I've heard much about how coconut oil can kill flu virus.
But when I got attacked by flu virus, I didn't know exactly how to fix it with coconut oil at first.
I then try various amount of coconut oil and in the meantime, carry out some measures to supplement and complement my flu treatment with coconut oil whenever flu hits me. I also experiment the oil's effect on my wife when she's down with flu (she's more prone to flu attack, "thanks" to her work environment that is so densely floated with viruses, bacteria and other germs that I have the "honor" to perform several reality experiments).
The entire experiment spans across several months and I finally found a natural remedy for flu. It's exceptionally effective and what's even better is that, you never have to suffer these flu symptoms anymore:
- Sore throat that makes you swallow even saliva painful, let alone enjoying your food.
- Loss of voice that makes you totally "speechless".
- Runny nose that causes mucus to flow out of your nose profusely like running river, which is irritating.
- Blocked nose that forces you to breathe through your mouth like a fish.
- Severe coughing that makes you lose the quality of your sleep.
- High fever that triggers severe headaches and makes you feel dizzy and weak, and shiver with cold for hours. Constipation may come along too.
If you get sneezy nose first, chances are you've been attacked by bacteria. These bacteria may drain your immunity that causes you to become more prone to flu infection. Which is why some people may begin with sneezy nose followed by throat infection then to runny nose and cough, or sneezy nose to runny nose and straight to cough bypassing throat infection.
To top it off, you won't need medication that makes you feel drowsy and spiritless all day long, and you won't have to suffer the terrible side- and after-effects of medication. These are the benefits of using coconut oil to treat your flu.
However, don't expect to take coconut oil today and cure your flu tomorrow. It takes time for coconut oil to spot, fight and kill all flu viruses and repair whatever internal damages (to the tissues and organs) the viruses have inflicted on. Also, it largely depends on how weak your immunity has become after the virus attack and how much coconut oil you're taking as well as how far you're willing to go to get your flu cured.
It generally takes about 5 days to wipe out flu viruses with coconut oil and get your immunity back up to its self-defense state (you can sense its return). But you'll need an extra 2–4 days to completely heal from the discomfort to your nose and throat as healing of tissue normally takes a bit longer.
Blocked or runny nose, you can try putting on a disposable medical mask (the porous type that won't suffocate – see right) to keep your nasal area warm, thereby helping your nose to clear and allow you to breathe normally. You can do this to help you sleep better at night too. Had slept soundly through the night with this super low-cost method when my nose got congested and it worked wonders for me.
But that's not the point. What matters most is that during the treatment, you can still enjoy your food without painful swallow, your voice may change but at least you can still speak loud and clear, you can still smell and taste delicious food, you'll still sleep well and you can still perform your job... when you follow my lead.
How to Kill Your Flu Virus with Coconut Oil?
Here are the things you should do if you want to cure your flu without suffering from severe flu symptoms.
#1 – Detect the Onset of Flu Symptoms
You have to be extremely observant of the onset of flu symptoms signaled by your body.
It usually begins with an irritating dry throat (sometimes it could happen near the upper throat). And you thought it's a sign of thirst. So you start drinking lots of water. But the dryness just won't go away. Chances are, you've been attacked by the notorious influenza virus!
So, the false sign of thirst is the onset of flu symptoms. But sometimes the dryness may be too subtle for you to notice and may also accompany with some "heaty" sensation in the throat (which shows your body is very acidic).
Another sign that shows your body is acidic is the growth of ulcer inside your mouth. But you have to watch particularly the inflamed ulcer on your soft palate (the back portion of the roof of your mouth) because this is the sore spot that often (without fail if you never attempt to alkalize your body) encourages flu infection.
Anyway, listen closely to your body and watch out for those telltale signs. This is extremely crucial because if you can detect the signs earlier, it'll be easier to strike the viruses at this point before they run wild and multiply ferociously since at the onset of symptoms the viruses are still weak and in minimal quantity and hence, of less threat.
