Are we heading toward a flu season along with colds and COVID?
Health pundits are already setting off alarm bells of this possibility. But Iím not so certain, as it really depends on what the dominant strain of COVID will be and how it behaves.
The dominant Delta COVID strain doesnít like competition from other COVID strains and once it owns your body, it fights against other strains through sheer dominance.
I wonder if it will do the same with influenza, and if it does, it is reasonable to expect a mild flu and cold season.
But just in case all of them happen at the same time during the winter, here is what you can do. COVID, influenza and most cold viruses have a lipid envelope encapsulating their sphere.
This makes all of these viruses vulnerable to naturals such as monolaurin but there are other choices, too.
In no particular order, here is a list of alternatives just in case you canít find your favorites: Garlic (enteric coated is best), Zinc lozenges (melted in the mouth), Ginger in honey for sore† throats (young children shouldnít do honey), Oregano Oil in soft gels (not liquid as it is too hot for many), Olive Leaf (standardized ó may be constipating), Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE) capsules (not the liquid) may loosen stool, GSE liquid as an aerosol spray to clean surfaces and GSE Throat Spray to deal with infection.
Itís time to ramp up the amount of vitamin D. I personally take 6,000 iu/day. This is good to do to keep respiratory diseases at bay. Additionally, ramping up vitamin C is a very good thing to do.
I like ascorbyl palmitate for your vitamin C choice, though it is very hard to get right now. Taking an enteric-coated probiotic not only supports digestion but also your immune system.
At the first symptom of COVID, cold or flu, go heavy on Monolaurin and you may stop it in its tracks so buy a bottle in advance and have it on hand.
Otherwise, did you know tropical red Hibiscus (Hibiscus sabdariffa) tea, traditionally used to ease indigestion, also relieves colds and respiratory trouble? Hibiscus is also a natural source of vitamin C.
This can be added to my favorites for both ailments, Elder tea straight (colds) or blended with Peppermint (flu), and is very effective at stopping or preventing them. Itís cheap, too!†Aromatic herbs or essential oils can ease stuffy noses and chest congestion.
A fully natural approach would start early (now) with a good strong immune booster like an immune system support based upon mushroom extracts. Iíd also drink large amounts of Elder tea (mixed with peppermint if I got a fever), every day. A good nightís sleep, a healthy diet and a good multiple vitamin goes a long way.