Watch out it’s that pesky cold and flu season again……..and it’s finally cold!!
Check out how my five top hits for fighting off colds this season.
- Wash your hands frequently. It goes without saying that we pass on germs through what we touch with our hands. Our parents and doctors have been telling us that for decades. As we go into this season, try be more conscious about how often you wash your hands. Use soap and try to get it up past 5 times/day.
- Drink lots of honey, ginger, lemon tea. (Recipe below.) Why? Lemon because it is high in Vitamin C, which keeps your immune system strong. Ginger: because it helps you sweat out toxins in your body. Ginger also helps settle stomach upsets, dizziness and cold sweats. Honey because it is super soothing on your throat, which makes it a natural cough suppressant. It is also a great flavor that balances out the tartness of the lemon and the spiciness of the ginger. See the recipe below.
- Garlic: Take a lot of it when you first notice a cold coming on. Garlic is a naturally antiviral and antibacterial. So take 1-2/day as soon as you feel a little sick. Make sure you get the odorless one or you will feel like you’ve just eaten a bowl of pesto pasta all day.
- Eat lots of fruits and vegetables both cooked and raw. Fruits and vegetables are full of micronutrients to support your immune system. Make sure you are eating a rainbow of color everyday so that your body has the right building blocks of nutrition to support your body and it’s health.
- Get outside and enjoy the fresh air. I find getting fresh air will go a long way towards energizing your lungs and clearing out all the junk that accumulates indoors. So get out and take a walk even if it’s only for 10-15 minutes a day.
Ginger Honey Tea
- ½ lemon
- 1 tsp. ground ginger or 1 inch peeled and shredded
- 11/2 tsp. honey
- 1 c boiling water
Mix all ingredients together and let steep for 5 minutes covered to keep warm. Sip and adjust for taste as needed.