Hot drinks and natural remedies to boost your immune system
Flu is hitting hard this winter, with the Australian or Aussie flu being one of the most severe strains circulating out there over these season. The sound of coughing and sneezing are commonplace in the office, the classroom, and public transport. So, if you also are feeling under the weather and want to get rid of the symptoms, or if you just want to improve your chances to make it through winter without suffering from flu and cold, there are some beneficial drinks that will help boost your immune system.
Given that outside winter temperatures are low, a cold beverage may not be your first choice if you are feeling out of sorts. That is why this post is all about cold-fighting hot drinks made out of natural products. This means that you can easily prepare them at home without prescriptions and for very little money. They will not only keep you warm and hydrated, but will also give your immune system the kick-start it needs in this season.
Chicken bone broth
This traditional recipe can be your best ally when it comes to fighting common ailments. Apart from keeping you hydrated, chicken bone broth contains restorative and boosting properties to strengthen the immune system. It is believed that compounds such as collagen and amino-acids such as cysteine act as natural anti-inflammatory agents. These help keep the main symptoms of a cold at bay.
Leek and celery preparation
Although it may have the appearance of soup, this leek and celery preparation can be drunk straight from a mug. Both leek and celery are packed with Vitamin A and C, and other antioxidant compounds. This will give your immune system the boost it needs if you feel weakened.
Simmer half leek and three celery stems for 20 minutes. Then, add a pinch of salt and spices of your choice, and blend until the mixture is smooth. This preparation can perfectly be your supper or dinner. Loss of appetite is quite common when one is feeling unwell. Having your food in fluid form can be the most pleasant way to keep yourself fed and filled with nutrients.
Lemon and honey
Easy to prepare, this is one of the classic go-to drinks to fight off sniffles. Just add a teaspoonful of honey into a mug with hot water and squeeze the juice of the lemon. Stir the mixture together and your immune system booster is ready. Lemon provides vitamin C with antioxidant compounds that help prevent illnesses and infections. Honey, for its part, alleviates the discomfort caused by aching throats and coughing.
Whilst ginger root goes well with the traditional lemon and honey drink, it contains sufficient immunity boosting properties to work as a hot beverage in its own right. Ginger contains plenty of powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agents that will relieve throat and muscle pain. Besides, this is an easily digestible and diaphoretic drink that triggers transpiration, cleansing your internal organs and banishing unwelcome bugs and viruses. Get your homemade ginger tea ready: grate a piece of ginger and simmer it in boiling water for 8 to 10 minutes. Then, let it steep for a few minutes and add a spoonful of honey to enhance the flavour.
There are many other vegetables, roots, herbs and fruits that can be used for cold-fighting hot drinks. Carrot, garlic, cinnamon and green tea — with its variety matcha leading a new trend — are just some of them.
Staying hydrated is highly important to reduce congestion, sooth your throat, and alleviate inflammation in your muscles. But it is equally important to support your immune system with the intake of antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic nutrients to prevent and fight common ailments. All the drinks in this list are natural remedies that tick both boxes — plus a third extra box for keeping you warm throughout winter!