I try to take really good care of myself all the time, but it still seems inevitable that I get a cold every winter season. Over the years I’ve found several natural remedies to be the best way to shorten the length of time I have cold and flu symptoms. Even if you can’t stop a cold or the flu, there are ways to make it a little less awful when you are sick.
Throughout the year I make sure to eat a variety of colorful vegetables and fruits, eat local, in-season and organic produce whenever possible, and for the most part, stay away from foods that don’t offer much nutritional value. This ensures that most things I eat will serve a purpose and give me the energy to do what I love most. So when I do get that inevitable cold my body is ready to fight back. Instead of relying on drugs to keep symptoms at bay, try these healthy, natural remedies for cold and flu that have served me well for years.
5 Natural Remedies for Cold and Flu Symptoms
- The first thing I do is get serious about supplements. I take a few supplements every day: vitamin c, vitamin d, and a b-vitamin mix since I eat very few animal products. When I feel a cold coming on I make sure to take these supplements every day, plus double up on the vitamin c and add in an echinacea supplement.
- Drink all the hot liquids. This is especially helpful when you have blocked nasal passageways and/or a sore throat. I try to get a variety of hot liquids throughout the day, including lemon water in the morning, vegetable stock as a snack or part of a meal and hot tea several times a day. My favorite is Tazo Wild Sweet Orange and if I make tea myself, I have this flu fighting tea—it’s packed with ginger, turmeric, and other great stuff—every night until I’m on the mend.
A local product that I absolutely love is called Taking Stock and this brand offers bone broth for non-vegetarians as well as a vegan ginger mushroom broth. It tastes absolutely delicious and the ginger and mushrooms both have fantastic healing qualities. I like to sip this plain, or use it as a base to make delicious and easy vegetarian pho-style soup to pack in extra veggies.
3. Drink green juice. Whether you make it yourself or buy it, in my eyes, organic green juice is the best way to get a high concentration of nutrients flooded into your body all at once. Juice can be controversial, I know, but to me there’s no easier or tastier way to get that much nutrition all at once. A local brand I adore is Zula Juice, which uses no HPP (high pressure processing), making it truly raw and utterly fresh. In a pinch I buy Suja Juice at Target, which is also organic but not nearly as fresh since it’s not local.
4. Rest up. I feel like it’s kind of a thing to go to work even when you’re sick. This helps nobody. Either you’re sniffling and grossing everyone out, or you’re making them sick, too! And you’re certainly not doing your body any favors. If you can help it, work from home or take your sick days. Sadly not everyone has this luxury, but if you do, it’s important to take time to let your body heal. Sleep extra at night, take naps throughout the day and just generally take it easy. I promise it’s worth it.
5. Be kind to yourself. It seems to me that whenever I let stress get the best of me, my immune system shuts down and decides it’s time to let a cold in. While it’s a huge bummer when it happens, think of it as your body telling you to slow down. Now’s the time to catch up on reading you’ve been putting off or relaxing hobbies like knitting or crafting. Or just binge Netflix—whatever makes you happy!
So there you have it! These five natural remedies are the ones I use whenever I start to feel the sniffles coming on. What are your favorite natural remedies for cold and flu symptoms?
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