By Alyssa Ollivier-Tabukashvili
The season is upon us; viruses are continuously circulating around campus and there is practically no escaping catching something whether it’s a cold, a cough, nausea or a stomach ache.
It’s all very well using antibiotics and Paracetamol, but eventually your body becomes immune, and these medications have little positive effect on your body in the long-run. What’s more, GPs are increasingly aware of the uselessness of antibiotics when it comes to viruses, and even when prescribed, there is the high possibility of them killing the good bacteria in your system.So here are some suggestions of simple, natural and accessible – I say accessible because whilst homeopathy is most ideal, it is not the most affordable way to cure that irritating cold.
Lemons and ginger are a blessing to us all; they keep your immune system running, the latter helps immensely with nausea, and together with honey, they make an excellent hot beverage. Keep these two ingredients in your food stock at all times, you never know when a virus will hit, and there’s no reason why you can’t drink them regularly to keep yourself healthy.You can also put lemon on a lot of food, especially spinach or fish (both great for the immune system), and this helps with maintaining that antibacterial, antiviral diet. What’s more, lemon also cleanses your liver.
A meal with fish, spinach and lemon, as mentioned above, is amazing because it contains all the nutrients you want to keep your immunity up (with the added bonus of clearer skin). This is thanks to vitamins (C, A and E), protein, zinc, magnesium and other minerals that they are strong in.And on the subject of vitamin C- there is the evident oranges; freshly squeezing your orange juice gives you the ultimate dose of citrus required. Freshly squeezed beats carton juice because the processes involved in the latter often destroy the fruits’ nutrients.
To unblock your nose, and clear those nasal passages, carry out inhalations. Get a large bowl or bucket, fill it with boiling water and put a towel over your head and the bowl, breathing through your nose. If you have some, add a few drops of tea tree oil.If you have access to additional nutrients, iron will help your body rejuvenate and give you the energy required to heal.So keep a stock of lemon, ginger and honey. Increase your spinach and fish intake, and spicy foods always help fight the cold.
Remember: these remedies will help relieve simple and mild colds but if your illness lasts a long time, you develop a chest infection or have an underlying medical condition ALWAYS see your Doctor.
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