The cold season is already here. So it’s always better to be prepared before a cold or flu strikes you and then you feel there is little that can be done or you resort to over the counter medications.
As a holistic nutritionist in Oakville, I always advise my clients to start taking precautions at the first sign of a cold. This is when your efforts will be most successful. So I will share with you my secret proven natural recipes that always work wonderfully for me and my family. However as I mentioned the most important thing here is to catch yourself when you are just feeling it coming.
Here are my 4 nutritionist proven tips to fight colds naturally
It’s important to keep your body warm because this provides an optimum environment helps your immune cells to become more active and efficient at fighting the virus or bacteria that is trying to invade your body. This is really intuitive but sometimes you miss to do it. Wear a woolen socks, and extra clothing to keep you warm. Hot soups and herbal teas such as ginger and cinnamon can also help to warm your body.
2-Ginger lemon honey tea
Ginger is a potent anti-inflammatory and has been found to contain corticosteroid like phytochemicals that can help with fighting inflammation. It also boosts your circulation and makes you feel warmer within minutes.
It is also especially helpful when you have a blocked nose or are starting to cough a sit has a mucus breaking property.
Just add boiling water to some grated fresh ginger in a cup and then add lemon juice and sweeten with a tsp of raw honey.
This is a magical recipe that never fails me when I try it. It’s so simple that you can prepare in just 5 minutes. This soup has anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and warming effects.
Here is the recipe:
- 2 cups Chicken broth (home-made)
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 inch Ginger (peeled)
- 1 tsp turmeric
- A dash of black pepper
- A dash of cayenne pepper
- Sea salt to taste
- Spices: rosemary, thyme, cardamom or any of your choice
- ½ lemon
In a pot, bring the broth to a boil, then add all other ingredients except the lemon.
Keep simmering for about 10 minutes and then remove from heat.
Serve hot with the lemon juice.
After drinking your soup, you will feel your body getting hot and you will start sweating. This is a good sign that you are starting to heal. It’s highly recommended to go under the cover and have a short nap afterwards.
Processed sugar in the form of pure sugar, candy, soda pop, concentrated juices can all sabotage your efforts to get better. It has been scientifically proven that sugar stops the function of your immune cells for at least 48 hours. So it’s very important to cut sugar and use only raw honey for sweetening your teas.
If you try these tips and recipes, I’d like to hear about your experience. Let me know which one worked for you the best by posting in the comments below.
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