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5 Natural Cold & Flu Hacks We Love

Posted by: Mira Roberts
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‘Tis the season for cold bugs to begin circulating, and even those with the strongest immune systems can fall prey to viruses and crud bugs by February. While it’s always important to consult your doctor when you feel illness coming on, there are a few things you can do at home to help manage symptoms and get you back on the path to feeling better.

It can be hard to slow down and rest when a cold hits during a busy season at work or in life, but it’s most important to let go of as much stress as possible and get the sleep and recovery time you need to heal. While you rest, make sure to push fluids and stay extra hydrated. If your throat is sore from coughing, drinking herbal tea with honey is a perfect way to stay hydrated and find soothing relief from discomfort. Sipping on bone broth and chicken soup will help to keep your energy up while giving your gut a chance to rest and recover. Taking steamy showers will help to clear your airways so you can get the sleep you need.

Before treating symptoms or making any changes to your lifestyle, make sure to consult your physician. Here’s to a season of good health!

Hydration
The number one most important way to help your body rid itself of germs is through hydration. The more fluids you push, the better. Staying hydrated will help your body to flush out inflammation and discomfort caused by the common cold, and will aid in relieving your cough and congestion faster.

Tea & Honey
Honey has natural antiviral and antimicrobial properties, and as a bonus, it tastes good and helps to soothe and relief most coughs. Add a tablespoon to a warm cup of herbal tea, like lemon ginger, chamomile or turmeric, and sip throughout the day as you rest and give your body time to recover.

Bone Broth & Chicken Soup
Bone broth and chicken soup have anti-inflammatory properties, helping to reduce congestion while keeping you hydrated and breaking up mucus production. It will also help to keep up your energy with nutrients and protein you need to stay strong as you rest.

Steam Showers
When congestion and coughs are your primary symptoms, steam showers can go a long way to help open your airways and get you breathing more efficiently again. You can turn your shower up and sit outside it to breathe in steam any time of day, or make sure the temperature is comfortably warm and take a shower, allowing the steam and warm water to break up mucus and clear you up naturally.

Elderberry & Vitamin C
Studies show that elderberry and Vitamin C can both reduce the length of time of your illness, and in some cases, even cut it in half. Vitamin C is best digested through foods, like citrus fruit and green, leafy vegetables. Elderberry can be taken in syrup form.


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Mira Roberts studied writing at New York University, graduating with a BA in English Literature before pursuing a career in media, marketing and management with PARADE Magazine, Portfolio Magazine, AltDaily, skirt! and lululemon athletica. A full time mother, writing instructor and part-time freelance writer, Mira lives and laughs with her family in Norfolk, VA. 

 

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