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  • Writer's pictureKendra Goheen

Recipes for Prevention of Cold and Flu

Flu or cold anyone? No thank you! I know a few people in the past couple of weeks that came down with a “bug,” and although they have not been formally diagnosed, it’s safe to say it’s either the common cold or influenza. ‘Tis the season.

In most cases those whose immune systems are already in a weakened state, perhaps due to overwork, stress, or emotional issues, are often the people affected. A strong and healthy immune system will not easily succumb to a cold or the flu, even when surrounded by those who have.

With any ailment my mind automatically goes to the spiritual meaning hiding behind the ailment- the imbalance within. So along with a couple of yummy recipes to share with you to help prevent the bug, I am also sharing some food for thought to help keep you aware of your emotional state.

Common Cold: Is there some crying or grieving that you are repressing? Have deep feelings been pushed aside? Are you frustrated at work and unable to express this? Are you feeling mentally and emotionally overloaded – to the point where the pressure is overwhelming? A cold can also be a cry for love and attention, a need to be cared for. It can also mean a time of change and transition, when there is too much happening at once, and you need to shut off for a while.

Influenza: The high temperature and aching muscles send a clear message that some time out is needed. The word influenza means “to come under the influence of,” implying that someone or something is having a strong influence on us, perhaps making us doubt what we think or feel for ourselves. This self-doubt can undermine our sense of identity or purpose, and we need time to reconnect to it. It is a time to take a break and help build our inner strength.

Super Protector Juice

(From the book Juice It! By Robin Asbel)

Makes about 2 cups

2 cups chopped broccoli, stems and florets

2 large oranges, peeled and seeded

1 large apple, cored

Juice in the order of the ingredients

Warm Water Tonic

8 ounces of warm water

1 organic cinnamon stick

1 tsp. fresh squeezed lemon juice

2 tablespoons Braggs apple cider vinegar with the mother in it

Sip all day long when you start feeling crummy. Keep the same cinnamon stick to make more throughout the day; just add the other ingredients. Helps with sore throat and also helps with immunity.

Cheers to a happy and healthy winter!

With love and Peace to you!

Photo courtesy of Leah Westlund Photography.

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