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Natural Remedies for Cold & Flu Season

With cooler temperatures upon us Fall has finally arrived! The fall is known for crisp morning air, beautiful foliage, pumpkin everything and of course football on the weekends. Unfortunately these great things come at a cost and that cost is our immune systems. Now that it’s fall our likelihood of getting sick with a cold or the flu has skyrocketed! While getting enough sleep, eating a balanced diet low in sugar and processed foods, and getting regular exercise can help keep our immunity boosted throughout the year; sometimes we need a little extra help – especially during cold and flu season. Here are some natural remedies to keep you healthy and enjoying all that the fall has to offer:

  • Garlic

  • This natural antifungal and antibacterial can help kick almost any illness to the curb. Garlic loses its potency when cooked, so it’s best taken raw during times of sickness. Try a garlic shot: 1-2 cloves of very finely minced garlic in a very small glass of water and drink it quickly in one sip.

  • Coconut Oil

  • Its naturally high levels of lauric acid, which the body converts into a compound that has potent antimicrobial properties, can help boost the immune system and ward off illness. It can be taken with food, melted into hot tea or eaten straight out of the jar.

  • Fermented Cod Liver Oil

  • High levels of omega-3s make this ideal for reducing inflammation, while the naturally occurring levels of vitamins A and D help boost immune health. During times of sickness, you can double the recommended daily dose for extra immune support.

  • Apple Cider Vinegar

  • Adding a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, or lemon juice, to a glass of water helps to alkalinize the body. Creating an alkaline environment helps kill bacteria and viruses. Start drinking it at the first sign of illness and repeat several times a day until the symptoms subside.

  • Nasal Wash

  • When you have sinus congestion, excess mucus is unable to drain, which can lead to a bacteria buildup, swelling and stuffiness. Rinsing your nasal passages with filtered water helps to clear out excess phlegm, pollutants and bacteria, so your normal nasal mucosa can better fight infections and allergies.

  • Warm Liquids

  • Homemade bone broth, hot lemon water, and herbal teas all help boost the immune system and soothe you when feeling sick. Ginger is good for sinus trouble and congestion. Chamomile helps reduce inflammation and calms nerves, which can result in better sleep. Homemade cinnamon tea made with one tablespoon of cinnamon and one teaspoon of honey helps reduce coughing and congestion.

These simple home remedies, taken at the first sign of oncoming illness, can help shorten the duration and intensity of illness and have you up and running in no time!

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