Natural Remedies to Help Ease A Cold

Natural Remedies to Help Ease a Cold

 

 

We’re no strangers to the trials of the common cold and while it rarely ever leads to anything serious, a particularly bad bout can render us incapacitated for a couple of days. Next to the aches, runny noses and hikes in temperature that we have to deal with, one of the most frustrating things about a cold is the fact that there really isn’t a hard-hitting cure and most over-the-counter treatments only offer temporary relief.

 

While it’s absolutely crucial to visit a medical professional if your condition deteriorates, we love these natural remedies as they’re a great alternative to conventional medicines and when paired with plenty of fluids and bed rest, can make a world of difference.

 

Check out some of our favourite cold-busting remedies and remember to visit Foodsterr on Saleduck a to stay on top of the latest promotions and offers on organic health friendly foods as well as some of the ingredients used below!

 

Turmeric tea

Also known as golden milk, this soothing, warming beverage is delicious and loaded with health-boosting goodness. The medicinal benefits of turmeric are endless and this fragrant, earthy spice helps boost the immune system and fight off infections thanks to the high levels of circumin it contains. In Ayurvedic medicine, turmeric is used as a natural antibiotic and helps to increase protein levels in the body which defends against bacteria and viruses. To prepare turmeric tea, heat up two cups of nut or dairy milk and add in one teaspoon of turmeric powder and one teaspoon of maple syrup. Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes or until the spices are infused into the milk. Sweeten with honey or maple syrup and serve warm.

 

Bone broth

Our parents had it right when they used to make us drink gallons upon gallons of steaming chicken soup when we were kids and while we were a lot less appreciative of it then, we’ve truly come to value these sentiments as adults. The slow cooking of chicken bones over a stove top draws out the immune-system boosting nutrients within and breaks them down into a form that can be easily absorbed by the body. Also rich in cysteine which is an amino acid that can help break down mucus and thus clearing out the nasal passages, bone broth alleviates blocked noses which as often the biggest source of discomfort, especially when we’re trying to get some much needed sleep. To make your own batch of this nourishing potion, combine the the carcass of one whole chicken, one onion, two carrots, two celery stalks, a bunch of fresh herbs (rosemary, thyme, sage,oregano) and a few peppercorns. Throw it all into a crockpot and cover with cold water. Cook on very low heat for 8 to 10 hours. Strain once it’s done and serve warm. It can be refrigerated for up to three days.

 

Steam inhalation

Steam inhalation is one of the most popular ways of opening up congested sinuses and offering immediate relief to blocked, stuffy noses. Aside from its respiratory benefits, steam inhalation also functions as a natural expectorant which helps to alleviate coughs and has proven to improve blood circulation, thereby offering relief from headaches and migraines. We love it because it’s simple to do and effective with results that are almost immediate.  Simply boil a few cups of water and then decant it into a heatproof bowl taking care to not fill it to the brim and add in a few drops of peppermint or eucalyptus essential oils. Next, lean over the bowl and create a tent over your head and the bowl using a towel, breathing in slowly and deeply. You want to do this for about 15 minutes or at least until the water cools. As you’ll be working with very hot water, you want to practice caution to avoid accidentally burning yourself while doing this and for this reason, we also wouldn’t encourage using this form of treatment for young children.

 

Apple cider vinegar gargle

While this may not be the most pleasant tasting (or smelling) solution, apple cider is well-known for its alkalizing properties which helps to kill bacteria and nasty viruses. Dilute a tablespoon in warm water with honey (also known for its microbial properties which helps to kill bacteria and coats dry, scratchy throats) to make it a little bit more palatable and consume while it’s still warm. If you’d prefer to use this as a gargle instead, you can dilute two tablespoons in half a cup of warm water and gargle twice daily, once in the morning and once before bedtime. 

 

7 Reasons to Love Oats

Whether in the form of oatmeal, granola or mixed into baked goods, oats are always a great healthy option for breakfast or a midday snack. Oats gain part of their distinctive flavor from the roasting process that they undergo after being harvested and cleaned. Although oats are then hulled, this process does not strip away their bran and germ allowing them to retain a concentrated source of their fiber and nutrients. Here are just seven of the many health benefits of oats.

