Sick For The Holidays? Try These All-Natural Remedies For Cold And Flu Symptoms
Holidays Shouldn’t be Crappy
With winter arriving and holiday get-togethers around the corner, the last thing you want is to succumb to the flu or common cold!
While getting sick is never fully preventable, these natural remedies can help you stay healthy and alleviate your symptoms.
When you start to feel a cold or flu coming on…
- Take zinc and selenium. These minerals will help you fight off a cold much faster. Studies show that when you take both zinc and selenium at the first sign of a cold or flu, you can expect to experience symptoms in only three days instead of six! Just be sure not to overdo it—more than 40mg of zinc or 60mcg of selenium a day (for an adult) can actually suppress your immune system, so be sure to read your labels.
- Slow down and rest. When your body starts to get sick, the immune system is compromised. If you have many obligations each day, consider removing a few to-dos from your list if possible, and cut out the extra schedules until you are fully well again. This will give you time to rest and let your body heal more effectively.
- Eat a rainbow of colorful foods. There is no better time to fill up on colorful, natural foods than when you are feeling under the weather. Oranges, lemons, kiwis, and sweet red peppers are excellent choices because of their Vitamin C content. Foods containing Vitamin D, such as fatty fish, mushrooms, yogurt, fortified milk, and through natural sunlight, are also great for the immune system.
- Drink lots of fluids. This may seem obvious, especially since you have probably heard this advice before, but it couldn’t be more true! We tend to become more easily dehydrated when we are ill, for one reason or another. Your body will heal much more quickly when you are drinking good teas and lots of water to stay hydrated and healthy.
When you are suffering from a cold or flu…
- Gargle mouthwash (containing alcohol) to relieve a sore throat. This has been a passed-down remedy for generations! When you start feeling a sore throat coming on, gargle mouthwash two to three times a day. It has to contain alcohol, because this will kill all the germs in the back of the throat. You can expect your sore throat to last only a few days, rather than a week.
- Cayenne pepper, lemon, apple cider vinegar, and honey mixture will help a cough or chest cold. This combination can help alleviate even the most stubborn coughs! Simply boil 1/4 cup water, then mix in 1/4 cup unfiltered apple cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon honey, 1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper, and the juice of one lemon wedge in a cup. Drink up!
- Have a bowl of chicken soup. Do you remember when you were sick as a kid, and your mom (or grandmother) made you chicken soup? Its healing effects are actually from the homemade broth or stock! Homemade broth or stock (the gelatin in the broth/stock from the whole chicken) contains the essential amino acid cysteine, which helps decrease the amount of mucus in the body, as well as important vitamins and trace minerals to decrease inflammation in the body. Eat up!
- Loosen up mucus with steam. This natural remedy is simple yet powerful. You can lean over a bowl of steaming water with a towel or enjoy a hot shower.
When you are sick, it is important to remember to take care of yourself (even though it isn’t always easy). Rest up as much as possible and prevent spreading more germs to those around you. Remember and practice these tips above, and you should be well on your way to feeling your very best once again!
Note: This article is NOT to be used in place of professional medical advice, and you should always talk with a medical professional if your symptoms worsen. These tips are simply suggestions for soothing the common cold or flu.
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