With Coronavirus, and colds, and sinus “stuff” and… whatever waiting to invade our bodies out there, there’s got to be something we can do to alleviate the symptoms, or stop them from getting I-need-my-mommy-I-think-I’m-gonna-die worse.
Dr. Suhyun An is an expert on regenerative medicine, so she might be knowledgeable in the healing ways. To prevent your sick symptoms from reaching critical mass, she recommends these natural remedies:
Vitamin C: Some studies indicate that Vitamin C can shorten the lifespan of a cold and boost your immune system. “The best way to get it is through your diet; the fresher the food, the better,” Dr. An says. “Oranges, limes, lemons, grapefruits, leafy greens, and bell peppers are all good sources of vitamin C. Be careful with supplements because they can lead to upset stomach and kidney stones.”
Honey: Honey has natural antiviral and antimicrobial properties. “Drinking honey in tea with lemon can ease sore throat pain,” Dr. An says. “Research suggests that honey is an effective cough suppressant, too. Honey often contains Clostridium bacteria, so never give honey to a child younger than 1-year-old because infants’ immune systems aren’t able to fight them off.”
Chicken soup: This popular cold and flu remedy helps because hot liquids reduce mucus buildup and keep you hydrated. “Chicken soup, in particular, has anti-inflammatory properties, which help reduce a cold’s unpleasant side effects,” Dr. An says. “Keep some in the freezer or even canned for flu season. It’s quick to prepare that way and soothing to eat.”
Aromas: “When you have congestion from the flu, applying camphor or menthol salve around your nose can help break up mucus,” Dr. An says. “Aromatherapy oils, such as peppermint and eucalyptus, can have a similar effect. Also, vapor rub can reduce cold symptoms, especially in children older than 2 years. It helps open air passages to combat congestion, reduce coughing, and improve sleep.”
Probiotics: These are friendly bacteria and yeast found in the body, some foods, and supplements. “They can help keep your gut and immune system healthy, and they may reduce your chance of getting sick with an upper respiratory infection,” Dr. An says. “For a delicious and nutritious source of helpful bacteria, include probiotic yogurt in your diet.”
Well, the Crack Wise Staff is taking things one step further with remedies and beverage pairings. Because we know stuff, too...
Vitamin C dropped in a cup of coffee spiked with Bailey’s will make you perky and healthy.
Honey. Ever heard of Barenjager? It’s Jagermeister Honey Liqueur. And it’s Uh. May. Zing.
Chicken Soup: with a glass of Johnny Walker on the rocks. Mmmm Mmmm drunk.
Aromas: Have you sniffed Ouzo? Take a whiff then down a shot… or two. Because we’re doing “pairings” here. We guarantee you can breathe well after two shots.
Probiotics: Sure, have that probiotic yogurt. Infused with berries that were soaked in vodka.
Take whichever tips you feel comfortable with to get through the rest of the nasty nasty season.
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