need to. And you can, too. For example, the B.R.A.T. (bananas, rice, apple sauce, toast) diet is good if you are recovering from an upset stomach or diarrhea. And adding spices to your food can help ease nasal congestion. These are just a couple of ways you can feel better faster.

Here are 9 more easy ways you can recover naturally from common ailments:

  1. Try homeopathy. Homeopathic remedies work with your body to help it heal on a deep, energetic level. For colds and flu-like symptoms, try oscillococcinum. This works whether or not you have been officially diagnosed with the flu to relieve some of the worst symptoms, including fever, congestion, sore throat, and body aches. You can find oscillococcinum at Whole Foods and many drugstores. I also recommend having a homeopathic emergency kit on hand. You can find these online at Usually, the 30C kit is all you need.
  2. Load up on vitamin C. Vitamin C can do wonders to help you recover from a virus. In fact, IV vitamin C was once used to treat polio, which it cured in some cases. I keep 1,000 mg capsules of ascorbic acid in my home at all times and take it the minute I feel a sore throat or runny nose coming on. I recommend taking 1,000–2,000 mg every hour or so until you reach what is called “bowel tolerance.” At this point, you begin to have loose stools, which means your body is saturated with vitamin C. The amount of vitamin C it takes to get to this point varies.
  3. Try echinacea. Echinacea (purple coneflower) has been used for centuries, and studies show it can reduce the duration of a cold. In addition, echinacea may help prevent the common cold.
  4. Drink tea. Drinking green tea throughout the day can boost immune function. Add lemon to help thin mucus and honey to soothe a sore throat and fight bacteria that cause infection. Elderberry tea (or elderberry extract in water) is high in antioxidants and can help fight flu symptoms and shorten the duration by several days. If you don’t have any tea or elderberry, you can simply boil some pure water, add a little grated ginger, and take “hot sips” regularly throughout the day.
  5. Eat mushrooms. . Mushrooms have been used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) for centuries to treat a variety of illnesses, maintain health, and prevent disease. Mushrooms are a true superfood. They are prebiotic, so they can improve your microbiome. In addition, mushrooms are a great source of vitamin D. And certain mushrooms are high in antioxidants, such as ergothioneine and glutathione. Some of the best mushrooms to add to your diet to boost immunity include porcini, golden oyster and oyster, pioppini, lion’s mane, maitake, and shiitake. But adding just about any edible mushrooms to your diet can help improve your health.
  6. Sip soup. Chicken soup is not only good for the soul, but it can also be good for your body. Chicken soup contains an amino acid (L-cysteine) that can ease bronchial symptoms much like acetylcysteine, a drug used to treat bronchitis, asthma, and other lung diseases. It also contains electrolytes and other nutrients.
  7. Gargle with salt. Gargling with salt can ease your sore throat and may actually kill viruses and bacteria in your throat.
  8. Do nothing. There are times when you should not treat symptoms. For example, fevers can clear your body of viruses and bacteria. If you have a fever under 102°F, avoid the urge to treat it. You may be uncomfortable for a day or two, but allowing your body to work the way it was designed is often the best thing. Plus, many women will treat a fever then go about their day as they normally would. Avoid doing this! Your body needs rest to recover from illness.
  9. Take a nitric oxide supplement. Nitric oxide is the miracle gas molecule that affects nearly every organ and system in your body, and some studies show that nitric oxide may play an important anti-inflammatory and antiviral role in preventing colds and improving cold symptoms. For example, one study indicated that higher levels of nitric oxide are associated with fewer cold symptoms and more rapid clearance of viral infections.

Supplements to Prevent and Treat COVID-19

In addition to everything I have mentioned above, there are some specific ways you can protect your immune system to help prevent COVID-19 infection.

As I have already mentioned, optimal vitamin D levels can help prevent acute respiratory infections. This includes both influenza and COVID-19. One possible way vitamin D strengthens the immune system is by regulating cytokine production.

Keeping a healthy gut microbiome is also an important factor in preventing COVID-19 infection as well as other illnesses. A less-than-optimal gut microbiome is associated with proinflammatory cytokines that could predispose you to severe COVID-19. The good news is your gut microbiome responds quickly to what you feed it. So, changing your diet to support your gut microbiome is an easy way to improve your immunity and stave off COVID-19 and other infections. Taking a high-quality probiotic is also a good way to improve your gut microbiome.

