Cold and flu season. Up until a couple of years ago, I generally spent December – March being sick all the time. No matter how many times I washed my hands or tried to stay away from people, I always caught something. And when I got a cold, it would be weeks, if not months before I got over it; plus, it usually developed into bronchitis or a sinus infection, and even pneumonia once, at some point too.
Well, I joined the club and caught a cold over the weekend. But, I’m already much better. Coincidence? I think not! Eating healthy gives you the nutrients your body needs to keep your immune system in good shape so that it can do it’s job. I focus on a few key items in my diet, especially when I’m sick, to aid the healing process:
- Kombucha tea – contains lots of probiotics that fight off the bad bacteria attacking your system
- Bone broth – soups with broth made from chicken/beef bones and full of veggies pack lots of nutrients (I’ll be sharing an easy recipe later this week!)
- Water – drink lots of it… not only does it help move toxins through your body, but it moisturizes mucous and helps move it through the sinuses
I also want to share a few great articles to expand upon some of the supplements I take daily (and more of when I’m sick) as well as a few other natural ways to help prevent or fight off a cold or the flu fast:
- Saline Nasal Rinse, Apple Cider Vinegar, Oregano Oil, Vitamin C
- Peppermint Tea (so delicious!)
- Vitamin C, A D3, and Elderberry (miraculous, especially for the throat)
- Vitamin D3
- Oregano Oil and Cinnamon
- Ginger Root (I use this in my baths as a way to detox and can’t wait to try in my tea)
Supplements cannot replace a good diet, but since many of our foods are now lacking the nutrients they had just a hundred years ago, they can definitely help boost your system. When buying supplements, make sure you look for those made from whole foods. Taking fake vitamins that are manufactured from chemicals won’t help… you need real vitamins from real foods. I find the best selection at People’s Pharmacy and Natural Grocer here in Austin.