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Nutritional tips to shift your cold

12 November 2019

Posted on: 12 November 2019

Five natural ways to feel more human this winter

At some point in the colder months, we all have the dreaded battle with the flu. To combat this, we have come up with five different natural home remedies using items you will most likely have in the back of your cupboard.

Honey

Not only is it sweet and brilliant on pancakes, raw honey is a brilliant antioxidant, boosts the immune system, can help lower blood pressure, improve cholesterol and promotes wound healing. This is also a great remedy for young children who may be too young for over the counter medicines. Combine honey and lemon with hot water for a soothing hot drink, or mix it in with porridge, yogurt or cereal for a breakfast treat.

Garlic

With its very low calories and packed with nutrients, garlic has been used in medicine for years. Garlic is proven to lessen the symptoms of and prevent common viruses like cold and flu, reduce blood pressure, lower the risk of heart disease and even contain antioxidants that increase athletic performance and may prevent Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Whether you incorporate garlic into your meals or eat it raw, these medicinal properties are not to be ignored.

Berries

Berries contain polyphenols, which have antiviral properties and may help to fight off those flu-like viruses. Most berries, such as strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries, also contain Vitamin C, which in turn can help to strengthen your immune system. However, because of their high (natural) sugar content, eat these in moderation.

Turmeric

Turmeric has a strong antioxidant which helps in treating a lot of health problems but mixed in warm milk is a popular and effective way to fight against cold and cough. Drinking a glass of warm turmeric milk before sleeping can not only help in faster recovery from cold and cough but can also help your body to sleep better while you’re sick.

Ginger

Ginger is also a notorious remedy for healing. The possibilities are endless, but the easiest way to incorporate ginger is through cooking a hot meal. However, if you’re feeling a little braver, you can chew on a small piece of raw ginger or can purchase crystallised ginger from most health food shops.

Although these may help, if you still feel under the weather after a week or two, contact your GP.

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