Kick your cold naturally!
It seems everyone is sick! I’m not sure if it is the change of season or everyone running themselves into the ground after such a busy start to the year but it is certain there is something going around.. and it isn't fun.
Not me though, I got sick before the crowds flocked to be a part of the newest craze- feeling like crap. I was lucky enough to be hit hard on the long weekend of Easter. Yippee! In all honesty it was probably one of the more convenient times as I hadn’t planned to go away for the break and had a few days where I was forced to stay in bed. Never less, I wanted to get over it as fast as I could because let’s be honest, no-one likes being sick. I really wanted to get better using natural remedies rather than relying on prescription drugs that would only make me feel better temporarily rather than alleviate symptoms. I relentlessly searched for answers by trawling Google and Pinterest and of course calling mum for some homemade remedies. You know what though? It worked! I was cured within a few days. Admittedly I felt like death when it hit me really hard but I got over it much quicker than I usually do. I thought I would share my top tips for kicking the common cold.
HYDRATE, HYDRATE, HYDRATE!
I am sure you hear it a lot when sick but keeping your fluids up is key to getting better! Regardless of being sick or not regular fluid intake is important, but particularly so during this time, for a many different reasons. Keeping your fluids up helps to flush out toxins, keep fevers down, and also helping to clear your airways when your are all blocked up by clearing respiratory secretions.
If you’re anything like me, you may crave carbs while sick as you are most likely tired, your energy is low and your body is craving for a quick fix to perk back up. If you’re only suffering from the common cold and you aren’t feeling sick in the stomach there is no reason to avoid a range of nutritious delicious foods that will help you get back on track. If you’re feeling up to it, ensure you include many fresh fruit and vegetables into your diet. If you’re not feeling super hungry, try eating soups whether it is a hearty chicken and vegetable soup, lemon soup or just a broth, ensuring you are eating properly is important for fast recovery.
HEAT IT UP
The science behind this is limited but even if it is all just a placebo effect, I am all for it. There is nothing better than relaxing in a hot bath when you’re feeling run down. I made my bath extra therapeutic by adding ginger to it. I know it sounds odd but the ginger bath made me sweat profusely whilst helping to clear the toxins from my skin and body.
Try this recipe: Run a hot bath and add 1/2 teaspoon of fresh or 1 teaspoon of ground ginger to your bath.
Just a tip.. Wrap yourself in a towel or robe afterwards as you’ll most likely continue to sweat post bath!
LET’S GET PHYSICAL
I wouldn’t encourage you to run a marathon however light exercise such as a short stroll or yoga can be really beneficial to helping rid your body of toxins and help you to recover faster.
CALM IT DOWN
I know, I know. It’s the weekend and you want to spend it doing something fun because you spent the whole week working but you need to give your body a break or you’re never going to get better! The last thing your body needs is extra stress when it is already struggling to repair itself. So as tempting as Friday drinks is, you might want to skip it this week. Giving your body time to relax will help it heal faster. So grab a book or a movie and some tea and rug up for a weekend in.
Get better soon!!!
I love this recipe- the spices really sooth a sore throat. Turmeric has great anti-inflammatory properties and is perfect to use in your diet daily, especially when you are feeling run down.
The pepper and cayenne are optional however when used in conjunction with this recipe have great health benefits. The black pepper increases the body’s ability to absorb the nutrients found in turmeric. The cayenne is optional however has a range of health benefits including stimulating the digestive tract (leading to gas reduction), breaking up mucus, soothes a sore throat and reduces stomach pain