Zinc deficiency has been associated with more severe COVID-19 illness. Zinc deficiency can be caused by malnutrition, chronic diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease, and even some medications that increase the body’s loss of zinc, such as diuretics. Taking a zinc supplement alone or in combination with a zinc ionophore (such as hydroxychloroquine) has been proven effective in both preventing and treating COVID-19, especially in the early stages. Some experts do not recommend long-term use of zinc supplements because too-high doses over a long period of time can cause copper deficiency and subsequent hematologic and neurologic issues. However, zinc supplements and nasal sprays containing 50 mg of zinc are safe for daily use, especially if you feel a cold coming on. I like Vimergy liquid zinc. I take a small amount daily and more if I am coming down with a cold. You can also get adequate levels of zinc by eating meat, shellfish, chicken, nuts, and lentils.

Another supplement that is instrumental in helping to fight off coronavirus infections is quercetin. Quercetin is a flavonoid that has antihistamine and anti-inflammatory properties. There is a large body of research showing that quercetin can help fight obesity, type 2 diabetes, circulatory dysfunction, chronic inflammation, high blood pressure, and mood disorders. It has also been found to trigger tumor regression and begin the process of apoptosis. In 2003, when the SARS epidemic broke out, research showed quercetin provided broad-spectrum protection against the SARS coronavirus. In June 2020, a study showed that quercetin interfered in multiple steps of pathogen virulence, virus entry, virus replication, and protein assembly and recommended its use against SARS-CoV-2, in combination with vitamin C because of their synergistic effects. You can take 500 mg of quercetin twice per day. Supplementing with vitamin C will enhance the effect.

Finally, melatonin is shown to help support immune function and prevent severe COVID-19 infection. Melatonin is a hormone secreted by the pineal gland. Researchers at the Cleveland Clinic reported that patients who were taking melatonin had a nearly 30 percent lower likelihood of testing positive for COVID-19 after adjusting for age, race, smoking history, and various disease comorbidities; the likelihood of testing positive for the virus increased from 30 to 52 percent for African Americans who took the supplement. The usual dose is 0.5–3 mg taken 1 hour prior to bedtime. However, some doctors recommend 3–6 mg. Children should not take melatonin.

Over-the-Counter Treatments to Prevent COVID-19

The CDC has now admitted that fully vaccinated people are not necessarily protected from contracting the Delta variant and can spread it. (This is known as viral immune escape, which immunologists should be talking about!) In fact, some studies show that vaccinated people can have up to 1,000 times more viral load in their noses and mouths than unvaccinated, and therefore can (and are) passing this much higher viral load to others—vaccinated and unvaccinated alike.

One easy way to help protect yourself from contracting COVID-19 is to take measures to reduce the SARS-CoV-2 pathogen load in your own respiratory and nasal secretions. Using a simple povidone iodine (brand name Betadine) mouth rinse and nose spray is an easy way to do this. You simply take a few drops of Betadine in water, swish it in your mouth, gargle and spit it out. For your nose you can either use a dropper or sprayer, spray the same diluted solution into each nostril and snort it out. Do this twice per day.

Iodine has been used for a long time as a safe and effective antimicrobial. You probably remember your mother putting it on scrapes when you were a child. However, if you are allergic to iodine or cannot use it for some other reason, you can use diluted hydrogen peroxide.  Some over-the-counter mouthwashes, such as Listerine, may also be effective for gargling. A placebo-controlled clinical trial testing 4 antiseptic mouthwash/gargling solutions is currently underway.

6 Ways to Avoid the Fear Porn Trap

As many of you know now, it’s important that you stop listening to the mainstream media, especially when it comes to your health. The stories about new viruses and pandemics are just the latest hive mind fear porn being spread, and it does not have to be your reality.

Remember, all the information I have provided here for staying healthy and treating yourself if you become ill applies no matter what the official narrative is. And you can be sure that the CDC, the government, the media, and others who gain more power and money pushing the crisis narratives, will continue to do so as long as there are people who continue to listen. And the truth is fear and anxiety can make you sick!

