When the fall and winter months come around it almost feels like everyone around me is getting sick. Sneezing, sniffling, coughing… everywhere. During this time there are a few natural remedies I make sure to include in my daily diet that help boost the immune system and fight infection. It’s so much better than going to the doctor for antibiotics and feeling groggy for weeks on end. Get educated below and don’t skip out on the wellness tonic recipe at the end (it REALLY works).
Here are my Top 5 Foods To Eat To Prevent Winter Colds:
- GINGER. This root has been used for centuries to combat sickness’ from the common cold to extreme nausea due to it’s anti-inflammatory properties. You can juice ginger and enjoy as a shot, add a few inches to your tea and use ground ginger in cooking.
- TURMERIC. This is another root that has been used in ancient medicinal practices for it’s potent anti-inflammatory properties. There have even been studies comparing turmeric to Motrin. This can be used the same way as ginger; but another incredible way is by whipping up Golden Milk (the best).
- LEMON. We all know that lemon & water alkalizes the body, but what’s important to understand is that an alkaline body has less chance of catching infection than those who are acidic. It’s also an excellent source of Vitamin C, aids the body in detoxifying and aids in digestion.
- ELDERBERRY. Elderberries have an incredible amount of antioxidants which help build a strong immune system. It has been used for years as a treatment for heart health, viral infections, the common cold, sore throats, and more. It’s most commonly found as a syrup for medicinal use, this and this are great options.
- CAYENNE PEPPER. Cayenne is known to help move congested mucus and act as a circulatory stimulant (for detoxification). Essentially, it helps move everything out of the body that doesn’t belong.
Scroll down for an exclusive WELLNESS TONIC recipe…
WELLNESS TONIC RECIPE:
2 1/2 cups water
2 inches of ginger
2 inches of turmeric
1 cinnamon stick
1 bag of chamomile tea
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Pinch of cayenne
Raw honey, to taste
1. In a medium saucepan, add: water, ginger, turmeric, cinnamon stick and tea
2. Bring to a boil then reduce to a slight simmer, and leave simmering for 15-20 minutes
3. Take off heat and add: lemon, cayenne, raw honey
4. FEEL BETTER!
*Makes one. Drink two times/day for 3 days when you start to feel like you’re getting sick. You’re welcome to drink it every day, too!
What are your natural remedies for preventing infection in the winter? Dish below!