Top 5 Natural Ways to Prevent and Fight a Cold or Flu

1. Garlic
It may smell a bit stinky but these little miracle cloves do a lot more than deter vampires. Garlic is antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties as well as antioxidants. It is most effective taken in its raw form as its active ingredient, Allicin, has a short active span once garlic is cut. Cooking garlic also kills off its beneficial properties. Taking it with thiamine (vitamin b1) increases the garlic’s power to combat a cold/flu. Some foods that contain good sources of Vitamin B1 include romaine lettuce, mushrooms, green peas, tomatoes, brussels sprouts, asparagus, spinach and sunflower seeds.

Green Idea:
Make a nice salad with lettuce/spinach and tomatoes and right before eating, chop some fresh garlic on top.

2. Eliminate White Foods
This includes white rice, white pasta, white bread, dairy, white sugar etc. Elimination does not entail over indulging in their healthy counterparts either. The prior list are specific types of food to avoid if you are combating a cold or flu because they can create more mucus build up. You want to have naturally nutrient-rich foods, and those white foods tend to lack nutrient density.

Green Idea:
If you are having a carb craving or sweet tooth, fight it. But if you must, some substitutes that will suit you just well include: quinoa, brown rice, spelt flour breads, buckwheat, maple syrup, coconut nectar etc.

3. Rest is your Friend
Your body needs time and quiet space to fight the good fight to beat that cold. Even as a preventative measure, make sure your getting a good nights rest as to not stress your body. Stress decreases your bodies ability to defend itself from germ invasions. Doing too much will make you feel more drained and warn down. So if you already have that cold, allow your body to regenerate and restore its defenses.

Green Idea:
Watch a movie, read a book, or simply…just sleep! It is like going to the dentist for a wisdom tooth removal..I’d rather be asleep while the dentist goes to work so why not the same for operation combat cold.

4. Lots of Liquids
Drink up. Our comrades in the cold fight are room temp water, hot herbal teas, orange juice, and veggie packed soups. Liquids (hydration) support the body is loosening and thinning mucus buildup and help eliminate it out the body. Make sure it is decaf. Caffeine dehydrates the body and we want the complete opposite.

Green Idea:
How about a Immune Boosting smoothie made with orange juice, pineapples, bananas, strawberries and a handful of spinach? I think that will do the trick.

5. Accentuate the Positive, Eliminate the Negative
A positive mindset is a setup to win for a quick recovery and overall prevention. There are numerous studies that show your emotions are tied to the strength of your immune system. Which makes absolute sense. I know an associate who is always sick and spends most of her days is negative thought, but wearing a smile on her face. So upon my research, I made the connection! Your immune system likes it when your happy, so make it your priority to create a space of consistent serenity. It is inherently your natural way of being.

Green Idea:
A clean space = a happy space. As a preventative measure, clean your home with a mixture of home made cleaners (found here) and add drops of your favorite essential oil.

Also, do little things that boost your mood. Listen to music, watch a comedy, talk to your positive circle of influence, and think of cute puppies. Keep happiness around you, and your body will reward you for it.

And as always, wash your hands! 🙂

In love, lite, and health,


YGL staff