It’s Monday and you’re feeling like death after (a) long weekend(s) of non stop parties and after-parties. You’re feeling slightly under the weather, but it’s mostly your body that feels sore and your mouth a bit raw. Come Tuesday and you wake up practically choking from the build up of flem in your throat and snot blocking your nose. You can’t breathe, you’d love to stay in bed all day, It’s cold, windy & grim outside, yet you have no choice but to go to work. On the way to work, while sitting in the tube you feel a trail of snot running uncontrollably down from your nose, and realise you forgot your kleenex at home. At work, you have deadlines looming, you have to use your brain, but the only thing you can think about is lying under the covers while some nurse equivalent attends to you. Basically, you feel like this:
How to avoid these terribly awkward and long days? Prevent yourself from becoming ill by strengthening your immune system, the natural way. While you’re not overdosing on alcohol, dr*gs and tobacco, balance out the toxins you consume by taking to natural rememdies and superfoods. We talked to a nutritionist, the storeowner from Natural Remedies in Stoke Newington, and searched Nutrition websites to find out more about the best ways to stay healthy. Follow these 10 natural remedies that support your immune system without relying on pharmaceutical drugs (as we all know those type of drugs are BAD for you). Don’t be fooled by the over-the-counter drugs on sale in pharmacies and in Tesco, or turn to these drugs only if you’re syptoms persist and you really can’t get rid of that cold:
Anytime you feel your immune system faltering, take propolis. Bee Propolis is the natural resin that bees collect to seal small cracks in their hives. According to BeeVital, the world leaders in Propolis research, the beehive is one of nature’s most remarkable laboratories.
“By way of the hive the whole cosmos enters man and makes him strong and able” – Rudolph Steiner
Propolis is a honey bee product that has been used as a natural medicine to prevent diseases and support the immune system for centuries. You can find propolis in drops, tablets and nasal sprays in your local Holland & Barrett store.
2) Vitamin C
Take vitamin C tablets daily, or don’t forget to take your 5 a day. Eat foods rich in vitamin C, as this is an essential nutrient that helps the body fight off annoying illness such as the common cold. Foods high in vitamin C include*:
#1: Peppers (Yellow Bell Peppers)
#3: Dark Green Leafy Vegetables (Kale)
#4: Kiwi (Green)
#6: Berries (Strawberries)
#7: Citrus Fruits (Oranges)
#8: Tomatoes (Cooked)
*According to Health Alicious Ness
Magnesium is a mineral that’s important for the body to turn food into energy and for bone health.Take a couple of magnesium tablets before you go out. Magnesium can help your teeth from grinding. No joke. Or eat the following Magnesium rich foods*:
#1: Dark Leafy Greens (Raw Spinach)
#2: Nuts and Seeds (Squash and Pumpkin Seeds)
#3: Fish (Mackerel)
#4: Beans and Lentils (Soy Beans)
#5: Whole Grains (Brown Rice)
#7: Low-Fat Dairy (Plain Non Fat Yogurt)
#9: Dried Fruit (Figs)
#10: Dark Chocolate
*According to Health Alicious Ness
4) Water with a pinch of Sea Salt
Stay hydrated during the day by drinking a bottle of water. Add a pinch of sea salt, not table salt, to your water and notice the thirst quenching difference compared to just plain water. Keep that bottle close to you, and make sure you refill that bottle regularly (FYI tap water is drinkable in the UK).
Follow these tips and repeat gradually, one to three times a day to relieve your stuffy nose, aching muscles and throbbing headache.
1) Take a Warm Bath With Aromatherapy Oils
Add about 10 to 12 drops of eucalyptus essential oil into your warm bath and feel your sinuses clear up as the fragranced vapour from the warm water and oil enters your nostrils and lungs. A warm bath with essential oils also really helps you have a good night’s sleep.
2) Drink Ginger Tea with Lemon & Honey
Ginger tea with lemon and honey is a refreshing beverage that is often used to help ease cold and flu symptoms. Each of the ingredients have unique, natural medicinal qualities and when they are combined, they create a soothing tea that can relieve symptoms and boost the immune system.
3) Eat Chicken Soup
It’s hard to resist a steamy chicken soup while feeling under the weather. Listen to your body and eat that soup! Chicken soup was first recommended for respiratory infections as far back as the 12th century and ever since it’s been regarded as the ultimate comfort food. According to a Dr. Rosemary Stanton in her ‘Chicken Soup Remedy’, “Chicken bones contain anti-inflammatory substances that are released when the bones are boiled. Chicken soup also naturally contains a substance called carnosine, which is helpful in limiting tissue damage inflicted by viral attack”. On top of that, if you load your soup with fresh vegetables, you’ll also be getting a good dose of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
4) Gargle Apple Cider Vinegar
Suffering from a sore throat?Pour about 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar in a glass and add 1/4 cup of water. Take a mouthful and gargle and repeat a few times. Apple cider vinegar is a popular remedy for sore throats. The antibacterial properties of vinegar can help neutralize infections in the throat that cause pain.
5) Swallow Diced Garlic With Water
Garlic is another natural remedy that can treat a range of health conditions, from reducing inflammation to eliminating infection. This common herb is a member of the Allium genus and has high concentrations of sulfur that make it an effective health remedy.
Once you’ve already caught that irritating common cold, garlic can be used as an antioxidant. Simply dice garlic, scoop up the pieces with a spoon, and swallow them all with water. Do this as many times as your taste buds can take it.
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