Natural tips to fight Mr. Cold & Ms. Flu

IMG_7138It's that time of year..where your find yourself stuck in bed, no energy, sneezing, coughing and so on...yes, Mr. Cold & Ms. Flu are paying you a visit and I think it's safe to say we're just right in the middle of it! Here are a few natural tips and remedies to help you fight and prevent getting a cold: Listen To Your Body:

  • Time to slow down and get some rest. A good night sleep can do wonders for your immune system and help a lot with stress, fatigue and cold symptoms.
  • Go for a sauna/ hammam. A good sweat helps to detox and get rid of toxins. Humidity is also good to reduce coughing and congestion.
  • Take time for yourself. Bring the wellness to your home with a candlelit bubble bath or shower. Water therapies can really make you feel better if you're feeling under the weather. During the colder months, it's good to slow down a bit and do things for yourself. Self care is definitely something you want to add to your day. Maybe its a good time to stay home under the covers and read that book you've been wanting to start or go for a massage.
  • Listen to your body! It's better to rest for a few days until you get back on your feet then to drag your viruses and feeling sick for days or weeks..

Eat & Drink, the healthy way:

  • Drink green juices and green smoothies daily to boost your antioxidants intake.
  • Drink plenty of fluids- water, herbal teas. Our homes are so dry due to overheating, it's important to keep hydrated. On this note, open your windows everyday to get some fresh air into your home.
  • Warm water with lemon juice (vitamin C, immune system booster), ginger (antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory and specially known to fight colds), a dash of cayenne pepper (vitamin A, antioxidant and help to decrease fever) and turmeric (anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antioxidant). It's my favorite detox drink.
  • Add some immune system booster food like garlic: it's the king of natural remedies with antibacterial components, it has more effect if eaten raw, like in salad dressing or in your juice if you feel strong enough to try it! ;) , broccoli, kale and everything green leafy vegetables.
  • Elderberries are famous to speed recovery and boost the immune system. They contain vitamin A,B,C and amino acids.
  • Food rich in vitamin A, C, and Zinc.
  • Eat soups, vegetables and fruits. Avoid sugar, dairy and processed foods as they produce inflammation in the body and just make things worse.

A strong immune system is the best prevention to avoid catching a cold. So, keep a healthy diet with lots of nutrients, vitamins, exercise and a good laugh the whole year!

What are your natural remedies to fight colds & flus? Would love to hear yours!

Happy Vitamin Day!

Sources:

http://www.wellnesstoday.com/nutrition/5-natural-alternatives-flu-shots

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/15/cold-flu-prevention-natural-immune-boosters_n_2474430.html#slide=1984564

http://www.livestrong.com/article/278219-medical-benefits-of-cayenne-pepper/

Great reasons to start juicing!

"Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food"

Hippocrates

Hippocrates, "the father of western medicine" understood it all- centuries ago. Food has wonderful healing powers. I am amazed every time when I look for benefits of fruits, vegetables, nuts & grains and even spices and how much nutrients they contain and how they can help  you fight against infections, disease and just bring you health. Nature is beautifully done. A lot of people take pills to heal from headaches to insomnia automatically without even wondering why it happens. I'm not saying to stop taking them but being more aware of your own body and needs is essential to understand the mechanism for a healthy life. When we pay more attention and listen to our body, we realize it is trying to warn us and give us signs through symptoms that something is wrong. Treat your body as a temple, it is the most precious gift you own. The better nourished and took care of, the better it will shine for you. Juicing is one way to bring health and glow to your life.

Juicing has been a wonderful discovery for me and it improved my health and my whole being on so many levels. I drank fresh juices before, but mainly fruits or carrots, not on a weekly basis and never juiced myself besides orange juice. I learned about juicing through my yoga classes and Internet. I started to be really interested and curious in nutrition and health. When you taste a fresh home made juice for the first time, you will directly see the difference with bottled juices and will never want to go back! It feels like a health potion! I can feel all those super vitamins and all the goodness they contain going through my body. I love that you can improve your health, your wellbeing, your mood with juicing. It really is part of my lifestyle now and couldn't live without it! I really recommend to everyone to start juicing and add those super vitamins and see for yourself how it can improve your energy and health. You don't have to change your diet, just add a juice once a week or every few days, with your meal or in between. You'll surprise yourself wanting more! ;)

I've seen positive changes on friends who added juices to their diet. They felt great and saw it on their skin, mood and diet afterwards and started spreading the love for juices! ;)

"Juicing is the 15 minutes nutrient express to health"

Jason Vale, Hungry for Change Film

Benefits of juicing

1. Daily dose of fruits & veggies

Vegetables are usually a side dish, something you add to your meal and sometimes it's not even there. If you are busy and don't have time to prepare a healthy meal or if you're not a veggie fan, juicing is a perfect way to add your daily dose of fruits and vegetables into your diet and you'll get even more than the usual recommended size.

2. Energy

I think this is one of the best reason to start juicing and one of the best benefits you'll see. It gives you energy. At the time I started juicing, I was juicing a lot, drinking green smoothies and eating lots of raw food. I never had that much energy. I was in great mood from the minute I woke up until evening when I was working out and didn't want to stop! All the vitamins and nutrients are a great source for your level of energy. Juicing gives a rest to your digestive system as it goes directly to your bloodstream and is digested in 15 minutes. The vitamins and minerals are directly active in your cells. So all the extra energy that isn't used for your digestion can be used for exercise.

3. Detox

Thanks to those vegetables, specially the green leafy ones packed with chlorophyll, which are full of nutrients, are good to detox your body. It energizes the cell in your body. It cleanses the liver, purifies the blood, prevent cancer.

4. Happy state of mind

Since it will give you more energy, the happy mood will show up! There's also this good feeling about being healthy that comes with juicing.

5. Weight loss

It can be a good start to pay more attention to what you are eating and could help you with losing some weight. Your cravings will disappear and you'll be soon choosing healthier choice. Starting your meal with a juice is a good way to eat/drink more of the good food as you might be less tempted with junk food after drinking it. Don't think as you need to avoid certain kind of foods, just add juices and vegetables and your body will see the difference and will ask for more.

7. Boost your immune system

Fruits and veggies are packed with nutrients, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, antioxidant and phytonutrients, which are mainly alkaline food and strengthen the immune system against infections and colds.

8. Skin & Hair glowing

Your skin will start glowing! For real!;) I can see the difference on my face and whole body.

 

What you need:

  • a juicer (if you don't have one, you can use a blender and a strainer to remove the pulp- it won't be the exact same texture though). There's different types of juicer with very different prices. Go with the juicer you can afford at the moment and you can always change later if  you feel like it. It's better to start juicing instead of waiting for the perfect juicer.
  • fruits & vegetables (organic is better if you have the budget for it)

Juicing can be quite expensive and a lot of people can be influenced by that. You don't need to be juicing every day or every week. It's always better to juice once in a while than never, right?! I see this as an investment for my health.

Happy juicing day!

Sources:

  • "Les meilleurs jus de fruits et de légumes", Sonia Tybergien, 1993
  • http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-5197/4-Reasons-Why-You-Should-Try-Juicing.html