I recently got a bout of flu and cold, I thought I was going to die from the coughing, fever, headache and sore throats. Since I am not big fan of pharmaceutical medicines this is what I used to finally beat the cold.
1. Clean filtered water
Water is a great decongestant and expectorate, It is also very soothing for a dry throat.Water can be very hard to drink because it is tasteless, to make it easier to drink you can flavour with tumeric, salt, garlic, tea ,apple cider vinegar, bay leaves, honey or ginger.
This may seem like a an old wives tale but its very soothing and helps clear a congested chest, A friend also recommended in addition to using vicks on my chest and neck, I could put in on the soles of my feet and put on warm socks before bed. I don’t know if it helped with the cold but my soles are supple and soft.
3. Unprocessed food diet
Raw food diet is the consumption of unprocessed, whole plant-based, organic foods. This involves eating a diet that is largely consists of leafy greens, sea weed, nuts and fruits,This is because they are packed with nutrients that boost the immune system and are easy to digest. Make sure you eat small meals every four hours even though you have a low appetite,
4. Cough syrups
There are a lot of cough syrups out in the market but none of them can treat a cold or flu,They just mask the symptoms but do not get rid of the underlying problems.Hence, I would recommend making your own cough syrup with either garlic or ginger. A thumb of ginger or garlic and a teaspoon of raw honey with a little water every 12 hours, Dr.Oz also recommends a teaspoon of raw honey, ¼ teaspoon of ground ginger , teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and a teaspoon of cayenne pepper,Gargle this solutions before swallowing. Another remedy is taking raw honey mixing it with tumeric to the consistency of dough. Make small balls like lozenges and chew this every 2 hours.
5. Fresh air
Cold and flu usually trigger allergies, it crucial that you avoid irritants like smoke and pollen or any triggers for your allergies. I, recommend going for short walks, this not only activates your endorphines but also relaxes you. If you live close to park, try go for strolls but don’t exert your body,
Above all this the best way to get over a cold is lots of rest, a great attitude and plenty of fluids. Hopefully, this tips will get you back to you normal healthy self. Remember if the cold lasts more than 2 weeks you should probably see a doctor.
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Waruguru is an MBA graduate from E.C.U Western Australia . She loves fresh food, books, movies, travel, street cafes, and walks on the beach.