ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Health»
  • Personal Health Information & Self-Help

Daniel Diet: The Best Remedies for Cold/Flu Relief and Prevention

Updated on December 30, 2016

Citrus-delicious,nutritious

Citrus fruits are a good choice to combat the common cold.
Citrus fruits are a good choice to combat the common cold. | Source

Daniel- His story

The biblical prophet Daniel showed no fear at the prospect of being fed to the lions. (see Daniel 6:10) However, the ideal of eating the same food as everyone else worried him. (Daniel 1:8) He then proved the supremacy of a simple God fearing diet. The Apostle Paul wrote that all scripture is good for instruction. (2 Timothy 3:16) The example Daniel provided showed as much.

Daniel Diet Worthy

The 'Daniel Diet', named for Daniel's meal choice of herbal fare and water, stands for more than simply abstaining from meat. The practice emphasizes eating food as the Lord offers it to us. The processing of food can take away the purity of it. Whereas Daniel and his crew may have eaten potatoes during their fast, they would not have eaten fritos.

The herbal world offers many ways to relieve health issues including aromatherapy and direct application onto the body. The scope of this article is restricted to the eating and/or drinking of healthy ingredients.Daniel and friends proved their point about the healthy alternative in this manner.

The 'Daniel Diet' committee (myself) chose the greenary to highlight based upon the following criterion: ingrediants, medicinal muscle, and targeted symptom relief.

Ingredients

The three ingredients listed are by no means an exclusive collection of cold/flu remedies. However, these are highly important and readily available.

Sulphur

Sulphur serves as a detoxicant. Health care experts recognize that the toxic state of the body along with immunity system vulnerability provide ideal conditions for the 200 plus viruses that can cause the common cold.

Vitamin C

Physicians and other health care experts widely acknowledge that this vitamin boost immunity by increasing the white blood cells in the body. Also, it has detoxifying properties.

Zinc

This element helps the immunity system. Zinc is so good that it's often taken in capsule or pill form as a cold remedy.

Eucalyptus

All trees make breathing easier. But this one tree could just as easily be called the Eucalungtus tree.
All trees make breathing easier. But this one tree could just as easily be called the Eucalungtus tree. | Source

Medicinal Muscle and Targeted Symptom Relief

The term medicinal muscle describe characteristics that serve to prevent and relieve cold/flu illnesses along with their symptoms. The common traits are as follows:

antiseptic- the ability to preclude the growth or production of harmful microorganisms such as bacteria. The ability to kill viruses (as opposed to only bacteria) is referred to as antiviral. The term antibiotic applies as well.

Detoxicant- the character trait of taking toxins out of the body.

Immunity Builder- helps strenghthens the immunity system.

Other medicinal muscle apply but these are the main traits.

The commom cold and flu (influenza) are often accompanied by nasty companions called symptoms. The most common are chills, congestion,cough, fever, runny nose/discharge and sore throat. The herbacious elements in Daniel's choice fare has an answer to all of these.


Daniel Diet Cold/Flu Relief Chart

Greenary
Ingredients
Targeted Symptom Relief
Almonds
zinc
fever
Cinnamon
cinnamon oil
chills
Eucalyptus
eucalyptol oil
cough and congestion
Garlic
sulphur,vitamin C, zinc
congestion,fever,runny nose
Ginger
sulphur, zinc
cough,congestion etc
Grapefruit
vitamin C
cold/flu prevention
Honey
nectar
cough, sore throat
Lemon
vitamin C
sore throat
Onion
sulphur, vitamin C
congestion
Peppermint
menthol
congestion,cough

Qualification and Disclaimer

I advise the readers to review concerning the author of this article. It list my hub pages pen name followed by my real world name. Please note that the initials M.D (medical doctor) and N.D. (naturopathy doctor) do not follow either name. I shall make it plain: This is not medical advice and does not pretend to be. The effort here is the result of the writer's diligent christizen (Christian Citizen) attention to the given topic.

Cooking Onions and Garlic

This one of the author's favorite treats. Simply fry onions and garlic in olive oil. Um yum!
This one of the author's favorite treats. Simply fry onions and garlic in olive oil. Um yum! | Source

The Allium Clan


Garlic (Allium Sativum)

Garlic along with onion belongs to the Allium family.The prized bulbs are referred to as such due to a shared chemical composition that gives them their distinctive traits. The pugent odor, sharp taste, and immense nutritious value derive from their unique physiological character. As a result, both bountiful bulbs comprise the high powered cold/flu fighting medicinal muscle of detoxification, bad bug squashing antiseptic traits and immunity system builder qualities.

