Eating Disorders Colds and Flus- Are you taking particular care of yourself?


Dear Readers,

Are you taking particular care of yourself?  If you have an eating disorder you are vulnerable to colds and  flu. Take your taking care of yourself seriously. 

Winter is here. Coming down with a cold or flu bug can easily derail even the healthiest of the people. If you’ve an Eating Disorder, then you are very vulnerable to colds and flus. So this winter, please be mindful and take care of your health and your immunity. I remember getting a flu vaccination many years ago and this protected me against  many  flu viruses. This is the first winter in many years, where I haven’t been given a flu vaccination, according to my Doctor, “I’m no longer a ‘high risk person’.”

So this year, I have to be mindful, take precautions and fight my current very minor cold with home remedies and some anti viral medication.

Colds and Flus Can Kill- Eating Disorders take an enormous toll on the body and whether your suffering from Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa or Binge Eating Eating Disorder or EDNOS, please don’t forget that all Eating Disorders are dangerous. Eating Disorders is a multisystem disease. The longer you have it, the more damage you are causing to your body. With time the disorder can damage almost every body system.

According to Eating Disorder

Eating disorders weaken your organs and your immune system.  Plus, mental obsessions that are symptoms of an eating disorder can block your awareness of the personal danger you may face because of the flu epidemic. People whose health is compromised for any reason are more likely to get the flu and have severe symptoms.  Some people die.  Physical consequences of an eating disorder can be severe. A body ravaged by an eating disorder may be an ideal place for the flu virus to take root and thrive. A mind ravaged by an eating disorder may be incapable of understanding the necessity for stepped up personal health care and flu prevention actions. (Eating Disorder Recovery).

The flu is dangerous, even lethal to people with existing illnesses and your eating disorder is an illness.

Please do your best to subdue eating disorder thinking and behaviors so you can either prevent yourself from getting the flu or if you do get it, have a mild case.

Eat nourishing food throughout the day at regular intervals.
Drink eight glasses of water a day to keep yourself hydrated.
Sleep eight to nine hours at night.
Nap in the day if you are tired.
Rest, i.e. take it easy.
Do your best to reduce stress. Laugh. Watch relaxing videos. Enjoy nature if weather permits. Create gentle fun experiences for you and your family. Pet your dog or cat.
Find a way to think and feel nice things about yourself.And most of all, keep your awareness up.

I would like to share these wonderful tips by Chris Kresser on Preventing Colds and Flus .

7 Tips for Preventing (and Shortening) Colds and Flus

Cold and flu season is upon us—but that doesn’t mean you have to suffer. Check out these tips for supercharging your immune system and boosting your resilience.

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Conventional wisdom holds that there’s not much you can do to prevent colds and flus—and even less you can do to treat them. Of course you could get a flu shot, but research suggests they aren’t nearly as effective as many believe. OTC remedies like antihistamines, decongestants, and NSAIDs can suppress some of the symptoms associated with colds and flus, but they do nothing to prevent them or shorten their duration. And while antibiotics may be necessary in certain cases (e.g. a cold that progresses to a severe sinus infection, though even this is debatable), they aren’t useful for treating the viral infections that cause colds and flus.

Cold and flu season beating you down? Check out these 7 tips for boosting your immune system.

But here’s the good news: there are, in fact, several steps you can take that will strengthen your immune system and not only decrease the chances that you’ll get sick in the first place, but help to reduce the intensity and shorten the duration of any cold or flu you do get. Instead of just suppressing symptoms, these tips will actually improve the function of your immune system as well as attack the viruses themselves.

#1: Load up on immune-boosting nutrients

There are several micronutrients that are essential for immune health. Many Americans don’t get enough of these nutrients through their diets. But even if you are getting enough, taking additional amounts of them when people around you are sick, or if you’re already sick, can be a big help. These include:

  • Vitamin C. Liposomal forms are best absorbed. I suggest one teaspoon once a day on an empty stomach for prevention, and one teaspoon twice a day for treatment. If you’re using ascrobic acid, take 1,000–4,000 mg/d, up to bowel tolerance.
  • Vitamins A & D. Both of these fat-soluble vitamins are important for immune health, but here’s a little-known fact: research suggests that they are only effective for preventing/reversing colds and flus when taken together. This is why I’m such a proponent of cod liver oil: it contains natural forms of both A & D in a synergistic blend. This is the product that I currently recommend. Take 4 capsules a day for maintenance, or 8–12 capsules a day for treatment. You can also purchase it in the oil form, which is more economical for higher doses (take up to 10 mL/d for treatment).
  • Selenium. Selenium helps to balance and regulate the immune system. Most Americans get enough in their diet, but taking a little extra during cold and flu season can help. I suggest 200 mcg/d 3-4 times a week. This is the brand I recommend. Note: I do not recommend long-term, continuous selenium supplementation because it has been associated with increased risk of prostate cancer in men.
  • Iodine. Iodine also plays an important role in immune health, and many Americans don’t get enough of it. Ironically, this is especially true for health-conscious people that have removed iodized salt from their diet. The only significant sources of iodine in the diet are sea vegetables, fish heads, and dairy (especially pasture-raised dairy). If you’re not eating these foods regularly, you may want to supplement with about 1 mg per day of iodine in the form of kelp capsules. Note: some people with autoimmune thyroid disease cannot tolerate iodine even in this relatively low amount, so exercise caution if you have Hashimoto’s or Graves’.
  • Zinc. Zinc is another immune-boosting nutrient that many people don’t get enough of. If you like oysters, they are your best bet for meeting zinc needs through diet. You can also take 30 mg/d of zinc picolinate or zinc gluconate for short periods when you feel you’re fighting something.

