Food Is Not Your Enemy

The Best Natural Ways to Treat a Cold or Flu
December 3, 2012, 11:39 am
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As we’re now deep into fall, cold and flu season is very much upon us. In an ideal world, your immune system would be in tip-top shape and you’d avoid getting sick in the first place–tips for strengthening your immunity can be found here–but sometimes there is just no avoiding catching a cold or coming down with the flu. Should you start to sniffle or feel that telltale scratchiness in the back of your throat that signals the onset of illness, take action right away:

Flood yourself with fluids. This is key the moment you feel sick–make sure that you pretty much constantly have a cup of either hot tea, broth, water, or orange juice in your hand. Hot liquids in particular are very soothing for the throat. I have found that nine times out of ten, drinking lots of fluids at the first sign of sickness chases away my cold before it goes any further than that initial scratch in my throat.

Break out the honey. Honey has antimicrobial and healing properties. Enjoy honey in tea, hot water, or even by itself when you’re sick.

Gargle and/or flush your sinuses with salt water. Mix about half a teaspoon of salt into 1 cup of warm water and gargle several times a day–this will help soothe your throat. A neti pot, which channels salt water through your sinuses, will help ensure that your nasal passages are kept moist, decongested, and clear of pathogens.

Try these helpful foods. According to Paul Pitchford, author of Healing With Whole Foods, certain foods are particularly beneficial for treating colds and flus. These include cabbage, green peppers, parsley, carrots, broccoli, turnips, parsnips, horseradish, scallions, garlic, lemon juice, grapefruit, and most other fruits.

Sweat. Pitchford is also a proponent of sweating therapy, which helps draw the toxins out of your body. He recommends drinking a cup of hot herbal tea, taking a hot shower or bath, having more hot tea, then covering yourself in blankets and sweating.

Hope this helps–stay well!


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