Well, I thought I’d made it. I thought, despite the odds, I’d escaped the cold and flu season unharmed. That’s what happens when you call a win too early.
Forget the Olympics, for the past four or so days I’ve been going round for round with a cold/flu that’s seen my head pounding, my nose dripping and my chest wheezing. It’s a showdown like no other. Right now, I’m on top.
But like any individual gold medalist, I have a team of hidden gems behind me to ensure I get to the top of the podium in record-breaking time. Let’s meet them, shall we?
Clockwise from centre:
1. Organic Alkalising Wheat Grass
If you’re not across my appreciation for alkalising your system, you may not know that I start my mornings with this tasty powder and water. By keeping your body’s pH in balance, or just slightly alkaline, you create an environment that disease and sickness don’t like. Ergo, making your cold/flu disappear even faster. Brilliant!
2. Leafy Greens
Forget heavy meals when you’re sick, the best remedy is a light diet packed with vegetables. Known for their abundance of phytonutrients to help ward off illness, leafy greens such as spinach, kale and silverbeet are high on my ‘to eat’ list.
A firm favourite amongst our Ayurvedic friends, ginger is a medicine cupboard of goodness. Helping everything from your sinuses to aiding the absorption of vital nutrients (a plus when you’re sick), ginger is also a well-known anti-inflammatory that helps with any muscle aches and pains. I add it to my tea with lemon and raw honey for a quick pick-me-up when I’m feeling down.
Another ancient favourite, the trusty lemon is packed with Vitamin C to amp up your immune system as well as magnesium, calcium and other much-needed vitamins and minerals that carry antibacterial and antiviral properties with them. Add lemon to warm water with honey and ginger for a flu-fighting drink worthy of a gold medal.
Seventy per cent of your immune system is held in your digestive system. So, it would make sense to treat your gut as kindly as possible to ward off illness, or beat it quickly if it comes along. I take high quality probiotics every morning to give a surge of healthy bacteria to an area that needs it most.
Another powerful healer, garlic helps reduce inflammation in the gut (see previous point and give me a high five), fight infection and stimulate your immune system. All things you want when you’re run down. I eat mine raw over pretty much everything.
7. Organic Olive Leaf Extract
An antioxidant-packed flu-fighter, this little treat is my saving grace when I’m feeling run down. As soon as I feel the niggling signs of a cold and flu, I start taking this daily to boost my immunity. Have it on its own or add it to salads, smoothies or juice. Just have it!
Tell me Happies…
What are your cold busting tricks?