If you don't fight the flu virus as early as you can and let the symptom advances to sore throat, you won't be able to enjoy your food and swallow them without pain like you used to. Also, you won't be able to sleep well as the pain may wake you up several times in the middle of the night when you swallow saliva.
But that's not the worst!
Have you ever gone through a cough that lasts for an entire month and when you cough, you feel an extreme sharp pain in your ribs? That's the sign of inflamed muscle tissues between ribs. Your rib bone may even break if your terrible cough persists. I've been there and I lost my sleep throughout that month. And I suspected my ribs have broken.
But I was considered lucky because some people have had their lungs infected or even kidney damaged from persistent cough. Brain damage may even occur if coughing goes extreme.
What I'm trying to tell you is that, the last flu symptom you would ever want to deal with is cough, not sore throat since sore throat will eventually subside after few days when you're cautious about what you eat even without the help of coconut oil. But cough is the real deal. No other flu symptoms can turn out as lethally destructive as cough.
So, don't take the early symptoms lightly. Treat it as an emergency and take action immediately before the flu viruses break out and start wrecking your body like hell.
#2 – Choose the Right Type of Coconut Oil
Most refined coconut oils are not as good as virgin coconut oil because virgin coconut oil holds a complete set of antimicrobials in it, consisting of mainly lauric acid (50%), capric acid (6%), caprylic acid (7.5%) and others. Lauric acid possesses the strongest antiviral prowess of all the virus-fighting components.
Hence, choose virgin coconut oil for your flu treatment and nothing else.
In case you don't like the natural coconut scent that comes along with virgin coconut oil, you can use Nutiva refined coconut oil that is simply odorless but yet contains ALMOST as much antimicrobials as virgin coconut oil. What's even better is that unlike many other refined coconut oils, Nutiva refined coconut oil does not have a smoky stench or funny smell.
#3 – Eat the Correct Amount of Virgin Coconut Oil
Once you have detected the onset of flu symptoms and got yourself virgin coconut oil, follow these guidelines. But you're free to tweak and fine-tune the amount and dosage of virgin coconut oil to suit your preference, body condition and lifestyle.
If you're already a seasoned virgin coconut oil eater...
Take 1 tablespoon every 2 hrs while you're awake. Mix it with food or beverages (like juice, smoothies, soy milk, almond milk, rice milk etc) where possible. This will make it easier for you to swallow virgin coconut oil.
By taking so much on the first day, the flu symptoms may subside dramatically or even vanish within a day. But if you feel that's too much and too frequent for you, you can reduce to taking 1/2 tablespoon every 3 hours. Or, at least take 3 tablespoons per day, every day and spread out the amount like this – 1 Tbsp added to breakfast, 1 to lunch and 1 to dinner.
Your antibodies are essentially outnumbered, so you need at least that amount of virgin coconut oil to boost your immunity level. However, if you feel you can increase to 4 tablespoons or even more, by all means.
But make sure you spread out the amount. Taking 3 or 4 tablespoons (or even just 2 Tbsps) in one sitting may make you feel nauseous or cause some peculiar reaction in your stomach as coconut oil increases metabolism and expels toxins (detox). Detox is good no doubt, but it may appear too strong for some people (especially the elderly) to take it, so it's best to spread out the doses.
If you're a first-timer...
Take 2 tablespoons per day like this – mix 1 Tbsp into your breakfast, the other into your dinner.
Although virgin coconut oil may initially cause diarrhea-like effect on first-timers (because your body system has yet to adapt to its detox effect), as the medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs) in the oil that fight flu viruses are the same as those that loosen your bowels, you should not feel the runs easily since most of the MCFAs are busy fighting and killing flu viruses, leaving very little behind to loosen your bowels.
Please note that because you're taking only 2 tablespoons per day, the flu-fighting effect won't be as strong as when you take 3 tablespoons. However, just to be on the safe side, eat only 2 tablespoons each day for the first 2 days and leave at least a 9-hour interval between each intake. And then observe your body for any unusual reaction.