Garlic is a versatile vegetable.Its healing power can be presented in soups, salads and sandwiches. It also displays versatility in the health benefits it provides.Garlic is a good tonic for heart health and cancer prevention in addition to tackling an array of cold/flu symptoms.

Onion (Allium Cepa)

I heard that my paternal grandmother would slice an onion open and leave it by her children's (my father and two aunts) bedside when they suffered from a cold. She believed the split onion would soak up the germs thereby taking them out of the air.

Scientist in the health, nutrition and medicine fields have since confirmed her faith in onions. The valued bulbs are antibiotic and particularly good at clearing the "stuff",congestion, from weary cold sufferers. Onions warm the body which in effect counters the cold with heat.

All citrus such as the oranges pictured are full of vitamin C
All citrus such as the oranges pictured are full of vitamin C | Source

Citrus


Grapefruit

The word citrus may best interpreted as the Latin term meaning toxin eliminating, immunity system boosting, white blood cell count building, rich source of vitamin C. Grapefruit, as with other citrus family members such as lemons, limes and oranges possess these traits. C, the most celebrated among the alphabet vitamins, provide protection from the cold and flu bugs.

Some health care experts suggest that people should ratchet up vitamin C intake to 8,000 milligrams per day to destroy cold and flu illnesses.The amount described would require supplements since it would take nearly 100 whole grapefruits or almost 50 cups (8 oz) of orange juice to provide that level of vitamin C. I say we should just keep it simple and stick to the 'Daniel Diet' way by eating citrus fruit often to stay healthy.

Lemon

A certain pastor that I know extolls the virtue of drinking hot water with lemon (which may be acccompanied by honey) to prevent hoarseness from afflicting his voice. He is one who speaks in the fervent rhythmic style associated with African-American congregations. He also sings.I never detected a hoarse sound to his voice in 10 years of having attended his church, a place where church services are typically held twice on Sunday and twice more during the week.

Scientist have compiled research that validate his opinion. Lemon, in addition to its citrus properties has proven highly effective at healing sore throat issues. Lemons should be kept around during the cold and flu season.


Nuttin to it



Zinc is a proven effective ingredient in fighting colds. The best sources of zinc are red meat, poultry and fish. However, these are not 'Daniel Diet' based sources. Yet, all is not lost for the vegheads who seek cold and flu relief or prevention.

Almonds along with other nut species, peanuts and cashews provide good quantities of zinc.The U.S.D.A. standard for males aged 19-50 is 11 milligrams per day. A serving size of almonds that measures slightly less than 1/2 cup has 3 milligrams of zinc. Cashews supply nearly twice that amount.Ca-shew,ironically enough, is the sound people make when they sneeze.

Sweets and Spices


Cinnamon

Cinnamon bark is better than its bite.The reddish brown sticks imbued with the sweet fragrance familiar to many comes from the inner bark of their host trees. The release of cold and flu symptom relieving oils is procured by steeping the bark sticks in warm or hot water. Cinnamon provides a body warming effect that is likely the reason it is potent at calming the chills.

Eucalyptus

It is a pardonable error to mistakenly refer to eucalyptus as euca-lung-us. The Australian native provides respiratory aid beyond that of cold and flu relief. It has proven beneficial in the treatment of asthma and emphysema. Eucalyptus is particularly good taken via aromatherapy to combat breathing disorders.

A natural Eucalyptea is formed by pouring hot water over fresh or dried Eucalyptol leaves. The Euca beverage is good for cough relief. Furthermore, its antiseptic nature causes it to kill all bugs- germs,viruses and insects! This is probably why eucalyptol is the active ingredient in Listerine the brand name mouth rinse known for taking on harmful microbes.

Ginger

Healing comes from various parts of different plants. The abundant nutrients in sweet potatoes derive from their roots whereas peppermint's healing properties are extracted from their leaves. Rhizomes, subterranean stems, are the medicinal incubators of ginger.

Ginger pose a triple threat to cold and flu viruses. It release toxins and warms the body in addition to harboring antiseptic powers.Rhizomes sliced fresh and simmered in warm water release the three pronged attack.

Honey

Honey is unique among 'Daniel Diet' resources. Honey derives from nectar yet it arrives from bees. The flying pollinators drive a natural economy in which they are the farmers,manufacturers, and distributors. Bees harvest the nectar,use its raw material to convert it to honey and deliver the finished product where needed.

Honey may well be the world's most antiseptic agent natural or otherwise. The invisibugs, (invisible bugs) rhinoviruses included, do not survive it. Honey helps to sweeten and enliven the taste of brewed concoctions (see ginger,lemon) even as it slams foreign microbes that try to invade the body. Honey is a cold/flu season staple.

