Top 4 Natural Home Remedies for Cold

Part of the reason that I haven’t been feeling well has to do with me getting the cold and losing my voice.  After a few months of being strong, despite many people around me getting the cold, I finally succumbed to it.  I didn’t want to go see my family doctor; I knew he would just prescribe me some antibiotics from past experiences.  Too much antibiotics is not good for the body, and I didn’t want any of them in my body.  I wanted to self-heal from this cold using natural ingredients, and see if they would work.  Amazingly, I did get better in a week! 🙂

Below, I will share with you 4 natural remedies that were helpful for me in combating and getting better from the cold.  Please keep in mind, this list is for informational purposes and based on my own experience; I am not a medical professional.  If you have any questions and/or concerns, please consult your doctor, before you try any of these.

1. TURMERIC HOT WATER

I learned from my cooking instructor that turmeric is anti-inflammatory and she has a glass of hot milk with turmeric every night.  She says her nightly turmeric drink has helped to boost her immune system and she feels healthy all the time.  As soon as I felt the beginnings of a sore throat (often the first sign of a cold), I decided to give the turmeric a try.  Instead of putting it into milk, I decided to add 1 teaspoon of it to hot water.  I had one cup daily of this for a week, and believe it is one of the reasons I feel better quickly. 🙂

2. RAW HONEY LEMON WATER

When my sore throat persisted, I began adding raw honey into my daily morning lemon water.  I learned that raw honey (not heated, pasteurized or processed) is an alkaline-forming food with natural vitamins, enzymes and antioxidants. Furthermore, its antibacterial properties is perfect in treating a sore throat, as the honey coats the throat and eases the irritation.  To my delight, I discovered that pairing up 1 tablespoon of raw honey with half a freshly squeezed lemon into a hot/warm cup of water is such a natural soother for the sore throat.

3. HONEY DATES & AMERICAN GINSENG TEA

My brother is currently studying Traditional Chinese Medicine and he was the one who recommended me to drink this concoction after he diagnosed my tongue and heard my cough.

Here is an excellent link to the benefits of the ingredients in this tea and how to make it:

http://soupqueen.blogspot.ca/2007/07/cough-cure-american-ginseng-and-honey.html

4. SLEEP

Last but not least, the most important natural remedy is allowing our body to rest and recover on its own.  Despite my healthy eating and regular exercise routine, I knew I was lacking in sleep during the past few weeks due to various reasons.  When I finally lost my voice in addition to the above two symptoms of the cold I mentioned, I knew my immune system was endangered.  Therefore, I decided to take two days off from work.  I was lucky those days were attached to the weekend so I had four days to fully rest both my body and voice at home, and by Monday, I was almost back to normal. 🙂

Baby-Sleep

Here are 2 links that I found helpful in explaining why sleep is so important to our health.  Sleeping well is definitely one of the keys in maintaining good health.  Check it out when you have time:

http://www.health.harvard.edu/press_releases/importance_of_sleep_and_health

http://healthysleep.med.harvard.edu/need-sleep/whats-in-it-for-you/health

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The Best Drink in the World!

Good morning friends!

It’s the middle of the week, and some people may call it  “Slump Day”.  I used to be one of those people who think so.  However, as I slowly moved towards a healthy eating & balanced lifestyle, I no longer feel this way.  One of the reasons is this simple, small and yet very effective habit or action that I think contributed to my increased energy level throughout the day.  It is simply having a glass or cup of warm water with freshly squeezed lemon (about half of a lemon) every day, first thing in the morning, before eating breakfast. It works wonders!

I have been doing this for almost a year now, and let me tell you, I have never felt so alive, as if I can accomplish anything, even challenges thrown my way on a regular basis.  Today is one of those days, that I have like a million tasks that need to get done, but I feel I can do it all, and part of the reason is all due to my favourite and I think, the best drink in the world: Warm Lemon Water! 🙂

If you have not started this yet, I encourage and challenge you to give it a try now!!  Let me know how you feel in a few months! 😉

HAPPY WEDNESDAY!! 😀

Love, Violet

P.S. I found this awesome poster online that explains all the health benefits of drinking lemon water, enjoy!! 🙂

Lemon Water Benefits

 

A Simple & Satisfying Superfoods Salad!

My Avocado, Blueberry and Kale Salad, minus the chia seeds and pumpkin seeds.  In my haste to eat it, I forgot to add them for the photo!

My Avocado, Blueberry and Kale Salad, minus the chia seeds and pumpkin seeds. In my haste to eat it, I forgot to add them for the photo!

Lately, I’ve been absorbed in reading about the kinds of healthy food we should eat to maintain good health and nutrition.  I learned about the “superfoods”.  It is a term coined for food that have many health and healing benefits and nutrients for the body.  I have been slowly adding some of them into my daily diet.  Of course, there are so many of them, that one can get overwhelmed.  Therefore, it’s one day at a time for me!

