If you have a cold or flu, you’re probably being driven up the wall with a perpetually runny nose or excessive sweating. These symptoms cause you to lose a lot of water from your body, which needs to be made up for with proper fluid intake to avoid dehydration. Adequate fluid intake also helps in reducing the stuffiness in your nose and energizes you when you’re down with a cold or flu.
Wondering if there’s something you can do at home to reduce the symptoms? Look no further. Here are 5 simple recipes of enriching fluids that can help you say goodbye to that nasal stuffiness and flu.
1. Pineapple Tea With A Spicy Twist
Thanks to its high levels of the enzyme bromelain and vitamin C, pineapple juice works brilliantly in strengthening your immune system when you’re down with the flu.1 It is also effective against phlegm buildup and a scratchy throat. Throw it together with cayenne pepper (which is said to fight fevers), honey (which has been of great medicinal value for decades), and apple cider vinegar (which is believed to alkalize your body to prevent infections) and you have the perfect combo to rid you of the flu, cold, or a throat infection.2
- 1/2–1 cup of fresh pineapple juice
- A pinch of cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp of honey
- 1/2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar
- Add all the ingredients to a saucer.
- Mix well on low heat till it’s warm enough to drink.
- Sip on this soothing mixture to get relief from cold or flu symptoms.
2. Beet, Apple, And Spinach Juice
Beets are abundant in a phytonutrient called betanin, which is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent.3 Combining beets with vitamin C-rich apples and spinach gives you a combo that will drive your cold and flu away almost instantly.4 5
- 1 large beetroot
- 1 handful of fresh spinach leaves
- 1 green apple
- 2 cucumbers
- Cut up the beetroot, green apple, and cucumbers into thin slices.
- Add them to a blender with the spinach leaves and blend till you get a thick juice-like concoction.
- Pour this juice into a glass and drink it.
3. Ginger Tea With Honey And Pepper
Ginger is a popular ingredient in several concoctions used for relieving throat and nasal congestion, thanks to its powerful anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties.6 7 When used in combination with honey and pepper, which also work remarkably well against infections, it can relieve your cold or flu in a jiffy.8 9
- Freshly sliced ginger
- 4–5 whole peppercorns
- 1 tsp of raw honey
- 1 cup of water
- Pour the water into a pan.
- Add the ginger and peppercorns to it.
- Brew this mixture on low heat for a few minutes.
- Then, turn off the heat and allow the mixture to cool for a while.
- Strain the tea and add honey to it.
- Sip on it slowly to allow the ingredients to work their magic.
4. Turmeric, Ginger, And Lemon Tea
Turmeric possesses strong antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, making it effective against the flu or congestion due to a cough.10 Combining it with ginger – which is also a strong antimicrobial – and lemon – which is rich in vitamin C – can ward off infections responsible for colds and strengthen your immune system.11
- A pinch of turmeric powder
- 1-inch ginger piece
- A pinch of cayenne pepper
- 1 lemon
- 1 drop of mint extract
- Hot water
- Juice the lemon and ginger.
- To this juice, add the turmeric, cayenne pepper, and mint extract.
- Mix well and add enough hot water to double the quantity of the existing mixture.
- Sip on this concoction slowly and enjoy its soothing effect.
5. Power-Packed Raw Deal Tea
Honey, ginger, cinnamon, and turmeric are all loaded with antimicrobial properties, making this drink ideal for helping your immune system fight off the flu, a cough, or a cold. Adding colloidal silver to this mixture is also said to enhance its ability to ward off bacterial and viral infections.
- 1 pinch of cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp of freshly ground turmeric
- 1/2 tsp of finely grated ginger
- 1 tsp of lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp of raw honey
- 1/2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar
- 1 drop of colloidal silver
- Add all the ingredients to a cup of boiled water.
- Mix well and allow it to cool a bit.
- Drink this mixture for relief from your cold and flu.
Try these simple recipes and get rid of your cold or flu without any medications and right at home.
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