You’re sitting in a tea shop sipping your favourite Matcha mix and reading your favourite book, when you sneeze. Just once. You sneeze once more when you get inside your car, then you start to get the sniffles on the way home and before you realize it, you have a cold on your hands. #couldnotbemoreliteral
With this in mind you start to scramble and move things around on your calendar for an appointment with the Doc. Doc’s are great, I like them and I want to be one, but you don’t always have to do it that way. There are ways to care for your health the natural way, by using nature itself. Here are my top remedies that I use, as a pre-med student and as a regular person:
“There is medicine in nature.” – anon.
- Lemons & Limes – These citrus babies are packed with great nutritional value that can help mitigate the power of the cold or flu viruses in your body, as well as reduce phlegm. Some singers use this voice hack and suck on lime or lemon to thin the phlegm in their vocal cords. BUT, lemons have a higher vitamin C content, so that’s what makes them a slightly better option than limes. I, myself prefer lemons. You can use it in salads, tea, or plain water to get your dose.
- Honey, Honey, Honey – Although honey alone, just like lemons won’t cure your cold or flu, it can help relief those pesky symptoms as you ride out the malaise and your body can take its time to build up immunity. Honey is a good source of anti-oxidant; pure, raw honey contains antioxidants called phenolic compounds, it’s also an antibacterial, anti-fungal, aids digestion and might help soothe a sore throat.
- The Great Ginger – Ginger is a potent and naturally occurring ailment reducer (in nature), soothing the body’s emergency symptom responses to the damaged cells. When you have an illness the white cells work on patching the damaged cells and defending against the invaders. Ginger also acts as a barrier to the high levels of prostaglandins a chemical that induces fever, headaches, and cramps. You can safely use ginger root to cook, blend a piece of it in a smoothie or steep it in with your tea. Though its taste can be pretty strong and zingy for beginner ginger ingesters.
- Oregano – Oregano contains a rosmarinic acid compound, thymol, and carvacrol that are responsible for its anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-oxidant, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties. Oregano also contains flavinoids, triterpenoids, sterols, vitamin C, and vitamin A. With this lovely cocktail of nutrition, you’re sure to receive an immunity booster.
- Garlic + Onion – Garlic is a powerful antioxidant with antimicrobial, antiviral and antibiotic properties. For colds and flus, it also provides decongestant and expectorant effects. Crushing fresh garlic – whether through chopping and letting minced garlic rest, or by chomping down on a clove – causes a chemical reaction that releases allicin. Allicin is a powerful antibacterial only present shortly after garlic is crushed and before it is heated! Some experts even recommend eating a clove or two every 3 to 4 hours until the bug is entirely knocked out!
- The Sunny D-elight – Vitamin D has several important functions. The benefits of this vitamin is that is gives you the needed calcium, phosphorous, and facilitates immune system function. This vitamin fortifies not only your bone health, but also helps keep your immunity up to par. Remember, there’s no risk of over-dosing from the Sun.
- Bone + Veggie Broth – Making a bowl of bone broth while you have the flu will help you sleep when you’re feeling lethargic; the chemical glycine is what induces that. It also helps support your immune system because of the bones being high in concentration of minerals, like calcium and phosphorous. As for the veggie broth it is healthy, it contains medicinal qualities that will help cleanse your gut, and will naturally give you a boost of energy. Chicken noodle soup? Maybe mom and pops were on to something.
- H 2 the O – Water will be your best friend for the rest of your life, from birth until it’s time to say “goodbye.” Water keeps your joints hydrated, your cartilage lubricated, your gut healthy, and helps carry out toxins from your system. Your overall well-being and biological system thrives and survives on water, sick or not water is a must.
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— Med a la Mode