I don’t remember last time I had the flu.
We are surrounded by strep throat, pneumonia, flu and other germ-carrying humans on daily basis. Flu or a common cold are both viral infections. People seem to get sick more often either after travelling or after school break. If you don’t believe me, keep a journal, and you’ll see that I’m right. If you are a parent of a school-age child, you will notice, that soon after school is back in session after a winter or summer break, a big percentage of students are absent due to being sick. That is a fact that can be minimized if not avoided altogether. No, not by getting injected with some unknown flu virus just to see if it works. I would never opt in for that myself. I don’t want to mutate, grow hair on my back, or have some falsely promised superpowers, because, you really don’t know if it will and how it will affect you.The choice is yours, however; if you opt-in for some healthier alternative, keep on reading.
I haven’t been sick for a long while, and only a very small part of me thinks it’s a pure luck. Not like I stay at home and not breathe the same air as everyone else. I’m not a germophobe and don’t use hand sanitizer or wash my hands every five minutes. I actually think those are the things to strip our immunity to germs, and the more you use it, the more you are prone to get sick. I have a child in school, and that alone is a hazard! The snots, coughs and whatever else they are covered with is as contagious as it is gross. I’m sure you agree.
Staying healthy isn’t as difficult as you think.
I get it. Not everyone is built the same. Just like cars and their engines, our bodies provide us with certain performance and should be cared for, and maintained on regular basis.
I am not talking about staying fit, being skinny, but being healthy. You can still drive a beat up car if its’ engine is in a good shape, but how good is a Mercedes without an engine?
Our immune system is what fuels our performance and we should take food care of it. Taking care of our immune system on regular basis is as easy and adding a few things to our diet. Natural antibiotics and spices can help you do just that.
Four must-haves for every kitchen:
My favorite! As a little girl, I never understood why my grandmother had garlic everywhere. She grew it in the garden, she hung it in a kitchen window and pretty much used it for everything. Garlic was a staple of her daily cooking. Her regimen of a kind. Back then, I did not know why. Now, I wish I realized it’s power sooner.
Garlic is a highly nutritious natural antibiotic and antiseptic.It reduced blood pressure, improves cholesterol levels, helps to alleviate common colds and is one of the natures strongest immune system booster. Also, prevents blood cloths among other benefits.
Not my favorite, as it tastes bitter, but I found ways to adapt the yellow substance and embrace its powers. The main active ingredient in turmeric is Curcumin. It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant. You can buy it in already prepared tea form, or a pill, but for best results, without additives check out my recipe below.
Raw Honey or Organic Honey: ( yes, I like things less processed if I can help it)
Honey is a good source of antioxidants, has antibacterial and antifungal properties, heals wounds, helps acne, is filled with phytonutrients, helps with digestive issues and soothes a sore throat. It can help managing diabetes, promotes healthy sleep, and is a natural energy source.
Not only the add flavor to many sauces, salad dressings, marinades, drinks, and desserts, they are also a good source of vitamin C and few other such as; B6, A, E, folate, niacin, thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, copper, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc, phosphorus. They can lower stroke risk, prevent cancer, lower blood pressure, prevent asthma and increase iron absorption. They have many culinary, but also cleaning uses and the list goes on and on.
Home Remedy for common colds:
Best way to keep yourself from getting sick during “sick season” is to have healthy, strong immune system, but don’t wait till you get sick to do something about it. Adopt the good habit of maintaining your blood pressure, cholesterol, and overall health on regular basis with those four ingredients three days per week, and start now!
Here is what works for me and my family:
- Three days on, three days off. Repeat.
One clove of garlic, crushed. one teaspoon of honey. Mix together and take on an empty stomach.
2. Turmeric tea: This is how I prepare it and how it works for me best:
1 tsp. of turmeric powder
hot water, enough to fill a large mug
1 tsp of raw, or organic honey (for flavor)
Slice of lemon (for flavor)
Turmeric has a strong and unpleasant flavor, and honey and lemon make the mixture easier to consume.
Mix all the ingredients and drink warm twice a day.
The tea works well not only for colds but for tooth infections and inflammations. Drinking twice daily, with a combination of a daily dose of garlic and applying clove on infected gum will reduce and eliminate your problem.