Winter can mean all those cold and cough germs are doing the rounds - especially when you have young children in the home who bring them back from school and promptly share them with you!
Here is how to use our 5 easy steps to minimize the discomfort those germs can cause, and help you and your family get better sooner too.
Step 1 for onset of cold symptoms
At the very first sign of sniffles and sneezes
, start taking frequent doses of vitamin C. But just how much vitamin C do you need?
Most experts agree that you can take large amounts of vitamin C – the suggested dose is to supplement with 2 grams a day in two separate doses. This is a safe dose. If it is too much then you would experience some diarrhea or other stomach upset and could then simply cut back on the dose. The good thing is that vitamin C
is not stored in the body so toxicity is highly unlikely.
Children need plenty of vitamin C too. Chewables are the easy way for children to take their supplement but just watch out for and avoid artificial colors and sweeteners as well as any sugar additives.
If you feel the symptoms of a cold or flu starting, then boost up your supplementation to a gram every couple of hours - add in some echinacea
for an extra boost and almost immediate relief.
Step 2 for a scratchy throat
If you feel a scratchy throat
starting, mix up a 4 ounce glass of pure filtered water with a generous tablespoon of natural salt
. When it has dissolved, gargle with the liquid several times and keep repeating throughout the day.
Step 3 for a tickling cough
If a tickling cough
is causing you irritation, I have found my own concoction to be very soothing and successful. Take 2 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon, 2 tablespoons of raw honey
and mix in 2 tablespoons of boiling water. Sip the resulting warm liquid to help persuade that irritation to go away. Repeat as often as needed.
Step 4 for removing phlegm
is often present when you are suffering from a cough. Its color can tell you about the cause behind the phlegm.
Here are some examples…
- Clear phlegm: normal type
- Yellow phlegm: immune response to the inflamed airways
- Green phlegm: serious bacterial infection (Bronchitis for example)
- Brown phlegm: caused by smog or air pollution
- Pink phlegm: caused by asthma
- Grey phlegm: caused by cigarette smoke
Here is a homemade syrup that helps remove that phlegm whatever your age.
You will need:
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 lemon
- 1 tablespoon sage
- 1 teaspoon marshmallow root
- 1 teaspoon flaxseed
Mix sugar and water in a saucepan and heat until the sugar melts and the mixture starts boiling.
Add the other ingredients, mix and turn off the stove. After 15 minutes, strain it before putting the mixture in a glass jar and sealing. Keep the remedy in a refrigerator and consume one tablespoon 3 times a day.
Step 5 is to keep as a back up for a really persistent cough
Pure pineapple juice is said to be 500% more effective at helping you to stop coughing
than cough syrup - primarily because of bromelain
which is a specific type of enzyme that has anti-inflammatory properties to combat infections and eradicate bacteria.
There is a bonus -pineapple
has a high vitamin C content while also being a great source of manganese.
Consider choosing unprocessed natural pineapple juice instead of processed cough medicines. Pineapple juice also helps to loosen up any annoying mucus with recent studies concluding that extract from natural pineapple juice removes mucus 5 times faster than OTC cough medicines.
Always choose natural unsweetened pineapple juice or even buy fresh pineapples and make your own.
Here is a home made recipe for your own natural pineapple juice cough mixture.
- 1 cup of fresh pineapple juice – preferably home juiced
- 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice – approximately a quarter of a cup
- A small piece of ginger (3 inches long)
- 1 tablespoon of unprocessed honey
- 1/2 teaspoon hot cayenne pepper
Add all the ingredients to your juicer and blitz. Keep sipping whenever you feel the need.