curb that cold the natural way
Have you ever woken up a cold January morning- throat sore to swallow, tummy meh, nose sniffling, and think to yourself ‘What did I do to deserve this?’
Maybe it was that all nighter you pulled to finish that paper, maybe it was the 3 birthday parties in a row or maybe its just -19 out and you wished you lived in the Bahamas.
Regardless of how you got it, colds are a major mood-sucker, energy drainer, all around not cute way to spend your winter. So how about some natural ways to send it on its way? Yeah I think that’s a good idea.
Following these guidelines along with plenty of rest has gotten me feeling 85% better in a wee 2 days. Score for mother nature? I think so.
You know this…but do you really?
Vitamin C & A are crazy helpful antioxidants that fight stressors in the body which make your cold so damn persistent. Their anti-infection, anti-viral properties are exactly what you need to keep symptoms from getting outta hand.
Eat this: citrus, bell peppers, strawberries, carrots, kale, sweet potato, asparagus, beet greens, kale, spirulina
Zinc is an essential mineral that helps boost our immune system. For those on a plant based diet, supplementation might be necessary because it isn’t rich in many vegetarian sources.
Eat this: fish, almonds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, walnuts, tempeh, tofu
2) put the cookie down
Sorry that was rude. Put the sugar-laden treats of ANY kind down.
Not only is sugar pro-inflammatory on the body (not what it needs in time of pain) but it compromises immune function by reducing the functioning of our white blood cells drastically. We need those cells in fine working order to kick this thing!
Eat this: Stick to small amounts of raw honey which has anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti- bacterialproperties which out immune system loves. Try it in an herbal tea for its throat-soothing properties.
3) try a light detox
Staying away from over nourishment when your sick may sound counterintuitive, but if you were interested in seeing what a couple days of juice/smoothie fasting felt like- now would be a great time.
why? A light detox that focuses on nutrient dense foods (think, citrus, greens and herbs) can help rid your body of toxins that weaken the immune system, while providing extra fighting power with antioxidants.
What’s more, consuming easy-to-digest liquids like broth, smoothies and juices helps to focus the body’s energy focused on getting your better– not digesting whatever’s in your system.
4) drink up
Adequate water consumption is always important to keep the body hydrated and promote cleansing.
Warm beverages in particular do a killer job thinning and draining mucous that’s all caught up, and keeps your nose running right on schedule. For those suffering from a sore throat, teas such as Licorice Root are easy to find and helpful in soothing irritation.
Drink this: homemade ginger tea, broth-based soups, lemon water, licorice root tea
5) kick back & relax
There’s a good chance your stressful life got your immune system all hot and bothered in the first place. All of that stress bubbling up sends a steady stream of stress hormones that suppress the immune system. Prolonged stress makes you more vulnerable to illness, from colds to serious diseases.
Spend some time evaluating what is stressing you and take a step back. Take care of yourself. Relaxing yoga before bed, bubble baths, herbal teas, foot baths, and hugs. Sleep is key here too because that is our body’s prime time of repair and restoration.
immunity smoothie bowl recipe
Get your recovery on track with a deliciously slurpable smoothie bowl- boosting with all the right nutrients to combat that cold.
- 1.5 frozen banana
- 3/4 cup frozen strawberries
- 2 cups baby spinach
- dash of orange juice
- generous squeeze of lemon
- 3/4 tsp turmeric
- tsp spirulina
- water/plant milk to blend
Toppings: blueberries, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, pomegranate, dried golden berries
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