Prevent the Common Cold or Flu
by Joshua Axe
symptoms, your best bet is to build up and strengthen your body's natural defense
mechanism--your immune system. If you do still experience cold and flu symptoms,
don't worry. Your body always does the right thing at the right time. A cough means
your body needs to rid itself of mucus. A fever means the body needs to raise its
temperature to kill a virus. Learn to recognize these symptoms as natural processes
of the body.

As I'm sure you know, I definitely do NOT recommend you get a flu shot as a
preventative measure for the flu. These vaccines educate your immune system in an
improper and unnatural manner and often contain dangerous chemicals and

There are a number of vitamins, minerals and herbs that will naturally boost your
immune system, which will be much more effective at preventing or fighting off a
cold or flu. It's important to remember, though, that herbal supplements should not
be taken for an extended period of time.

Herbal Supplements -

Brewer's Yeast

Brewer's yeast contains B vitamins, chromium and protein. It is used for cold, flu and
other respiratory tract infections. Brewer's yeast stimulates intestinal enzymes to
help relieve diarrhea, fights bacteria in the intestines and improves immune response
to viruses that infect the lungs. Research has found that Brewer's yeast reduces the
risk of getting a cold or the flu and helps symptoms dissipate more quickly.


Echinacea acts as an anti-inflammatory, which can help reduce bronchial symptoms
of cold and flu. Echinacea directly attacks yeast and other kinds of fungus. Different
preparations have different concentrations of Echinacea. Some common
preparations and dosages include: Tablets containing 6.78 milligrams of Echinacea
extract, two tablets 3 times a day. 900 milligrams of Echinacea root tincture daily.
5-6 cups of Echinacea tea on the first day of symptoms, and then 1 cup a day


The flowers and berries of elderberry is said to boost the immune system, treat flue
and relieve sinus pain. Elderberry does seem to attack flu viruses and reduce
bronchial inflammation. A preliminary study found that it reduced severity and length
of flu symptoms when given at the first signs of symptoms.


Garlic has antibiotic and antibacterial properties. In a recent study, people that took a
garlic supplement for 12 weeks got about 60% fewer colds than those who didn't
and recovered faster if they did get a cold. The best way to take garlic, aside from
adding it liberally to your dishes when you cook, is to swallow a raw clove. You might
need to cut it in half if it is too large. Bite down once to release the allicin, then
swallow with water like a pill. If you find this method too odorous, garlic capsules are
fine to take as well.

Olive Leaf

Olive leaf is proving to have potent anti-viral properties and is often prescribed for
cold and flu. It also acts as an anti-inflammatory.

Vitamins and Minerals -

Baking Soda

Baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate, is derived from a naturally-occurring mineral. It
may be used to combat a whole host of disorders and works by decreasing acidosis
in the body.

In the early 1900's, Dr. Volney Cheney found that baking soda helped reduce flu
symptoms and greatly reduced the risk of contracting the flu to begin with. He began
using bicarbonate of soda to treat colds and flu and found that "in many, many
instances, within 36 hours the symptoms would have entirely abated."

Cheney also claimed that those who took daily doses of baking soda on his
advisement reported that they were among the few that didn't get the flu when it
rampaged through their schools.

Dr. Walter Bastedo reported that sodium bicarbonate soothes mucous membranes
and dissolves thick mucous.

A number of doctors even advocate the use of baking soda to treat cancer.

To treat cold or flu, dissolve ½ teaspoon of baking soda in water 6 times a day at
the first day of symptoms, 4 times a day the second, and two times on the third.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C can boost the immune system and reduce the severity of cold and flu
symptoms. Take 1,000mg of Vitamin C daily to ward off a cold or the flu and up to
4,000mg daily when you are experiencing symptoms.

Vitamin D

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 has found that
low vitamin D levels are linked to higher rates of cold, flu and respiratory infections.
Many physicians believe that current recommended daily amounts of vitamin D are
far too low, and that 2,000 rather than 200-400 units per day is a better choice. To
treat cold or flu, take 2,000 units per kilogram of body weight once a day for 3 days.
You can also order home testing kits to test your vitamin D levels.


Zinc may lessen the symptoms of the cold virus but excessive amounts aren't good
for you. Zinc pills and sprays do not seem to be effective. Take 50-100mg of zinc
daily to ward off or treat cold and flu symptoms.

Chiropractic Care

During the 1918 flu epidemic, flu patients that received chiropractic care survived
much more readily than those that didn't. Matthew McCoy, chiropractic journal editor
says, "These results are not so surprising given what we now know about the
interaction between the nervous system and the immune system. We know that
chiropractic has beneficial effects on immunoglobulins, B-lymphocytes (white blood
cells), pulmonary function and other immune system processes." More recent
studies have found that chiropractic care reduced the incidence of colds and flu by

Other Tips -

Drink plenty of fluids

Fluid helps your body to flush bacteria and viruses from your system. Drink
approximately half your body weight in ounces daily of either spring water or reverse
osmosis filtered water. Green and black teas are potent immune system-boosters
and antioxidants.


Restoring the beneficial bacteria in your gut will boost your immune system

Get Fresh Air

Indoor winter environments can be a source of concentrated toxins and germs. The
dry air we inhale as we heat our homes during the winter makes airways more
reactive and sensitive to viruses. An added bonus to time spent outdoors in the
winter is the extra bit of sunlight you receive.

Manage Stress

Simple relaxation has been found to increase immune system cells. Chronic stress,
on the other hand, has been found to increase both the risk and duration of cold and
flu substantially. Pick one or more methods of busting stress in your life.

Dr. Axe's Action Steps

Learn to listen to your body. It always does the right thing at the right time. Instead
of ignoring your body's warning signs, address the root cause of an issue and build up
your immune system. If you are dealing with cold or flu symptoms, take natural
herbs, vitamins and minerals like elderberry, vitamins C & D and zinc. These
supplements will support your body's natural functions and will not add to its toxic
burden. Get at least 15 minutes of sunlight daily. If this is not possible in the winter
months, consider testing your vitamin D levels with an at-home kit and
supplementing with vitamin D3. Relax. Identify what causes stress in your life and
learn to manage the stress. Try deep breathing exercises or yoga.

About The Author

Joshua Axe

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Taking medications to treat or
prevent cold and flu symptoms does
just that: they only address the
symptoms. The underlying cause of
the illness is still present in your body.
What you have done by suppressing
the symptoms is ignore your body's
warning signs that something is amiss
and your immune system is having to
work overtime. The synthetic
medications also add to the toxic
burden your body already has to deal
with every day.

Instead of waiting until you
experience these cold and flu
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