Do you feel sniffle coming up? Here is a quick step-by-step round the clock guide to help you beat the cold in just 48 hours so it doesn’t get too deeply under your skin.
When you wake up, drink a mug of warm water with lemon.
It helps your digestion.
Ayurveda, the ancient system, recommends drinking hot/warm water.
The reason being, it flushes out toxins that compromise the immune system.
Warm alkaline water (I highly recommend PiMag) is easier for the body to absorb. It loosens mucus.
If you add a bit of honey it’s even more effective.
Any local honey or Manuka honey is great.
Both have anti-bacterial properties and relieve dry throat.
Take a warm/hot shower in the morning.
Not every shower is the same. Be aware of what is pouring down on you.
Eat good warm breakfast such as poached eggs on toast , porridge with cooked apples and cinnamon (my favourite,) pancakes, egg omelet…
Make sure you take a good quality Multi Vitamin.
I personally recommend Kasai Multi-Vitamin and Minerals.
It’s whole food supplement offering a broad array of whole fruit and vegetables such as pineapple, orange, apples, apricot, cherry, peach, strawberry, papaya, grape,
grapefruit, blueberry, raspberry, blackberry, blackcurrant, broccoli, carrot and onion.
Did you know drinking in Winter season is more important?“Hydration is crucial when you are fighting a cold,
as a low grade temperature increases the amount of liquid evaporating from the body, and this puts you at a higher risk of dehydration”
Says Egzona Makolli, technical and commercial nutritionist at Kinetic Enterprises.
“Adequate fluid intake also helps your body wash away mucus which accumulates in the throat and nose.”
Have Chicken Broth for lunch. I learnt this from my mother who learnt it from her mother (my grandmother).Every time my mother spotted a bit of runny nose,
we were given chicken soup/broth.
When we catch a cold is a way our body tells us that our digestive system is not working properly.
As a result of that we may not eat properly, feel bloated and because of that we lack energy.
Recipe:It’s very easy to make: http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/chicken-recipes/easy-chicken-stock/
You can buy ready made one but it’s never the same.
From my own experience, they are very weak.
You want a strong one to get you up on your feet quickly and strengthen your immune system fast.
Take a rest!
If you feel signs of feeling really tired, don’t fight it! Take a nap for 20-40 (max) minutes.
Let the body to restore its energy. Cover yourself in a sun energy.
You feel tired because your body is fighting infections.
Allow it to rest for a bit.
For me my body always tells me when I need to take a rest! Cold can really wear one off!
Is it true for you too?
Go for a walk & see the sun!
Being stuck indoors with the central heating on is not ideal.
If you feel like it, go out!Take a 20 min long walk in the park, breathe in the fresh cold air, see the sun!
Walking is a great way to move the body. It also improves the mood. What’s more it gets the circulation going.
When you get expose to the sun you get some Vitamin D.
Of course during winter months, it’s easier to stay indoors most of the days but with that our Vitamin D levels go down
and that can make us more prone to infections.
Do you feel the same when you’ve been in the bed for a few days you want to go out, take a deep breath and feel the sun on the skin?
I often crave going out when I’m too long indoors. Even when I’m healthy. Need to go out.
(More about a natural bone health supplement in the future blog post).
More fluids please! Have some Ginger tea.
Did you know that Ginger tea is good for strengthening your immunity?It’s due to the high levels of antioxidants.
It relieves stress Ginger tea has calming properties that may help lower your stress and tension.
This is thought to be due to a combination of the strong aroma and healing properties.
I absolutely love this one!
Feed your body with wholesome nourishing food.
Take a hot bath
Add some magnesium sulfate, which helps relax your mind and body.
It gives your body a boost to fight infections and promote a good, healing, restorative sleep.
Go to bed earlier
This is what always works for me! An early night – and here is why.
Your body will be tired and won’t allow you to do much anyway. Listen to it.
The best way it is to snuggle in earth’s and sun’s energies.
Sleep is super important
especially in today’s very hectic and demanding world.
Most people are sleep-deprived and therefore can catch cold much more easily than these who take enough rest.
In simple terms, sleep deprivation suppresses immune system function. Or, as Balachandran puts it,
“The more all-nighters you pull, the more likely you are to decrease your body’s ability to respond to colds or bacterial infections.”
(More about the importance of sleep in the next blog post).
Via: Natural health magazine, December 2016 issue).
Repeat the next day!
Hope you find this blog post caught your interest and provided some practical tips on how you can beat the cold this month so you can keep you and your family well.
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Have a great day!