Everyone feels under the weather from time to time and most people catch a cold at least once a year. You can catch it at any time of the year but it is more likely in the winter time because of the inclement weather. The typical symptoms include sneezing and a runny nose, headaches and body aches, sore throat and a cough. Although not severe, this common sickness can be uncomfortable and can cause a lot of people to stay at home to rest for up to 2 weeks.
Typical remedies for feeling better again
Although there is no real cure for the cold, besides resting a lot and trying to sleep it off, there are lots of common remedies that can be used to help fight it and feel good again, these include:
- Drink hot liquids such as chicken soup and various teas to stay hydration and aid mucus flow
- Nasal drops and sprays can help relieve stuffiness and congestion.
- Gargle salt water for a sore throat
- Ibuprofen for pain relief
An alternative consideration
As said before there is no real cure. Prevention really is the best step. However, healthy smoothies can be used to keep you hydrated and soothe your sickness while providing vitamins to boost your immune system. Instead of using pharmaceutical drugs and medicine you can drink your way to a stronger immune system.
Your immune system is your body’s defense system for fighting off infections sickness and bacteria. When you feel run down or sick it is easy to whip up a smoothie that will give your immune system a boot. The stronger your immune system is, the less likely you are to get sick. Let’s look at some popular foods and ingredients to put into an immune boosting smoothie.
It is important to know the correct combination of foods to include in your smoothie. Although most will boost your immune system, there will be a slight difference between a normal smoothie and one with the purpose of fighting sickness. Popular ingredients to include to help fight your sickness include fruits such as citruses, bananas and mangos; spices such as ginger, cinnamon and cayenne pepper. Other ingredients to include in this smoothie are garlic, honey and some green vegetables.
The healthiest concoction
The best smoothie for a cold is called ‘The fighting Vitamin C ’. Vitamin C is found naturally in many fruits and vegetables. Oranges and other citrus fruits have lots of it. For many years, vitamin C has been used to both prevent and help fight common colds by reducing the length of time and severity of it. That is why it is the main part of this blended drink. This mixture will contain oranges, carrots, mango, ginger and natural honey.
The ingredients for ‘The fighting Vitamin C’
- 3 oranges, peeled and deseeded
- 2 medium chopped carrots,
- 1 peeled mango
- 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated (optional)
- 2 ounces of water
- Honey can be added to help soothe a sore throat.
Put the ingredients in the blender, blend together, pour and enjoy. This should take less than 5 minutes to prepare.
As mentioned before, there is no complete cure for this common illness. In fact, prevention is the best step. If you are unfortunate to catch a cold it is recommended that the best smoothie for boosting your immune system and help you feel better is the ‘The fighting Vitamin C’. It is recommended to drink it and have plenty of rest until you feel better again.