With winter upon us once again, many of us will be stocking up on cold and flu medicine. While it’s always wise to plan accordingly, healthcare experts also recommend that people ensure their immune systems remain strong and healthy throughout the winter, to help prevent yourself from getting sick in the first place.
In this week’s article, we look at some great all-natural ingredients to help boost your immune system this winter. Take a quick look.
Ginger is an extremely powerful natural immunity-booster. Ginger contains a number of cold-fighting compounds, such as a specific type of chemical called sesquiterpenes, which target viruses, and a number of other pain-relieving and fever-reducing chemicals. You can grate it and stir it into a cup of hot water - or add it to a curry or a stir fry - for a great, all-natural immunity booster.
Garlic has long been touted as a cure-all herb, and for good reason. According to researchers, garlic possesses a wide range of health benefits. Garlic contains numerous anti-septic and immunity-boosting compounds. Fresh garlic is also a natural anti-fungal agent and helps open clogged sinuses. This means, when it comes to colds and flus, garlic is one of the most powerful natural preventives out there.
Oranges, Lemons & Other Citrus Fruits
Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that has been shown to significantly reduce the symptoms of colds in sufferers. Because oranges, lemons and citrus fruits all contain high levels of vitamin C, this makes them powerful anti-cold medicines. The great thing about vitamin C, moreover, is that it can act as both preventative and symptom-reliever: stock up on vitamin C during the winter months to help build up your immunity, or, when sick, use it to help alleviate your symptoms.
Not many people know this, but yoghurt is also a great natural medicine to fight cold and flu. Yogurt contains something called Lactobacillus reuteri, which is a bacteria that helps fight the viruses that contribute to your cold. Not all yoghurt contains this, however. You should try to buy good-quality natural yoghurt.
Another familiar cold cure is, of course, honey. Many natural cold-remedies contain honey as an ingredient - as it's a great source of antioxidants and antimicrobial agents, which help fight bacteria and viruses. Not only that, however, but because honey coats your throat when ingested, it helps protect you from the viruses and bacteria that lead to colds and flu.
Be advised: honey is not suitable for children under 1 years of age.