HEAD COLD SEASON
The common head cold is the most frequently occurring illness in the world, and is the leading cause of missed school and work days. If there is no other complications, the immune system will kick in and it will remedy itself between seven to ten days. The best way to treat it a head cold is to boost your immune system to help it fight off the virus – giving you less debilitating moderate dose, and dramatically speeding up recovery time.
The minute you feel any signs of a cold coming on – sore throat, sneezing, achy joints, dribbly nose – start taking this Magic Cold & Flu Remedy, and cut out all sugar and dairy. Sugar reduces the functionality of the immune system and dairy encourages mucous production. Repeat three times a day until you are feeling completely symptom free.
Magic cold & flu remedy
5 cm ginger root or 3 tsp powder
2 turmeric roots or 2 tsp powder
1 tsp honey
Ground up all ingredients up in a mortar and pestle. Store the paste in the fridge and take 1 dsp, 3 times a day. Or for a warming tonic mix a dessertspoon of the paste in a cup of boiled water, with the juice from half a lemon.
WHY IT WORKS
Ginger: ginger antiviral, heats the body and sweats out the toxins, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory to boost the immune system, reduces pain and fever and is a decongestant.
Turmeric: closely related to the ginger family, turmeric is antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory. It contains a compound called curcumin which inhibits the activity of a virus.
Honey: honey is rich in antioxidants which boosts the immune system. It also has antimicrobial properties to soothe sore throats.
Lemon: lemons are high in vitamin C which boosts the immune system. It is also one of the most alkalising food and brings the body into a ph balance preferable for healing and repair.
TIPS FOR BOOSTING YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM
Build up your immune system with these tips, and be sure to include plenty of immune system boosting foods to your diet for the winter months from the two lists below.
- Add some immune boosting foods from the lists above to your meals
- Add some probiotic foods to keep your gut flora thriving
- Reduce your intake of sugars and processed foods
- Drink plenty of water to keep you well hydrated
- Introduce a simple 5-10 min meditation to your morning routine
- Get some fresh air everyday
- Have a bedtime routine and get plenty of sleep
Foods that build the immune system: aloe vera, carrots, broccoli, fennel, garlic, kale, kimchi, kiwi, lemons, mangoes, onions, oranges, peas, sauerkraut, spelt, spinach, sweet potatoes.
Foods that rebuild the immune system: asparagus, blackcurrants, chillies, cinnamon, coconut, elderberries, fennel, garlic, ginger, honey, horseradish, lemons, oranges, oregano, rosemary, sage, thyme, turmeric.
Ruth Delahunty Yogaru