That Lingering Feeling


That Lingering Feeling
Woman with hands on head because feeling sic Sometimes that lingering feeling can be something absolutely wonderful that we want to retain - to remember a lovely moment in our lives, but today I'm writing about the lingering feeling we are not very happy to have.   This winter season I have noticed that many people who were sick with colds and/or the flu had or still have difficulty getting over their illness.   It can be a lingering cold, cough or fever or continued achiness and/or tiredness.  What can you do to get over a lingering illness?
Blood Tests
First of all, if you find that you are not getting over an illness, you should go to your doctor for a check-up and possibly get some blood work done to make sure your prolonged illness isn't due to a mineral or vitamin 
deficiency, a hormonal imbalance or a virus/bacteria that needs to be treated.
Sleep baby Sleep
Many times a person gets a relapse of their illness because they simply went back to work too early.  Always give yourself at least one more day of home rest after being ill.  By staying home one more day – you may prevent having to stay home for another week or more.
In the past I have discussed the importance of sleep to prevent illness.  Sleeping and resting is also one of the most important things you can do to get over an illness.  
One of the easiest methods to get rid of a cough is to take an onion, cut it in half and place it on a plate on your nightstand next to your bed while you sleep and close the bedroom door.  Repeat with a new onion each night for three nights (even if the cough goes away earlier.) 
The Three Whites 
In our family if someone is ill we remove the "three whites" from our diet:  White sugar (actually all sugar,) White flour and (white) milk.  

Sugar stops the neutrophils (a type of white blood cell) from engulfing and destroying bacteria.  Research shows this weakening of the immune system begins 30 minutes after ingesting glucose, fructose, sucrose, processed honey and even processed orange juice and can continue for up to 5 hours.1
Although you will not find reserach on the subject, most people who sing know that drinking or eating milk products causes phlegm and should be avoided before singing.  For the same reason, we avoid milk products especially when ill.  We have also found that products made from white flour do the same.   
Sometimes despite doing all the right things to get better, an illness just seems to linger on.  This is where Reflexology can be so important.  Reflexology can help the body get over an illness that has dragged on.  
Think of Reflexology as pressing the "reset" button on your computer after trying everything else to get your program to work again.   By pressing points on your feet and/or hands, Reflexology can help you restart again 
stronger and may help you finally get over that lingering illness. 
"Thank you Oran!!  After not feeling well a whole month after having flu, woke up this AM  after a treatment from you feeling wonderful! Thanx so much and viva Reflexology!!"
Yvette, Zichron Ya'acov
It's best to go to a trained Reflexologist - but while you are waiting for your appointment, you can try some hand reflexology on yourself in this short video: Hand Reflexology for Colds and Sinuses

1 Role of sugars in human neutrophilic phagocytosis
If you or someone you care about needs a "reset" please contact Oran at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call (053)5533856 
Oran Aviv, a senior Reflexologist since 1995, has been helping adults and children stay healthy for over 20 years.   Oran lectures and teaches basic Hand Reflexology workshops all across the country, showing people how to literally, put their health in their own hands.  To have Oran lecture or teach your group, to arrange a Reflexology session email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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