As I slumped dejectedly in my bed, barely able to breathe through my nose, feeling like I’d been hit by a truck and clutching an ever-thinning roll of toilet paper, I realised that while I eat pretty healthily and have got (most of) my emotional shit together, my holistic health was a bit lacking when it came to supporting my immune system.
A bad cold is a bit like a bad hangover, and lying there in the midst of all I got a bit of the guilts recognising that I could have done a bit more to prevent my current situation. Aside from trying to stay warm and eating lots of greens, I hadn’t really prepared by troops for battle all that well in the descent into cold and flu season. So how to fix it now that I was a hot mess? Like a rally cry, “Vitamin C!” immediately popped into my head. I grabbed my laptop, excited to ask Dr. Google how much I could consume to start feeling like a human being again. However, as I started reading, I was surprised to realise that Vitamin C is more about prevention than cure. In other words...
Eating an orange won't cure a cold.
Vitamin C in fruits and veggies help to build a strong immune system but by the time you’ve fallen prey to a virus it’s bit too late. If you get your intake of Vitamin C daily, however, it will provide you with a whole host of health benefits, including:
We also need Vitamin C to be able to absorb iron, so to say it’s important is a huge understatement.
It's also vital that we add it to our diet every day because, as a water soluble compound, our body can't store any extra - it just gets flushed out when we pee. Luckily, it's pretty easy to get the recommended dose into your body!
I found a couple of diagrams over at www.nutritionfoundation.org.nz showing how much you need and where you can find it. it’s easy to see that even for most of us, even if you had just half a red capsicum every day you’d still be well over double your RDI of Vitamin C.
But what if, like me, you’re a bit late on the prevention and you need the cure?
With a viral cold and flu, bedrest and liquids are really the only answers, BUT I also found Ginger, Lemon and Honey tea to be a lifesaver. There is an awesome recipe for a ginger tea base that you can make and keep on hand at this awesome blog called Simple Green Smoothies.
I basically just grated about a tbsp of fresh ginger into a mug and added 1 tsp of honey and lots of lemon. Ginger helps you sweat out a cold, thins your mucus (that’s a good thing…), reduces fever, is antiseptic, has a slight sedative effect, boosts circulation and has about 12 antiviral compounds. (note: If you’re not used to fresh ginger, this will feel like a tiny fist punching you in the back of your tonsils. But trust me, then you feel better).
Hopefully this spares you the tissues over the winter months!
photo from www.simplegreensmoothies.com
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