I’ve been stuck in the house for three days because of this cold. I sound like a wimp. I mean, I know it’s not the flu (that’s even worse, obviously) but I’m still floored.
Since everyone has been pretty much through the same thing (who hasn’t had the cold/flu?) we’ve decided to list a few things that can help alleviate your symptoms, even just for a little while, as you recuperate at home and get back to your beautiful self!
Common sense? Cliche? Well, if it works, do it! Many of you must think it’s an old wives’ tale but in actual fact, it isn’t. It actually has anti-inflammatory value.Ok, so basically Chicken Soup reduces the movement of neutrophils around the body, those are your common white blood cells that help defend your body against infections. Since the neutrophils’ movements are reduced in the upper respiratory tract as a result of having your chicken soup, then they have time to focus more on the affected area.
Need proof? UNMC’s Dr Stephen Rennard, M.D. published a study in 2000 in the International Journal, CHEST, the Cardioplumonary and Critical Care Journal about the benefits of chicken soup in terms of cold relief. He found that chicken soup contained a number of substances – including an anti-inflammatory mechanism – that could ease the symptoms of upper respiratory tract infections. Ta-Da!
They don’t, however, know the exact ingredient in the soup that makes it effective against fighting colds, yet they theorize that it could be a combination of ingredients that work together to result in its beneficial effects. They should call it Miracle Soup…..
Have a look at our Chicken Soup Recipe to help you on your way to recovery!
WARM WATER MIXES
Everyone has heard how warm water and lemon is good for you while battling the cold/flu. There are even medicine sachets you can buy over the counter to help you too. But we’re focusing on home remedies, because, well…I’m stuck in the house from my cold and refuse to go out.
Anyway, warm water and: SALT
Yes, I’m getting the worst one out the way first. It’s not that bad, but it ain’t that good either, but the effects are worth it. Swishing and gurgling warm water and salt relieves symptoms such as a sore throat as well as nasal congestion because it loosens mucus, which in turn gets rid of bacteria and allergens from the body. So yeah, gurgle and spit people. Gurgle and spit.
On to the next: LEMON
- Boosts your immune system as lemons are high in vitamin C, which also helps you while you’re stressed. Did you know that your vitamin C is the first thing depleted when you’re stressing out? Well, now you do.
- Stimulates brain and nerve function as it is high in potassium.
- Balances pH, yes lemon has citric acid but once metabolised it is one of the most alkaline foods you can get, which reduces your body’s acidity.
- Aids digestion as it flushes out unwanted materials.
- Relieves respiratory problems.
- Increases you body’s ability to get rid of toxins, basically you pee a lot more.
- Helps weight loss. They are high in pectin fibre which actually helps you fight against food cravings.
- Purge toxins from the blood which helps aid in clear skin, also vitamin C aids in the decrease of wrinkles and blemishes.
- Fresh breath. The citric acid in the mouth can help this as well as alleviate toothache too.
- Erodes tooth enamel, so you need to watch this. It can result in stains or cavities. Some suggest brushing your teeth a while before drinking as well as after. Or…use a straw!
- Acid reflux, although lemons do help balance pH in the body, first they need to be digested and this is where the acid can irritate the oesophagus. Also, if you have a gastric ulcer, wait till this has healed. The acid can make these a lot worse.
I’m Winnie the Pooh when it comes to honey, seriously. But honey not only helps to soothe a sore throat but also has antiseptic and antibacterial properties, Manuka honey being one of the best.
There are many who have documented the health benefits of honey, from Greek, Roman, Vedic and Islamic texts in the past to clinical studies up until the present. Have a look at Medical News Today to find out more.
Not only does ginger help you with your sore throat and cough but it also stops you feeling nauseous while boosting your immune system too.
Now, I’ve tried honey and lemon in warm water and, like I said before, was having it every morning/second day. But I hadn’t tried ginger. It actually tastes pretty good, I had it this morning. But what I didn’t try was combining all three. So I set out to find someone who had and found Oh Lardy, their motto being: Learn. Nourish. Live. Seriously, have a look. I know for sure I’ll be going back to read up on, and learn a few things, from here. Anyway, check out their lemon, honey and ginger tea concoction. It is pretty fine! They also have some other recipes here that’ll help you fight that cold/flu.
Anyway, this is my recipe for a quick creation in the morning – but I’ll probably be following Oh Lardy and making mine in a jar from now on.
- Slice of lemon
- 2 tsp of honey
- 3 slices of raw ginger
- Let all infuse in hot water and allow to cool before drinking.
I know I need to take care of my body, so it’s about time I started feeding it the things it needs in order to fend off future colds/flus, illnesses, fatigue etc. So, apart from drinking my lemon, honey and ginger tea regularly, with a straw to protect my gnashers of course, then I need to do more.
Looking into it I found some information from these sites/blogs:
- The Natural Singer gives you Staying Healthy Through The Changing Seasons: 5 Immunity Boosters You May Not Have Considered
- MedicineNet also give you 10 Tips To Prevent The Common Cold
- Everyday Health helps witg 10 Simple and Natural Ways to Boost Your Immune System