It’s that time of year where temperature are dropping, germs are spreading, and you might be feeling a little under the weather. It’s cold season!
When your immunity is under attack, there’s some simple things you can do to curb your cold when you feel it coming on, end it sooner and feel better faster using the healing properties of food!
First, if you feel a cold coming on, start implementing these guidelines right away and make sure to avoid a few things that naturally cause inflammation in the body like sugar and alcohol. If you’re already in the thick of being sick, avoiding these things will help you feel better soon and allow your immune system to work more efficiently.
Everyone knows that vitamin C is important for supporting your immune system, but one of the most commonly known forms of vitamin C also contains a big dose of sugar. We’re talking about orange juice. Yes, orange juice contains vitamin C naturally, but it also contains a lot of natural sugar called fructose, which can counteract the benefits of vitamin C. Getting vitamin C from broccoli, kale, and cauliflower might be a better source since these vegetables contain lower levels of sugars.
Next, add a few things into your daily routine. Garlic is a go-to immune system support due to the allicin it contains which is an antioxidant that is both antibacterial and antiviral. Raw garlic is the best way to get the benefits of allicin, but adding it to food sources any way you can is helpful.
Echinacea is a flowering plant that is often used in tea and contains antioxidants, as well as immune-supporting and anti-inflammatory properties. Enjoying a cup of warm tea a few times of day is both supportive of healing your cold while being comforting at the same time.
What’s your go-to cold support that you rely on every year?