How to get over a cold (health shot & soup)

Hey friends,

The fall season is great with beautiful orange leaves, pumpkin spice latte and warm cozy sweaters. But with the changing of the season, a lot of us catch the cold and get sick.

Whether you are already sick or are starting to feel a little sick, here are a few get-healthy-tips from me that I do regularly whenever I feel a cold creeping up.

1. The Health Ginger Shot:

Every time I have the slightest feeling that I’m starting to get sick, I make myself this health shot and I always feel so much better afterwards.

Ingredients

  • 1 fresh orange
  • fresh ginger (thumb size)
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp honey

Method

  1. Wash and cut the orange into wedges. Peal off the peal and place the orange into a smoothie maker. Roughly cut the ginger into pieces and place it into the blender and add the rest of the ingredients.
  2. Add about 60-100ml of water to loosen things up and mix on high speed until smooth. Drink the ginger shot fresh.

2. Hot shower

This is also something I do whenever I feel sick or feel like I’m about to get sick. And that is to take a really hot shower. This is something a 90 year old relative taught me, and she hasn’t been to the doctor in over ten years.

What you do is shower the back of your neck as hot as you can bear for a few minutes and repeat this as desired.

The main goal is to get your body to sweat, kind of like in the sauna.

3. Lemon Tea with Honey

Of course drink lots of fluids like water or tea. I like to drink lemon and honey tea. Lemon has that great immune boosting Vitamin C and honey has anti-bacterial properties.

4. Lots of rest and light excersise

I refrain from heavy workouts, since I’ve had the experience of feeling even more sick the next day. Instead, opt for light exercise like taking a walk to get your blood flow going.

5. Energizing Lentil Stew

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Ingredients

  • 2 large carrots
  • 2 fresh celery stocks
  • 1 large onion
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 400g canned diced tomatoes
  • 100g lentils
  • 400ml vegetable stock
  • 2 dried bay leaves
  • 1 tbsp dried parsley
  • optional: spinach

Method

  1. Optional but recommended: wash and soak the lentils for 2h before cooking.
  2. Roughly cut the carrots and celery. Then dice the onion and mince the garlic.
  3. Heat up a large pot with olive oil on medium high heat. Add the onions first until translucent before adding the garlic. Stir for a few minutes before adding the celery, carrots and parsley.
  4. After a few minutes add the diced tomatoes, stock and soaked lentils. Stir and add the bay leaves. Cover and let simmer on low heat until the lentils are done or longer (about 20min, if lentils were soaked)
  5. Once the stew is done, season with salt and pepper and optionally add spinach for added nutrition.

Hope you found these tips helpful. If you are currently sick, I hope you feel better soon. Share these tips with anyone who could really benefit from these.

 

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