Monday, February 14, 2011

Winter Wellness Essentials {re-post from Going Home To Roost}

This is my favorite new blog  Going Home To Roost - I found it last week, and had been searching all weekend for it to re-post this wonderful post.  Check out her wonderful blog, it is very informative and so much fun to read - there are so many wonderful, healthy recipes on it.

there are several ways to stay well when the odds are against you. here are a few of my favorite, tried-and-true methods:

1. pound the green tea. that’s right, get to steeping! with it’s immune-enhancing boosters, green tea is known to help fight colds and reduce flu symptoms.

2. neti. do you use a neti pot? it’s a simple way to irrigate the nasal passages with unbeatable results. it’s safe, easy and soothes the lining of your nose as it removes the excess mucus that lingers in the sinuses as fertile grounds for infections and bacteria (and it’s been known to bring me back from just about near-death).

3. up your vitamin c. up your vitamin c intake to 1000-2000 mg a day. my favorite way is through taking a few emergen-c’s (my favorite flavor is cranberry pomegranate).

4. hydrate. simply staying hydrated by drinking lots of water will help you feel better and wash your cold away.

5. stay warm and rest. pay attention to your body and rest if you feel tired. that orange do-hicky-thing up there is my new ceramic heater, and it keeps me warm and toasty!

6. eat lots of garlic. garlic has antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial properties that can help ward off minor infections.

7. eat honey. honey is great for soothing a sore throat. try adding some to your tea, or melting 2 teaspoons in a mug of hot water to sip on.

8. avoid phlegmy foods. that is sugar, white flour, wine, dairy and red meat- as these enhance the build up of mucus.

9. gargle. gargle with warm salt water to help soothe and heal sore throats.

10. soup. eat warming, nourishing foods such as veggie soup. here is my favorite recipe to fight seasonal sniffles:

I will be making this soup tonight.


Jane Kaylor said...

sore throat is not a lot of fun its just uncomfortable and difficult to swallow.

usually, i would take the Nim Jiom Cough Syrup ( ) which has a thick consistency formulation. it coats the throat and includes herbs that are particularly good for that application.

i hope it works on you as well.

adrielleroyale said...

Our fail safe for the last two years with an 8yr old in school has been a really good multi-vitamin through MutiGenics and Garlic Supplements from Wal~Mart. We have yet to get sick for more than 1 day (and even that doesn't count as I'm pretty sure that one occurrence was actually as a result of second hand smoke which my daughter is not accustomed to) :) I have used all of these though and my daughter no longer gets cough medicine but a spoonful of honey instead. :)

LadyCat said...

All great & natural advice. And the soup looks delicious!

Sixpence and A Blue Moon said...

Adrielle, these are just good things to do all time. I'm with you, honey is the way to go. I like the natural healing remedies. Second hand smoke makes me sick, I can't breathe when I am around it. Hope you continue to have a "well" winter. Maybe spring is just around the corner.:) I'm so ready!!!

Ladycat, I made the soup last night, it is delicious. One of my favorite new soup recipes. I'll post on it tonight. I will be having it for dinner again tonight. It may be that I could just live on soups and salads.:)
Hope you're doing well. xOx