After a long but ridiculously fun holiday break, we are back and ready to get our 2013 on! Hope you all had a fabulous New Years. We spent the weekend in Whistler with some friends and I wouldn’t have wanted to spend it any other way. A few pics…
As you can see from that last pic, we’re a little worn down. I pretty much never get sick, but even I’m feeling under the weather this week. Thankfully, I have a few tricks in my back pocket that are sure to shorten the duration of any bug you’ve got this winter.
First of all, when I feel myself starting to get sick, I make sure to up my garlic quota. Garlic contains a compound called allicen that fights colds, reduces inflammation and provides a powerful hit of antioxidants. I usually crush up a few cloves and mix them in honey to drown out the taste.
Honey is also great for your immune system. Local honey is best, as the pollen it comes from is from plants in your area, therefore desensitizing your system to common allergens. Plus, it feels great on your throat.
Eat light. Ever lose your appetite when you are sick? That’s your body telling you to lay off on the food intake so it can use all the energy you put towards digestion to good use. Fruits and veggies are great while you are sick (bonus points if you juice or blend them, saves even more energy!), as well as soups with veggie broth or miso. Increase your intake of berries, bell peppers and other bright foods as they contain high levels of vitamin C and antioxidants.
Licorice root and echinacea are herbal supplements that are said to have cold fighting powers. I’ve tried both with great results. Pick them up at the grocery store and give them a try!
Make yourself a hot toddy. Yes it’s an alcoholic beverage, but it’s also an age-old remedy for fighting sickness. Make herbal tea and mix in local honey, lemon juice and whiskey or bourbon. The alcohol kills germs and the tea, honey and lemon work to build up your immune system.
I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling better already 🙂 Hopefully you are all in the best of health, but if not, give these tips a try!