We understand, parents don't necessarily get any 'sick days'. So when a cold comes calling, it's important to take action right away - those bento-style lunches won't pack themselves!
1) Honey: with its natural antibacterial properties, it can help fight off bacteria and viruses which in turn helps reduce inflammation caused by a sore throat.
The texture of this age-old remedy is soothing to the trachea, making it's addition to your medicine cabinet a must.
Enjoy a tablespoon either on its own or by stirring it around in some hot warm water.
2) Garlic: just like honey has antibacterial properties, garlic has both antibacterial and antiviral properties. Plus, it's antifungal. Making it a triple threat to colds and flu!
A simple way to increase your intake during cold and flu season is by adding it to a variety of your meals, raw. Or let it sit for about 10 minutes before simmering it into your cooked food.
3) Ginger: easily consumable, it lends itself to be added into morning recipes (such as smoothies), afternoon meals, and even desserts. There is no ONE way to have some ginger.
As an agent against inflammation, steep 2 tablespoons of freshly chopped ginger in hot water, two to three times a day. Add some lemon and honey for an extra kick against that stubborn cold.
4) Chicken Soup: a childhood favourite. The stock in chicken soup is what gives it the amazing benefits.
Stock, versus broth, is made by having the chicken bones cooked in water for a few hours. Giving the minerals, such as zinc and magnesium, enough time to seep into the liquid - which you drink! And zinc has proven to help shorten the duration of a cold by 50% (as per this article in WebMD).
5) Plain Water: that's correct. Plain. Old. Water.
Increase your water intake during cold and flu season. The air is drier, which makes you more susceptible to getting dehydrated much more often - many times without really noticing. Translating it to a run down immune system.
Give your system a hand by loading up on that water. Flush it out. Maybe add a lemon or orange wedge for flavour.
And can you make sure to give yourself a restful night sleep? Sleep can do wonders for that achey body!