It’s December, which means it’s that time of year again — cold and flu season.
I love this time of year.
Christmas decorations, wood burning in the fireplace, snow on the ground…
The easiest way to put a damper on this wonderful season is to be sick and miserable for several weeks (or months) at a time.
Now I’m not trying to brag, but — I don’t get sick.
And I don’t get the flu shot.
In fact, the only time I ever got the flu shot I ended up having one of the worst bouts with the flu that I’ve ever had.
Was I born with hyper-immune genetics?
No. I just choose not to get sick.
For years I believed that you could avoid getting the cold or flu by simply believing you wouldn’t. The odd thing is — it actually worked.
Then I got older and “smarter” and stopped thinking that way. Next thing you know, I’m getting a yearly flu virus like every other sucker.
But I’m happy to report that I’m going on 3 years straight without so much as a cold.
I do get dry eyes and the occasional stuffy nose from allergies, though, depending on where I’m at.
The reason that I stopped getting the cold and flu again was because I decided to choose not to. Only this time, my choice to not get the cold and flu is more than just believing I won’t get sick — it’s taking precautionary measures to avoid it.
And I believe I won’t get sick.
This is not medical advice. I’m not a doctor or a shaman.
Why is Cold and Flu Season in the Winter?
We’ve been taught to think that cold weather is bad for us. But, like everything else, it’s not that simple.
Cold temperatures aren’t bad for us. They can actually be highly beneficial.
Just take a look at the fascinating work of Wim Hof to see for yourself.
According to the scientific research, it’s not that cold weather is bad for us, but instead it’s really good for the flu virus.
In the winter, the air is cold and dry, which is the ideal condition for the flu virus.
“By varying air temperature and humidity in the guinea pigs’ quarters, they discovered that transmission was excellent at 41 degrees. It declined as the temperature rose until, by 86 degrees, the virus was not transmitted at all.
The virus was transmitted best at a low humidity, 20 percent, and not transmitted at all when the humidity reached 80 percent.
The animals also released viruses nearly two days longer at 41 degrees than at a typical room temperature of 68 degrees.”
Cold weather doesn’t weaken our immune systems!
It simply makes it easier for the flu virus to live.
It’s important to understand this, because it shows why the methods I’m about to mention work so well, despite being simple (and obvious).
How to Prevent the Cold and Flu Naturally
All of those cold and flu medicines you see at the drug store are bullshit.
They only mask symptoms, but they don’t actually treat the virus. They literally write that on the box.
The best way to treat a cold or flu is to avoid it altogether and doing so is easy.
Step #1 — Drink At Least a Gallon of Water Per Day
The benefits of staying hydrated cannot be overstated.
In the winter especially, one of the primary benefits of drinking enough water is a healthy immune system.
But KW, isn’t a gallon of water a day a little excessive?
It’s the bare minimum.
Don’t worry, there’s an easy way to drink a gallon of water per day.
Step #2 — Sleep With a Humidifier In Your Bedroom
The humidifier is a game-changer.
I’m not exaggerating when I say that you will see a noticeable difference in how you feel after one night with a humidifier in your room.
Dry air is one of the worst things about winter. It dries out your skin and makes you itchy, it dries out your throat and nasal cavity, and it’s a flu virus enabler.
Throughout the day, as you’re drinking your gallon of water and going about your business, the dry air isn’t so bad.
But while you’re laying in bed at night, without food or water, your skin and respiratory system gets dried out — and the flu virus is having a massive orgy all over your room!
That’s why you always feel worse in the morning or you always seem to wake up with a cold.
A humidifier completely changes that. It makes you feel better and it literally creates an environment in your room where the flu virus can’t live.
Humidifiers run from $30 to $100 and they’re worth every penny.
Here’s the one I own:
It works very well and I have no complaints. There are a ton of options and I don’t think you can really go wrong. Just make sure it holds enough water to last through the night and that it has the capacity to control the humidity in the size of your bedroom.
I can get away with refilling mine every 2-3 days and many would require a refill each day. Not a big deal, but it would get annoying for me.
Step #3 — Get Your Micronutrients Daily (Especially Vitamin C)
It’s amazing how many people claim to be obsessed with a “healthy” lifestyle, yet they don’t even eat fruit or vegetables on a regular basis.
There’s a big debate in the nutrition world over which is better — getting your vitamins from a supplement or from whole foods.
On one side, people say that our vegetables have less nutrients because the soil is depleted of nutrients. Then there are those that say synthetic vitamins are less effective because they aren’t paired with other trace minerals in the exact combinations that you find in whole foods. Plus, they aren’t actually natural.
From my experience, I never feel any different when taking a multivitamin, but I feel noticeably better when I eat fruits and veggies.
However, during cold and flu season, I opt for both.
You don’t even have to eat several servings a day — you can have fresh squeezed juice and get all of your micronutrients from one quick drink.
