Is There an Alternative to Big Pharma “Cures?”
For the past two years I have been trying to find alternatives to over the counter medication when I am sick. I have become increasingly concerned over the short and long term side affects of many of the medications on the market. Through experience, I have found that meds often offered a temporary relief to my symptoms but also left me feeling tired and foggy. When their affects wear off I find my symptoms coming back hard and fast, compelling me to reach for another fix to alleviate my discomfort. Every four hours for days at a time I’d find myself reaching for meds but never feeling any better.
Through the course of my own research, I’ve come across countless blogs, websites, and videos that held a common thread: there is a better alternative. I’ve learned that the medications we continue to spend our hard earned money on only mask or hide symptoms where “alternative” methods may actually cure our ailments. A good friend of mine once told me that good health and fitness “starts in the kitchen,” and I couldn’t agree more. What we put in our bodies has a direct affect on our health and ability to fight off disease and infection. With the recipe I am going to share, I cannot guarantee you will never get sick. But I am fairly certain that if you follow a balanced diet, preferably an alkaline diet, and use this remedy when you are ill, your symptoms will be less severe and be gone a whole lot quicker.
I’ve come across many home remedies to fight off cold and flu. They all basically contain the same ingredients, give or take a few. After trial and error, and experimentation on myself while feeling under the weather, I have created my own recipe that has worked really well with only one noticeable side affect (see below).
- 1 quarter sized piece of ginger
- 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
- 1 tablespoon of apple-cider vinegar
- 1 clove of garlic
- 1 banana
- 1 handful of greens – preferably spinach
- Half of a lemon
- 1 glass of water
As you learn more about your body, and its reactions to the recipe, you can modify the ingredients as needed.
Using a Juicer:
My wife and I received a juicer for Christmas. Each morning, I take all of the above ingredients and juice them together to make a smoothie. (I squeeze the lemon juice into the mix so I don’t have any skin or seeds going in). I actually enjoy the taste, but must warn you that it has become an acquired taste. Over the past year, I have gradually changed my diet and began consuming more raw fruits and vegetables. As I made the change, my pallet gradually changed as well.
If you don’t own a juicer, you can still get the same healing benefits, but may need to modify your preparation:
- Mince or chop garlic and let it sit for 10 – 15 minutes (to allow for maximum potency).
- Add lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, cayenne pepper, and garlic to a glass of filtered water.
- Drink it down!
- (At some point in the day be sure to eat a banana and a salad)
I’d recommend consuming this mix twice per day if you are really feeling under the weather, and once per day if your symptoms are minor. I often start taking these ingredients when someone around me is sick or at the first onset of my own symptoms. Since I have started this, I have not felt the need for medication. My symptoms are reduced along with the length of my illnesses. This year alone, I was fortunate enough to dodge the “Throw Up” virus, even though my son threw up on me five times and my wife was sick as well. I also managed to fight off cold and flu symptoms in half the time compared to my family who suffered for twice as long.
There are alternatives, and they are so much better for our bodies. These ingredients work to heal our body and strengthen our immune system, where as store-bought medications mask symptoms and generate uncomfortable side affects. Garlic is an antibiotic and lemon has anti bacterial and antifungal properties. Apple-cider vinegar helps to alkalize your blood stream, which is good for immune systems and bad for viruses. Ginger helps boost your immune system. Banana’s give your body an energy boost, and greens help cleanse your body of toxins. Lastly, cayenne helps to clear the sinuses and promotes blood flow throughout the body, spreading the healing ingredients throughout.
The major side affect I have encountered has been a result of the garlic. It has a potent healing potential, but also packs another powerful side affect: an odor. Garlic lingers in the body and its distinct odor is released through the breath and pores. (My wife is not happy about this). In addition, garlic is also a natural blood thinner so please use caution and consult with a physician if you are on blood thinning medication. Despite the odor, however, I believe it is a small price to pay to avoid pharmaceutical drugs and live a cleaner, healthier lifestyle.
Medicating people is a business, and there is no money in a cure. But we have a chance to make a difference and bring about change. Take your time, read, research, and try different natural healing foods. Listen to your body and you may be surprised at what you find. You will surely appreciate the financial savings during flu season. And if enough people catch on, we may put a hole in big Pharma’s pocket.
Small changes among the masses can have a massive impact across the world!