Informed individuals tend to be very cautious regarding traditional western medicine and avoid pharmaceutical products like cold medicine and cough syrup. Most opt for natural remedies, especially those that have roots in ancient medicine.
Here are 11 of the most effective natural remedies used to reinvigorate the immune system, conquer that cold and relieve sinus pressure:
#1. Salt Water
If you’ve ever experienced a sinus infection, you know there’s a lot of phlegm that comes along with it. It’s not pretty, but there are effective ways to break it up.
Provides immediate relief to illness:
- Dehydrates mucus, allowing you to breathe more easily and breaks down the breeding ground for illness-causing pathogens.
- Helps create an alkalizing environment, in which harmful bacteria can’t survive.
#2. Turmeric Powder
Sprinkle turmeric powder over every meal prepared or make some Turmeric Turmeric_tnGolden Milk recipe here. This ancient root provides the following relief to a sinus infection:
- It’s a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent.
- Works like a painkiller (without the dangerous side effects).
- Detoxifies the liver, removing toxins from the body.
- Cleanses the blood.
*You can also juice turmeric and pineapple for an amazing elixir
#3. Green Smoothies
Greens are your best friends when fighting an illness. Nutrient-rich veggies like spinach and kale, combined with anti-inflammatory ingredients like ginger, lemon and turmeric can work overtime to bulk up your immune response.
Plus, adding coconut oil or avocado to the smoothie makes for a creamy texture and can be used as an easy meal replacement if the throat is too sore to handle solid food.
A green juice is an even better choice, since the antioxidants in juices hit the bloodstream faster than those from smoothies do. But, if you don’t have a juicer, gmo-free juice blend vitamin packs come in handy for a quick and tasty shot of vitamins to your system.
#4. Matcha Green Tea With Honey And Cinnamon
Hot tea alone feels incredibly soothing to a rough, sore throat; matcha green tea takes it one step further by flooding your body with antigen-fighting antioxidants. Matcha has been found to have 137x the polyphenols as regular green tea and more than 60x the antioxidant level of spinach.
On top of that, honey possesses antibacterial, antiviral and antimicrobial properties that prove why it has been a go-to natural cold remedy for centuries. It is a perfect partner to cinnamon to deliciously flavor your healing cup of tea – cinnamon is anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial as well!
Spicy ingredients are highly antibacterial and antimicrobial, properties that work to destroy harmful bacteria that compromise your immune system.
During illness, opt for cayenne pepper (sprinkling it on many dishes, including scrambled eggs and mashed sweet potatoes) and chili oil. You will immediately experience the relief of clearer sinuses as these hot ingredients slide down your throat.
#6. Vitamin C Supplements
To make sure the body is still receiving the adequate amounts of vitamin C when eating fruit is difficult because of sore throat, take a natural vitamin C supplement purchased from a local health foods store.
A powerful antioxidant that prevents damage from free radicals and wards off infections, it’s worth noting that scientific evidence does not show a correlation between vitamin C supplementation and prevention of colds, but there is evidence to show that it can reduce how long such an illness lasts for. Generally, it’s best to fulfill your daily vitamin intakes through diet, but when you are unable to, a supplementation makes sense.
#7. Magnesium Powder
There are days when clogged sinuses caused some debilitating headaches. Magnesium powder is an easy and effective way to combat throbbing forehead pain.
A simple supplement, such as one you mix right into a glass of water, has been found to be highly effective in helping with and preventing migraines.
#8. Mint Extract
Helps in two ways:
- Adding two drops to tea or water. Besides providing some sweet flavor to your drink,the menthol component in peppermint restrains the nerves that react to painful stimuli. This is why many throat lozenges include menthol – because they soothe an aching throat.
- Rubbing a drop on each of the temples. Mint extract can also provide relief to throbbing temples and headache discomfort by cooling the skin and relieving tight cranial muscles.
#9. Ginger Soup
Steaming hot soup alone helps clear out clogged sinuses and hydrates your body, giving it the water it needs to flush out viral bugs. When adding soup to the mix, the recipe becomes an even more potent cold-reliever.
Ginger is antiseptic and anti-inflammatory and is very helpful in suppressing aggravating coughs. The taste kick it offers also stimulates perspiration, which cleans out your system and lowers body temperature, therefore assisting with mild fever relief.
Sleep as much as possible to see progress in fighting off sickness!
The extraordinary rejuvenating powers of sleep:
- Repairs and builds new cells overnight.
- Boosts immune response.
- Decreases levels of inflammation.
- Reduces levels of stress and blood pressure and the threat they pose to your immune system.
- Benefits the formation of immunological memory so that your immune system can recall effective resistance responses to fight against repeat foreign antigens.
- Regulates hunger hormones.
- Reduces risk for anxiety and depression.
- Stabilizes moods.
- Rejuvenates the skin.
People always yearn for a “miracle cure,” which often leads them to try various pharmaceuticals and spend lots of money. But the closest thing humans have to such a “miracle” treatment is sleep!
Staying hydrated is the key to any wellness recovery plan.
Proper hydration aids a cold by flushing out toxins, maintaining energy levels and opening your airways.
Drinking lots of water is the easiest way to help your body fight that bad bacteria!
If you’re fighting a seasonal illness, these tricks will help you find relief.
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