I’m pretty sure I have the flu. Achey muscles, bad headache, tired. In doing research as to how to make this go away as fast as physically possible, I thought I’d write a quick blog post to share what I’ve found. Most of this may be obvious, but a little reminder never hurt! If you’re reading this while sick – I hope you feel better soon!
#1 CHICKEN AND BROTH-BASED SOUP
Chicken noodle may have been your go-to soup when you had a cold, but why not mix it up with a new recipe? The important thing is to keep the chicken and hot broth elements! Remember, chicken contains an amino acid called cysteine, which helps thin mucus in the lungs, and the hot broth helps keep nasal passages moist, prevent dehydration, and fight inflammation in the throat.
Recipe Suggestion: Try making Gwyneth Palthrow’s Coconut Galangal Broth without giggling at the “spring water” and “Himalayan pink salt” on her ingredient list (regular tap water and table salt should work fine!). Add some sliced chicken breast and straw mushrooms (recipe), and ta-da!! We’re making this tonight!
#2 HOT TEA
When I’m sick, I have to make an effort to swap my daily coffee for tea, which can soothe a sore throat, alleviate congestion, and help keep you hydrated. One of my favourite teas can be found at M&S: Aniseed, Fennel, and Liquorice. It sounds strange but it’s absolutely delicious, not too sweet, and incredibly satisfying. Give it a try!
Here are more great tea suggestions that will make your cold feel better.
#3 SPICY FOODS
You’ve experienced it before while eating spicy food…watery eyes, runny nose….I probably don’t have to tell you what an effective natural decongestant spicy foods can be! If you live anywhere near a Mama Lan Restaurant, I highly recommend ordering their beef noodle soup take-away (as I did last night with the flu). It has just enough spice to get things moving!
#4 GET YOUR CITRUS
Vitamin C, found in lemons, oranges and grapefruit, acts as an antioxidant, helping to protect cells from the damage caused by free radicals. What does that mean for you? Drinking hot water with tea and honey, or digging into a grapefruit, may help shorten the duration of your cold or flu. If you have the energy to make something more complicated (or you can put your partner to work!), here are 25 recipes from Bon Appetit that are high on citrus AND flavour! Pictured Below: Striped Bass with Lime Broth