Cold & Flu Season: 5 ways to stay healthy, naturally


Fall is upon us and with it pumpkin pie, fall festivals, and a change in the weather that usually has my allergies acting up. While there are times when stuff just happens and we get sick no matter what we try, there are a couple of things I do at home to help prevent sickness and keep my immunity up. 

1. Eat and drink plenty of Vitamin C. This means plenty of fruits and vegetables as well as juices. I do a lot of my own juicing at home too after making a stop at my local Natural Grocery Store. Vitamin C is great for immunity boosting and warding off colds. 

2. Keep grapefruit seed extract spray on hand. Just a few squirts in my nose, and I’m good as new. Several times when I was coming down with something, I ended up perfectly fine after using this.  3. Herbal teas are great not only for nutritional value, but are good especially if you’ve already come down with something. Tea with a little honey is great for soothing a sore throat. My favorite tea to have on hand is Throat Coat from Traditional Medicinals. 

4. Bring on the garlic. Garlic is nature’s little miracle that not a lot of people know about. It acts like a natural antibiotic and boosts immunity naturally. I always cook with lots of garlic during the Fall and Winter months, as well as help supplement my diet with liquid Kyolic. 

5. Homemade lozenges and gargles get me through the WinterI make my own homemade lozenges and gargles for when I do end up with a cold. They help soothe my sore throat naturally and also provide more Vitamin C and nutrients to my body. 

These are just a few of the ways I battle cold and flu season naturally. As with all my tips, keep in mind that this is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Please consult a professional before proceeding. 

How do you naturally face cold and flu season?

Crystal Collins is an Atlanta local, adventurer, a health advocate and thrifty as can be. Check her out on her blog


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  1. ChuckG

    2 years ago

    I think the problem with Vitamin C is that most people don’t take enough. While 500mg appears to be norm, here’s a table of Vitamin C dosage. We should be taking 1000mg-2000mg a day:

    When I was working out I took 4000mg-6000mg a day. Your body absorbs only what it needs and the rest leaves your body as you go to the bathroom. And no, you won’t develop any calcium deposits with high dosages. When I took a lot of vitamin C, I wouldn’t get sick for years and my allergies went away. Something to explore.

  2. CrystalECollins

    2 years ago

    Good info ChuckG! Completely agree that people aren’t getting enough of it!

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