If you feel okay with your stomach (no diarrhea-like symptom) and you don't feel nauseous at all, you're safe and move on to increasing the dosage to 3 tablespoons per day after that, like this – 1 Tbsp with breakfast, 1 with lunch and 1 with dinner. And stick to just 3 tablespoons daily until your flu is completely cured.
If you take meat and other animal-based foods, your constipation can get worse during flu. Apart from treating flu, virgin coconut oil can also help to relieve your constipation when you consume the right amount for the trigger.
#4 – Oil Pulling with Virgin Coconut Oil
Hold a tablespoon of virgin coconut oil in your mouth and swish and gargle for 15–20 minutes. It's best to tilt your head back and forth to make sure the oil touches the infected area in your throat.
By itself, coconut oil cannot kill flu virus. It's only when it reacts with the enzymes in our saliva (or in our stomach) that free up the fatty acids in coconut oil and make them the flu virus killer. And not just flu viruses, harmful bacteria are "scared" of coconut oil too.
Our mouth contains also other bacteria that can weaken your immune system and make your flu symptoms worse. So, rinsing your mouth with coconut oil will definitely improve your flu symptoms (especially sore throat and runny nose). Do it few times a day or as many as you deem fit. At least once in the morning and once at night before bed.
But remember, after gargling and swishing virgin coconut oil inside your mouth, don't swallow it because there will be thousands of "dead bodies" left (after bacteria and viruses are killed) and loads of toxins (released by bacteria when they die) within the contents. Spit it all out.
You can omit this step if swishing oil in your mouth disgusts you or you can't stand the distinctive coconut odor of virgin coconut oil. But you'll heal relatively slower unless you perform extremely well in the following few points.
#5 – Maintain Good Oral Hygiene
Flu infection begins inside your mouth.
And if you compromise on your oral hygiene, it can further develop into flu complications such as sinus infections, bronchitis, pneumonia or even heart attacks.
Therefore, keep the bacterial count in your mouth as minimal as possible by brushing your teeth well (for at least 3–5 minutes) before and after sleep. Remember to brush your tongue as well because the thin white coating (developed as a result of post food consumption) on your tongue is food for bacteria inside your mouth.
As important as oral hygiene, keep your hands germ-free with frequent washing.
#6 – Restore Your pH Balance
Did you know that flu virus thrives in an acidic body?
When your body turns acidic, it means that you have taken in too much acid-forming substances that cause the pH level of your blood to drop from its usual slightly-alkaline (pH of 7.35–7.45) state.
When this occurs, your body will attempt with all its might to purge the acidic components via your lungs and kidneys and at the same time, pull the alkaline resources from your body or food intake to help elevate the pH value back to its performing level.
Why is this regulation of blood pH so important?
As red blood cells carry oxygen to other cells in your body, an acidic blood can cause red blood cells to clump together and paralyze the delivery of oxygen. When oxygen fails to reach those cells (trillions of them) in hour of need, you will die. This is why our body needs to constantly maintain its blood pH at its performing range.
However, frequent and resource-intensive lifting of your blood pH can vastly deplete the nutritional resources in your body, which will stress out your system over time and drastically weaken the functions of your key organs like spleen and liver that in turn, cause your immunity to nose-dive as a result. When your immune system is compromised, it cannot produce sufficient antibodies in time to fight any pernicious intruders. This is where flu viruses start to thrive and colonize.
Depletion of alkaline resources also causes your mucus and phlegm to become more viscous than usual due to the molecules clustering densely together. And if the alkaline depletion continues or you never stop bringing in more acidic components, your mucus and phlegm will turn from white to green.
Hence, to drive flu away and keep it at bay you have to alkalize your body. How?
Don't smoke if you're a smoker. Smoking imports countless free radicals into your body that damage your pH balance. A smoker's blood tends to turn acidic easily and that's why they're so much prone to flu infection. And when flu attacks them, they feel very much terrible and take very much longer to heal.
