With the sun shining and a fairly warm breeze in the air the past few days here in DC, it's no surprise that spring is around the corner!
Although warmer days bring happy thoughts, March can be a bit of a 'toss-up' month. With one day calling for a chance of snow while the next is 65 and sunny, the change in air can definitely give your immune system a run for its money. Tissue box and cough drops, anyone?
As I myself am currently fighting the early signs of a cold, I wanted to share my wellness tips on how to fight through cold and flu season. Although these tips and tricks may not fully prevent you from catching a cold, these can certainly lessen the symptoms and likely cut the duration of whatever you got goin' on.
Elixir: a magical or medicinal potion; a preparation supposedly able to prolong life.
Though I can't say this concoction will extend life, I can say that is has some pretty magical ingredients. What makes this drink so special is that it includes a host of beneficial herbs and spices that will give your immune system a boost, while also having your digestive tract thank you.
Heres a breakdown of some of the key components to this medicinal mix:
Turmeric: Curcumin is the plant metabolite that is responsible for turmeric's yellow or orange color. Turmeric has been shown to have immense anti-inflammatory effects, anti-cancer properties, and aids in proper digestion.
Ginger: If there's any herb that should be called a superfood, ginger might win the game. Various clinical studies show that ginger helps alleviate nausea, vomiting, indigestion, muscle aches, while also promoting anti-bacterial properties. It also has blood sugar and cholesterol lowering benefits.
Lemon: A natural source of Vitamin C, lemons can help with immunity while also serving as a digestive aid. Warm lemon water has been used for years as a natural remedy to kick-start the GI tract and flush out toxins.
Raw Honey: Boasts a high antioxidant level, and serves as an anti-fungal and anti-bacterial compound. With raw honey naturally containing hydrogen peroxide, an antiseptic, it has also been shown to help heal wounds. Honey has also been used medicinally to soothe a sore throat. Just take 1-2 tsp alone. Hot lemon water + honey also serves as a better cough suppressant than some over the counter drugs. To find all these benefits make sure you are using raw honey, which means it has not been filtered or heated. Raw honey contains all the live enzymes, pollen,propels and floral essences that honeybees put into it.
Cayenne Pepper: Capsaicin is the active ingredient responsible for its heat, which has been used topically to treat aches and pains within the joints.
Black Pepper: Increases the bioavailability of curcumin, aka will help you better absorb turmeric's health benefits!
Now, let's take some shots!
Turmeric-Ginger Wellness Elixir
1/2 inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and grated
1/2 tsp turmeric
juice of 1/2 lemon
1 C. water, boiled
1 tsp raw honey
pinch of cayenne pepper
pinch of crushed black pepper
Directions: Place water in a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Once water is boiled, turn off the heat and place all ingredients into sauce pan and let it sit for 3-5 minutes. Pour liquid through a strainer to get rid of excess pulp if that's not your style.
Enjoy warm to soothe the throat, or chilled if you prefer. Consume within a day.