I haven't been sick with a cold or have had intense cold symptoms in years (knock on wood). I literally remember the last time I was sick. It was my second year of college. My colds always began with a sore throat, and that one started bothering me at night as I was trying to sleep. My nose was also blocked, causing my throat to be dry, worsening the pain. I wen't to school that morning, but ended up coming right back because the instructor suggested that I take a day. Back home the intense throat pain made me feel as if I were going to vomit.
Though I wasn't sick as often as some people are back then, catching a cold when I did was very frustrating for me. I couldn't imagine what it's like having the flu, which I've never had.
I've also never been vaccinated for the flu, which was astonishing to my classmates when I mentioned it in school one time. A class member next to me jokingly named me a "ticking time bomb" not only because I'd never had the flu, but also because I had never caught other common illnesses, like chicken pox. I explained to them that at this point I wasn't afraid of ever catching the flue because I had started consistently drinking vinegar water (1 cup water, 1 1/2 tsp. apple cider vinegar). By that point in time it had been a little over a year since the last time I had gotten sick.
Apple cider vinegar not only strengthens your immune system, but it is good for strengthening your digestive system too. In my experience, A single cup can loosen up acid reflux immediately. It has the ability to awaken your bowels, giving you a quick easy move in the bathroom. Apple cider vinegar can be good for protection from viral infections all over.
As mentioned in a previous post of mines, I began drinking a lot of tea a few years back. When I started this, I was living at my mom's house surrounded by siblings that seemed to always catch something. Somehow, though, I rarely caught those illnesses, and I like to think that it was the tea that helped. At this point I may have only been drinking vinegar water sometimes, so it had to be the herbs. I would drink all kinds of blends, but the main one I consumed was green tea. Everyone in the house would swear that the cold symptoms were coming for me, sort of like my classmate's "ticking time bomb" comment, but it never happened.
Fast forward to now, I've tried to debunk my good fortune with other explanations. Maybe it's just because I'm older and a little cleaner, I wash my hands better, etc. Perhaps my immune system is shot from the several times I caught colds as a kid, and now I'm immune to everything. As a homeschooled child, I got sick more when I was mostly at home and not around people as much, but now I go to work everyday, out in the world with all kinds of terrible hygiene habits, and now I don't get sick? None of it really adds up.
The only things that make sense are the tea, the vinegar water, the lemon water, the plain water, the peppermint oil, and all of the other things that I do, now, because it's stuff that I like and it's a part of my lifestyle. I believe that it's these choices that are protecting my immune system. So screw the coronavirus, and not just because of my melanin (if the rumors are true). I believe the these simple things, along with washing your hands and covering your mouth can help us get through this a bit easier.
Looking Through Vegan Colored Glasses is a vegan lifestyle blog curated by a Black mom and four of her vegan raised kids, covering their opinions on health, food, and fashion.