While I do my best to maintain a healthy lifestyle and avoid illness, I, too, am susceptible to colds while running around NYC. Germs are everywhere – so when I feel a cold start to sneak up, certain foods and herbs act as my lifesavers. They offer a feel-good remedy throughout the day and help me say good-bye to the icky cold fast! If you find yourself feeling under the weather this fall, try incorporating these 10 things into your daily routine so you can get back to feeling like your beautiful self in no time.
1. Go herbal
Echinacea is an herbal supplement that can be taken to decrease cold symptoms and shorten the duration of a cold. It boosts immune system function by increasing the production of white blood cells in our bodies, which are our body’s defense system against illness.
2. Vitamin C
Vitamin C can shorten the duration of your cold or help prevent catching one altogether. Vitamin C can be found in a plethora of forms including lozenges, tablets, or liquids. To most easily increase your intake, pop a mega-dose of some form of Vitamin C. Incorporating regular zinc supplementation in combination with Vitamin C in one’s diet has shown to be beneficial, too. Some foods that are high in Vitamin C are citrus fruits, broccoli, kiwis, tomatoes, and strawberries, so try to up your consumption of these foods when you’re sick.
3. Immune Boosting Foods
While a protein packed and antioxidant rich diet is the best option in terms of improving immunity long-term, there are a few foods that stand out amongst the rest due to their immune boosting capabilities. Whenever you feel a cold coming on, try to incorporate some or all of the following food into your diet: onions, garlic, soups, mushrooms, kale, spinach, cabbage, and food rich in probiotics (such as sauerkraut and kimchi).
4. Grape seed extract
GSE is considered to be one of the purest antimicrobials in the world based on its abilities to fight infections, as it is credited with being able to kill over 800 types of bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites. You can most easily ingest it by gargling a few drops of it diluted with water or by adding it to hot tea.
5. Oil of Oregano
Oil of Oregano is not the same as the oregano you use to cook with. Oil of oregano is a natural herb that is most helpful when you first recognize and feel the symptoms of a cold coming on. It is recommended that you use 3-4 drops, 2-3 times daily. For easier ingestion, dilute it with water.
6. Colloidal Silver
If you can catch your cold in the early stages, this mineral is a great remedy. Placing three drops in each ear, or a few drops under your tongue or into your humidifier, can help to relieve pre-existing symptoms, as well as kill bacteria and viruses on contact.
7. Sip Some Hot Tea
Most teas are mentholated drinks that are packed with antioxidants. Hot tea can help to loosen mucus, soothe sore throats, and alleviate dry cough. There are a variety of flavors, so find one you like and add it to your catalogue of cold-fighting remedies. Black teas are said to be the best at soothing a cold, especially if you add a teaspoon of honey or organic lemon juice to it.
This sweet and natural remedy has the ability to stunt the growth of microbes that lead to infections. Because of this, honey has been used as medicine since the time of the Ancient Egyptians! Taking 1-2 tablespoons of RAW honey straight from the jar or mixing it with tea can work just as well, if not better, than over the counter cough medicines.
9. ALOHA – Daily Good Packets
These packets contain an all-natural vegan powder made up of a variety of dried whole ingredients and coconut water. This powder, which can be mixed with water or a smoothie, contains a substantial amount of antioxidants due to the high amount of greens used to create it. It has large amounts of vitamin D as well, which is essential to fight off the symptoms of a cold. Shop ALOHA at http://www.aloha.com and use the code BLISSOUTRETREATS for sweet discounts!
10. Implement Essential Oils
D?TERRA (CPTG) Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® essential oils are considered to be a more holistic approach to overall wellness, and are developing a reputation of having innumerable medicinal benefits. Essential oils are phytochemicals made up of organic compounds that can be used internally, applied topically, or diffused. When fighting a cold, you can use the d?TERRA products to create a topical salve, ingest it by adding the drops to a capsule, or diffuse a combination of the oils into the air. Check these products out at www.mydoterra.com/introducingwellness.com.
Getting a cold doesn’t have to stop you in your tracks- knowing how to remedy and treat a cold can get you feeling better in no time!