Natural remedies to fight colds and flus |

Natural remedies to fight colds and flus

Tyler Bruno
Special to the Sun

In the winter, your bodyand#8217;s internal thermostat gets a real workout. Some bodies cope better with the constant fluctuation in temperatures than others. Whether you have a robust constitution or have a tendency to get sick often, easy home remedies exist that can help stave off or fight colds and flus.

Two herbs that you can buy at any health food store to stay healthy are astragalus and ginger. Both herbs are great at boosting immunity, warding off viruses and nourishing the heart. Ginger is also anti-inflammatory and astragalus can protect the liver. If you have high blood pressure or difficulty sleeping, however, you should be careful with astragalus.

Getting plenty of vitamin C in your system on a regular basis can also help ward off evil bugs. The recommended daily intake of vitamin C is 90 mg for adult men and 75 mg for adult women. Most people associate vitamin C with oranges, which have 70 mg of vitamin C for each medium orange. Two foods that you might not realize have incredibly high amounts of Vitamin C are broccoli and red bell peppers. Half a cup of raw, red bell peppers has 142 mg of vitamin C and one cup cooked broccoli has 123 mg.

If a bug does get you, you have a couple of options that are inexpensive and effective. Echinacea augustifolia and Echinacea purpurea, if taken at the onset of cold or flu symptoms, has the ability to fight off bacteria, calm inflammation and boost immunity. Be careful if you are taking drugs that suppress your immune system as Echinacea can interfere with their functions.

Another option is homemade tea. A good tea to make if you are coming down with a cold is fresh sliced ginger, lemon and honey. The ginger has antimicrobial properties and can help relieve an upset stomach. The honey can soothe the throat, calm digestion and help kill the nasty germs. The lemon is astringent and can help with a scratchy throat. It also has 45 mg of vitamin C per quarter cup of juice.

Whether you are trying to stay healthy, or combating a virus, try one of these solutions to becoming a healthier you.

and#8212; Tyler Bruno has a Masterand#8217;s degree in Asian medicine and is a board certified acupuncturist and herbalist practicing on Donner Lake in Truckee. Visit, phone (530) 563-6060 or

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