Anyone else dealing with that horrible lurgy that’s going around? Sneezing, sore throat and a cough that seems to go on forever? Cold remedies are all very well but the ingredients can often interfere with the gut– since they often use sweeteners (which can have a laxative effect) and caffeine (which increases gut transit time and can also act as a diuretic meaning you’ll need to up your fluid intake)- so here’s some easy to find, natural cold remedies.
1.Echinacea. This ingredient is one of the most common natural cold remedies and studies suggest it can reduce the duration of a cold (this is only estimated at half a day but it’s better than nothing!) You can buy Echinacea tea- I like Heather&Heather’s version or as a supplement. It’s a completely natural ingredient so worth giving a go.
2.Ginger. Hot ginger tea can help soothe a sore throat- add some turmeric for even more anti-inflammatory properties.
3. Mankuna Honey. You might also want to add some mankuna honey to your ginger tea (although only do this when it’s cooled or the heat will cancel out the healing properties) Make sure you use at least UMF 10 (This is a property that helps with antiviral properties so you want the highest strength you can find) Regular honey is less likely to be beneficial on an antiviral/anitibiotic level but can still help soothe a sore throat.
4. Bone Broth– Is there anything bone broth isn’t good for? (Read more about it in my post here) Chicken soup is famed for it’s natural cold healing properties but go for bone broth than the tinned stuff- This post explains how chicken soup is often called Jewish Penicillin!
5. Apples- full of vitamin C. Juice with ginger to make an anti-inflammatory cold boosting shot. Juicing will give your gut a rest too -since many colds cause people to have an upset stomach; with all the body’s resources being redirected to fight off the cold.
6.Water. Ok, I know it’s not technically a food but water is really important for a cold. Keeping the body hydrated means you can replace the fluids you lose from fighting the infection; it also helps keep mucus moving (lovely image) and prevents dehydration.
7. Garlic- Garlic is famed for its anti-microbial properties- although you’ll need it in big quantities so consider taking a supplement.
8. Protein Your body needs protein to help repair cells so load up on turkey and chicken (which tend to be easier to digest than red meat)
9. Almond Milk– Ditch the dairy. Almond Milk doesn’t have any cold-fighting ingredients; but switching to this from the white stuff can be help. Dairy is often described as mucus producing so laying off it during a cold can help.
10. Sweet Potato– A good source of Vitamin A and C.
This is a collaborative post with https://www.bathingsolutions.co.uk