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Remedies for Battling Cold and Flu Season Naturally

Cold and Flu Season

Cold and flu season has reared its ugly head, and we all know how difficult it can be to avoid these prevalent illnesses. There are many vaccinations and over-the-counter medicines on the market that claim to help you avoid or lessen your symptoms, but these might not always be the best options, and they certainly aren’t natural. There are, however, alternatives to help battle against these wintertime inconveniences, including naturopathic remedies.

What is Naturopathic Medicine?

Naturopathic medicine, or Naturopathy, includes the prevention as well as the healing process of the body through natural therapies. This is a form of self-care that you can take on without constant visits to the doctor. Using nature as a healing mechanism, Naturopathy helps to not just cover up symptoms, but instead, focuses on the underlying cause of the ailment.

Naturopathic Remedies to Fight Cold and Flu Season:

Face Steam

Many of us know that breathing in steam will help you feel better and clear your sinuses. Another way to do this is to add boiling water to a large pot and add thyme, oregano, and rosemary. This method will help you breath easier, soothing your sinuses as well as loosening up any congestion.

Herbal Teas

Hot herbal teas high in antioxidants are also very soothing while you’re sick. Peppermint and chamomile can be especially helpful and tasty as well. However, be wary of the type of tea you choose. Caffeine can actually promote dehydration, so try to pick a tea that is caffeine-free.

Homemade Soup

Soup is not only a great comfort food during the bitter cold months, but it’s an excellent way to consume the much-needed protein and fluids that are required when you’re sick. Include as many fresh vegetables as you can for vitamin stock.

Soup is not only a great comfort food during the bitter cold months, but it’s an excellent way to consume the much-needed protein and fluids that are required when you’re sick. Include as many fresh vegetables as you can for vitamin stock.

Apple Cider Vinegar

If you can get past the strong taste, drink one to two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar when cold or flu symptoms first appear. The acidity will keep your body’s pH balanced and prevent the virus from getting worse. It can also be effective in soothing a sore throat.

Ginger or Lemon Juice

Though either of these work well on their own, the combination of them mixed together in water are highly beneficial. Lemons, being high in Vitamin C, help boost your immune system and contain anti-inflammatory properties. Ginger has these same properties and also promotes perspiration, cleansing your body and lowering your body temperature. This wellness cocktail can also soothe a sore throat and hinder coughing.

Avoid Sugar

Sugar actually weakens your immune system and will keep you sick longer. Keep a healthy diet low in sugars and carbohydrates to keep your immune system strong. This is just as important when you are not sick.

Invest in Multivitamins

Multivitamins should be taken on a daily basis regardless of whether you are sick or not. Taking one naturopathic multivitamin every morning can nip illness in the bud and help maintain your wellness all year long.

Drink a LOT of Water and Get Plenty of Rest

Dehydration and fatigue make the body more susceptible to illness, especially during cold and flu season. Eight to ten 8-ounce glasses of water and eight hours of sleep a day are recommended when healthy, so increase these numbers when you are ill. Again, caffeine can further dehydrate you, so avoid beverages such as coffee and soda.

The best way to combat cold and flu season is by implementing the above suggestions well before you even experience any symptoms. These remedies can surely aid in your recovery once you are sick but work especially well as a preventative measure to keep you healthy all year long.

Do you wish to start living a naturopathic lifestyle but aren’t sure where to start? Unsure which multivitamins work best for you or what foods you should be eating? Our Naturopathic Physician, Dr. Yvette Whitton, can help steer you in the right direction! To schedule a consultation appointment, call Access to Health at (860) 889-1475. To make it even easier, download and fill out your intake forms prior to your appointment by clicking here!

 

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