5 tips to AVOID the cold/flu season, naturally.

Are you tired of being sick? And just as you get over it, it comes back again?? The 24hr flu lasting weeks? The common cold lasting a month or turning into pneumonia or other infections?

35.6 million cases, 710,000 hospitalizations and 56,000 deaths each year in the US alone.

In this article

I do not intend on giving a guaranteed formula. It isn’t impossible to completely avoid being sick. We all will get sick. It is unavoidable. However, when you do get sick…

  • It doesn’t have to last as long…
  • As severe…
  • It does not have to be as often…
  • You can have such a more vibrant life!

I believe that you can minimize your chances and avoid getting sick significantly when these 5 steps are implemented.

As a paramedic, I see the hospital ER’s overflowing with patients each year during flu season and beyond. So much so that ambulances have to wait with their sick patients in the hallways until a bed becomes available! I don’t know if there was ever a health crisis as we have today?!

What’s the answer?

Our society today seems to blame the health care system for lack of resources to meet the growing need.

  • Not enough doctors?
  • Nor care and treatment facilities?
  • Not enough vaccines?

And these are true. However, they are not the root problem. We seem to be so focused or brainwashed that these are the answers!? That “IF” this list was met then we would have less problems, a more healthy society and less crowded hospitals. Would we though?

The above list IS needed and we should work towards improving our health care system. BUT I strongly believe that we need to get down to the root problem. It is being avoided. Stop putting bandaids over the problem and heal from the inside out.

No matter what we do to improve our system, the population will continue to get sick and continue to come back to flood the system. Our system is and will continue to be overworked and stressed because we are not addressing the root problem.

Emergency department sign

The root

We need to promote and educate how to live a healthy life! How to be healthy and stay healthy! Prevention! People can have such better quality of life if we could get out of the deadly cycle of..

  • Addictions…
  • Sugar…
  • Processed and fast food…
  • etc…

Today you have to look very hard to find help and to know what you can do at home in your own day to day life to improve your health in a healthy natural way.

Education, promotion and prevention is needed on how you can live a healthy life and people need help to do it! Everybody needs somebody. Yes conventional medicine is needed but Doctors do not have the time or training to help people live a healthy life day in and day out. That’s why re-think-health is here and why health coaches are so so needed today.

  1. Promotion
  2. Education
  3. Prevention

5 Tips you can do to have a better chance at avoiding the cold and flu season NATURALLY.

Again, this is what I have done and noticed great results! When I feel a cold coming on I do these 5 things. And I either don’t get sick or if I don’t catch it in time then it is not as bad lasting only a few days.

Essential oils

5. Essential Oils

Pure oils made from plants, trees, raw food. You can diffuse them to clean the air and help your cells to stay healthy. You can apply it topically or diluted in water to drink. Also, you can put the oils in veggie caps to take internally. These are very effective.

You can see things like pain or headaches improve quickly. Coughing and congestion stopped and cleared especially helping kids sleep at night. Digestion issues resolved… There are so many symptoms that can be helped naturally with essential oils.

But also my family uses it for prevention. Essential oils help boost the immune system and if I feel a cold coming on I take extra and it usually helps to stop those first sick feelings.

*When I feel a cold coming on I put drops of ginger, oregano and turmeric into a glass of water to drink. My wife will put the drops into a veggie cap to swallow. I do this morning and night.

Our favourite oils:
  • Ginger
  • Peppermint
  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Turmeric
  • Oregano
  • Cypress
  • Eucalyptus
  • Tea Tree
  • Orange (vitC)

Look for a company making oils that are 100% therapeutic grade (100% natural oil) and sourced from the areas around the world that have the best environment to grow each plant or seed etc…

What my family uses

I will be doing an article soon on essential oils in more detail. For now I will share a few different brands that we have tried. Here are 2 that I recommend.

  1. Great quality, more affordable and direct – Follow this link and receive $10 off your purchase!
  2. Great quality, more established and a points/income system – Follow this link HERE!

4. Viamins C and D

You need all letters of the vitamins… But I have specifically noticed these 2 have helped me during the flu season and it makes since as to why.

