Laid up in bed sick, miserable, and playing reruns of This is Us is never a good look- especially in the summertime when you want to be outside at the beach, attending concerts and enjoying cookouts. To get your cold moving out of your system, you don’t need one of grandma’s special home remedies. You just need these ingredients handy. Mix these seven nourishing ingredients into your daily meals and kick that pesky bug to the curb.
Also known as “turmeric milk”, this beverage is a mixture of turmeric, black pepper, and coconut milk. These ingredients combine to build up your respiratory tract, appetite, and soothe headaches.
The dried berries of the Sambucis Nigra plant contains vitamins A, B, and C and is naturally high in immune-boosting compounds. The elderberry disarms the enzyme viruses use to penetrate healthy cells in the lining of the nose and throat, and taken after infection, it prevents spread of the virus through the respiratory tract.
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Freshly squeezed lemon juice is fresh and potent, and combined with hot water, helps to open and soothe the throat. Add honey to the mix for even more soothing qualities, and aid as a natural cough suppressant.
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Steeped in tea, served as a spice, turned into juice - pretty much any way you choose to consume raw ginger root is a good way. It helps to provide symptom relief and boost immunity by providing your body with helpful compounds like gingerols and shaogals- both active in fresh ginger.
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Any clear broth soup, such as miso, pho or an herbed chicken stock provides nutrients and hydration to clear out phlegm and nourish the system from extra stress during a cold. Extra spices such as turmeric, cayenne, and cinnamon are warming spices that help heat the body and get the cold moving on.
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In the case of golden milk, the black pepper aids in the absorption of the other ingredients. In the case of spicy food like chili peppers, it is about reducing the amount of phlegm and mucous. This clearing of your airways helps you breathe more efficiently and deeply.
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Best taken raw for a cold, a garlic clove and a glass of water in the morning can do a lot for your body when combating the symptoms of a cold. The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agents in garlic supports the body when it’s stressed and expedites the healing process. Combine it with anything else you're eating too like soups and broths.
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