Summer is upon us, but that doesn’t mean that the cold and flu season is over. Summer colds can often sneak up on us, especially at the start of summer. School is finally out, summer activities have begun, the days longer, and before you know it you’re soon run down and coming down with cold.
So throughout your busy summer, be sure to engage in some self care. Drink plenty of water and get lots of rest! If you do happen to feel like you are coming down with something, here are some home remedies that we find helpful to get us feeling better sooner.
Modify Your Diet
Avoid dairy from your diet. Your appetite tends to be light while you are sick anyway. Dairy aides in the production of phlegm, causing a stuffy runny noses. Phlegm can also collect in your throat, causing discomfort, which leads to a sore inflamed throat.
Sugar can weaken your immune system. If you need something sweet for your tea or food, use honey. A spoonful of honey at night can help ease a cough or sore throat.
Stick to Vegetables
Focus on consuming fresh whole foods and drinking soothing liquids while you are feeling run down or ill. A good miso soup can be eaten warm or cold and be very soothing to your throat and stomach. Drink plenty of water, but stay away from fruit juices because of the sugar they contain. Orange juice in particular is another phlegm producing product.
Echinacea is a wonderful immune boosting plant. However, too much of it can have adverse effects. Try an Echinacea tea, but only have it once every 3 or 4 days. It can also come in liquid form or capsules.
Vitamin C is a very popular immune booster. It can be taken daily in the form of capsules or in a powdered form, such as Emergen-C. The latter should be taken in preparation of being busy or when you start to feel run down.
Yin Chiao is a chinese herbal supplement that can be taken daily. It is a strong immune booster and should be taken at the first sign of becoming run down. If a cold or flu overtakes you, the supplement will not be useful in combating your symptoms.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar will alkalinize your body, providing a hostile environment for any virus or bacteria. It can be taken as a cold preventative by mixing a tablespoon with a glass of water and drinking it every day, or it can be used in many forms as a remedy for cold and flu symptoms.
Add one tablespoon of ACV to a small glass of warm water and gargle with it before bed and when you wake up in the morning. It can help kill bacteria in your throat, allowing it to heal quicker and relieve some tenderness.
Honey Lemon Ginger Tea
A homemade honey lemon ginger tea can do wonders for your body. All three ingredients can help boost your immune system and relax your body.
Lemon is great for breaking up congestion and preventing dehydration. Instead of reaching for some fruit juice, add lemon and honey to a glass of water.
Ginger can help rid your body of toxins, as well as settle an upset stomach. Look for fresh ginger root in your local grocery store. It will be firm and appear yellow when cut into. It can be chopped or grated and added to your beverage of choice.
Honey has antibacterial qualities that can help your body heal. It is also very soothing for a sore throat. Swallow a spoonful of honey before bed to help combat a troubling cough. For extra immune boosting qualities, add a sprinkle of cinnamon to the spoonful of honey.
If you are having trouble sleeping, make a hot cocktail to drink just before bed. Here is a recipe for my favorite bedtime drink when I am sick. All ingredients are really to taste for the individual. I prefer more lemon juice than Jourdan. If you are not a fan of whiskey, use just 1 ounce to cut back on the taste.
Mary’s Ginger Hot Toddy
In a mug, grate some ginger root
Add 1 or 2 tablespoons of honey
Add 2-3 tablespoons of lemon
Add 2 oz of whiskey
Pour boiling water to the top and stir