#2: Drink fresh ginger tea

Ginger is a potent anti-viral substance that prevents the adhesion of viruses to the upper respiratory mucosa. If you drink the concoction I recommend below at the first signs of sickness, you can often fight it off successfully. But—and this is a big “but”—you have to drink it at or near the strength I suggest, or it won’t be effective. Some people find this difficult to do, because ginger is so intense, but if you can handle it your immune system will thank you.

Also, while it’s possible to do this without a juicer, it will take a lot longer. You can get pretty good juicers now for less than $100, so if you or someone in your family suffers from frequent colds/flus, a juicer is a worthwhile expense (and of course it has many other uses).


  • Juice (or grate on a fine setting) 1–2 pounds of ginger; place juice in a jar and refrigerate
  • Place 2–4 ounces of ginger juice in a mug with the juice of one-half lemon and a large tablespoon of honey (honey is also anti-viral). Add 1/8 teaspoon of cayenne pepper and 6 ounces of hot water.
  • Drink 2–6 cups of this a day, sipping slowly throughout the day

#3: Wash your hands

Maybe you already know this, but studies have shown that frequent hand-washing is one of the most important things we can do to protect ourselves during cold & flu season. Wash your hands every time you arrive at a destination while out and about, and first thing when you get home.

#4: Take elderberry syrup

Elderberry is one of the most effective botanicals for strengthening immune function and preventing colds and flus. Take 1 teaspoon twice a day if you feel like you’re coming down with a cold or flu—and continue taking it if you do get sick.

#5: Take immune-boosting herbs

There are several botanicals that have a potent immune-boosting effect. I recommend the following blend for prevention during cold season:

  • Mix equal parts astragalus, cordyceps, and rhodiola in tincture form. Herb-pharm is my favorite brand.
  • Take up to 1/4 teaspoon 3x/d for prevention, and 1/2 teaspoon up to 6x/d if you’re already sick.

Note: since astragalus, cordyceps, and rhodiola are “immune boosting” botanicals, people with autoimmune diseases that involve an overactive immune response should exercise caution and speak with their health-care practitioner before using them.

#6: Take anti-viral herbs

If you’ve finally succumbed to a cold or flu despite your best efforts, there are a number of anti-viral herbs that can be helpful. If you want to go deep on this topic, I strongly recommend Stephen Harrod Buhner’s excellent book, Herbal Antivirals: Natural Remedies for Emerging & Resistant Viral Infections. But if you just want to cut to the chase, here’s the formula he recommends for treating mild influenza and colds:

  • Mix 2 parts lomatium, 2 parts red root, 2 parts licorice, 1 part isatis (all in tincture form).
  • Take 30–60 drops mixed with 1–2 ounces of water each hour until condition improves. You may have trouble finding some of these botanicals locally, but you can get them fairly easily online.

#7: Rest

Of all of the recommendations, I suspect most people will have the hardest time with this one. In our crazy, hectic world, rest is simply not valued—but it’s absolutely necessary when battling a viral infection is consuming a lot of your energy.

Of course it’s not always easy to take time for yourself, especially if you have young children (I know this firsthand!), but even a few short rest periods throughout the day can make a big difference when it comes to supporting your immune system.


Some Other Tips:

Taking more deep breaths, getting more oxygen in the body, stimulates the lymph system and makes the flu go away soon.

Homeopathic Remedies. Hyland’s product called Cold Calm and for flu use Oscillococcinum.

Treating Cold/Flu with Islamic Medicine

Hot Lemon and Honey- Take the juice of a lemon and squeeze a few tablespoons into a cup. Add a tablespoon of raw, pure honey. Then cover with boiling water. Stir it and then sip it. There is a cure in honey and lemon is a cleanser and a purifier. This mixture is great for sore throats, colds, or just as a general pick me up. Enjoy!

Blackseed Oil- Fry about 70-90 black seeds then finely ground them and soak them in little oil- drops are then administered through nose. It will cure cold accompanied by intensive sneezing.

Ayurvedic Home Remedies for Cold and Flu

ayurvedic remedies

“There is nothing (in the world) which is not a medicine”Vagbhata. 

You can make effective remedies using common kitchen ingredients.

Try some of the following instead of the Lemsip and see how they work for you:

  • Mix 1 tsp each of ginger powder, turmeric and black pepper and take ½ tsp of this mixture with warm water or honey twice a day.
  • Mix ½ tbsp ginger, black pepper, cardamom, clove, cinnamon and turmeric. Ad 3tsps of raw sugar. Mix ½ or 1 tsp of this mixture with honey or warm water and take twice a day.
  • Mix ½ tsp fresh ginger juice with ½ tsp honey and take three times a day.
  • Soak 2 parts fresh ginger root, 3 parts cinnamon and a pinch of cardamom in a cup of hot water for 10 minutes. Add ½ tsp of honey once its cool down a little. Drink a glass of this tea several times a day.
  • Crush ¼ tsp fresh ginger root with 8 fresh basil leaves, 2 peppercorns, 2 cardamom seeds, 1 cup of water, ½ tsp turmeric powder, 2 cloves, & 5 mint leaves. Boil, filter, add 1 tsp honey. Drink 3 times a day.


A self-treatment guide for colds and ‘flu – Consumer Health

Natural Treatments for Coughs, Colds and Flu by Gabrielle Traub , M.Tech (Hom), CCH, HD (Hon)

Watch This Wonderful Video on Home Remedies-


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Islam and Eating Disorders founded in 2012 – run by Maha Khan, the blog creates awareness of Eating Disorders in the Muslim world, offers information and support for sufferers and their loved ones.

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