Food remedies

Students have already been visiting the Eastern University Health Center with a variety of cold and flu symptoms. The most common solutions prescribed for these symptoms are Mucinex, Sudafed, Cough Syrup and other similar medications.

These conventional remedies may be well and good, but during flu and cold season it is easy to get fed up with all of this medicine. Fortunately, there are other options, like these easy food remedies.

1. Vitamin C to Prevent Colds: Boost your immune system with natural sources of vitamin C like as oranges and orange juice, broccoli, kiwi and bell peppers. Studies have shown that vitamin pills are much less effective at warding off many diseases than are those vitamins that occur naturally in the food we eat.

2. Thyme for a Cough: If the troublesome news about over-the-counter cough syrup has you down, try this natural alternative. Add three tablespoons of dried thyme to one pint of boiling water. Let it cool, then add one cup of honey. Take one teaspoon every hour as needed. You can store the mix in the fridge for up to three months.

3. Tea for Sore Throats:

A little illness can take a lot out of you, like your voice or your desire to open your mouth and speak at all. For a sore throat, tea is a remedy as old as time.

4. Nuts for Energy: Look to unsalted nuts like almonds for a good energy boost. Raisins or dried apricots are also good options.

5. Garlic for a Runny Nose: Just add garlic to your

meals for both a short-term treatment and long-term fortification against the next cold or flu virus.



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