It seems as if cold and flu season has snuck around again. Biting me in the butt  this time around! I’m not one for taking a bunch of medications to fight off a cold, I prefer a more natural method of healing. Lord knows I love food so I have been consuming anything I can to help myself feel better. I wanted to share some of the foods and natural remedies that I have been shoving my face with while fighting the cold and flu season.

Emergen-C 

This is a tiny little packet filled with a powerful blend of vitamins, antioxidants, nutrients, electrolytes and more that all help to enhance your immune system and give you energy. Available in a variety of flavours also in a kids formula. You can find Emergen-C at most drug stores in single and boxed packets. They taste good and are so easy to consume.

Cinnamon

Cinnamon has been used for years as a natural remedy for many ailments. Cinnamon aids in clearing sinuses, clearing cough, works as an antibacterial and aids in circulation. In its powder form it’s easy to add to smoothies, plus it tastes great to it’s easy to consume. You can also boil cinnamon sticks in water on the stove then steep your tea in the cinnamon water for drinking.

Honey

This is one of the most common natural treatments for coughs and colds. When added to a steaming tea it helps to sooth and protect a sore throat and eases coughing. It also has  many antibacterial components and helps the spread of micro organisms in the body. Honey is full of vitamins and minerals. When purchasing honey remember the darker the honey the more antioxidants. Most importantly, honey doesn’t contain any chemicals or harmful ingredients that are commonly found in other medicines, therefore making it free from side-effects.

Happy Planet Health Drinks

Vancouver based company Happy Planet has an excellent little remedy to help you feel better, faster. Happy Planet Shots are little 75ml bottles of natural vitamin extracts, minerals and more that aim to make you feel better naturally. I recommend their ‘Immunity’ shot that contains, Vitamin C, Echinacea, elderberry, ginger roots and many more medicinal and non-medicinal ingredients. Happy Planet shots don’t contain any added sugars, colours or preservatives and come at a reasonable price. You can find 2 for $5 at Whole Foods Market or usually around $3 a bottle at many drug stores in Canada and the United States. Best of all they taste great and are available in a variety of remedies.

Ginger

Ginger is a spicy little remedy that hosts a strong anti-viral property. When boiled in water and drank as a tea it can helpt to reduce fever, treat sore throats and inflammation of the mucous membrane aka a runny rose. Ginger can be easily added to smoothies and blends surprisingly well. Add ginger to a super smoothie for an added health boost. Ginger can easily be found at any grocery store. So there you have it a few things to help keep your feeling healthy this cold season. Along with many other things such as lots of fresh fruit and vegetables these are some of my favourite remedies.

East Indian Food

Speaking of spice, Indian food is another excellent thing to consume when fighting a cold. Many Indian dishes contain garlic, chilis, cumin and an abundance of other spices that make you sweat and your nose run which helps to clear out a virus our of you system faster. Many spices also have antibacterial and antioxidative properties. Check out Gurpareet Bains (the creator of the world’s healthiest curry) website that has a variety of  ‘Indian Superfood’ recipes that will have you fighting off that cold faster than you can say “butter chicken”. Other spicy dishes will work as well such as Thai, Hanan or Szechuan.

So there you have it, a few natural remedies to use the next time you’re starting to feel under the weather. I’d love to hear some of your favourite cold and flu busting remedies!

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