With the Winter season fast approaching, you are probably looking to stock up on methods to steer clear of seasonal-related illnesses. The flu and the common cold run rampant this time of year, making life miserable for all of us. In this article we will discuss some simple, yet efficient, ways to prevent or treat winter illnesses, using natural home remedies.
Vitamin C- Nature’s Immune System Booster
It has been known for a long time that Vitamin C helps boost your immune system so you can fight off viruses. Vitamin C is naturally found in citrus fruits such as oranges, lemons, limes, tangerines and grapefruits. Other fruits and vegetables that are rich in Vitamin C include kiwis, papayas, strawberries, guavas, bell peppers, broccoli, red and green hot chili peppers, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, dark leafy greens and fresh herbs such as thyme and parsley.
So you probably already have plenty of Vitamin C in your kitchen! Vitamin C can also be taken in supplement form, if you prefer getting your vitamin fix that way. It’s important to take Vitamin C even if you’re already sick because it will help you to recover faster.
Drinking lots of fluids is important when you’re sick- and proper hydration can help prevent you from getting sick. Fluids flush toxins from the body, so drinking lots of water on a regular basis can not only cleanse your body of impurities, it also assists in the production of mucus. The human body needs more fluids than usual in order to function once a virus sets in, so it is vitally important to drink lots of fluids to avoid dehydration.
One of the best ways to beat a cold or flu bug is to try avoiding catching one to begin with. Dressing warmly during the winter will prevent your body from being exposed to cold temperatures and keep your immune system from being compromised.
Even though you may think you can handle the cold in jeans and a t-shirt, it’s always wisest to dress appropriately. While you’re at it, be sure to close your garage door whenever you come into the house, so you don’t let any cold air in. Your body will thank you.
Echinacea is a herb which helps strengthen your immune system so you won’t get sick. Echinacea can be taken as a dried root or herb, liquid extracts, teas, or in pill form. Echinacea comes from a North American purple coneflower, and is used as an alternative form of medication in order to fight infections.
These are a few ways in which you can treat your common cold or flu bug at home, using natural methods. There are many other ways to stave off winter illnesses using natural, safe methods. If you know any natural remedies please share them in the comments!
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