Here are some ways to rise above the fear porn, feel empowered and in charge of your own body, and stay healthy through anything: 

  1. Skip the flu shot. It’s inevitable that I hear of friends, especially those with young children, say that they were scared into getting the flu shot. You know, you go to the doctor, and they tell you how many people die from flu each year who are your age (or your child’s age) and healthy. This is fear porn. I have never recommended getting a flu shot and there many reasons why this is the case. You can read my blog on this topic here. In addition I would avoid all “shots”, boosters, and medicines that increase your risk of adverse events while not providing significant benefit.
  2. Get fresh air. Many of us are inside more during the colder weather. I want you to make time to get outside and breath fresh air whenever you can—at least once or twice per day. It’s not only good for your respiratory system, but it’s good for your mind as well. 
  3. Reduce your EMF exposure. There are hundreds of scientific studies that document the adverse effects of radiation caused by EMFs on all aspects of our health. In addition there have been reports that areas with the highest radiation due to 5G had the move most COVID “cases” and deaths. 
  4. Use your inner guidance. Have you ever seen horses wearing blinders? Blinders are used to keep the horses from getting distracted by something they don’t need to be concerned with which could potentially “spook” them. That’s exactly what your inner guidance is there for. When you tune into your inner guidance you create your own reality. This doesn’t mean you won’t experience some aspect or level of distraction related to the external fear porn. But when you are tuned inward you are better able to simply observe it and let it go. 
  5. Cultivate faith. Living in a constant state of fear can lead to chronic health problems. On the other hand, living in faith gives your immune system a boost. That’s because when you put your faith in a higher power there is a constant source of healing energy available to your through the Creator (who goes by many names.) 
  6. Make healthy relationships a priority. Community equals immunity. But only when it is a community that supports and values you. Studies show that people who have healthy relationships are happier, healthier and live longer. In fact, social connections that give you pleasure can influence your long-term health in ways every bit as powerful as other health-supporting habits.

Additional Resources:

Should You Get the Shingles Vaccine Video

Benefits of Walking Podcast

Vitamin D: What Is the Optimal Range Podcast

Developing Your Intuition: Your Inner Source of Wisdom

Last Updated: January 10, 2024

Last Updated: January 10, 2024

Christiane Northrup, M.D.

Christiane Northrup, M.D., is a visionary pioneer and a leading authority in the field of women’s health and wellness. Recognizing the unity of body, mind, and spirit, she empowers women to trust their inner wisdom, their connection with Source, and their ability to truly flourish.


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  1. Joy
    2 years ago

    Thank you for your common sense approach to staying well and recovering if we do get sick!

  2. Jean S
    2 years ago

    Dr. Northrup, Thank you for being a strong warrior against BIG Medical and telling people the truth about our current medical system. I avoid all mainstream medical including mammograms, colon ostomies, regular check ups, etc. If I need medical attention I go and see our local Functional Medicine doctor. She is the only one I trust. I thank God I’m not on any medicine and avoid it at all cost. For amazing info on COVID care see Karen Hurd Nutritional Practice online. Some things are free to view like the Covid protocol. AMAZING! She has her masters in biochemistry and has wonderful health information. A must to see!

  3. Terry
    2 years ago

    Hello Dr. Northrup,
    I listened to a podcast with you and a British or Australian (from accent) host a few months ago where you talked about a recipe to help with prevention and/or treatment of covid, but I cannot find that podcast now, nor can I find the recipe on your website.
    Can you please share that again? As I recall, the recipe called for 3 grapefruit peels and 3 lemon peels being boiled in good water for about 3 hours. Not clear on what next. Also how much to take and how often? And, if this is for both prevention and treatment, does the amount to take change for prevention to treatment?
    Thanks a million for helping with this.
    All the best,

    1. Ashley Garside
      2 years ago

      I was just looking for this recipe. I heard Dr. Northrup share it the Health Freedom Summit yesterday but I didn’t write it down. I found this where someone is shared what they heard her say.

  4. Debi
    3 years ago

    Hi there,
    could you send me the protocol that Gene went over with yoiu on the Nicholas Veniamin show recently? Please.
    Thank you so much

  5. Guilaine
    3 years ago

    Do you recommend the flu vaccine?

    1. Jean S
      2 years ago

      Please read the article again…….Dr. Northrup says a strong NO to not just the flu vaccine but all vaccines…..especially the COVID “vaccine” and all boosters! People are dropping dead from these or are having serious adverse health events.

  6. BL
    3 years ago

    I recently found out that my family has a MTFHR genetic mutation which effects our ability to absorb vitamins that are added into foods and it also decreases our ability to detox due to lower levels of glutethialone. We just started taking methelayted multivitamins and we are all having increased energy. I read that over 50% of our population can have one of these mutations and not know it. With having chronic lymes, it feels like we finally found one more thing that can help us to get better.

