Since so many of my friends & family have been getting ill these past couple of months, I thought why not share my tips for getting well fast without needing to take those chemical pills & syrups! Let’s get started >>>
Δ Sleep/Rest! – Alright, my first tip is pretty obvious, yet so many people will still go to work, school, shopping, etc. It’s so important for you to get sleep during the day when you are sick as this aids in your body recovering much faster than if you were doing various activities that strenuate the body. If you have a hard time sleeping during the day, stay in bed! Watch Netflix, read a book, drink tea, but avoid moving around the house just because you’re “bored”. Make sure to occasionally air out the room for fresh air – doing this can actually help you fall asleep!
Δ Chicken Soup – Oldie but goodie! Making your own chicken soup with plenty of vegetables is a great idea when you have the flu. Chicken soup nourishes your body with plenty of vitamins and minerals and also hydrates! Not sure how to make chicken soup? No problem; there are plenty of chicken soup recipes on the internet. This one is my fave: Quick & Easy Chicken Soup Recipe. Remember, you can always alter the recipe by adding more vegetables and spices!
Δ Echinacea drops – There are different brands out there that carry echinacea drops, but my fav are the Natural Factors Anti-Viral drops. I would take these 2/3 times per day (with orange juice) after eating whenever I was sick and I feel like they did contribute to getting better quicker!
Δ Garlic – Garlic is one of those not so tasty, yet extremely beneficial foods as it boosts the immune system, reduces blood pressure, lowers cholesterol and offers a variety of other health benefits. I like to take raw garlic and eat it with honey on toast.
Δ Chamomile & peppermint tea with honey, lemon and ginger – I drink this combo every time I’m not feeling well and it honestly makes me feel so much better! The honey acts as a great anti-bacterial agent, chamomile & peppermint soothe, lemon has an excellent source of vitamin C, and the ginger (although not the tastiest when raw) reduces flu symptoms (among many other benefits).
Δ Oranges, grapefruit, kiwi, kale, avocado – Vitamin C… need I say more? Citrus fruits such as these ones (+ kale, avocado – veggie) contain an excellent amount of vitamin C which can help your immune system get that extra boost! It also detoxifies the body which is essential in removing toxicity and accumulated waste that is unwanted by the body.
Δ Avoid junk food and dairy products – By eating healthy foods such as vegetables/fruits, lean meat, nuts, fish, seeds, etc. your body will be thanking you by healing much faster than if you were to eat greasy food, chips, pop, sweets/dessert – you get the picture! Trust me, it only took me 25 years to stick to this rule. Why avoid dairy? Dairy can cause phlegm/mucus to thicken, making it more irritating to the throat. This is just a personal recommendation – some individuals find that dairy does not effect the body’s healing process, but I like to stay away during a cold/flu.
Δ Drink a minimum of 8 glasses of water – We all know drinking enough water on a daily basis is essential to the body, but when you are sick, you really have to stick to this one! Although it may be difficult and tedious to drink both tea and water, it’s such an important step to getting better fast as it flushes out the toxins and prevents dehydration. Try not to drink any sort of caffeinated beverages and fizzy sodas as well!
Δ Essential oil – If you have a diffuser, why not put it to use when you’re sick? Oils such as eucalyptus, thyme, tea tree and peppermint are very beneficial when ill as oils such as thyme are anti-bacterial, and other such as eucalyptus, tea tree, and peppermint help fight congestion! Don’t have a diffuser? No problem! Simply pour these oils into a bath to help relax the body and heal OR place a towel over your head and lean over a bowl of hot water infused with these essential oils for about 5-10 minutes.
Alright, that’s a wrap! I hope my cold/flu tips were helpful – try them out and let me know your tips as well. 🙂