Even if you're a non-smoker, avoid second-hand smoke. Inhaling second-hand smoke may damage your pH balance even more since you don't know how to breathe out some portion of the smoke.
Avoid alcohol because it increases your blood acidity level.
Avoid all kinds of animal meat (including fish, crabs and other sea animals). Meat produces lots of acidic ash after digestion. A meat-eater's body is super acidic as a whole (see the pH scale above). That explains why meat-eaters always get attacked by flu and other viruses and bacteria frequently and fall sick very easily.
Avoid fried food, sparkling water (carbonated drinks), caffeinated drinks and high-sugar (refined carb) food and beverages because they can lower your pH level.
Eat more dark leafy greens like Swiss chard, collard greens, arugula, baby spinach, kale and broccoli etc. These greens are packed with antioxidants, vitamins and especially minerals (such as calcium, potassium, sodium and magnesium etc) that can alkalize your body exceptionally fast. The easiest way to obtain most of their nutrients is to blend them into green smoothies. Eat them raw rather than cooked to reap as much nutrients as you can (heating can destroy certain percentage of nutrients).
In short, avoid anything that makes your body become acidic easily so as to minimize the depletion of essential nutrients your body would need for building a powerful army of flu fighters.
As you need a variety of nutrients for recovery, consuming nuts and seeds (especially flaxseeds that carry lots of omega-3 which can help to speed up recovery) are essential. But because of their fatty acid content, eat them sparingly. On the other hand, though coconut oil is acidic by nature, it being acidic won't make you more acidic as compared to meat, carbonated drinks and others as mentioned above. Moreover, its flu-killing power far outweighs its effect on your acidity level. So, don't worry about that.
#7 – Take Multiple Small Meals
Take multiple small meals to relieve your digestive load since as said earlier, your digestive system won't be able to perform at its best now. Burdening your digestive system can further weaken your immunity.
To give you an idea of "small meal", keep your satiety between 60 and 70% so that you don't feel too full and clumsy but yet at the same time you don't get hungry easily. Even when you've healed, you should never exceed 70%, which is the ideal satiety to maintain optimal immunity.
Chew well to aid in digestion. But be careful of your mastication because sometimes you might accidentally bite your lips, tongue or the inside of your cheek while chewing food. This causes open wound in your mouth and it can easily get exposed to both bacteria and virus attacks and then develop into ulcers or something more complicated, which can aggravate your flu condition. Choking on food or drink can cause injury to your throat too.
Speaking of wound or injury, steaming hot food or beverages may scald your skin and damage your tongue or other parts inside your mouth too, so make sure you wait till the food or drink turns less hot before you consume.
Don't blow on hot food or drink because the carbon dioxide (CO2) that you blow out will react with the steam vapor (H2O) to form carbonic acid (H2CO3), which then falls back onto the food or drink.
CO2 + H2O → H2CO3
When you consume the food or drink that is tainted with carbonic acid, they increase your blood acidity level.
#8 – Avoid Chili
If you love chili, I know it's going to be tough to ask you not to eat it. But if you don't want your sore throat to aggravate, you don't want your runny nose to purge mucus out like mini waterfall, you don't want to cough your lungs up, chili is a no-no until your flu is completely cured.
Though chili is rich in vitamin C that can help to improve your immunity, its triggering effect on flu symptoms (due to its naturally-present irritant – capsaicin) far outweighs its benefit on your immune system.
#9 – Keep Your Body Hydrated
Adequate water can help to regulate your body temperature and reduce your discomfort when you got a fever in the event of fighting flu. It also helps to keep your blood circulation at normal rate so nutrients can timely be delivered to help rebuild and replace cells that have been damaged by flu viruses and boost your immune system.
