Natural remedies to help ward off and fight cold and flu during the autumn/winter time
To prevent cold and flu, you need to make sure your immune system is in tip top condition. One of the best ways to do that is.. to eat healthy foods that are full of nutrients especially foods containing vitamin C. The body doesn’t store vitamin C so you need to eat foods containing it every day.
“Prevention is better than the cure”
Foods to help boost the immune system
• Green tea
• Water melon
• Sunflower seeds
• Redbell peppers
Probiotics aka beneficial bacteria.
Probiotics help to keep the gut healthy. Keeping your gut healthy is one of the best ways to stay healthy and keep your immune system functioning well.
Fermented foods like..Sauerkraut, greek yogurt, temph and miso.
Prebiotic fibre supports the probiotics that live in the gut. Colourful fruits and veggies, garlic, onions, whole grains such as oats contain prebiotics.
Protein from lean meats or plant based like – chickpeas, nuts, seeds, beans, lentils and peas can help boost the immune system.
Epsom salt baths help to detoxify the system and helps to add some extra minerals to the system too, which absorbes easily through the skin. Plus the steam from a hot bath running, helps to unblock the sinuses. And it’s so relaxing.
Bone broth is basically home-made chicken soup. It’s full of anti-flamatory amino acids and lots of immune supporting vitamins and minerals.
Garlic contains powerful antioxidants, anti-viral and antibiotic properties. It’s packed with minerals too.
Eucalyptus oil, helps to clear the sinuses.
Peppermint oil is a natural decongestant.
Lavender oil, very relaxing so helps to get a good night’s rest.
Elderberry is anti-flamatory and antioxidants.
Eating or drinking ginger tea helps too. Ginger helps with nausea, colds, fevers and congestion. It’s anti-flammatory and anti-bacterial.
Honey helps to soothe a sore throat and to remove the irritation that fuels a cough. Honey has antioxidants, antiviral and anti-bacterial which makes it great for warding off colds and flu.
Steaming helps to open and clear the sinuses and airways. Steam over a sink or bowl of hot water, using a towel draped over your head while inhaling ( be careful not to burn yourself ) Or having a hot bath will do the same. You can even use a humidifier in your room.
Pineapple juice helps to soothe a sore throat.
Echinacea is a herb that is great for boosting the immune system. Treating colds, reduce swelling, is a natural pain killer, is calming so helps reduce stress and anxiety, is a natural laxative, treats skin conditions and contains antioxidants.
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I hope these tips help? Let me know in the comments and also do you have any tips to help cold or flu that you can share with us?
Love Marie x