Preventing Colds & Depression During the Winter Season

Winter is approaching and we
tend to get more depressed and sick. Let’s discuss
some ways to prevent this. [Autumn Asphodel] Hi everyone! We are discussing
catching colds and feeling depressed, specifically during
the winter months, and some of the ways to keep yourself
healthy. The colder months can be quite difficult and
depressing for many due to decreased sun exposure, and
holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas bringing stress.
What do you experience during the winter months? Do you tend
to lack motivation, feel sad, or even become more susceptible to
cold or flu viruses? If so, do you tend to feel better for
longer stretches during the warmer months? You might have
a condition called seasonal affective disorder, which
is characterized by cyclical depression generally during the
colder months. This condition affects a great many of us, and
there are ways of remedying it, as we will discuss in just a
moment. We’ve all heard that washing hands and not going to
work when sick are great ways of preventing illness. However,
there is no sure way to prevent a cold or other illness. Even if
you avoid people who are sick, and keep your surroundings
sanitary, that still will not prevent the risk. But our body
is designed to fight infection on its own, naturally, when
given the right tools. So, we should strive not to live in
fear. Unfortunately, fear is a key marketing tool in
domestic and global businesses, especially in the pharmaceutical
industry. We are purposely misled using scare tactics and
fear mongering when it comes to the flu vaccine. This vaccine
simply gives people a false sense of hope, acting almost
entirely as a placebo, making people believe that they won’t
get sick with the flu. The flu vaccine is heavily promoted
to the general population, as doctors, pharmacies, and
broadcast advertising urge you to get the shot, when all it’s
really going to do is up the risk of damage to your immune
system. Further evidence even suggests that receiving the
flu vaccine the prior year will cause increased susceptibility
to the flu in the subsequent year. Once you learn about the
natural ways of boosting your immune system, you’ll realize
how inefficient and pointless the flu vaccine is, and you
won’t depend on it for placebo immunity any longer.
Let’s consider some of the preventatives and remedies.
Vitamin and mineral deficiencies in the body are known to cause
depression and various mental conditions. I strongly
believe that everyone should be supplementing with vitamin D and
vitamin B12. We simply don’t get enough of these from the sun
and our diet. Moreover, various medications and chemical
additives in our food can and likely will cause vitamin and
mineral deficiencies. Vitamin D is key to strengthening
your immune system and can be obtained from mushrooms. Vitamin
B12 can provide your body with energy, but since there is no
natural source, you can take supplements or eat foods
fortified with B12. Zinc is another effective mineral for
fighting illness since it kills various viruses and boosts the
immune system. Compounds in both garlic and ginger are incredibly
powerful at killing bacteria and viruses. Make some tea and add
powdered ginger, and make a soup with garlic. The taste may not
be so pleasant, but just keep in mind the positive intention you
have for taking it, which is to help remedy your cold symptoms.
Mushrooms are also excellent at boosting the immune system. One
mushroom in particular, chaga, has incredible cold and flu
fighting properties that boost the body’s immune system.
This mushroom has even been beneficial for those with
cancer, as it helps to boost the immune system’s ability to fight
cancer cells. I’ve used it in tea, hot cocoa, and chocolate.
If you’re wondering about the taste, it’s not like a typical
mushroom and doesn’t have the usual taste. Other highly
beneficial mushrooms are reishi, lion’s mane, and cordyceps.
Probiotics and fermented food are a wonderful preventative
against illness. Most of our immune system is centered in
our gut. When we eat well and consume probiotics, we are
allowing beneficial bacteria to flourish and fight the invaders
that are making us sick. Some wonderful probiotics, and ones
I personally love, are kimchi, sauerkraut, miso, tempeh, and
kombucha. I do not recommend animal-based probiotics such as
yogurt. Colloidal silver is a powerful antimicrobial. It can
stop the replication of viruses and is much safer than
conventional antibiotics. Just use colloidal silver when
you feel a cold coming on, and discontinue use when you are
well. I’ve given it to my family and friends and they all
have benefited greatly from it. Usually within an hour after
taking it, they report feeling better, and as the day
progresses, they recover to almost normal. I’ve used it, and
while it didn’t shorten my cold symptoms, it lessened them by
80%. I was able to work and go about my usual tasks without
much discomfort or fatigue. Other alternative medicines
and remedies that can work are spiritual healing, reiki, herbs,
and homeopathy, just to name a few. If you have tried any
of these, please share your experience so others may benefit
as well. And let’s not forget the most important medicine of
all, food. Food is the ultimate medicine. Many of the remedies
I mentioned are food, which is what you should always focus on
to keep you healthy. When you eat unhealthily, you’ll be more
prone to getting sick. And when you eat healthily, your immune
system will be functioning the way it should and defend you
against bacteria and viruses. For depression during winter,
all of the mentioned remedies can help, especially vitamin D
since our levels naturally drop due to lower sun exposure.
However, if you find that vitamin D doesn’t help you,
another remedy is light therapy. This mimics natural outdoor
light as if it were a bright, sunny, summer day. I also
recommend a Himalayan salt lamp to help promote a positive,
relaxed state and mood. In conclusion, the best way
to defend against colds and depression during the winter
season is your diet. Your immune system is greatly influenced by
what you eat. While there are plenty of natural remedies that
can help alleviate the symptoms of a cold or depression, such
as vitamin D, light therapy, and various other herbs and
supplements, your best preventative is to eat a healthy
diet of vital nutrients and vitamins each day. Thank you
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