Most of the country is currently seeing the worst flu outbreak it’s seen in years. It’s a top story every time you put on the news, alerting that it’s “Not too late to get your flu shot!” But for people like me, and I assume for others who are vegan, I do not get flu shots. It’s not because I want to tempt fate, but more because the darn thing isn’t vegan and is tested on animals. Ever since I became vegan more than a year and a half ago, I’ve chosen the natural way. Once things start looking bleak regarding the flu and cold season, I spring into action and begin my natural defense regimen. After all – food is medicine!
In addition to my regimen that is my go-to, here are a few more wellness tips that I like to prescribe to:
- Using gloves while on public transit. Bacteria and viruses can live on surfaces longer than we’d like to admit. One person coughs on that pole? That pole is now infected. Bonus tip: Have to touch the metro card machine? Use the knuckle of your pinky finger, then “Han San” right after.
- Han San! Hand sanitizer. I found a great organic, vegan, cruelty-free brand: EO. EO has a great line of hand sanitizing products. I’m partial to the Lavender sanitizer spray, but the peppermint is nice as well. You can order online or find it at most natural foods stores.
- Nasal irrigation with a Neti Pot. Nasal irrigation is great because it gently washes your nasal/sinus passages out – a major gateway for bacteria and viruses to enter! Nasal irrigation is also great for people who have chronic sinus problems. Note: I wasn’t able to use a neti pot properly until I went vegan. My sinus problems were SO BAD that even a neti pot couldn’t help it. Thankfully, since I’ve given up dairy, my sinuses have been in such better condition!
- Miso soup. The vegan’s chicken noodle soup! Miso soup has an alkalizing effect on the body, which is a great boost for the immune system. It’s a fermented product, which is fantastic for your gut flora’s healthy bacteria. You can easily make this at home if you buy a container of miso. A couple spoonfuls dissolved in some hot water should do the trick. You can get fancy and add some seaweed and soft tofu, too. But sometimes I’ll just dissolve some in a mug and drink it straight up! I particularly like this when I have a sore throat.
Here are some vegan-friendly resources to find some flu/cold prevention tips.
Hardcore Vegan: Hardcore Cold and Flu Remedies (warning: F-bombs a-plenty here!)
What are your favorite stay-well tips? Vegan wellness site recommendations? Please use the comments to discuss!
*DISCLAIMER! I AM NOT A DOCTOR OR NATUREPATH! THESE ARE ALL METHODS THAT I HAVE FOUND TO WORK FOR ME!*