It’s the most wonderful time of the year, folks.
That time of year…when Halloween is over and all the Christmas music starts playing on the radio. Yes, I am a Christmas lover. I’m annoyingly happy this time of year (ok, it’s a little early…I know).
It’s also the wonderful time of year when Rudolph the Red-Nosed Everyone shows up for colds and flu to strike when you totally expect it and yet, this year, like every other year, we’re unprepared.
Yes. It’s already hit the house. The plague has taken hold. I feel awful.
But I know what to do to lessen the time I’m down and out. And I can (hopefully) save you from the same fate. Now, I have three children-even with the strictest regiment, sometimes, those germs get through and spread like wildfire. But at least you can say…you did everything you could. First thing, hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Drinking water will keep everything happy and moving along in your body. Don’t stop drinking water (with lemon if you can). Other than that…
Here’s my main five:
Yes, and vitamin C for sure. Supplement if you must, but also know that oranges, fruit and leafy greens are FULL of that stuff. As well as sauerkraut. Get your Reuben on! But I get it, if you don’t want to eat it every day-or you’re not feeling like eating-supplement time.
There is also another vitamin that will help you through a cold or avoid one. Vitamin D. This one can be tough through Canadians winters so I DEFINITELY encourage a daily supplement for the entire family. You just won’t get enough from the sun from October-April, so take one. Because you probably won’t eat enough fish or eggs daily. And even with a lot of dairy products being fortified-you want to be sure.
Mainly one…zinc. Zinc lozenges are an option. Try to get ones that aren’t full of sugar or sugar substitutes. Again, there are supplement options but I always like to TRY to get my vitamins and minerals from food. Here’s where you can get some zinc: wild rice, pepitas (pumpkin seeds), wheat, meat, soy, eggs and seafood. Have some lobster, have a cold AND be fancy.
HONEY AND LEMON.
There is a reason cough drops and tea are sold with this flavour. It really works. Lemon and honey work together to fill you up with vitamins A and C plus have anti-inflammatory properties to help battle your sore throat. Honey has antibacterial properties as well so have your hot tea with honey and lemon and deliciously soothe your cold away.
GARLIC AND GINGER
One of the most delicious ways to get rid of a cold. Attack your body with garlic and ginger for these reasons: Garlic has antibacterial properties that will help boost your immune system (when you need it the most). Ginger can be used as a pain reliever, antiseptic and (always a bonus) an antioxidant. Make a soup, make a tea, make a stirfry! Just get these yummy guys into you to speed up your recovery or avoid a cold altogether.
Oh yah…and wash your hands! We’re always harping on our kids but really. This is the number one way to prevent the spread of germs! Do it! WASH YOUR HANDS. And don’t worry too much about antibacterial soap. Just use regular soap and wash your hands properly. And a lot.
And if it’s too late (like me) and the plague has gotten you, just rest. Load up your body with as much goodness as possible and rest. If you take care of yourself now, you could take days off your cold and be back to your normal self…that’s what I’m hoping for, anyway.