Coming off a full month of drinking fresh vegetable juices until dinner, keeping active, and eating more than my fair-share of vegetables, you’d think I’d be the poster-child of perfect health.
I feel like I’m always hearing that “healthy people don’t get sick,” and I’ll admit–> I was feeling pretty immune while everyone around us has been catching a nasty flu-like bug that’s been going around.
Until I woke up on Thursday morning with a sore throat.
Followed by a crashing headache.
And quite a fever.
Of course, I do feel like this cold/flu could be a lot worse than it has been for me. I was knocked out for a good 24 hours with a killer headache, chills, and a fever… but I’m already feeling better. This is a HUGE difference from my previous experience with the flu, which has been known to keep me down for well over a week! Sure, it could just be a different type of virus. But, I’d like to think my healthy habits have something to do with my quick recovery, so let’s just play along, okay?
Here are a few things I did, hoping they’d help me recover faster:
Took 1 Tablespoon Sonne’s #7 each morning.(I’m convinced this stuff is a miracle worker)
Sipped on copious amounts of fresh lemon, ginger and honey tea.
Drank a glass of Natural Calm each evening.
Soaked in an epsom salt bath.
LOTS of rest!!! Seriously, I slept for most of the day on Thursday, and half the day on Friday. The more rest, the better!
I didn’t take any over-the-counter medication. I was seriously temped to take some Ibuprofen for my headache– it was one of the worst ones I’ve ever felt– but I didn’t want the Ibuprofen to break my fever. The way I see it, our bodies naturally try to kill off the bacteria or virus by creating a fever to “cook” them away… and I certainly don’t want to stop my body’s attempts at making me better! So, I suffered through a brutal headache for almost an entire day. Ouch. But, the next day I felt WAY better, so I’d say it was worth it. I think it’s worth noting, however, that if my flu lasted longer than a week, I would go see my doctor– and if it were something serious, I absolutely would take antibiotics. That’s a totally different story.
Listened to my body when it came to food. On Thursday, I couldn’t stand the idea of fresh veggie juice or salads– or really, anything cold. Only cooked foods sounded appealing, so that’s what I had. Homemade veggie soup, steamed sweet potato pudding, and a couple eggs seemed to keep me warm and grounded. Surprisingly, dark chocolate didn’t sound good, either… so you know I was sick. By Friday, though, I was already feeling better, and was able to eat a few more of my everyday staples, like fresh veggie juice and salad. It also helped that we had a CSA delivery that morning, and I had to use up our veggies to make room in our tiny fridge! Nothing like a little motivation to get us juicing again…
While I’m not sure any of these things truly helped me recover any faster, I’m already feeling so much better. Whew!
Unfortunately, Austin’s taken now my place– catching the same virus just a day after me. I just made him take a spoonful of Sonne’s #7, so hopefully he’ll be recovered by Sunday. He’s seriously looking forward to the Superbowl, and I don’t think he dreams of watching it while stuck in bed with a fever. Crossing our fingers!!
And wishing you all a very healthy flu season, too!
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