  • Vitamins help your cells absorb nutrients.
  • Vitamin C is full of antioxidants that can protect you from illness. 
  • They help cell growth, repair and producing energy.
  • Supporting the immune system and hormonal balance.
  • Helps your digestive health.
  • Among many other things…

We do not get enough vitamins (specifically these 2) and many of us are deficient allowing sickness. It is said that we are more deficient this time of year because we are not outside in the sun getting the vitamin D compared to other climates that don’t have the cold climate. And it makes since.

*Through the winter I will take these vitamins daily. When I feel cold symptoms coming on I will take 3-6 tablets. You don’t need to be afraid of taking too many vitamins. Most of us are deficient to begin with.

What my family uses

Foods with sugar

3. No Sugar or processed food

For me (and every body will be different) these last 3 are just as important and one without the other will not have positive results.

If I eat my fair share of sugar and processed foods, almost immediately after I don’t feel good at all. Once you know how good your body can feel and once your body gets used to you playing by the rules and giving it’s cells what they need, THEN you really notice how bad you feel after eating junk and you won’t want to eat it.

I now know my bodies limits. And you need to get to know yours. I know if I eat sweets a few days in a row, then I have a good chance of getting sick. Eating sugar and processed food always has a huge negative effect on my body. So much so that I avoid it as much as I can.

Now that I know how good I can feel… I just don’t want to go back.


2. Adequate sleep

Sleep affects me probably just as much and if not more than the above. Each of you need to find out what works for you. Find out how much sleep you actually need to function. For me, I need a solid 8 hours.

Your cells that form your tissues, muscles and organs need rest. The busy lives you live cause a lot of stress on your body. Please don’t underestimate rest.

I get sick when I don’t get the sleep I need. And for me with shift work it is tough. Sugar and no sleep is a guaranteed combination for getting sick. If I don’t get enough sleep I try to make it up sometime during the day and I find that has recently helped tremendously.

1. Green vegetable juice or powder

Yes, you all know… You need to eat your vegetables! You don’t need to be a vegan but you do need to have a plant based diet. I mean a diet with the majority of whole raw food.

Your cells need to be fed the right food with the right nutrients. If not they will be deficient and toxic. Vegetables and fruits have exactly what your body needs to be thrive.

  • Vitamins
  • Minerals
  • Antioxidants
  • Enzymes
  • Aminos
  • Fiber
  • Phytonutrients
  • etc…

Why a green powder?

Today we live such fast paced lives that we often don’t have time to eat right. We don’t take the time. And it doesn’t help that we are addicted to fast food and sugar.

You need something that matches the CONVENIENCE of fast food. That is why I believe every family needs to have whole raw food supplements.

Give yourself a huge break and trust me on this one! Listen to this PODCAST episode as I explain the Powerful preventative and therapeutic effects of Barley grass.

I am so glad my grandfather told me about the powerful effects of Barleylife! I cannot imagine my life without it.

  • The strength,
  • Vibrance,
  • Energy,
  • Clear mind,
  • Strong immune system,
  • Balanced Ph
  • Overall good health…

If I feel a cold coming on then I will take a big spoon full every few hours. 9/10 the symptoms will be gone.

What our family uses

Follow this link to receive green powder for your family! * Subscription available for member discounts!

To summarize

Adding these 5 Tips to your daily routine, I believe will help you and your family tremendously for improving and maintaining good health throughout each season that comes!

All 5 things help with many things but specifically one in particular.


If your gut receives what it needs to do its job than your immune system will be strong to fight off the invaders that will come. If your cells have what they need than it’s impossible to get sick.

One bonus thing that helps our Gut health is giving it lots of fiber and probiotics (good bacteria). Visit my article here on how to have healthy bowels. Also Episode 18 that explains probiotics and fiber in detail.

The 5 tips again are…

  • Essential oils
  • Minimizing sugar and processed foods
  • Adequate sleep
  • Vitamin C-D
  • Green powder ( getting your fruits and veggies)

Question for you!

What tips and things do you do at home with your family that you find helps a lot to fight off the cold and flu naturally?

Let me know in the comments below! Also if you haven’t signed up for a free monthly email – Follow the form below!

Published by Daniel Matthews

My passion is to help people regain their health through nutrition and a balanced lifestyle! I currently work as a Paramedic and an AIM Living Well Coach.

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