With adequate water, you can more easily purge toxins via sweating and bowel movements. How do you know you have adequate water intake? By observing your urine color.
|Urine Color||What It Means||What You Should Do|
|Bright yellow||Low body fluid||Drink more water|
|Pale yellow or close to clear||Sufficient body fluid||Control your water intake to maintain at this color|
|Clear or transparent||Too much body fluid||Stop drinking water until it turns pale yellow|
But do remember to add some salt to your water when you start feeling groggy or having some degree of astringency (chalky or "sandpapery" sensation) on your tongue and lips. This could be a signal to inform you that you have drunk too much water that causes your sodium level in blood to run low (i.e. hyponatremia).
Speaking of salt, you can actually gargle with warm salt water to help soothe your sore throat. This simple home-made solution works by pulling out fluids (and some viruses) from the swelling tissues in your throat area so that your throat will become less swollen and this makes your swallowing of food easier and less painful. Remember to spit out the solution after gargling.
#10 – No Cold Stuff
Flu virus not only thrives in an acidic body, but it thrives in a low-temp body too. That's why you should never expose your body to cold drinks, cold food (such as ice-cream), cold shower or air-conditioned room no matter how hot the weather is at this point where you're at high risk of getting flu or already infected.
Although our body can adjust its temperature back to its norm (about 98.6 °F or 37 °C) whenever it detects a low temperature, setting your body temperature to 'Low' while drinking cold beverages, licking ice-cream, taking cold shower or staying in an air-conditioned room for even just a few minutes is long enough for influenza viruses to multiply like crazy.
When taking a hot shower to help raise your body temperature to resist flu attack, make sure it's comfortably hot and not too hot that may scald your skin.
Moreover, lifting temperature back up to its performing state may use up lots of nutritional resources (just like regulating blood pH as mentioned in #6) that are required for our body to fight flu. So, keep cold stuff away at all costs.
#11 – Avoid Outdoor Activities
Avoid ALL outdoor activities as far as you can for the first 2–3 days. If you really need to go out because you need to work, run errands, or whatever, especially visiting your friend or family in hospital where malicious germs are literally everywhere, put on a mask.
That way you won't infect others and at the same time you won't get yourself further intoxicated with more free radicals, bacteria, additional flu viruses and other invisible ghoulish microbes out there.
On top of that, take virgin coconut oil out with you so you can continue to fight your flu virus when you happen to dine out.
#12 – Rest More
When you overwork and your body doesn't get enough quality rest, it can't repair damaged cells and build new cells to replace dead cells timely and effectively to keep your body function normally and immunity in tip-top condition, so it becomes exhausted and weak over time. And you become prone to flu.
That said, allow your body to rest well especially during flu infection so that you can gain quicker recovery from flu since the yields of making new cells and repairing damaged cells are higher during resting or sleeping.
Resting well also enables your body to get rid of acidic components more efficiently, thus restoring your pH balance and stepping up your immunity level.
Of course, you can still carry out simple light chores at home. But low-intensity exercises even like brisk-walking could overload your body when it's busy fighting viruses. Exercising does improve your immunity. But not when you're down with flu. So, no exercises until you're fully recovered. Go to bed early and don't delay your sleep. If you've always had problem getting quality sleep, click here for some good sleep tips.
#13 – Prevention is Better than Cure
It sounds so cliché but it's so true.
Why let flu virus attack you in the first place then you start taking desperate measures to drive them out? Why not stop them dead in their tracks before they even come close to you?
As a matter of fact, detecting the onset of flu symptoms is not a flu prevention. It merely helps you prevent the flu virus from inflicting further damages when you fight it as early as possible. Actually, there's a good way to truly prevent flu.
Observe for cold hands and feet, especially when you're in a cool environment (like a mall or an office) or when you're in contact with water. That's the obvious signs of low immunity level, which means, you're NOW vulnerable to flu virus and other harmful germs.
Stress can cause your hands and feet to turn cold too, which is why a stressful person is relatively more prone to flu.
In other words, some flu viruses have already entered your body and they're probably in their initial state of replication. Once the replication gets out of control, they'll begin to attack the weakest spot – your throat.
