The night has been long and miserable. One moment you are burning with fever. The next moment chills sweep through your body. As you force yourself out of bed, the familiar hacking cough and sneezing begins. You calmly accept the fact that you have the flu. You're not going anywhere today. You climb back in bed and wonder what you can do to quickly return to good health.
The best way to speed up the healing of the body is to stop eating solid foods and start drinking plenty of fluids. Water will thin the mucous and help free it from your throat through coughing. The water will literally wash away the flu or cold.
We have found that Maple Lemonade is the most effective drink for loosening mucus. The Lemonade dissolves and eliminates toxins and congestion that have formed in any part of the body. A sprinkle of cayenne pepper added to the drink also helps break up mucus and increases body warmth.
Makes about a 1/2 gallon
3/4 cup fresh juice from lemons or limes
3/4 cup pure maple syrup
8 cups medium hot or cold water
cayenne pepper (optional)
Combine the freshly squeezed juice, maple syrup and water in pitcher. Pour into glass and sprinkle with cayenne to taste.
We noticed that having the flu often includes being constipated. The flu virus feeds on waste in the colon. A loved one struggled for weeks with the flu. He noticed whenever he ate, he felt worse. Digestion was taking energy from his already weakened body. If he were not eating, that energy could be used for healing. A congested body does not need to eat. It needs a rest from food to cleanse and heal.
One day he felt a wee bit stronger and tried to do a little work. In a couple hours, he was flushed and hot and extremely fatigued. Unhappily, he crawled back in bed. He told us he was constipated. We recommended that he stop eating solid foods and drink only Maple Lemonade with a sprinkle of cayenne. Also, each morning he did a Saltwater Flush to relieve constipation. We have been told that the flu virus breeds in the Intestinal Tract. Running a saline solution through the entire Intestinal Tract is a natural way to flush out their breeding ground.
Our loved one with the flu tried this Cleansing routine for 48 hours. His constipation was quickly relieved and mucus poured out. At the end of the Cleanse, he was able to go back to work with renewed vigor. The combination of Maple Lemonade and the Saltwater Cleanse worked together to loosen congestion and flush out toxins.
Anxious thoughts and a discouraged spirit create a perfect environment for viruses to thrive. When our daughter Brooke was a little girl, she was seldom sick. She had discovered an important truth. One day she said, "When I think happy thoughts, the flu bugs just hate it. They find somewhere else to live."
When the flu strikes, it is a time to return to the Lord in repentance and rest. "Commune with your own heart upon your bed and be still" (Psalm 4:4). Use this time, not only to cleanse the body, but to cleanse your spirit. Wait patiently on the Lord and be thankful for His loving kindness. Meditate upon His word. Pray for loved ones. Pray for those who are laboring to spread the gospel of the Kingdom. Pray for your enemies. As you pray, continue drinking plenty of liquids. Soon you will be saying, "O LORD my God, I cried out to you and you have healed me." Psalm 30:2.
The doctor spoke tactfully to a patient about his bill, remarking, "I don't like to bring this up, but that check of yours came back."
"I don't like to mention this, either, Doc," said the patient, "but so did my gout."