Anyways, the other night I was flipping through my newly purchased book written by Kimberly Snyder called The Beauty Detox Foods: Discover the Top 50 Beauty Foods that Will Transform Your Body and Reveal a More Beautiful You, and was excited to try her Blueberry & Avocado Salad recipe, since I love both of these superfoods, and knew I had them in stock.  Today seemed like the perfect day to try it out as I felt like having something light and refreshing for lunch.

In my journey of healthy eating so far, I learned that making your own food is so much better because you control what goes into your mouth, and ultimately your body!

Without further ado, please enjoy my version of the salad, inspired by Kimberly Snyder, using some other superfoods.  I guarantee that you will find this salad simple to taste and make, but very satisfying!

VIOLET’S AVOCADO, BLUEBERRY & KALE SALAD

Makes: 1 serving

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: about 20 minutes

Ingredients:

1 cup kale leaves

1 cup blueberries

1/2 or 1 peeled and chopped into cubes/sliced avocado (the amount depends on how filling you want your salad)

1-2 wedges of lemon

1 tablespoon of chia seeds or pumpkin seeds (or both if you prefer, both are a source of protein; if you prefer to eat your salad without them, you can also leave them out)

Instructions:

  1. Wash, drain and dry blueberries and kale.
  2. Toss kale and blueberries together in a salad bowl with freshly squeezed lemon juice from the wedge of lemon.
  3. Place chopped/sliced avocado on top of the salad, and if you prefer, you can also squeeze a little bit of lemon juice on them.
  4. If you have chia seeds and/or pumpkin seeds, sprinkle them into the salad as well.
  5. Mix the salad and enjoy!

Special Information on Each Superfood & Its Benefits:

Avocado- It is filled with fiber and healthy fats, lowers cholesterol,  and keeps skin smooth and youthful.  It helps protect the body from heart disease, cancer, degenerative eye and brain diseases.

Blueberries- They are high in water and fiber, which help to cut down sugar cravings.  They make eyes (the antioxidant anthocyanin strengthens eyes and vision) and skin beautiful, plus promote brain function, lower stress level, and boost energy.  They also help to prevent the body from diseases such as cancer, heart disease, stomach ulcers and high blood pressure.

Chia Seeds- They are high in fiber, antioxidants, omega-3 fats, protein, calcium, potassium and iron.  They are a good workout food, as they supply the body with strengthening and toning nutrients.  They also help with digestion.  The most amazing thing about this superfood is that they swell more than 5 times their weight in liquid so it means when you add 1-2 tablespoons of them to meals, you will feel fuller faster, and have a long burning source of energy.

Kale-  It is rich in iron, copper, minerals, vitamins A, C, E and K, magnesium,  calcium, and omega-3 fats, and antioxidants.  It is high in fiber so it helps to tone up the body, and make it strong and resilient.  Also, it is an anti-cancer and anti-aging food!  One cup of kale provides about 10% of the RDA of omega-3 fatty acids, which help fight against arthritis, asthma and autoimmune disorders.  Other interesting facts about this superfood is that per calorie, it has more iron than beef, and more calcium than milk!  No wonder it is called “the new beef” and “the queen of greens”!!

Lemon- It is rich in vitamin C, balances our pH level, detoxifies the liver, helps to eliminate waste in our body and improves our digestion.

Pumpkin Seeds- They are rich in zinc, magnesium, iron, calcium, phosphorous, manganese, copper, sulfur, vitamins A, B, C, E, K, fatty acids, and protein, and contribute to the growth of healthy and shiny hair.  The high zinc content helps in avoiding acne and other skin imbalances.  They help stabilize blood sugar which means weight loss.  Like the lemon, they balance the body’s pH level.  A great fact to know, if you’re looking into moving away from getting protein from meat, is that a 1/4 cup serving of pumpkin seeds provides approximately 16 percent of your daily value of protein.

Sources I took information from, and if you would like to read more about each superfood:

The Beauty Detox Foods: Discover the Top 50 Beauty Foods that Will Transform Your Body and Reveal a More Beautiful You by Kimberly Snyder

http://www.naturalnews.com/038324_food_superfood_nutritional_density.html

http://kimberlysnyder.net/blog/2012/03/31/12-superfoods-for-a-healthier-lifestyle/

http://kimberlysnyder.net/blog/2011/08/23/5-superfoods-that-improve-your-memory/

http://kimberlysnyder.net/blog/2011/06/07/25-snacks-that-will-give-you-energy-througout-the-day/

http://www.drfranklipman.com/the-super-7-foods-with-benefits/

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-4408/Top-10-Health-Benefits-of-Eating-Kale.html

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-8354/5-amazing-benefits-of-drinking-lemon-water.html

http://www.care2.com/greenliving/16-health-benefits-of-lemons.html

http://getmotivatedpaige.blogspot.ca/2013/01/10-reasons-lemon-juice-is-superfood.html

http://www.care2.com/greenliving/10-health-benefits-of-pumpkin-seeds.html

http://www.livestrong.com/article/253658-what-are-the-benefits-of-eating-pumpkin-seeds/

What are your favourite superfoods, and how do you eat them?

I would love to hear how you add them into your diet, and learn some new recipes for my healthy eating lifestyle!

Thanks & Love, Violet