Many of us have been feeling under the weather and staying at home lately. You may have been asking yourself if there’s any way to make yourself feel better and recover naturally – without relying on medication that comes with a laundry list of negative side effects? The good news is… that there are plenty!
Zinc is a vital mineral that your body needs for countless processes. Because your body doesn’t produce zinc naturally, you must obtain it through food and supplementation. However, that does not mean that zinc is ‘unnatural’. In fact, it is the second most abundant trace mineral found in your body (after iron), and is present in every one of your 37 trillion cells.
Because zinc is necessary for your cells to function, a deficiency can lead to a poor immune response, which means you get sick quicker and stay sick for longer. This can be prevented by eating zinc rich foods such as meat, legumes, seeds and nuts, or taking zinc supplements which can be found at your local pharmacy.
Vitamin D is created within the human body as a response to sun exposure, but it can also be boosted by eating certain foods or supplementation. Despite its name, Vitamin D is not actually a vitamin, as the body is unable to create vitamins itself.
Vitamin D has multiple roles in the body such as promoting healthy bones, regulating insulin levels, supporting lung function and cardiovascular health to name just a few. It is also an important asset in your body’s defence against the flu as it assists in the strengthening of the body’s immune system.
This is a bright yellow powder comes from the rootstalk of the turmeric plant. A recent 2020 study has shown that it acts as an antimicrobial agent, which helps to limit the replication of many different fungi, bacteria and viruses.
Curcumin is available as an herbal supplement, and can be made as a tea for the drinker to benefit from its potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It may help to alleviate lung inflammation induced by flu-like infections.
It’s the first or second thing that comes to mind when we think of orange juice. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps protect your cells from free radicals – unstable molecules that can damage the cells in the body. It is vital for maintaining a healthy immune system and fast tracking your recovery and wellness, but as it is a vitamin, your body does not produce it and so it needs to be taken in through food or supplementation. Foods that are high in Vitamin C include oranges, lemons, peppers, strawberries, broccoli and potatoes.
Emu oil has been used for thousands of years by the Australian Aborigines as a cure-all medicine. When applied topically the oil has amazing and powerful anti-inflammatory properties which work to treat fever-induced muscle and joint pain. If taken orally, emu oil can act as a natural cough syrup alleviating some of the discomfort associated with an inflamed and sore throat.