How many of you out there are suffering with the lurgy at the moment – there’s definitely a lot going around!
Below are Flotality’s 5 top tips when it comes to seeking out natural cold remedies to treat bugs and flu.
Our top 5 Natural Cold Remedies
1. Hot lemon, honey and ginger
Did you know a simple hot cup of freshly squeezed lemon, a teaspoon of Manuka honey and a dash of ginger can do wonders for fighting off colds!
How? Well, firstly the lemon promotes hydration and is a good source of vitamin C. Adding Manuka Honey gives you lots of antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits plus it also helps soothe sore throats. Finally, ginger has tones of medicinal properties such as helping reduce nausea, fights flu and the common cold plus is also a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant too!
2. Spice it up!
For those of you who can handle the heat turn it up – Chilli is brilliant for burning the bugs away and helping to decongest your airways. Chilli peppers are rich in vitamin C and also contain Capsaicin which can have short-term decongestant effects that may be beneficial for a stuffy nose and other symptoms of head congestion. It may also act as an expectorant and make it easier to expel phlegm in the lungs.
3. Drink lots of water
It’s important to stay well hydrated when you are ill as it can be tempting not to drink enough. However drinking lots of water will help flush out all the toxins and bugs that your body is desperately fighting agains and trying to get rid of!
4. Get some fresh air and sunshine
Studies have shown that vitamin D triggers and arms our immune system and is also something we often lack in the UK during our long, dark winters. And when you are feeling ill, it can be tempting to stay inside and keep cozy on the sofa or under the duvet. However, try and take yourself out for a short gentle walk at lunchtime if you feel up to hit. the suns rays on your skin help boost vitamin D levels, a nutrient that is essential to our immune system and a bit of fresh air in your lungs will do you the world of good!
5. Make sure you get enough sleep
Our bodies use our sleep time as the time to repair, so if you are not getting enough sleep you are likely to stay ill for longer. try to get a couple of early nights to increase your sleeping hours when you are ill and help your body revitalise faster.