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Mother Nature’s medicine for the common cold

Oh, oh to be plagued by sickness and colds and bugs is just horrid. I’ll be glad to see the back of January and February. It’s taken its toll on my body, and I’ve had enough of it.

My cures are now consisting of the following ingredients:

Avocados; Cucumbers; Mint; Limes; Lemons; Grapefruit; Kale; Spinach; Blueberries; Honey 🙂

Green smoothie. Now doesn't this look good!

Green smoothie. Now doesn’t this look good!

I’m mixing up these things for my medicine pot. Green smoothies are the best – they are packed with vitamins and essential nutrients to help your body get restored. I’m beginning to feel better…slowly.

It only stands to reason that if you want to beat a cold, you need to increase the fruits and vegetables in your diet. 

Of course, the best fruits with a reputation for being high in Vitamin C include:

  • lemons,
  • limes,
  • oranges,
  • grapefruit
  • and pineapple.

Other smoothie-enrichers from the fruit kingdom that also rank at the top of the vitamin C charts include papaya, kiwi, strawberries, cantaloupe and guava.

Broccoli - eat it. Yum.

Broccoli – eat it. Yum.

From the vegetable realm, there are:

  • Brussels sprouts,
  • broccoli,
  • kale,
  • kohlrabi,
  • bell peppers
  • and tomatoes.

The vitamin boost of a green smoothie is an obvious benefit, so I’m getting out the blender again today. Another benefit of this smoothie is the energy increase you get from it, and higher energy means a greater ability to exercise, especially in aerobic activities. And that means fewer colds! I’ll be off to teach class as soon as I’ve had one!

Keep well, one and all!


About the author

Claire Bolden

Claire Bolden McGill is a British expat who lived in Maryland for three years and moved back to the UK in August 2015. Claire wrote about her life as a British expat on the East Coast and now works in travel and hospitality PR in the UK. She still finds time to blog about her repatriation and the reverse culture shock that ensued - and she still hasn't finished that novel, but she's working on it. You can contact Claire via twitter on @clairebmcgill or via her blog From America to England. Contact the author.

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