Kick That Cold to the Curb

Living in a cold climate for most of the year, Canadians are bound to pick up a cold or flu more often than others. You can use hand sanitizer all you want. What you’re probably getting sick from is a low immune system, weakened by the quick change of temperature from outside to when you come into a warm home. It’s important to make sure that you are getting the proper nutrients to boost your immune system and battle those sniffles. Catching a cold or flu means days sick in bed, so why not spend a little time each day to help avoid these situations and use that time off for some R&R.

Many people rely on supplements like Cold Effects to help stay healthy and fight being sick, but it can be very costly and it doesn’t always work. You can use a lot of natural ingredients and remedies that are inexpensive and can be included in your everyday routine easily.

Top 10 fight the germs remedies:

1.Hot Water

Every morning before you eat breakfast pour yourself a cup of hot water with slices of ginger, lemon and a squirt of some raw honey. This will help detoxify your body while boosting your energy and immune system with the vitamin C. The ginger contains antiviral compounds and will help reduce fever and pain while providing you with a calming effect.

2. Vitamin C

When you feel the sniffles coming on or your entering “Flu Season”, be sure to take extra vitamin C in either supplement form or fresh food. Make a smoothie high in Vitamin C by combining; grapefruit, orange, pineapple, grapes, banana, and cantaloupe into a blender.

3. Avoid Processed Foods

Stay away from heavy processed foods. Switch to a liquid diet and consume things like fruits juices, soups and lots of water. This will ensure your body is using its energy towards fighting the virus and not towards digesting your food.

4. Consume Garlic

Garlic contains anti-bacterial agents that help keep you healthy such as, fighting off infections and boosting your immune system. During the colder months it’s important to incorporate garlic into your daily diet such as, stir-fry’s or soups.

5. Oil of Oregano

This is a great natural remedy for colds, sore throats and sinus congestion. Simply add 3 drops into a glass of juice or water daily until cold symptoms go away.

6. Echinacea

Although still under research for whether it really does have the power to fight viruses as people claim it is still a great supplement to take. It works by stimulating the white blood cells which overall increase your immune system.

7. Honey

Honey is an alternative than a typical cough syrup. It contains antioxidants, antiviral and antibacterial properties that can help fight off cold symptoms and will still coat the throat to relive coughing.

8. Gargle with Sea Salt

Gargling with warm sea salt water a few times a day is an amazing way to stop a sore throat in its tracks. As soon as you feel a tickle in your throat, take a tsp of sea salt and mix it into a cup of warm water. It may sting a bit at first, but it will heal a sore throat in no time.

9. Some R & R

Don’t forget the most simple and easy one of all. Rest and allow your body to recover the natural way. Try even taking a hot steamy shower and clearing your airways and detoxifying your body. You can even add some eucalyptus essential oils to your shower to help decongest.

10. Stay Fit

Exercising on a weekly basis will help sweat out toxins and increase your body’s ability to fight off viruses. If you are constantly working to keep your body in top shape you will be more prepared to fight off bacteria and infections when they come around.

As you can see there are many non chemical/drug ways to stay germ free, but the key is to always stay on top of your health. Make sure you wash your hands, use a tissue and avoid public areas during flu season. Plus, you will feel and look better even during the cold weather.

Say goodbye to coughs and sniffles!

Your Health Nut,

Nikky

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5 thoughts on “Kick That Cold to the Curb

  1. That hot water combination sounds really good. My mom used to boil ginger and honey for me when I was sick. I forgot about that! Might be a refreshing way to start the day even when I’m not 🙂 Or even mixed in with tea, yum!

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