If you’re anything like me, you won’t be in the mood to eat anything when you have a cold. Which is a big mistake because our bodies need help with fighting the terrible state they’re in. So if you can only eat or drink a bit, let that bit be these foods right here.
Help fight bacteria with this small, but mighty food. All you need is 3-4 cloves of garlic. Mince them, add a few drops of olive oil, a pinch of salt and a bit of water. This will make a great dip or sauce for your food. And because you’re sick, why not bake some potatoes and bathe them in this garlic mixture? And that’s your lunch. Note: Don’t cook the garlic, use it raw. You may also try a salad that calls for a looot of garlic – either baked peppers or cucumber salad. And yes, you will stink, but when we’re sick we stink anyway, right?
There is nothing better to fight inflammation than ginger. So for a sore throat or a headache, quickly prepare a ginger shot and let it do its job. It’s a bit stingy at first, but it works. You can read the recipe and more about the benefits of ginger in this older blog post.
Red lentils soup
This is one of our favourites and any guest we had over loved it. It’s a warm, comforting food with a good amount of protein. Perfect dinner when you’re sick.
We start the soup by sizzling one onion and couple of garlic cloves in just a little bit of rapeseed oil, all in a saucepan. Just for a minute or so, until they start to get a bit golden, after which pop in the red lentils and some water to cover them. Add some vegetable stock or just a pinch of salt and bit a dash of pepper. Simmer for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, a couple of kapia peppers and one carrot sliced into eight sticks should be popped in the oven and left there for the same amount of 20 minutes. Get the peppers out of the oven, peel the hard skin and put both peppers and carrot sticks together with the lentils and blend them. Add some parsley and some hot chillies if you fancy (the hot peppers will also give your metabolism a boost).
Tea & lemon
Any tea will do, but I would recommend a calming one like chamomile. Eat 2-3 slices of lemon with your tea, and that will give you enough vitamin C. Your body will thank you.
I’m happy to say that I managed to fight my last cold without taking any medicine. To be honest, it was a mild one, but it still counts. Maybe some other time I would have popped three ibuprofens before breakfast.
But don’t forget that prevention is the best cure. Take your vitamins by eating plenty of fruit and vegetables, exercise, sleep well and avoid stress.
Any tips to fight colds the natural way?
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