10 Naturopath Tips for Cold and Flu Symptoms
As the weather cools down, we are seeing a surge of people unwell with cold and flu again. It’s never fun but you can feel better sooner! So, here are my 10 naturopath tips for cold and flu symptoms.
Inhaling steam: this can help relieve nasal congestion and ease breathing. Add a few drops of essential oils like eucalyptus or peppermint to hot water and inhale the steam while covering your head with a towel.
Saltwater gargle: Mix half a teaspoon of salt in warm water and gargle several times a day to soothe a sore throat and reduce inflammation.
Fluids and rest: Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water, herbal teas, and clear broths. Resting allows your body to focus on fighting off the infection and promotes a speedier recovery.
Nasal irrigation: Use a saline nasal rinse or a neti pot to flush out nasal congestion and relieve sinus pressure.
Honey: Known for its soothing properties, honey can help relieve sore throat and cough. Add it to warm herbal tea or mix it with lemon juice for a soothing drink.
Ginger: has anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties. Sip on ginger tea or add freshly grated ginger to hot water with lemon and honey for a comforting remedy.
Garlic: has antimicrobial properties that can help fight off infections. Incorporate fresh garlic into your meals or try taking garlic supplements.
Echinacea: is a well-studied herb traditionally used to enhance the immune system and reduce the severity and duration of cold and flu symptoms. It is commonly available in the form of capsules, tinctures, or teas.
Vitamin C: Boost your immune system with vitamin C-rich foods such as citrus fruits, strawberries, kiwi, and bell peppers. You can also take vitamin C supplements.
Zinc: is known for its immune-boosting properties and can help shorten the duration of cold symptoms. Foods rich in zinc include shellfish, legumes, nuts, seeds, and poultry. Zinc supplements can also be considered, to help boost Zinc levels quickly.
Remember, it’s always a good idea to consult with a healthcare professional, especially if you have underlying health conditions or are taking medications. When you start feeling better, remember to still take it easy, rest and eat nourishing foods. Try my Immune Boosting Chicken Soup.
I hope you find these 10 naturopath tips for cold and flu symptoms useful and practical in helping you feel better sooner. Let me know how you go with them!
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