How to get rid of a cold, naturally
Feel better soon!
I feel it’s the time of the year again, where seasons change and so many people get sick. Luckily, at the moment I haven’t cought anything yet but everyone around me seems to be coughing and feeling week.
Usually, when I do get sick, I always get a sinus infection. First my throats start to hurt, my nose starts running and then everything just blocks up. I usually try not to immediately take pills, especially not antibiotics. Of course, if you need it you should surely take it but consult with your doctor before.
Last time I felt sick, I found some natural ways, that made me feel so much better and I thought it would be the perfect time to share my tips with you. If you do end up taking antibiotics, these tips are still helpful to support a quick recovery.
Here is what helps me:
- Firstly, I reduce my stress level. It’s always hard for me to accept that I’m sick so I still try to work on my laptop. That only makes it worse though. Once I accept that my body needs rest, I can start to recover. Sleep as much as you can for your body to really rest.
- I cut out dairy for two weeks. Dairy stimulates the mucus formation and worsens congestion. For me that means, oatmeal with coconut milk and taking a break from my granola obsession and turmeric milk addiction.
- Drink a lot of water! This might be obvious to many but it’s so important I still want to mention it. The more you drink the quicker all the toxins will be flushed out of your body. If you get bored of water, try some herb tea of fresh ginger tea for your throat. I also love a ginger shot. That really clears up your throat and kills all the bacteria.
- Avoid sugar completely! I never eat sugar anyways but for all the sugar junkies, cut it out to recover faster.
- To unblock your sinuses, I love to put some hot water into a bowl, add some eucalyptus oil and inhale it. Just be careful not to go too close to avoid burning your face!
- Cut out high histamine food. Since I have histamine intolerance anyways, I live a very low histamine lifestyle. Histamine is a natural substance that is being produced by the body and can be found it lot of foods. Common symptoms are itchiness, indigestion, dizziness, headaches, fatigue, sneezing, mucus production. Try leaving out high histamine foods and histamine liberators in order to prevent additional symptoms. Foods include tomatoes, ripe cheese, chocolate, alcohol, avocado, spinach, citrus fruits, anything pickled or from a tin, seafood and soy to name a few. (If you have any questions to this, pop leave a comment below or email me on Nathalie@nathaliescuisine.com)
- Make yourself warm and nourishing meals. You can get so many vitamins and minerals out of food. In order not to strain your stomach, eat cooked vegetables instead of raw. Try a delicious chicken soup, it will make you feel so much better. Drink green juices to get your veggies in. Even when you start feeling better, don’t rush back to sugar, cheese and other cravings.
My favourite get well recipes
Some nourishing and easy recipes make me feel immediately better. If you have the strength, try my Fennel Soup, Pumpkin Ginger soup or my Sweet Potato and Apple Soup. All of these recipes are so easy and quick and a packed with vitamins. If you do feel very weak, try to get a friend or family member to help you out. They are going to to love the soup as well;)
Feel better lovelies!