Despite now being into the second month of 2017, the classic Christmas cold and flu bug seems to be hanging around, plaguing most of the UK.
Whether it’s your colleagues constantly sneezing around you at work, or the kids bringing it back with them from school, if you’ve not already been under the weather recently, it’s potentially only a matter of time. Sorry!
And when you’re not feeling your best, the last thing you’ll want to do is have to venture outside! Luckily there are lots of things you probably already have at home that can help alleviate the annoyances and symptoms of a cold – which is great news as it means you can stay in and remain in your comfy PJ's!
This might surprise you but garlic is packed full of health benefits! It’s very high in vitamin C and also has antibacterial, antiviral and decongesting properties.
Turmeric is another surprising one. It contains anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties which if mixed into some warm milk can become a comforting flu fighting drink.
Adding salt to water and gargling with it can also be an easy way to alleviate a sore throat. Salt, especially in its rawest form, contains lots of minerals and naturally draws excess water out of cells which can reduce swelling.
Chilli peppers contain capsaicin which is what gives them their spicy hotness, but it is also a natural decongestant. Adding chilli peppers to your food, or eating spicy food can be a great way to open up your sinuses.
Bell peppers, broccoli and apples
We tend to think that oranges are the main go to for vitamin C, however bell peppers, broccoli and apples are also all very high in vitamin C!
Green Tea is one of the healthiest hot drinks, and it is full of natural antibiotic qualities, so when you’re feeling full of cold, swap your usual tea or coffee with green tea to help you feel more refreshed.
Honey and Lemon
This is one of the more classic combinations to fight a cold. Honey contains lots of antibacterial qualities as well as having antiseptic benefits, and lemons are full of vitamin C. Again you can make a comforting drink by mixing the two with hot water.
Chicken soup has always been a classic go to when you’re feeling run down, and the reason for this is probably due to the easily digested calories contained in soup that mean it’s an easy meal to eat to boost your energy even when you’re not in the mood to eat. Chicken is also high in carnosine which is an anti-inflammatory and can help relieve that bunged up feeling.
The simplest of them all – water. When you’re feeling unwell, make sure to drink plenty of water and keep hydrated.
We hope our cupboard round-up of cold and flu fighting ingredients have been useful. If you have any tips of your own that you’d like to share with us, please let us know on our Facebook page.