Between all the amazing wellness events and studio openings, you don’t have time to get sick this season – that’s why we asked our girl Dallas Skopeleanos of Naked Nutrition to hook you up with some easy natural cold remedies.
’Tis the season for body aches, runny noses, congestion and sore throats.
But lets get real, who has time to get sick? Read on for tips and natural cold remedies to prevent and battle that dreaded cold this season.
To keep your body in butt kicking mode through out the year it’s important to eat a whole foods diet rich in various nutrients, exercise weekly, drink plenty of water, and catch at least eight hours of z’s per night. These simple lifestyle habits help to strengthen the bodies immune system and lessen the severity of the winter woes.
But if you find you’ve still gotten sick this season, there are many natural cold remedies you can use to minimize your symptoms and get back to feeling good as new in no time. When I’m feeling a cold coming on or have woken up with chapped lips and the inability to breath out my nose, this is my go-to regimen. You likely have most of these items already in your kitchen cupboard.
The Essentials: Mom was right, get your rest and drink your fluids
- Rest: Sleep is your body’s opportunity to heal and rejuvenate itself. However it is difficult to catch up on months of poor or little sleep, so consistent shut eye is essential for strengthening the immune system and for over all health.
- Hydrate: This almost goes with out saying. Water is essential for good health and healing. It helps flush out whatever virus or bacteria we have living in our bodies and helps transport the vitamins and minerals we need throughout our body. Your minimum water intake should be half your body weight in ounces daily.
Food Fighters: Implement these foods daily into your meals and drinks
- Garlic: Antibacterial, antiviral properties
- Ginger: Anti-inflammatory, reduces phlegm, alleviates nausea
- Lemon: high in vitamin C, alkalizes the body
- Manuka Honey: antibacterial, anti-fungal properties, can loosen mucus build up
- Turmeric: The active ingredient curcumin is highly anti-inflammatory and a strong antioxidant
- Bone Broth: packed with immune-boosting vitamins, supports and heals the gut
Vitamins, Minerals & Natures Antibiotics: For extra support
- Vitamin D3: 2000-4000 IU daily
- Vitamin C: 1000 mg 2-3x daily
- Oil of Oregano: antibacterial, antiviral properties. Can be taken in soft gel or liquid form.
- Echinacea: anti-inflammatory, anti fungal properties. Can be taken in capsule or tea form upon first signs of a cold
Immune Boosting Elixir Recipe:
- Water (1.5 cups)
- Ginger (1 tbsp freshly grated)
- Lemon Juice (1/4 cup freshly squeezed)
- Turmeric (1/2 tsp powder or 1 tbsp freshly grated)
- Manuka Honey (1/2 tbsp)
- Cayenne Pepper (1/8 tsp)
Add water in small pot to boil. In your favourite mug add grated ginger, juice from lemon, turmeric (powder or freshly grated), honey and cayenne. Pour boiling water into mug and stir. Once it’s cooled off, sip away and let the healing powers of these foods begin!
Disclaimer: Do not count on these remedies to cure an illness or medial condition. Always keep in mind that if you or a loved one is experiencing severe symptoms related to a cold or flu such as a high fever that will not subside contact your health care provider or seek medical attention immediately. If you suffer from asthma, are pregnant or suffer from a chronic condition and contract the cold or flu contact your doctor.