Peppermint

Peppermint like Eucalyptus provides powerful relief when applied via aromatherapy as an inhalant and as an ointment massaged onto the afflicted area.The makers of cough lozenges feature its signature ingredient, menthol, in their products. Menthol supplies the active ingredient in the Halls and Ricola brand cough drops.

The broad leaf European native relieves cough and congestion by thinning mucus along with loosening phelgm. A mint tea is made when hot water is doused upon dry peppermint leaves.

Conclusion

The herbal fare written of here is a small sample of the Daniel like alternatives for cold and flu relief. Still, it should be of some help when shopping. An article can not venture beyond the writer's limitations, experience or research. So any commentary that suggest other applicants to the cold and flu busting elite group is readily welcome.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • justthemessenger profile image
      Author

      James C Moore 13 days ago from The Great Midwest

      Frank, it's that time of year again. I increase taking these foods about now. Thanks for reading.

    • Frank Atanacio profile image

      Frank Atanacio 2 weeks ago from Shelton

      James.. this I will save for future use..hopefully I'll have another flu free season... bless you bro

    • justthemessenger profile image
      Author

      James C Moore 3 months ago from The Great Midwest

      I hope this hub helps. Get well soon.

    • FlourishAnyway profile image

      FlourishAnyway 3 months ago from USA

      I'm returning to this because I have the flu right now. It's the first time I've had the flu in many years, I think since the H1N1 in 2009 or so -- which everyone was scared of but I actually caught. Either way, it's crummy stuff! Thanks for the flu relief tips. I need them.

    • justthemessenger profile image
      Author

      James C Moore 11 months ago from The Great Midwest

      I like to use natural ingredients to prevent the flu. Having said that, I got a flu shot for the first time in years. Thanks for commenting Ms Does.

    • MsDora profile image

      Dora Weithers 11 months ago from The Caribbean

      Very, very insightful and helpful. Thanks for the research, the observations, the illustrations. I will even re-read.

    • Keisha Hunter profile image

      Keisha Hunter 2 years ago from Paradise and then some

      It definitely is my dear. I'm going to increase my intake or at least change my supplements from B complex and iron to muti vitamins. My entire family has been battling with cold and the flu since we caught chikungunya late last year. We need to restore our immunity.

    • justthemessenger profile image
      Author

      James C Moore 2 years ago from The Great Midwest

      Thanks for reading. I hope this was of some help.

    • Keisha Hunter profile image

      Keisha Hunter 2 years ago from Paradise and then some

      At least now i know why I am still getting a flu while I consume citrus regularly. Thanks for sharing this great hub.

    • ologsinquito profile image

      ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA

      The Bible contains some wonderful healing remedies, including what you've mentioned here and more, such as aloe, frankincense and myrrh. Great article.

    • justthemessenger profile image
      Author

      James C Moore 3 years ago from The Great Midwest

      Thank you for reading and shareing your insight.

    • teaches12345 profile image

      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      I'm all about natural healing and foods. I recently read that an onion, chewed 3-4 times daily, will act as an antibiotic. Good to know. I love your post and the wonderful suggestions for natural remedies.

    • LadyFiddler profile image

      Joanna Chandler 3 years ago from On planet Earth

      Hi Justthemessenger very informative hub you got here :)

      I'd be sharing this

      ~~Have a swell day~~`

    • justthemessenger profile image
      Author

      James C Moore 4 years ago from The Great Midwest

      I had no ideal that MS has that effect. I should read and study it further. I have resorted to drinking hot water with lemons as a substitute for tea, particularly if I run out of tea.

    • FlourishAnyway profile image

      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      Interesting hub. So many people overmedicate during cold and flu season that I am sure this will be welcome news. With MS, my immune system believes everything deserves a good fight (even my own body) so I almost never get the common cold or flu. It's been years.

    • justthemessenger profile image
      Author

      James C Moore 4 years ago from The Great Midwest

      Your comment reminds me that I have family with sinus issues. I know that at least one such family member read this article. Hopefully, she will take your cue.

    • profile image

      Scorpio54 4 years ago

      I use Eucalyptus oil in a warmer as an aromatherapy treatment for my sinuses.

    • justthemessenger profile image
      Author

      James C Moore 4 years ago from The Great Midwest

      Thanks for the tip. I still take blood pressure medication. Also, curiously enough, most cough medecines drive up blood pressure. I only know of one that doesn't.

    • Jackie Lynnley profile image

      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Great info. I really love the natural remedy and live by it. I did warn someone today though telling me about grapefruit being so good for you that people on blood pressure medicines need to stay far from this fruit. I don't know why we don't get bigger warnings on this but it could be quite dangerous if you want to google and see. Thanks again for some good stuff!