I love to use natural remedies at home to combat infection, sickness, and colds at home. If I can help it, I like to keep out family home, getting good rest, and avoiding doctor’s offices and over the counter medicines. I think fevers should burn whenever possible!
I have written my go to 18 ways to kick a cold here. They work for us, and we use them again and again.
But what about some new and unusual remedies? In the last year I have done a lot of reading about metabolism and how to lower stress and increase energy. The same principles apply when you are sick. Maybe even more so!
So that was when I realized that I have experienced a shift in how I approach colds and flus in our house. Meet my 3 weird cold remedies!
- Sugar, Starch, Grains: When your body is sick, your body is stressed. Eating foods that sound good to you will most likely lower the stress response in the body, producing a relaxing effect that can allow your immune system to do it’s job more efficiently. This is why I am no longer afraid of sugar, starches, or even grains (if you tolerate them). Yep, even sugar. Even popular websites admit that there isn’t evidence that you can be “addicted” to sugar, hyperbolic rhetoric in media aside.
Starchy foods in particular, like potatoes and bananas, help my body burn a little warmer metabolically. Don’t be afraid of these foods when you are sick! Get more information on how to eat for heat here.
- Dairy: There’s an old wives tale that dairy produces more phlegm, and so you shouldn’t have dairy or drink milk when you are sick and have more mucus than usual. But here’s the thing: if our body makes more mucus when we are sick to help combat the sickness, why to we want less of it? For that reason alone I don’t worry about drinking raw milk or having dairy when I am sick. If it sounds good to me when I am sick, I eat it or drink it. But get this: it’s not even true! Dairy can make phlegm thicker, but it does not cause your body to make more. (source)
Raw dairy is known for it’s enzymatic and beneficial effect on digestion. Plus, dairy tends to make you burn a little hotter metabolically. When you are sick, your immune system can use this metabolic boost. As usual, make sure your dairy is chosen from organic sources, and raw if possible. Find raw dairy near you here.
- Turmeric: Turmeric is all the rage lately, showing up in cold remedies and juices instead of the usual Indian curries that I am used to! But turmeric is an excellent cold remedy, since it is known for being anti-inflammatory, improving an upset stomach, and reducing pain (source).
I like to stir a scoop into tea, or add it to smoothies or fresh juices. Carrot juice with turmeric is especially yummy! Get organic turmeric here.
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