Six Natural Remedies to Fight Colds and Flus

Firstly, don't be that person who shows up to work sick.

Don't be that guy!
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Secondly, we're all kind of on edge this season: We work extra hard to wash our hands, avoid crowded situations and pump our immune systems up with vitamin C because we don't want to get sick.

Nobody wants to get sick, but it does happen, even to the healthiest of people. Germs are just unavoidable. 

As winter looms on the horizon, now is the time to boost your immune system--not with synthetic pills, powders or liquids, but with real food. Simple ingredients and foods, many of which can be found in your own pantry can make great cold remedies and immune system boosters. While there is no cure for the common cold, there are a variety of natural remedies you can use to help ease your symptoms. 

  1. Ginger--Ginger can do it all. It has anti-inflammatory properties, and can ease discomfort associated with bloat, gas, vomiting and diarrhea. 
  2. Citrus Fruits--While vitamin C may not be a cure for the common cold, it can help shorten the length or severity of the cold and cold-like symptoms.
  3. Garlic--Garlic is a popular remedy for both colds and viruses because of its anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties. 
  4. Onions--These bulbs contain quercetin, an unpronounceable flavonoid (healthy phytochemical compound) that may help fight off colds.
  5. Green Tea--Not just low in caffeine, green tea may contain certain properties that can help ward off certain colds and viruses.
  6. Honey--Bears know what's up; honey is incredibly healthy. The golden liquid can help soothe sore throats and coughs. Mix a little with warm water. 

Need some more cold-crushing tips? Try these!
  • Make a homemade tonic
  • Double-down on turmeric and ginger
  • Lather on essential oils
  • Eat a nutritious diet free of inflammatory foods like processed white sugars or white flours
  • Exercise regularly 
  • Stick to a sleep schedule and ensure you're getting at least seven hours of shuteye
  • Don't get hog wild on alcohol
  • Keep eating--Your body actually needs extra calories to fight illness and eating fewer calories inhibits the body's ability to heal
My best tip? Switch to a diet rich in real, unprocessed foods and exercise frequently. When you take care of your body in this loving manner, you're giving your system a loving boost all year. Eat a combination of these foods and practice these tips all year long and you'll help reduce your chances at getting sick!

Need some more natural remedies and other ideas? Send me a message!