I had my first cold of the winter season two weeks ago. I had made it to (almost) the beginning of spring without any bugs invading my system which made me a little proud. I had some conversations with other people who were dealing with a cold. We discussed ways to tackle the bug and eliminate it without the use of pharmaceuticals. I figured this would be a great topic to write a blog post on. Here are a few of my favourite health hacks and remedies to beat the common cold!
Lemon Ginger Shots- In a mason jar add 1/4 cup of water, 1/4 cup of lemon juice, 2 tablespoon grated ginger (if you don’t want the chunks you can squeeze out the juice but I like the chunks for maximum nutrition), 1 teaspoon turmeric, a pinch of pepper. Put the lid on and shake it well. Keep it in the fridge and take a sip of the mixture 3-5 times daily. Repeat and continue until your symptoms are gone.
Lemon- Full of vitamin C which helps fight off the bug and the congestion.
Ginger- Helps to kill viruses and relieves a sore throat.
Turmeric- Reduces inflammation, reduces symptoms of viruses and treats upset stomach.
Pepper- Helps alleviate chest congestion and viral infections.
Elderberry Crystals- This healing berry fights inflammation, infections and helps with fevers. It’s known to relieve a cough and sore throats.
Oil of Oregano- This oil is very high in antioxidants and is known to help fight bacterial, viral and fungal infections.
Warm Water with Lemon- Hydration is key. It’s important to continue to flush out your system all day long. The lemon also gives you a kick of Vitamin C. I prefer warm water but room temperature or cold water will work as long as you're getting lots of water in you.
Vitamin C- You can get this in a tablet or through other fruits and vegetables. I like cuma cuma berry powder in smoothies and including extra broccoli and oranges throughout the day which are packed with Vitamin C.
Fruits and Vegetables- Eat lots of real whole foods full of nutrients to support your immune system and to fight off the bugs. Limit sugar and processed foods which will cause extra stress on your body.
Sleep- Get lots of sleep so your body can heal!
Now you know my favourite health hacks to beat that nasty cold. Feel free to stop by here anytime to remind yourself of these simple but effective tips. I will say, I was able to eliminate all my symptoms (even the runny nose) in less than 5 days and I used these hacks each day!