    1. Jean S
      2 years ago

      I had chronic Lyme disease. I got rid of it by eliminating ALL sugar from my diet including fruit. You can get all the same vitamins that are in fruit from eating a wide range of vegetables. I took one 12MG tablet of Ivermectin first thing in the morning on empty stomach & 8oz water. Wait 1 hour to eat. Do this for 2 weeks. Also, chlorine dioxide to rid heavy metals out of my body that Lyme feeds on. It is so nice to be Lyme free!!! You can order Ivermectin online: without a prescription.

  7. Louise Costello
    3 years ago

    As Usual, Dr. Chris knows how to keep us healthy. She is unsurpassed in suggesting remidies for everything, even help w Covid-19 prevention!!! Thank you for your ongoing help and support Dr. Northrop, I am a lifelong believer. All of the homepathic cures you have suggested have worked, all of them!!! Everything from common cold to infections have gone away with your help. So grateful to you for helping me learn to love and appreciate my body and to take good care of it. You are such a treasure, you are true to yourself and your beliefs, keep your magical light shining to show us the way. Heartfelt thanks, Louise Costello

  8. Dave Smith
    3 years ago

    A good list for supporting good general health. Just add Vit K. If you believe in pathogenic viruses it doesn’t change the list. It so happens that pathogenic viruses have never been proven to exist (not purified and characterized). You cannot buy a sample of natural (wild) virus to calibrate your RT PCR test method. (plenty of companies can sell you artificial “recombinant” SARS-2 proteins with no gold standard to reference back to, but based on a made computer genome). A recent discussion of what nephrologists (kidney doctors) see under the electron microscope when looking at kidney specimens proves beyond a doubt that the nano sized “viruses” seen by virologists in kidney cell cultures (“Vero cells”) are actually from kidney tissue breakdown (more seen when patient is sick). If you run a non-corona-patient control you get the same results. Nephrologist have been observing these “virus” particles for decades before corona was invented.

  9. PS
    4 years ago

    When taking Vitamin D3, it is important to also take a Vitamin K complex. The reason is that if you are deficient in Vitamin K complex, the Vitamin D3 cannot be utilized and you will remain Vitamin D deficient.

  10. Susan Visconti
    4 years ago

    Wonderful article…..we could all use a go-to resource that lists all the options including types of humidfiers, saline products, along with many of the suggestions that readers have posted in their comments…..we can make the world better by sharing very proven techniques/products to stock up on a protocol to follow to ensure good health which in turn will allow each person to thrive and create for the good of the world!!!!
    I hope Dr. Northrup will be releasing such a Resource online so that it can be updated/tweaked as needed.
    Thank You!!!

  11. Pat
    4 years ago

    Does anyone remember back when this pandemic start, Dr. Christiana told us what she takes when she starts with a sore throat and one of the things was liquid zinc, does any remember which it was?

    1. Elaine
      4 years ago

      Hi Pat
      I believe it was made by Vimergy. If you go back and review Dr.Northrups daily “great awakening” videos on April 10 day 6. She goes through all the supplements :))

    2. Leslie Barron
      3 years ago

      I saved it for myself. Copy/Paste into my Notes.

      “I am recovering from a cold and sore throat. I have been taking vitamin C, ( 5.000mg three times a day) liquid zinc – a dropper full held in the mouth for one minute before swallowing. 3 times per day, and a couple glasses of water with a tsp of baking soda to alkalize my body. ( 3 times per day) Yesterday I slept for two hours in the afternoon. The sore throat was gone in 24 hours. The cold is nearly gone.. after 2 days. I see it as a system reboot… it feels as though the stagnation and cold of winter are leaving my body.

      I really like Vimergy brand of liquid zinc. Very absorbable.”
      Dr. Northrup

  12. Claire Sullivan
    4 years ago

    Thank you. Very helpful. I’ll keep reading and listening for sure. Happy to have found your site and videos.

  13. Debbie
    4 years ago

    When my girls were growing up I would give them Vit C and Echinacea and it always helped. I’m getting them more…as adults…you have less control but if they have it I’m hoping they’ll take it!

  14. Kate Riley
    4 years ago

    Interesting, thank you! I love taking vitamin D.

  15. Pat
    4 years ago

    Hi! I do just about all of the above, but I also include elderberry every day. The minute I feel something coming on I take the elderberry lozenges with zinc. I swear by them.
    Thanks for all your great advice!

