The weather might be pleasant and you’re feeling fine until, suddenly, physical symptoms begin. The soreness in your throat. The achy feeling in your body. The extreme lack of energy. Even your mood turns sour.
When you’re unwell, the right healing beverages may help ease your woes and even end your illness. When you’re sick, you need to drink plenty of fluids. You want your body to be well-hydrated so it can fight off germs.
Hot drinks provide immediate and sustained relief from a runny nose, coughing, sneezing, a sore throat, chilliness, and tiredness. The same drink, at room temperature, only provides relief from a runny nose, coughing, and sneezing. These drinks are good for your body and can help revive your spirits too.
Water helps clear your body of toxins. Drinking water can also help clear away some types of illnesses by lessening congestion in your body. Additionally, water helps your mucous membranes work, so they can trap things like dust and bacteria and prevent them from getting into your lungs. Drinking enough water will help your body cleanse properly, allowing it to heal and get you back to feeling good again.
If you like flavor – and want to give your immune system a Vitamin C boost – squeeze fresh lemon in hot or warm water to help your body stay hydrated. Lemons are high in a fiber called pectin – a prebiotic that assists good gut health by feeding healthy gut bacteria. Lemons also contain large amounts of citric acid (hence their sour taste and lip-puckering qualities), which can increase urine output and decrease kidney stones, as well as aid in digestion.
Ginger has vitamins and minerals, including chromium which can help prevent chills and fevers. This plant can also be useful for a bad cough or a sore throat. Overall, ginger can help break down toxins and cleanse the body. Ginger also helps to fight the headaches that so often accompany illness. To make ginger tea, cut up raw ginger root, put it in a pot of water, bring it to a boil, and let it simmer for about 15 minutes. You can also use ginger powder although fresh ginger is best.
Green tea is one of the healthiest beverages on the planet as it contains a powerful antioxidant which helps stop free radicals from damaging your healthy cells. Studies have also proven green tea to be antiviral, helping to fight the flu and other viruses. You can sip green tea and even gargle with it to knock out germs and reduce your symptoms.
Hibiscus and Rose Hip
Hibiscus is extremely rich in vitamin C and people around the world use it as a medicinal beverage. Rose hip tea can also help your body fight infection.
Studies have shown that drinking echinacea tea at the first signs of the cold or flu can reduce the severity and duration of your sickness. You can find echinacea tea bags or simmer the root for at least 10 minutes.
Thyme is packed with disease-fighting antioxidants. It’s particularly useful for cold and flu and easing coughs and sore throats. Thyme also has mood-boosting effects. To make thyme tea, combine about 1 tablespoon of the dried herb with hot water. Let it steep for 10 minutes and then strain. Adding some peppermint or spearmint is delicious and provides even more of a healing boost.
Sage tea is great for sore throats and coughs. To make sage tea, pour hot water over about two tablespoons of dried sage. Let it steep for 10 minutes and then strain. (You can combine sage and thyme to make a powerful tea.)
Cocoa contains a chemical that can help your body fight off cold symptoms. Chocolate is one of the top antioxidants foods and it releases feel-good chemicals in your brain. But remember that not all chocolate is equal. You should stick to dark chocolate (at least 70% cacao is best) and pure cacao or cocoa powders without added sugar. Cacao is the purest, raw form of chocolate you can consume. It has the most nutrients and antioxidants. And many cultures have used it throughout history for health purposes. You can make an easy hot beverage by combining cacao or cocoa powder and hot water and/or milk. Drinking hot chocolate daily stimulates the body’s natural ability to fight the flu.
If you want, you can combine many of these beverage ideas – like green tea brewed with ginger and a squeeze of lemon.
Whatever steps you take, remember to hold yourself with care. Being sick is no fun and being mean to yourself only adds insult to injury. You deserve love and care all the time, especially when you’re feeling low. So snuggle up, sip something healthy, and with any luck, you’ll be feeling better soon.
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