Oats help to lower bad cholesterol and prevent heart disease
Oatmeal and oat bran are significant sources of dietary fiber. One component of the soluble fibre found in oats is beta-glucans, a soluble fiber which has proven effective in lowering blood cholesterol and preventing heart disease. 

Oats help to stabilize blood sugar levels and prevent diabetes
Eating oats can spread the rise in blood sugars over a longer time period. Control of blood glucose and insulin levels is essential in preventing many of the complications associated with diabetes. 

Oats help to reduce cancer risk
Oats, like other grains and vegetables, contain hundreds of phytochemicals (plant chemicals). Many phytochemicals are thought to reduce a person's risk of getting hormone-related diseases such as breast cancer, prostate cancer, endometrium and ovarian cancer. 

Oats help to reduce high blood pressure
A daily serving of whole oats rich in soluble fibre can reduce hypertension, or high blood pressure, and so reduce the need for anti-hypertensive medication. 

Oats help to promote healthy bowel function
Fiber is necessary in keeping bowel movements regular and oats are high in both soluble and insoluble fiber. Insoluble fiber absorbs many times its own weight of liquid, making stools heavier and speeding their passage through the gut.

Oats help to maintain healthy weight
As the soluble fiber of oats is digested, it forms a gel which delays the stomach emptying, making you feel full longer and preventing over-eating. 

Oats help to boost athletic performance
Oats have been shown in scientific studies to favorably alter metabolism and enhance performance when ingested 45 minutes to 1 hour before exercise of moderate intensity.

 

Joanna Kang

Why We Love Superfoods

Superfoods like blueberries, salmon, kale and quinoa have been more popular than ever, thanks to the great nutritional value and health benefits they promise. Whenever you feel like opening a bag of potato chips instead of having a handful of almonds as a snack, remember these wonderful benefits and you might just change your mind.   

Superfoods help your body fight free radicals. Superfoods like berries are rich in antioxidants, which destroy the free radicals that can damage the cells in your body. This protection improves your health and reduces your risk of disease.

Superfoods can strengthen your immune system. The nutrients and phytochemicals present in many superfoods keep your immune system strong so you’re less likely to fall sick.

Superfoods help you maintain a healthy weight. Superfoods like oats which are high in fiber and low in calories allow you to enjoy more of them without adding many extra calories. Others like almonds are rich in protein, fiber, and good fats that keep hunger at bay.

Superfoods may help reduce the risk of cancer. Some studies have shown that the nutrients, fiber, good fats, and phytochemicals found in certain superfoods like berries, walnuts and garlic can lower the risk of several types of cancer.

Superfoods can keep your heart healthy. Those same nutrients, fiber, good fats, and phytochemicals also protect your heart by reducing inflammation and keeping blood vessels healthy.

Superfoods help maintain your youthful complexion. The antioxidants in superfoods reduce damage to your skin, and many foods are rich in vitamin C that keeps connective tissue strong. This combination leads to beautiful, healthy skin.

Get More Fibre in Your Diet

We all know that dietary fibre — found mainly in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes — can prevent or relieve constipation. But fibre has so many other health benefits as well, from lowering cholesterol levels to helping us maintain a healthy weight. Here’s why we all need more fibre in our lives.

Fibre helps regulate bowel movements and maintain bowel health.

Dietary fibre decreases your chance of constipation. A high-fiber diet may also lower your risk of developing hemorrhoids and small pouches in your colon.

Fibre can lower your cholesterol levels, and boost your heart health.

Soluble fibre found in beans, oats, flaxseed and oat bran may help lower total blood cholesterol levels by lowering ‘bad’ cholesterol levels. High-fibre foods may also have other heart-health benefits, such as reducing blood pressure and inflammation.

Fibre helps control blood sugar levels.

For people with diabetes, fibre can slow the absorption of sugar and help improve blood sugar levels. A healthy diet that includes insoluble fibre may also reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Fibre can help you achieve a healthy weight.

High-fibre foods tend to be more filling, so you're likely to eat less and stay satisfied longer. High-fibre foods also tend to take longer to eat and to be less "energy dense," which means they have fewer calories for the same volume of food.

Here are some great tips from the University of California, San Francisco on how to take simple steps to increase your fibre intake. 

Here are our Fiber rich foods

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