I was sick with a cold recently and staying true to my belief, I refused to take medication as I wanted to heal myself naturally.
I knew my body was expelling the toxins within, so I wanted to let nature take its course and assist in the process by doing the following-
- staying hydrated by drinking lots of water, hot water mixed with lemon and honey, as well as green tea
- gargle my throat with himalayan salt regularly
- rest and allowed myself to do nothing without feeling guilty
- slept longer each night (roughly 10-12h) to recover as I was exhausted since my body was working overtime to fight the illness within
- gentle exercise such as walking to allow myself to sweat out the toxins
- get more sunshine aka Vitamin D
- eat more wholefood
Diet plays a crucial role in building our immunity function optimally and fight an infection. Here are the best foods to fight off colds and flu-
Carrot- is an immunity booster as it contains beta-carotene (which the body converts into immune system–essential Vitamin A)
Green tea and chamomile tea- “Green tea contains antioxidant and has strong antiviral and antibacterial properties,” says Beth Reardon, director of integrative nutrition at Duke Integrative Medicine. She suggests drinking three to five cups of green tea a day to keep the immune system primed. “Antioxidants need to be replenished every few hours, and drinking green tea throughout your day fills that need.” Chamomile tea has recently been shown to be an ally to immunity: Researchers at the Imperial College of London found that subjects who drank five cups of chamomile tea showed evidence of elevated levels of phenols—naturally occurring antioxidants that have been shown to have antibacterial powers.
Probiotics- Yogurt, kefir, miso, tempeh, and sauerkraut are a great natural source of the health-promoting bacteria known as probiotics. These are great for immunity as they promote healthy digestion and thus help the body derive all the nutrients it needs from food to work efficiently. They also populate the lining of the gut, which means less space for aggressive bugs to take up residence.
Mushrooms- eating mushrooms gives your immune system a boost as when bacteria show up in your body, your immune cells will be primed to fight them off.
Garlic– A natural antibiotic, anti fungal, and antibacterial, garlic can tackle almost any illness.
Brazil nuts- They have the best sources of the mineral selenium, which activate enzymes that are crucial to optimal immune function.
Oysters – they are high in zinc which is important for our immunity. Studies have found it beneficial in treating diarrhea in children, hepatitis C, pneumonia, and respiratory tract infections.
Lima beans- They contain soluble fibre as it cools the inflammatory response, which helps the immune system function efficiently, and it’s a source of food for the beneficial bacteria in the gut that play an important role in keeping bad bacteria in check.
Honey- contains antibacterial properties as recent research has found that honey can also ease a cough: A 2010 Iranian study found that children with upper respiratory infections saw a greater relief from a 2.5 ml serving of honey before bed than from over the counter cough suppressants.
Cinnamon- is an effective antiviral and antibiotic. When sick, mix 1 tablespoon with 1 teaspoon of honey and stir to make a spicy and very effective tea that helps relieve cough and congestion and lower fever.
Hot Liquids– drink lots of hot herbal teas and hot lemon water at first sign of illness. The heat helps boost immune system and a variety of herbs can help with infection.
Remove White Foods– At the first sign of illness, completely remove all white foods from the diet. This includes grains, sugars, milk, cheese, dairy, sweeteners, soda, etc. These foods suppress immune function and slow the body’s healing ability. When you are ill, you don’t actually need to eat a lot of food, as the body needs to focus more on healing than digestion.