Fight the flu with fire!!!

I fell down hard with this nasty flu, just like many of you and your family members. I didn’t take care of it right and ended up with pneumonia. After fighting off the pneumonia with all of the antibiotics, steroids and breathing treatments, I was healed. Two weeks later, I caught the flu AGAIN. I tried everything over the counter and nothing worked. I prayed hard and took it old school.

I boiled half an onion strained it, then mixed in a tablespoon of cinnamon, squeezed 2 lemons, 2 tablespoons of honey and a teaspoon of cayenne pepper and surprisingly enough it tasted good!

The next day I was feeling much better!

If your anything like me, you think yuck onion water!

Let’s examine these ingredients one by one.

Onions

onion

Onions contain chemical compounds with potential anti-inflammatory, anti-cholesterol, anticancer, and antioxidant properties, such as quercertin.

In fact, the World Health Organization recognizes the onion’s ability to help relieve symptoms of the flu such as coughs, congestion, respiratory infections and bronchitis. Some folks recommend placing sliced onions beside the bed at night, or even just around the house, to help prevent yourself from getting the flu. I am not sure about that but boiling it down and using the water, I have tested and confirm, it works!

Lemons

lemonsMost of us have always been told to drink tea or “Hot Totties” with Lemon and Honey when we are not feeling well. Have you ever wandered why? Lemons are not only tasty but they help your immune system which helps to fight off a cold or flu.

Lemons are high in Vitamin C, a natural antioxidant that enhances the immune system and has antiviral and antibacterial properties.Lemons are also high in Potassium, an important mineral that helps the kidneys function to their fullest potential and is involved in regulation of blood pressure. Your kidneys are essential in helping to flush waste from the blood.Lemons also help Alkalize the blood and urine by creating an alkaline-forming environment in the body.

“Lemon helps cut mucous,” states the Mayo Clinic, which describes drinking hot water with lemon and honey as a “time-tested recipe.”

Honey

HoneyHoney is known to bolster the immune system. A daily dose of honey can help you to feel energetic and stay healthy. It also has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties that help fight infections from viruses, bacteria, and fungi. Warning: Don’t give honey to children under 1 years old. Their immune systems aren’t developed enough to ward off infantile botulism, carried in honey spores.

Cinnamon

cinnamon

I know you are thinking of sugar, spice and everything nice but everything nice really means that cinnamon is a potent health hero. Cinnamon is a herb traditionally used by many ancient cultures. It is indicated for a variety of ailments including gastrointestinal problems, urinary infections, relieving symptoms of colds and flu and has remarkable anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. Some studies have shown that Cinnamon helps people with diabetes metabolize sugar better.

Cayenne Pepper

cayenne_pepperCayenne stimulates digestion and muscle movement in the intestines, which helps restore deficient digestive secretions and aids absorption of food nutrients. Cayenne also stimulates circulation and blood flow to the peripheral areas of the body. Any of you who love spicy food know this will warm your tummy and clear you sinuses and will make you sweat. Cayenne warms the body and stimulates the release of mucus from the respiratory passages. An herb such as cayenne or ginger that promotes fever and sweating is considered to have a diaphoretic (sweat-inducing) action. This action can help reduce fevers and relieve such the congestion of colds and sinusitis. 

Bonus: Ginger

gingerroot

Again, most of us have heard when our stomach hurts we should drink ginger ale. But the 99 cent store and other grocery markets sell the root. You can skin it, slice it and boil it. Ginger has been in use since ancient times for its anti-inflammatory, carminative, anti-flatulent, and anti-microbial properties. The root helps improve the intestinal motility and has anti-inflammatory, painkiller, nerve soothing, anti-pyretic as well as anti-bacterial properties. Studies have shown that it may reduce nausea induced by motion sickness or pregnancy and may help relieve migraine headache.

This herb root only has 80 calories per 100 g and contains no cholesterol. Nonetheless, it composes many essential nutrients and vitamins such as pyridoxine (vitamin B-6), pantothenic acid (vitamin B-5) that are required for optimum health.

Furthermore, the herb also contains a good amount of minerals like potassium, manganese, copper, and magnesium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure

Prosperity Steps

1) Take care of yourself

2) Take care of your friends and family

3) Don’t buy into the hype-> Treat the problem not the symptoms. Most over the counter drugs help numb the pain but dont treat the problem. Ask yourself, how would you feel if you were one of the people that found out the hard way that the TheraFlu needed to be recalled?

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