Natural Solutions for Cold and Flu Season

As fall and winter approaches, most people find they become more susceptible to falling victim to a bacteria or virus.  Though for most it is not life threatening, it does reduce productivity and can throw a monkey wrench into your normal routine.

“The microbe is nothing, terrain is everything” – Louis Pasteur, the father of germ theory, confessed on his deathbed in 1895.

Our body has an innate ability to heal and under the right circumstances, it can combat germs.  The right circumstances include adequate sleep, stress management, exercise, and a healthy diet.

Other preventive measures you can take include:


Germ – 1.  You – 0.  Now what to do:

When you first observe symptoms of a cold or flu, it is important to address them early within the first 24 hours.  If you let it linger, you allow more time for the bacteria or virus to replicate.

Diet Modifications


Salt water gargles for sore throats


Homemade cough syrup


Steam Inhalation for congestion


Epsom Salt Baths for body aches


Warming Sock Treatment for high fevers and immune stimulation


If you are not noticing an improvement in your symptoms or worsening in 48 hours, consult your physician.


Mom’s Chicken Soup

Studies have actually shown chicken soup to help people overcome their colds.  The ingredients reduce inflammation and stimulate release of mucus.

2 cleaned whole chicken legs with their skins and bones

1 diced onion

2 diced garlic cloves

1 ½ cups chopped celery

½ cup parsley

½ medium sweet potato

1 cup turnips

1 teaspoon of paprika

Juice from a lemon

Filtered water

Salt and pepper to taste

Variation: I use yam-based shirataki noodles to make it a chicken noodle soup with no added gluten/carbs/sugar.  You can add these in towards the very end.

Add whole chicken legs, onions, garlic, paprika, salt, pepper, lemon juice and filter water and bring to a boil.  Lower to a simmer and add the celery and turnips.  Allow to simmer till the chicken is cooked through and add the cilantro.

Serve and add some more lemon juice.

Dr. Thalia Farshchian

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