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). It’s not ideal-given that having a cold or flu makes us more prone to an upset tum in the first place. So, instead, here’s some easy to find, natural cold remedies…
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, hey, 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.
I’ve been adding ginger to absolutely everything the last few days. Hot ginger tea can help soothe a sore throat- add some lemon or turmeric (for even more anti-inflammatory properties.) I also add ginger to soups.
I’ve added ginger to my morning juice and a slow cooker dish yesterday-but I’ll also be making my cold-fighting carrot and ginger soup recipe again!
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/
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 its natural cold healing properties but
5. Fresh Juice
I’ve massively upped my juicing efforts this week. Juicing will give your gut a rest-since many colds cause people to have an upset stomach as well with all the body’s resources being redirected to fight off the cold-and allow you to get lots of vitamin C quickly into your system. Carrot, Peppers, Broccoli, Apple and Kiwi are all rich in vitamin C.
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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. I’ve massively been using my water intake this week (which hasn’t helped with a pregnancy bladder!). Remember herbal tea counts too!
Garlic is famed for its anti-microbial properties- although you’ll probably need it in big quantities to make a huge difference so consider taking a supplement.
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). Not sure where to start? Why not try my 5 high protein gluten-free breakfast ideas.
9. Almond Milk
Almond Milk doesn’t have any cold-fighting
Probiotics can’t stop a cold but it can help you be less likely to catch another one and potentially reduce the length of your cold. Other than skipping it for a few days where my pregnancy heartburn has been awful I’ve been consistently taking
I hope these tips have been useful and cross your fingers for me that this cold is on the way out! For more tips on battling a cold (with different supplements such as Zinc), give this blog post a read.