Ok, I admit.
As much as I lead a healthy lifestyle I do get sick sometimes.
Though its not often and it is usually not too severe being sick is very annoying.... on the positive side, it is the time for reflection and taking it easy a bit more.
I don't like to take conventional medicine. I try to heal myself with natural foods and herbs.
throughout the day whenever I have a meal I'd chop up a couple of garlic. Garlic's anti-viral properties are well documented. It is unfortunate that is not so social... (especially raw!)
Echinacea is great to strengthen immune system and is also anti-viral.
Olive leaf extract is a great source of cell protecting antioxidant. It is used traditionally to relieve fever.
Lotus root will relieve a sore throat.
some herbs that are diaphoretic
cayenne red pepper
fresh ginger root
Intake of Vitamin C and bioflavonoid-rich food such as cabbage is very important.
other useful foods are
To induce sweating I have a drink with
3tbs grated daikon
1tbs grated ginger
1tsp ume (japanese plum) concentrate