No matter how much we try, we can’t always avoid those nasty cold and flu viruses. However, we can make things a little easier for ourselves when we are struck down with these nasty bugs. Following these natural health tips can help lessen some of the symptoms and help prevent illness from getting in the way of our usual day to day lives.
- Stay away from food products such as dairy (milk and cheese), chocolate and white flour products (white bread, cakes and pastries). These types of foods can produce more mucus which can make us feel more congested and generally unwell when we have a cold or flu.
- Reduce the amount of sugar – particularly refined sugars found in white bread products, sweets, sugary drinks and cakes – eaten and drunk. Studies have shown that a high sugar diet can weaken our immune system which means our body will struggle to fight off infection. Concentrate on fresh wholefoods which contain natural sugars such as fruit (especially berries which contain antioxidants and citrus fruits which contain vitamin C), veg and wholegrains.
- Try and eat if possible but don’t force yourself to eat certain things if your cold is making you feel nauseous as that will only make you feel worse. Give your body what it fancies.
- If you have a sore throat, boil some water and add some lemon and honey. The lemon will help to cut through the mucus in the throat while the honey will help to sooth the soreness.
- For a stuffy nose, boil some water into a bowl and inhale the steam, covering your head with a towel. This helps to unclog your sinuses.
- Try to keep your body moving. Even if you can only manage a walk around your local park or a short stretch routine, doing some movement will help you feel less fatigued and sluggish. However, don’t push yourself to complete a whole cardio and resistance training circuit if your body doesn’t feel up to it. Not only will you possibly have a session where you won’t gain the benefits, you may end up suffering afterwards.
- Drink plenty of water and other fluids to help flush out the virus.
While I can’t promise you a happier cold or flu, these tips will hopefully make things a little bit easier for you.