Saturday, June 6, 2009

Your Well-Being Is Not Found in the Pharmacy

Are you feeling under the weather? Since there were alot of people who were sick all around me, no wonder I came down with a bug too.

Our well-being is not found in the pharmacy, but in the aisles of our supermarkets.
We can warm up our colds, send the viruses packing and boost our immune system with food.

Ginseng tea (hot or iced)helps kill invading viruses by increasing the body's production of key immune cells. In a Candaian study, people who took 400mg og ginseng a day had 25% less colds than the people who did not.

Drink Green Tea. EGCG,is a chemical very potent in green tea. It is known to stop the adenovrus (which is one bug responsible for colds). At the first sign of a cold, start drinking green tea. In most studies, it is found that the brand, Tetley is the most effective.

Eat alot of oranges. The zinc and vitamin C in oranges, won't prevent an oncoming cold, but it might decrease the severitiy of symptoms and the duration of your cold.
One orange provides more than 100% of your daily recommended intake of vitamin C.

The use of olive oil or avocados will provide you with healthy fats, which can help in the aid of inflammation. In one study, the anit-inflammatory compound found in olive oil suppresses the same pain as ibuprofen.

1 comment:

suZen said...

Sorry to hear you got zapped by a bug. I totally agree with you about foods/herbs being the best remedies. This is the first year I haven't caught one bug around me - I started taking Vit. D daily about a year ago - hmmmm. Even my husband, who brings home several bugs every winter from his office was "immune this year for the very first time in 30 years I've known him. Gotta be something to this!