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For the last 14 years I have been working as a pharmacy technician at our local pharmacy. I am pretty sure that in those 14 years I have seen about 12 million people suffering from colds and flu. Inevitably they ask me “What can I take to get rid of this cold?”. Well, I hate to tell you this but there is NO magic pill to kill off those invading viruses. Sure, you can dose yourself up with over the counter or prescription drugs but those are not without side effects. I am a firm believer in strengthening our natural immunity instead of resorting to chemical treatments whenever possible. Not that I haven’t hit the NyQuil occasionally….it does happen! Of course, it isn’t usually something my patients want to hear but you will get better much faster if you just snuggle up with the right foods, a soft pillow and your box of Kleenex!
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To fight a cold naturally, I have three key nutritional goals when I am sick:
1. Stay hydrated…that means really WELL hydrated! Not just a random glass of juice occasionally. Tea, soup, water with lemon, coconut water…whatever liquid (preferably clear and non caffeinated) you can get in your body will help.
2. Include foods that contain natural immune boosting or germ fighting characteristics. Add in a few vitamins to fill in those nutritional gaps.
3. Eat foods that are easy to digest but filling enough to keep my energy up. That means no fast food just because you don’t feel like cooking.
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This Spicy Lemongrass Soup will help you fight a cold naturally as well as get your head and nose cleared out because it has the added kick of plenty of hot peppers. There is seriously nothing a hate worse than a stuffy nose and jalapenos, cayenne pepper and chili sauce will clear your head fast! Just make sure to keep a nice supply of Kleenex on hand for blowing. I prefer the ones that have a touch of aloe or lotion in them to keep my nose from getting raw.
This Spicy Lemongrass Soup is a perfect way to fight a cold naturally because it contains some serious cold fighting ingredients. Garlic has shown to have natural antimicrobial characteristics and is loaded with antioxidants. Mushrooms contain immune boosting antioxidants and lots of vitamin B for energy. Ginger helps digestion and soothes upset stomachs. Tomatoes, peppers and lime juice all have vitamin C, which is key to fighting a cold. Lemongrass has been shown to have natural antibacterial and pain relieving properties. Put all these ingredients together with a splash of chili paste and you have a cold fighting, head clearing, make me feel better soup! This recipe will make enough for several servings so just store it in the fridge and heat up any time you need a bit of energy and a clear head.
Spicy Lemongrass Soup
If you don’t have the energy to make this soup (but really, it is VERY simple!) you can clear your head just by adding a pinch of cayenne pepper to a cup of immune boosting herbal tea. Add a touch of honey and lemon and settle in with your blanket and box of Kleenex!
Diane has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a Minor in Health Management and Policy. She spent many years working in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging as a way to share this knowledge with others. While passionate about health and the environment she can’t quite give up her favorite Cheetos and Diet Coke! Learn more about her HERE.