As far as taking vitamin supplements, I don’t do this every day. But I would if I wasn’t eat fruit and vegetables daily.
I only take them if I’m traveling, I’m around other people that are sick, or I feel like I’m more vulnerable to getting sick for any reason.
What to Do When You Start to Feel a Cold or Flu Coming On
You know that funny feeling you get when something is off and you just don’t feel right?
It’s the warning sign that you could get sick within a day or two.
I still have this happen about 1-2 times per year. Fortunately, I’ve been able to see it pass and not actually get sick.
This is what I do:
- Increase my water intake to 1.5+ gallons of water per day
- Take this Source Naturals Wellness Formula supplement
- Drink fresh squeezed juice
- Avoid the obvious dumb decisions (getting drunk, eating without washing my hands first, etc)
It sounds simple, but it’s worked for me.
The wellness formula that I linked is something I’ve used for a few years and it’s the only immunity supplement that’s ever worked for me. They’ve changed the formula a couple of times and I’ve seen people complain on Amazon, but I’ve never noticed a difference myself.
Granted, I only take it when I know I’m going to be around sick people or I think I could get sick for whatever reason. However, my girlfriend works in a hospital and she’s not caught a single bug or virus (knock on wood) at work — she takes the Wellness Formula regularly.
Each full serving is 6 capsules — there are a lot of ingredients in this product.
How to Beat a Cold or Flu Virus Quickly
Like I said, I don’t get sick anymore — but when I used to, I could recover very quickly by using a protocol that I created by trial and error.
If you act quickly, you can actually get over a cold or flu very quickly. I’ve done it countless times in my life.
You have to get started immediately, though — as soon as you realize you’re sick!
Again, I’m not a doctor — especially not a doctor of the Oz variety. I’m not trying to make any miracle claims. I’m just sharing what’s consistently worked for me and those around me that have done this.
The Stout Immunity Protocol:
- Drink 1.5+ gallons of water per day
- Take 1,000 mg of vitamin C in the morning, afternoon, and at night
- Drink a cup of hot green tea 3-4 times throughout the day
- Skip lifting weights and do 30 minutes of light/moderate cardio instead
- Drink alka seltzer or a baking soda and lemon cocktail in the morning and evening
- Get as much sleep as possible
- If I’m heavily congested, I’ll throw in some Mucinex (not the cough-suppressant formula)
I can’t guarantee this will work for you, but this has worked for me 100% of the time in 24-48 hours. I’ve never once done this and had it not work within a day or two.
The key is to stick with it for at least 48 hours. Most people that I share this with will quit halfway through the first day because they feel so much better that soon. The green tea and alka seltzer will make you feel better than you are. Give it a full two days and then assess how you feel on the third day. I’ve never seen anyone need more than 72 hours.
I’ll breakdown why I do each thing.
Drinking more water, consuming vitamin C, and getting more rest are obvious. That’s what every doctor tells you to do.
3,000 mg of vitamin C probably sounds high and I’ve read that high doses of vitamin C can cause stomach cramps, diarrhea, etc. I’ve never experienced this. Vitamin C is water soluble, the doses are spread out, and this amount of fluid requires me to pee very often, so that’s why it’s never worried me.
The reason why I didn’t mention the Wellness Formula that I discussed earlier is because I didn’t know about that product the last time I got sick like this. I would probably replace the vitamin C with that product, but vitamin C is cheaper and more accessible — I like these Emergen-C packets you can get from the grocery store.
Hot liquids relieve nasal congestion and soothe the inflamed membranes that line your nose and throat. Green tea is my hot liquid of choice. You could drink any herbal tea or broth.
I skip weights because it puts your body in a catabolic state, which requires your immune system to rebuild the muscles you’ve broken down. Instead, I just do a little cardio to break a sweat and get oxygen flowing through my lungs.
I alkalize my body because high acidity allows the cold virus to flourish. Alka seltzer (the dissolving tabs) and baking soda can both accomplish this. If I feel any sinus pressure, inflammation, or a headache, I go with alka seltzer. Otherwise, I mix 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda, juice from half of a squeezed lemon, and water in a small glass. The lemon can balance Ph and stimulate lymph flow.
When I share this with people, I usually get the same reaction:
That sounds like a lot of work. Are you sure this isn’t too much?
Maybe it’s a little excessive, but it works. Quickly and consistently.
To me, it’s worth it.
No one likes being sick, especially around Christmas and New Year’s.
This holiday season, give yourself the gift of good health.
There are plenty of people that go year after year without getting sick — you don’t have to be anyone special to enjoy consistent well-being.
I can’t speak on how those other people do it, but this is how I’ve done it.
When a pesky virus shows its ugly face — shut it down and get back to business!
Until next time,
P.S. If you use any of the methods in this article, I want to know about it. And if you have any methods that work for you, please share with everyone in the comments.
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