Vitamin C pills and sugary throat lozenges are overrated. No matter how many times you use them, your pocket ends up empty, your body is stuck fighting off an icky bug, and worst of all, you still feel crummy. With the weather turning chilly, and prices of everything going up, you might want to invest in some of nature’s remedies which not only last long, but can be used in many ways, and they actually help your body revitalise! Check out these five must-haves this season to create the best natural DIY health hacks.
Honey has been used for medicinal purposes for centuries. Aside from its unique variety in textures, aromas and tastes, natural honey, when used correctly, holds a strong superpower. Nature’s liquid gold contains antibacterial properties, that not only fight off bugs, but aid in alleviating frustrating pains and aches too! Honey additionally boost’s one’s immunity system to prevent colds to come! Honey can be used in a multitude of ways from sweetening tea, to salad dressings and much more! It should be known though, that using honey or adding honey in very hot temperatures, can deactivate its magical antibacterial properties. The best way to use this health hack? Simply on a spoon.
From smooth and sweet parfaits, to rich and creamy meat sauces, yogurt doesn’t just bring the cool to your food palette, but to your body as well! Although it’s origins are debated, yogurt is another natural health hack that could save you time laying in bed! Yogurt contains vitamin D, as well as live and active cultures that support and defend your immune system, thus being a natural probiotic. This natural bodyguard speeds up your body’s healing process and makes it stronger the next time the flu or cold tries to come around. Yogurt can be transformed and added into many delicious superfood possibilities. In fact, yogurt can be combined with any of these nature remedies!
Don’t be fooled by its green appearance, as this natural remedy is one of the best amongst vegetables. Spinach is another great immunity boosting superfood that not only fends off germs but provides many more health benefits too! Spinach is a great food to eat when ill and dehydrated as the vegetable is mostly water. Spinach also supports cardiovascular health and releases antioxidants needed from fruits and veggies when sick. Additionally, this health hack provides a ton of vitamin C used in your body’s process of recovery, as well as anti-inflammatory benefits to shoo away aches and pains. Not a fan of the taste? Spinach can be incorporated in many savoury dishes, such as salads and pasta sauces, but also is a super addition to homemade shakes and smoothies!
Porridge might not be a crowd pleaser to some, especially those bathing in it with the chicken pox, but it is a true sidekick to your immunity system. Oatmeal is full of vitamin E and beta-glucan fibre which not only helps your immunity system kill off bacteria but strengthens it at the same time. Oatmeal also contains polyphenol antioxidants which calm down inflammation. Oatmeal can be cooked in a series of ways and is very customisable. From gooey chocolatey baked oatmeal to a more simple thick porridge with bananas, oatmeal is a must have to warm you and your immunity system up when feeling ill.
Starting to feel a cold coming along? Have your sniffles turned into a cough and fever? Grab some garlic to fight it off! Garlic is a great natural remedy to reduce and eliminate bacteria and infections. In fact, garlic contains an enzyme called alliinase which transforms into an amino acid called allicin. Allicin reduces the swelling of cells and tissue, and aids cells in fighting off radical bacteria on cells that may lead to an infection. Additionally, garlic wakes up your immune system even before a bug has a chance to attack! Garlic can be strong on it’s own but toasted with honey or added to yogurt provides a double health kick.