Apr 9, 2013

Fighting Colds And Flu

fighting colds and flu
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It has been a nasty cold and flu season this year so I decided to share my very best tips for fighting and beating colds and the flu: 

Olive Leaf Extract
I am a huge fan of Olive Leaf. I find it really boosts my immunity so I usually start taking it as soon as anyone in the household gets sick. I used to always come down with whatever was going around but I have found if I take the recommended dose then I will often fight it off. It also helps ease symptoms when you are sick.

Load up on garlic. The more the better and I like the fresh version as opposed to the tablets.  Garlic contains immune-boosting properties.

Chilli is full of Vitamin C and works as a powerful decongestant. I recently read that Capsaicin (the chemical in chillies that helps break down mucus) also deadens nerve endings and prevents neurotransmitters from relaying pain signals to the brain - so it is actually a natural pain relief alternative and will help with that sore throat.

Chicken Soup
My mother and grandmother have always made chicken soup when we weren't well. Science has proven that Chicken Soup has anti-inflammatory properties and that it helps prevent the movement of white blood cells in the body.  These white blood cells encourage the flow of mucus and cause congestion during a cold or flu.  I'll post our family recipe very soon so stay tuned!

I am a firm believer in resting in order to get over a cold or flu.  I can't always practice this being a mother of young children, but if you can - rest as much as possible until you have fully recovered.

Honey Lemon Tea (see recipe below)
This is my very favourite.  My hubby makes the best Honey Lemon Tea around and it's fantastic for cold and flu symptoms - the hotter the better.  I'll add the recipe to the end of this post!  HLT has numerous benefits inlcuding:
.  Hot liquids help loosen secretions in the chest and sinuses
.  Water helps you stay hydrated
.  Honey has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties which helps soothe and heal a sore throat and seems to help reduce coughing.
.  Lemons are full of Vitamin C and lemon juice has so many benefits for the body it would be a whole new post entirely.  

Honey Lemon Tea:

.  Juice of half a lemon
.  Generous honey (approx 1 tablespoon)
.  One sugar (we use low GI)
.  Add boiling water and stir 
.  Add just enough cold water to bring it to drinking temperature

They're just a few of my favourite tips for fighting a colds or flu.  If you have anything to add I'd love to hear it!
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