As November ends, cold and flu season grows more and more prevalent. Since prevention and natural medicine are some of my favorite things, I believe that when it comes to colds, if prevention fails, natural medicine can often be the most easy, useful, and effective way to kick a cold!
Some of my favorite natural ways to boost the immune system to prevent colds and flu:
Echinacea: Echinacea is an herbal supplement that has been shown to boost the immune system and help fight colds. According to WebMd, “When you combine the best studies they support the conclusion that Echinacea reduces the risk of catching a cold and reduces the duration of colds.”
Garlic: Garlic is an effective immunity booster as well as antibiotic, anti-fungal, and anti-viral. You can integrate it into your cooking as well as ingest it through garlic capsules. Garlic can also be useful for allergy relief!
Apple Cider Vinegar: ACV is one of my favorite natural health products. Having a couple tablespoons of ACV a day will most definitely keep the doctor away. According to home remedies web, “ACV is an effective natural bacteria-fighting agent that contains many vital minerals and trace elements such as potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, chlorine, sodium, sulfur, copper, iron, silicon and fluorine that are vital for a healthy body.”
Because disease cannot survive in an alkaline environment, ACV keeps disease away and your immune system up. Though there are more health benefits than I can articulate in one article (anti-cancer claims included), ACV is one product I am very passionate about. Braggs organic apple cider vinegar is a well-known and trustworthy brand.
Vitamin C: Vitamin C is a common and popular immune booster. One study found that after two weeks of increased vitamin C intake, the 12 study participants increased their anti-viral immunity, thus making them less prone to colds.
Local Honey: Adding honey to a hot tea can help soothe a sore throat because of its antimicrobial properties. Along with a myriad of other health benefits like being an antiseptic, local honey is also great for treating allergies.