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6 Natural Remedies for Cold & Flu Season

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6 Natural Remedies for Cold & Flu Season

You hear a deep, husky voice nearby, and start to wonder if Gotham City’s very own Batman is in the room with you, but alas, no. It’s your roommate, or family member, or spouse, or someone standing next to you at a party who has come down with a sore throat and cold.

The realization kicks in: cold and flu season has arrived. And if you’re going to make it through the season without getting sick, or at least aim to reduce the amount of time you spend being sick, you’ll need to be prepared. Here are a few helpful items (and tips) to add to your arsenal of natural remedies:

  • Nucleotides They are the building blocks from which RNA and DNA are made. They boost the immunity, heal damaged cell tissue, promote the growth of new cells, and improve circulation. If you’re lucky enough to take them as soon as you feel a tickle in your throat, you might actually have a chance of avoiding the cold or flu altogether. But if a cold has had a chance to become full-blown, you may need something more.
  • Vitamin C Making sure to include plenty of foods rich in Vitamin C in your diet will increase the body’s production of white blood cells and antibodies needed to defend the body against invading viral infections. Foods high in Vitamin C are tangerines, oranges, mangos, kiwis, papayas, and goji berries. Also, amla berries contain twenty times more Vitamin C per pound than oranges. In Ayurvedic tradition, amla is often taken in powdered form.
  • Vitamin D A deficiency in our body’s immunity is often related to a lack of Vitamin D. Sunshine, the ultimate source of Vitamin D, is crucial for our existence, and for all life on our planet. So even if you’re feeling under the weather, try to get some exposure to the sun. People who have more Vitamin D stored up in their bodies tend to not get as sick as people who are Vitamin D deficient.

 

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Aimee Dansereau

Aimee Dansereau is a freelance writer living in San Diego, California. She once lived in Boulder, Colorado for several years, where she received an M.F.A. in Writing and Poetics at Naropa University. Her interests include writing, natural health and medicine, organic foods and the labeling of GMOs, spirituality, yoga, meditation, environmental issues, and human rights.

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6:06AM PST on Feb 7, 2014

Thank you

11:02AM PST on Jan 8, 2014

thanks for the info :)

11:30PM PDT on Jul 28, 2013

Thanks

2:54AM PDT on Jul 15, 2013

Thanks for posting.

2:05AM PDT on Jun 9, 2013

I also appriciate hot lemon with fresh ginger.

11:35AM PDT on Mar 19, 2013

Besides a 12 hour pink-eye that turning into a 24 hours head cold, I've yet to be sick this year! YAY me! sadly, the same cannot be said for my family. Luckily, I know herbal remedies that involve common everyday plants that I stock up on during the warmer months (preferably ones I grow myself or that were wild harvested), though I did come across one this year where I had to pull out exotic herbs and spices. I believe it was the same one that kicked my ass a few years ago and gave me bronchitis and bronchial asthma (getting stronger by exercising, though there are moments where it still kicks my ass), and that called for Pau d'Arco tea and a chest cream for my little brother. He cleared up quicker than I did with steroids (I went in because I couldn't think right (sleep deprived) and no one else knows how to make herbal chest rubs :( was hoping to change that last year but no one wanted to learn).

I even have homemade cough syrup made from dandilion root (good source of vitamin D), cherry bark (mainly for flavor but also to still irritated, nagging coughs and it has decongestant and sedative properties), rosehips (wonderful source of vitamin C, specially when fresh), and violets gathered from my own back yard (violets are a great source of vitamin A)

10:00PM PST on Feb 17, 2013

Some more natural remedies such as dandelions, buckwheat honey, turmeric and medicinal mushrooms can be quite beneficial to boost immune system & prevent cold and flu symptoms in our body. For more information about the health benefits of using these natural remedies for living a healthy life check out - http://www.rosebudmag.com/lifestyle/health-fitness/natural-remedies-for-cold-and-flu-symptoms.

3:12PM PST on Jan 31, 2013

Thank you Aimee, for Sharing this!

10:45AM PST on Jan 30, 2013

I like the comments the most!

2:05AM PST on Jan 27, 2013

Good post, thanks for sharing.

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