Monday, December 22, 2014

Feeling under the weather???

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 !

I 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 !!

Increase your 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 !!!

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