Cold and flu season has arrived, and with that comes the runny nose, sneezing, sore throat and worst of it all, the dreaded body aches.
Did you know that when you are inflicted by a virus, your white blood cells rush to attack that virus, leaving your body unable to fend off inflammation? The level of pain you experience could be an indication of the amount of inflammation that your body is fighting on a daily basis, which could also be an indication of some lifestyle changes that are calling. Below are seven remedies that can be used not only during and illness, but also before it strikes.
- Fluids – Say yes to chicken soup, and be sure to add turmeric, ginger, carrot and celery. You can also juice those four ingredients together and skip the soup. The combination is full of essential, disease-fighting nutrients, as well as is anti-inflammatory. If you need a little sweetener, studies have shown that honey really can be effective, especially for children. So the honey-lemon tea, like Grandma used to make, is still a good idea. Electrolyte drinks are also a good choice if for any reason dehydration is a concern. When choosing, look for ones that have the least amount of sugar and most vitamin C. The little packets full of nutrients can be added to a water bottle anytime. Do your part in keeping your cells fed and hydrated so that they can work optimally in keeping you healthy.