A few weeks ago, I woke up in the middle of the night unable to swallow. My throat was swollen and sore. It surprised me because I haven’t been sick in about five years. How did that happen? With all the healthy food I eat, I shouldn’t be sick. In the subsequent days that followed, I developed a runny nose and a very bad cough. Yes…I had a full blown out cold. I don’t know of a single person that likes getting sick. It sucks to feel terrible and have to stay in bed all day when you have piles of things to do. However, I tried to be optimistic and use the time to analyze why I got the cold in the first place. In addition, getting a cold afforded me the opportunity to try out a home cold remedy.
Why did I get sick? If you ask my mother, she will tell you it’s because I drink raw milk. Everything that happens to me, she blames on my drinking raw milk. For instance, if I didn’t sleep well the previous night, she will tell me, “It’s the raw milk you are drinking.” If I cut myself shaving or stub my toe, she will try and attribute it somehow to my drinking raw milk. I can tell you that’s not why I got sick and that’s not why people get colds. This is one instance that I am not listening to my Mom. So why do people get sick? There are a myriad of reasons, three of them I will discuss briefly.
1. Low Vitamin D - I would bet one million dollars (of course I don’t have it….lol.), that the person who gets a really bad cold has low vitamin D levels. Vitamin D3 levels range from 100 (high) to 32 (low). I had mine recently tested and it was a 25…..time to break out the supplements! If you are consistently getting colds, please have your levels checked and take the necessary steps to raise it.
2. The body is removing toxins – According to Andreas Mortiz, a cold or the flu is the “body’s attempt to return to a balanced state called homeostasis. This healing or toxicity crisis occurs when toxins in the body have reached a certain level of concentration.” By toxins, he is referring to chemical food additives, environmental pollutants, trapped metabolic waste and undigested food in the gut. In other words, the body is cleaning itself of stuff that doesn’t belong there. Be careful of taking any cold medications when you are sick. You don’t want to suppress the body’s natural healing mechanisms. Please consider taking medications if, and only if, you truly need them.
3. Emotional Breakthrough - A cold is a “cleaning disorder.” Sometimes when we have emotional issues and/or past trauma’s that are buried deep in our subconscious, and are somehow resurrected, it can trigger a response. If we have deep seated emotional issues that are brought into our awareness, believe it or not, our body may produce a cold to help sweep the buried emotions out of the body.
So….I have some notion as to why I got sick, now what was I going to do about it? After four really bad nights, I had enough of my cough. I did a bit of research online and came up with the magic ingredient, cayenne pepper! The capsaicin in cayenne pepper acts as an antiseptic that will help clear the lungs and throat of congestion.
There’s nothing like chicken broth when you have a cold or flu. Therefore, I decided to make myself a huge pot of homemade chicken broth. To each mug full of broth, I added some cayenne pepper (hotness to taste.) The broth/cayenne mixture soothed my throat and was very beneficial when I drank it before bed. All I can say is ………WOW!! IT WORKED!! I am completely on the mend and I feel great!!
|I can smell the flowers!|
Mortiz, Andreas. Timeless Secrets of Health & Revjuvenation: Ener-Chi Wellness Press, 1997- 2007