Do you know how to get rid of a stomachache or a ruthless sore throat without all the medication? Have you ever wondered if feeling better using a holistic or natural method was even possible? Well, it is. It’s easy to ease your symptoms with some simple items that can be found in your kitchen. When you’re fighting various illnesses, whether it is indigestion, a sore throat or a common cold, here are just four awesome foods you can use to help.
Ginger is great for many reasons but two of my favorite uses for ginger are for nausea and inflammatory-related ailments. I don’t know about you, but when you come down with a stomach flu, you want nothing more than to stop vomiting. For some the stomach flu is as simple as feeling nauseous, for others, there’s diarrhea and/or vomiting. It’s unpleasant and debilitating. So, how can you help alleviate these symptoms without popping a bunch of pills? Use ginger! Even the name sounds kind, and it’s nothing but kind; kind to your belly. To use, purchase some ginger root at the store for a couple of bucks. Go home, cut off the exterior, and chomp away at the root. If this is to hard to swallow (pun intended), cut the ginger into squares and place them in your water. Do make sure you wash the root thoroughly before eating and/or submerging into your water. Both ways work wonders for getting rid of nausea, tummy pains, and diarrhea.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Do you have diarrhea? Well in addition to chomping away at some ginger root for your nausea, consider taking a shot of apple cider vinegar, too. Apples contain pectin which allows water to flow in through your cells and not lose their form. When this happens, the pectin edifies the stool.
Here’s another one of my wild, but effective tactics. Eat a whole garlic and boost your immune system. Yes, eat it raw. Don’t cook it. Garlic, like the other incredible foods listed in this article, acts as a natural antibiotic. Unbeknownst to me until recently, it actually was used to heal gangrene (as noted by WebMD). Garlic is said to ward off vampires for a reason. It’s likely that people too will want to stay away as the odors expressed from your breathe will seem infectious. Fear not, however, garlic is potent for immunity boosting reasons. Give it a go!
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Honey and Lemon
This trick I learned when I was really young and was taking vocal lessons. I was training in foreign vocals (like Italian and German songs), and if you’ve ever heard this genre of music, you’d know the notes vary quickly. High to low or high all the time. When you practice a lot, your voice can get tired and raspy despite vocal warm-ups and taking care of yourself. Before recitals, I would load up on a mix of honey and lemon. I was taught that honey was a way to coat the lining of your throat while the lemon was to kill off any damage via acidity. As I’ve aged, I’ve learned that honey is a natural antibiotic and lemon acts as a natural antiseptic. With these two immune boosting heroes, a sure shot of healing should be headed your way!
Certain foods can be a powerful form of natural medicine. People turn to chemically laced medicines all too often, when in some cases, a natural remedy, such as the right food, can bring relief and healing. Have any other foods you use to boost your immune system? Comment below.