Colds and Flu

Be sure to eat lightly and drink plenty of fluids - Give your digestive tract a rest so that that energy can go to your immune system

Diet: At the first sign of a cold, stop all sugar and dairy. Instead, increase fresh garlic, parsley, ginger and onion in your diet.

Herbs: anti-viral formula. Avoid Ephedra-containing formulas in the evening. For the first few days of a cold, take a lot of herbs. Then you can cut way back.

For the sore throat: Gargle with salt and water. Or purchase a kidsí glycerite of Echinacea/Goldenseal and gargle with that. Makes a big difference.

Do a warming socks treatment.

Homeopathics: Aconite - Aconite is the first remedy to think of when you suddenly come down with a cold. Flushed face, fever, anxious, thirsty for cold drinks.

Pulsatilla - whiny and clingy, bland and/or greenish mucus, stuffed up at night, and have most of their nasal discharge in the morning, propped up at night. Thirstless.

Gelsemium - Classic slow onset of chills and fever with flu. Barely able to hold their eyelids up, weak and achey, donít want to move. Not thirsty.

Arsenicum - This is one of the main remedies for the cold or flu that affects the stomach. Cold, restless, and have an irritating thin nasal discharge that seems to burn their upper lip. Diarrhea when sick, which can burn or be irritating to them. They may sip on several cups of tea. H.

Nutritional supplements: Vitamin A, Beta-Carotene, Vitamin C, and Zinc. I. When to consult a physician: 1. If you have followed two or more of the previously mentioned suggestions and you still have symptoms after 7 days. 2. If your sore throat continues longer than 3 days. 3. If you have a fever longer than 3 days