So, don't wait till the flu viruses break out and then start to take more virgin coconut oil and apply the measures I shared above. Even before the onset of flu symptoms, as soon as the detection of cold hands and feet, improve your diet by increasing your intake of whole food and greens, and at the same time, increasing your virgin coconut oil intake plus applying the aforementioned tips #4–12 until your hands and feet return to its normal warmth when they touch water or stay in cool environment.
Or even better, consume virgin coconut oil on a regular basis to keep your health at its best 24/7, 365 days a year.
Points to Take Note of When Treating Flu with Virgin Coconut Oil
- It doesn't matter whether to eat virgin coconut oil before, during or after meal, you can literally mix it with all kinds of food and beverages since virgin coconut oil is a food itself. I mean, if you prefer to eat it straight out of the jar, as long as you can stand the oily mouthfeel, by all means. If not, it's better to add to your food (which is what I prefer).
- If you're on special medication, please consult with your family doctor or specialist. Feel free to talk to me If you need my help.
- Your feeling better on the third day might make you think you can reduce the doses because you've had enough of virgin coconut oil in the last couple of days. DON'T do that. The first few days are the most critical because your own immune system has not fully recovered to fight the viruses alone yet and if you get carried away and let your guard down at this juncture, the viruses will seize this opportunity to multiply and break out again.
- Your sore throat may seem to improve when you're moving about (especially during daytime) because a warm body helps to keep virus in check. But when your body temperature drops to prep for sleep, this almost always encourages flu virus (without fail) to insanely grow and aggravate the soreness in your throat and cause pain as a result. My point is, same as the previous point, never lower your defense against the virus when you feel the pain in your throat (or any other symptoms) subsides. Continue to keep a close watch on the symptoms and be sure to discipline yourself on what you should or shouldn't do during this sensitive period.
- If you're hit by cold virus rather than flu, though coconut oil can't kill cold virus, it does help to relieve stress on your immune system by getting rid of other harmful microbes (like bacteria, fungi, parasites and other viruses) that gain entry into your body so that your immune system can concentrate on fighting cold virus effectively. In a way, coconut oil does help to fight cold, but indirectly. And because cold is generally less severe than flu, you tend to heal faster with coconut oil, provided you begin the treatment earlier before it progresses to severe cold.
- If unfortunately your flu symptom has already advanced to severe cough by the time you read this piece, you must understand that right now it is the intense damage to your respiratory system (rather than the flu virus) that causes the severe cough and vice versa. And the damage made can easily outdo the repair work that coconut oil is helping with if you were to take coconut oil at this point in time. Which means, taking coconut oil at this juncture does not seem to help much with relieving the cough. The option you should take now is to seek help from a specialist. But that does not mean you should not take coconut oil at all. You should instead so that it can work hand-in-hand with the prescribed medication to help your body recover faster.
- Add manuka honey (at least MGO 400+) to your flu treatment because it works exceptionally well with coconut oil to quickly reduce inflammation, hence preventing and healing sore throat. It helps to prevent cough as well. But if your cough has turned severe by the time you read this, manuka honey may sting your throat and trigger more coughing. This is actually a healing crisis, which is good for you. Continue taking it and your cough will improve.
- Even though you take more greens and whole foods, and go all out to restore your pH balance and carry out other measures, your flu won't heal as fast as it should. That's because by improving your diet and restoring your pH, you're merely strengthening the production of your antibodies to fight the viruses alone. This is never enough especially when flu viruses have already taken hold. So, it's important to maintain your coconut oil intake throughout the flu treatment.
- It may take you longer to cure your flu when weather turns cold because flu virus becomes particularly active in low temperature. Or when you expose yourself to polluted air.
- Eating junk food will negate the effect of virgin coconut oil on flu treatment. Therefore, choose only healthy food to eat.
- Dine in as much as possible since you'll never get to know 100% how those outside eateries handle the food, the quality of ingredients they use and their hygiene levels (you never know they might pass more viruses and bacteria to you via their food preparation). If you have problems coming up with nice dishes that aid in your flu healing and give you more energy than ever, I strongly recommend Robyn's delicious yet energizing recipes.
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