  16. Chickadee
    4 years ago

    Do we still need a Nitric oxide supplement if we already use nose breatheing? I have read that we get NO that way, instead of by mouth breatheing.

    Thank you, Dr. Northrup, for the way you share so much important information which helps women stay healthy using natural methods. I have several of your books, and since following your wisdom, I am now healthier than ever before. And as a bonus, there are no bad ‘side effects’ with this kind of healing.

  17. Cat
    4 years ago

    With respect to the mushrooms, do they need to be raw, or are you recommending them in any format (ie in an omelette)?
    Thank you.

    1. Joan
      4 years ago

      Hi Cat:
      I recently attended a workshop with Dr. Andrew Weil, and he stated that all mushrooms should be cooked before consuming. Check out this article: or Hope this helps…

    2. Aurora
      3 years ago

      There are mushroom powder blends which I use.

  18. Ramona
    4 years ago

    Dr Northrup, thank you, thank you, thank you. Please keep your blog alive and your advice coming via any channel. . In a country where Majority of doctors are being seduce by big the pharma, your pieces of advice are so needed. I also really appreciate your take on immunizations.

  19. Aiyana
    4 years ago

    Energy medicine has also been helpful to me. I’m been using
    some energy balancing recommended by Donna Eden recently
    and I can feel my immune system coming back into place.

  20. Martha Goudey
    4 years ago

    Whenever I think I have been exposed to a virus or have a sore throat starting I take a tablespoon of olive leaf extract—plus a lot of what you recommend. Good sleep, food, and supplements. Last winter when I was in recovery from 8 months of chemo and radiation there were plenty of people in the RV Park where we were staying who got sick. I didn’t. Just kept taking my olive leaf and being smart about who I came in contact with. I haven’t had a cold in 17 months.

  21. Eugenie
    4 years ago

    I use and recommend minimum 2000 units of Vit D, but if I feel anything at all starting in the throat, I take a herbal mix called “Cold Snap” – Chinese medicine and it’s fantastic. Take 2 capsules every 20 minutes until it feels better….sounds crazy but I’ve seen it work many times. And of course a humidifier in the room, especially to sleep as any dryness encourages virus growth.

  22. Patti
    4 years ago

    I do all of your suggestions when I feel a virus coming on but I also take pure oil of oregano in a capsule twice a day. Another natural remedy I use is a crushed garlic clove on a spoon followed by a few sips of water. Never sick more than 48 hours!

  23. Annie Pais
    4 years ago

    Every fall I make my own batch of elderberry syrup using the best raw local honey and fresh local ginger plus other spices.
    I keep a stash of homeopathics like you mentioned along with exercise and a local plant based diet.
    I also use key essential oils that have been proven to kill or help retard exposure- clove and eucalyptus are my favorites.

    1. Donna
      4 years ago

      To keep my immune system up I take C,B complex, tumeric, elderberry, green tea, I eat no sugar, Dairy anything white, alcohol, or meat of any kind. I’m strict about using lots of plant based meals. I’ve done this to counter a high sugar level and BP. It’s all working for me.

  24. Yoshiko Flora
    5 years ago

    Thanks for the heads up that women should eat at least 5,000 IUs per day of high-quality Vitamin D to prevent them from developing SAD. Aside from these tips, one should schedule regular screenings at a local health service. Doing this will help them get prescriptions to keep one’s hormones in balance to prevent getting birth and reproductive complications.

  25. Sreekant
    5 years ago

    Healthy eating is not a diet. It is a way of living that does not require you to starve yourself nor to eat anything that you don’t want to. Thank you for sharing natural ways to stay healthy in this winter.

  26. Claudia
    6 years ago

    Thank you for this advice. I am trying to learn to take better care of my body using natural methods. This blog post has been very useful. Thanks, again.

  27. Grace Durfee
    6 years ago

    At the first sign of a cold I lie on my side and put 5 drops of hydrogen peroxide in my ear for 5 minutes and then switch to the other side. It usually “zaps” it and I never get the cold.

  28. Steve
    6 years ago

    Thanks We also useDr. Shens yin ciao pills when our throats start to feel acold coming on. They seem to work well.

  29. Katy Bonney
    6 years ago

    Many thanks for the above information. I use Nrf2 everyday which has helped greatly but i have still succumbed to colds and flu like symtoms. So, should another cold come along..i will be prepared. Namaste.

  30. CRN
    6 years ago

    I also use essential oils diffused and rubbed on bottom of feet…..Lavender clove cinnamon oregano ……

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