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21Dec, 17
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10 Natural Ways to Remedy a Cold or Flu!

Being stuck at home sick with the flu or a cold can be miserable. You can do many things to try and alleviate the symptoms, including visiting your doctor, taking medicine, or trying some at-home remedies to fight the virus. 

Here are ten excellent remedies for a cold or flu!

1 Make Bone Broth or Veggie Soup. Try this Cold & Flu Nourishing Crockpot Soup recipe to help gently nourish your immune system back to health. While you’re feeling under the weather, eating light and getting nutrient-dense ingredients into your body is very important. This ensures you’re well-nourished so your digestive system can rest and focus on healing!

Crockpot Vegetable Soup for Cold Flu

2 – Elderberry Syrup is made from elderberries which contain trace minerals, vitamins, and powerful anti-inflammatory compounds known to support the respiratory system and ease sore throats. You can usually find an elderberry syrup at a local health food store or go to Amazon and grab this Elderberry Syrup from Gaia Herbs.

3 – Garlic, Ginger, and Turmeric are protective foods for the immune system, acting as natural antibiotics and anti-inflammatory compounds. You can crush a small piece of each into a soup, or make a ginger, turmeric tea by boiling the roots in water on the stovetop. Suppose you’re seeking a quick and sustainable way to strengthen your immune system, reduce inflammation, and have healthier skin. In that case, you could try these Liquid Turmeric Capsules by Gaia Herbs.

4 – Vitamin C is by far one of the most essential components of immune-system strengthening and recovery. It protects against aging, helps fight off disease, and has even been shown to support mood. Oranges and Camu Camu Berry are both high sources of Vitamin C, but you’d have to consume a lot to get a proper dose, and orange juice often contains super high amounts of sugar. Supplementing is an intelligent choice, though you can easily waste money supplementing with Vitamin C if you aren’t taking it in the optimal form. Over half of what you consume in pill or capsule form may be passed through your body as waste.

That’s where Lypo-spheric Vitamin C  comes in, specifically designed using liposomes to maximize absorption. These Lypo-Spheric Vitamin C packets are a good source, and this particular brand is free of coloring agents and other harmful additives commonly found in other supplements.

5 – Zinc helps your cells fight off any bad bacteria that may build up in your system during an illness. Some research has shown symptoms may improve within just 24 hours of supplementing with zinc. You can usually find zinc tablets in stores or purchase a liquid mineral supplement on Amazon. Zinc supplementation isn’t just for when you’re feeling sick – it’s also used to support adrenal fatigue symptoms, weight loss, hair loss, and to treat acne. Be mindful that zinc can cause an upset tummy, so take it with food and start low and slow.

6 – Apple Cider Vinegar has dozens, if not hundreds of uses! One great use is to aid in cleansing and detoxifying your system by supporting your liver. When you’re sick, boosting your body’s natural detox abilities is helpful to flush out your system and get well. Here are 20 More Ways to Use Apple Cider Vinegar.

7 – Essential oils in a face-steam bath can be heavenly when you’re all stuffed up and uncomfortable. Try a drop or two of eucalyptus or peppermint essential oil in a pot of hot water, and be sure the steam is tolerable before you move your face into the bowl. When it’s safe, you can position your face over the bowl and drape a towel around your head and neck to trap the steam in. Breathe deeply – this is not only a gift to your lungs but also helps open and cleanse your pores too!

8 – Removing white foods from your diet is one of the general principles of Clean Eating. However, it’s even more critical to avoid nutritionally empty food when you’re sick because it takes your body more energy to process. This energy would be much more effective on immune system recovery. When you eat clean, your body can recover from sickness much faster.

Switching to Clean Eating is SO MUCH EASIER when you have a proven plan and amazing support team.  Our 30-Day Clean Eating Challenge offers just that!

9 – Take a warm detox bath – this is a major self-care gem! Add Epsom salts to your bath or try this incredibly soothing Breathe Bath Salt mixture, combining clove, spearmint, lavender, and vitamin c to help open up your sinuses, airways and strengthen your immune system.

10 – Drink warm water with lemon. While you’re sick with a cold or flu, avoid cold food and drinks more often than not, and sip warm water with lemon to help boost your immunity with Vitamin C while hydrating your cells and allowing your body to flush out toxins and waste. Dehydration prevents your body from naturally flushing, so be sure to hydrate even when it’s challenging.

I hope one of these tips is helpful! What is your favorite way to remedy a cold or flu? I’d love to know your tips in the comment!

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