Feeling a bit under-the-weather lately? With the seasons slowly changing and the weather is somewhat confused.. let's face it we are in Florida.. one day it's hot the next we freeze !!! This can lead our bodies have a hard time adapting to these changes causing a disruption in our natural homeostasis. Not to mention the various colds, flu's, and viruses that are being passed around everyday.
If you feel like you are coming down with something,
there are a few quick home remedies that can fight off the sick feeling
and possibly prevent you from catching something worse !
myself am a huge advocate for natural remedies vs. medicine. This may
not be for everyone and I completely understand that medicine has their
place but sometimes it's easy home remedies that can get you moving a
bit faster and a little healthier !!!
First off make sure that
your protecting your immune system with Vitamin C. Take at least one
serving per day of a supplement along with eating foods high in vitamin c
such as oranges, kiwi, broccoli, berries or tomatoes. The daily value
for vitamin C is 60 mg.
If you have congestion, drinking hot
liquids relieve nasal congestion, prevent dehydration, and soothe the
uncomfortably inflamed membranes that line your nose and throat.
Along with congestion usually brings slight dehydration. Use a
humidifier at night which will add moisture to the air soothing your
membranes in your nose to help ease breathing.
Drink plenty of
fluids to help break up your congestion. Drinking water will prevent
dehydration and keep your throat moist. You should drink at least 8 to
10 eight-ounce glasses of water daily. Include fluids such as water,
sports drinks, herbal teas,or ginger ale if you have a sour stomach.
Limit cola, coffee, and other drinks with caffeine because it acts like a
diuretic and may dehydrate you.
Eat garlic to fight a virus !
Garlic acts as a natural anti-viral which is quite used in the treatment
of viral infections like cold, influenza, sinus that causes stuffy nose
to fight against the infection. Garlic contains a pungent ( if you eat
it fresh) which releases secretions that helps to drain the nasal
passages and makes you breathe comfortably. It also helps to increase
your immune system when taken regularly. You can also add a garlic pill
to your daily vitamin regimen !!
Make a quick detoxifying drink
made of ginger and apple cider vinegar. Mix 1 teaspoon of grated ginger
in 8-12 oz of water with 1 TBS. ACV with the "mother" and a splash of
lemon. You can consume either hot or cold !!
intake of spicy foods while you are suffering from stuffy nose. Include
lots of red chillies, onions, ginger and garlic to your food. It will
facilitate the easier flow of mucus from nasal passages, thereby
relieving you from blocked nose. Not to mention that you might not be
able to taste it anyways so the spicy won't bother you too much.
For a sore throat or cough consume honey. Consumption of honey of about
2 teaspoons, on a regular basis can treat the problem of stuffy nose or
sore throat. You can consume a glass of warm water containing honey (2 –
3 teaspoons) to obtain better results. Honey can be also taken with
milk to treat the problem of stuffy nose.
Feeling sick is never
fun. If you can tolerate some home remedies before it gets too bad, you
might be able to prevent yourself from a FULL blown cold or flu this
season!! Always wash your hands after coming in contact with people or
items people use frequently. Don't go to work sick and spread your
germs. Believe me you will be less productive anyways and will only get
your workplace sick. Be smart and eat as healthy as possible. Yes eating
unhealthy foods might seem like they will help you "feel" better but
ultimately the healthy foods is what will help you get over being sick
Have an awesome Monday !!!