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Fight Your Cold The Natural Way

by Anneliese Weinhandl

Learning how to fight your cold the natural way will be a lesson for life. Woken up sick? So has half of Melbourne. Along with the winter weather comes the winter cold, and along with anti-biotics and other cold and flu tablets comes dehydration and the death of good bacteria in your body. The stuff behind the counter that reads ‘extra strength’ will no doubt make your cold disappear but what about the effects after that? Below are six natural remedies to help you feel better the al-naturale way.


Hell yeah H20! As soon as you start feeling sick, drink as much water as you can. The water will help keep you hydrated and work to flush toxins out of your body, which in turn will help accelerate your body’s natural healing process. And a hot tip, drink as much water as you can at all times, your body and every organ inside of it will thank you.


You’ve probably heard by now that probiotics are where it’s at. Probiotics have been found to boost the immune system, and help repopulate the healthy bacteria in your digestive system which will have you feeling better in no time. You can take probiotics in tablet form but we like to ingest it through food, the natural way. Load up on miso, sauerkraut, kombucha and yoghurt or any other food/drink that says it has live bacteria.


On a normal night, you should aim to get around eight hours of sleep and when you’re sick, add a few more hours onto that. Rest also doesn’t have to mean dream land under the dooner cover with ear plugs in and an eye mask. Rest can just be taking it easy, like couch time or reading a book. Allow yourself to slow down so the body is able to repair and restore itself.

Hot Shower

A hot shower will help relieve tension and relax the body, helping to sooth any of the aching muscles that come hand in hand with the flu. And bonus, the steam will help with sore throats and nasty coughs.

Vitamin C

As soon as your body is under attack from bacteria or viruses, it needs heavy doses of vitamin C. Load up on citrus fruits, berries, dark leafy greens and pumpkin soup.


An old wives tale, yes, but garlic has been found to be a powerful antioxidant with antibacterial, antimicrobial and antiviral properties.  Our tip? Swallow a clove or two whole if you start to feel a little sick. And wash it down with lots and lots of water.