Natural Remedies for Colds & Flu
Its that time of year again when the kids are back to school, the days get shorter and colder and we’re plagued by viruses. Maintaining a strong immune system is key to fighting off these ‘bugs’. It is not the virus that ’causes’ your cold, yes it ‘triggers’ it, but a low immune system, due to lack of rest, eating too much sugar and emotional stresses are the contributing factors.
The first way to avoiding colds is to eat healthily, avoid food choices that will affect your health. Don’t gorge on high sugar treats, especially if you are sick, it will be a health disaster. Take regular exercise, it helps improve circulation which in turn allows the cells and substances of the immune system to move through the body and do their job effectively.
There is evidence to say micronutrient defiencies, eg: zinc, selenium, iron, copper, folic acid, vitamin A, B6, C and E affect your immune response. So taking multivitamins & minerals and vitamin c all year round is great for keeping the immune system flourishing.
When you do succumb to a cold or flu I find these natural remedies excellent- have a try and let me know what you think.
Apple Cider Vinegar – I love to use my Apple Cider Vinegar recipe Natural Sore Throat Remedy , after a few doses of this, sore throats and tickly coughs improve immensely. It contains potassium, which thins mucous; and the acetic acid in it prevents germ growth, which could contribute to nasal congestion.
Vitamin C – When my family and I have signs of a cold we take large doses of vitamin C. Vitamin C is excellent in supporting the immune system. Don’t worry about overdoing vitamin C, it is a water soluble vitamin, so it is hard to suffer from vitamin C toxicity as whatever isn’t needed by the body is just excreted in the urine. If you find you have a sensitivity to vitamin C (the acidity can cause stomach upsets in some people), then the alkaline forms of vitamin C such as magnesium ascorbate and calcium ascorbate are excellent. Biocare Vitamin C Powder 250mg
Vitamin D – A daily dose of vitamin D is excellent in helping maintain a healthy immune system. It also aids the absorption of vitamin C and A. I have found the best way to take vitamin D is sublingually (under the tongue). Studies indicate that it is better absorbed into the bloodstream by the introral route, compared to conventional tablet form. This is due to the rich supply of blood vessels in the mouth, which allows for direct and faster absorption into the circulation system, allowing for higher bioavailability. Better you Dlux sprays are my favourite for all the family.
Raw Honey – Don’t buy just any supermarket honey, it must be a raw, preferably organic honey. Most, if not all the honey you can buy from the supermarkets is refined and pasturised. When honey is heated during the pasturisation process, its delicate aromas, yeast and enzymes which are responsible for activating vitamins and minerals in the body system are partially destroyed. Raw honey in its natural and unprocessed form has amazing anti bacterial, anti fungal and anti viral properties. It is a potent antioxidant that strengthens the immune system and aids in allergy prevention. A spoonful of honey is an amazing natural cough suppressant, it helps by coating the throat to relieve coughs and sore throats.
Chicken Soup – You can’t beat a soothing bowl of hot soup on a chilly autumn day, especially when you’re all bunged up with cold!
Soup is good for a cold in several ways, firstly it keeps you hydrated and there is also evidence to say that it has anti-inflammatory properties, which can help relieve congestion. You might want to add chilli to the soup, as it can help by breaking up the mucous.
Onions – There is debatable evidence as to whether onions can help with the flu. Onions have been used for centuries for medicine and in Europe in the early 1900’s onions were supposedly used to help fight off the plague!
The best onions to use are white onions, which need to be peeled, cut in half and placed in a bowl in each room. It is said that the onions absorb bacteria (never leave a cut onion lying in the fridge, to eat later) and possibly viruses! Research shows that the thiosulfinates in onions are responsible for their potent properties. Thiosulfinates have even been shown to kill off salmonella and E. coli.
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