It is mid-October, the kids have been back in school for several weeks and the germ infestation has begun. The kids are coughing and the noses are running. The little one stayed home today after complaining of ear, head and neck discomfort. Her brother was home last week. Oh the joys of back-to-school. The good news? There are some quick and inexpensive remedies with no negative side effects:
Rest Rest Rest – Adequate sleep boosts the immune system, allowing the body to heal itself.
Drink plenty of liquids – the body is 70% water for a reason. Ever cell needs fluids to function properly. You can give your immune system an extra bump by drinking herbal teas and bone broth.
Homemade Broth – Do you remember the old adage about grandma’s chicken soup curing what ails you? Well, it was the homemade broth that did it. Broth made from grass-fed/pastured bones is rich in glucosamine and chondroitin sulphates that support joint health. It is also rich in several essential amino acids with support muscle repair and kidney function, decrease inflammation and promotes healing. Broth is also know to seal and heal the gut lining, supporting the digestive system.
Elderberry Syrup – Black elderberries have twice as much antioxidants are blueberries and contain more vitamin C than oranges. They also have antiviral properties and have been shown to boost the immune system. An article in Phytochemical indicate that the flavonoids in elderberries were as effective as Tamiflu in responding to the H1N1 virus.
Elderberries leaves can be steeped into a tea or the berries can be made into a syrup. The syrup can be purchased at most health food stores, but can be expensive and contains alcohol. This year I will be using a homemade syrup using this recipe.
As with any supplement or medication, you will want to speak with your physician before administering it.
Mild exercise – While running 10 miles or trying for your personal best at the gym might not be a good idea, light exercise can stimulate the immune system. You might try walking or yoga along with your naps, soup and tea.
Bonus tip – Epsom salt baths to aid rest and help the body detox
Do you have a favorite cold remedy that is not listed here? Please share.