When you get sick with a bacterial infection, you will usually need antibiotics.
An issue of concern with antibiotics is that they are often over prescribed. In the 1950’s, when penicillin first made it’s appearance, doctors thought they could “close the book” on infectious disease. They had the “cure all” for anything that would ail you.
They were wrong, obviously. But what happened? A couple things, actually.
First, bacteria. These microorganisms change and adapt to their different environments, including the human body. While antibiotics were meant to destroy and kill off the bad bacteria, that is not always the case. For maximum effectiveness, antibiotics need to be taken for the full course, even if the person is feeling better. There are stories of families “saving” some of the medicine for another person in case they were to get sick as well. Yup, the bacteria wasn’t killed off completely, and it was allowed to adapt and grow.
Second, doctors began to prescribe antibiotics for anything and everything. Got a cough? Here’s a script. Little Johnny has a tummy ache? Penicillin! I heard from the lips of one doctor that 1/2 of the children she diagnosed with ear infections did not NEED an antibiotic, but the parents demanded one anyway. The sad truth is that these parents gave their children medicines that weren’t necessary.
Third, we began feeding antibiotics to animals in feedlots as a preventative. What your food eats, is what you eat. You guessed it, we were dosed with antibiotics through the animals we consumed.
Now, we are dealing with staph bacteria like MRSA that may not respond to antibiotics. That is a scary thing.
Can anything be done at this point? Can we turn the tide back against antibiotic resistant infections? Maybe. But, we have to be willing to make a change. We need to go back to letting our food be our medicine. We can build up our body’s immunity naturally and fight off infection before it even strikes. Adding these foods to your daily meals can help keep your immune system functioning at its best all year long.
Garlic is great at fighting against fungal infections. If you can manage to get it down, eating a few cloves of raw garlic at the first sign of symptoms may significantly reduce the length of a cold. In addition to fighting off infection, garlic is said to be a great tool for lowering blood pressure.
Ginger fights off mucus and phlegm. Add a slice of fresh ginger to a cup of tea, or mix powdered ginger into your favorite recipe. You can also make your own ginger tea by boiling fresh, sliced ginger in hot water and drinking the liquid. Add raw honey and apple cider vinegar for extra immune supporting power.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar is one of the best natural foods you can find. It contains high levels of acetic and malic acid, as well as vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. Just one tablespoon a day is all you need to absorb its “healing powers”, and you can easily drink apple cider vinegar by adding it to a glass of water or a cup of tea.
Raw honey is naturally antibacterial and antifungal. A soothing tea can be made by adding one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, one teaspoon of raw honey, a fresh-squeezed lemon wedge, and a sprinkle of cinnamon to a cup of hot water. Drink this at the first sign of cold symptoms to help ward them off.
Not only do onions enjoy a reputation of being antibacterial, but they also taste great! Raw or cooked, they provide the same benefits. Enjoy them with all of your favorite meals.
Turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory and is perfect for adding to smoothies, soups, or teas. Doing this may help to reduce inflammation in joints and reduce aches and pains.
These are just some of the ways our food can be our medicine. Combine these foods with plenty of rest, liquids, sunshine, and other stress reducing methods, and you are on your way to a healthier YOU! What are your favorite ways to ward off sickness naturally? Be sure to pin this for later!