Hello again, friends. It’s good to be back on the ‘ol blog today. As some of you may know, I came down with some pretty crazy symptoms late last week. Throughout the weekend, I was pretty much horizontal on my couch. Although there is no way to know right now for sure, my symptoms were pretty similar (almost identical) to people who have tested positive for COVID-19 and had a mild case of it. I didn’t even realize it, but I had been feeling sick for quite a while. Today, I am feeling much better than I have in over a month! I have very thankful to be able to write today.
While I was sick, I was thinking of all the things I could do to be less sick. Once you’re sick, it’s easy to feel like it’s too late to do anything, but I truly think the body is good at healing itself if it has the right tools to do so. Because I couldn’t keep any food down, I made a drink I have made before to keep my vitamins and electrolytes up. I decided to make a post about this drink and a few others that have been very helpful for me, whether for everyday health or to help minimize my inflammation.
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Electrolyte + anti-inflammation drink
I drank one of these twice a day during the time I couldn’t eat, to make sure I had enough electrolytes and add some vitamin C and anti-inflammatory agents. This is by far one of the best healing drinks you can make and drink every day. I drink this fairly regularly for my arthritis and because I frequently use intermittent fasting. This is also a great drink if you’re fasting for any reason. Remove the No Salt and pink himalayan salt if you’re eating regular meals.
- 16 – 20 oz of water (less water = stronger concoction). Some swear by warm water. I do 8 oz of room temp water mixed with 8 oz of plain cold seltzer water for some added zest. Do not add seltzer water if suffering from GI issues
- 1 lemon
- 1 tsp of: cinnamon, turmeric, ground ginger
- A dash of No Salt (if fasting or unable to eat)
- 1 grind of pink himalayan salt (if fasting or unable to eat)
Add all the ingredients and stir. Consume at normal pace. Discontinue if this upsets your stomach more, as lemon can sometimes cause issues.
Lemon has always been a common ingredient in healing drinks. It’s packed with vitamin C and fiber, something very much needed if you’re feeling run down. The spices (cinnamon, turmeric, and ground ginger) are all known to help reduce inflammation. Added together, this drink has an agreeable zesty flavor that can be easy to consume even if you are ill. The No Salt will have a good amount of potassium and magnesium to replace some of the vitamins you’re missing if you’re unable to eat, and the pink himalayan salt will also help keep your electrolytes up.
Chinese medicine healing drinks
A few years ago, I was at an acupuncture appointment and was just beginning to get sick. I could feel my body wearing down. It was cold and flu season, so I knew what was about to hit. I didn’t bother mentioning it to my doctor, as I would usually go there to focus on my arthritis or gut health issues. While checking my Qi, Dr. Ping said, “You are sick.” Not “are you sick?” but “you are sick.” I was sort of shocked as I was new to acupuncture and wasn’t presenting any signs, but I responded, “yes, I think I just started coming down with something.”
Dr. Ping sat back, concerned. “You really need to start drinking ginger tea NOW,” he said. He proceeded to carefully give me the recipe for it. Apparently, ginger tea is a healing drink widely used in Chinese medicine for colds, but it’s best used early on.
- Ginger root
- Tea ball
- Hot water
- Raw honey (optional)*
- Cinnamon (optional)
Peel the ginger root and cut into small bits or grate and pack into a tea ball. Boil water and put in mug with tea ball to steep. Add optional cinnamon to taste. Let steep for 10 minutes. Add honey to taste. Enjoy.
I can’t say for certain whether this helped my cold or not, but ginger is known to help with immunity, inflammation, and digestion. This drink can be consumed regularly and is a nice tea to drink before bed and use to de-stress from a long day.
*A note on honey: please make sure you’re buying quality honey, locally-sourced is the best. If you purchase honey from an international brand at the supermarket, the odds are that the honey is fake. Support your local apiaries.
Who doesn’t love a good smoothie? I’m a huge fan of them. Not only are they delicious and a great way to start your day, but they can be extremely healthy for you. When I was younger, I thought smoothies were all about bananas and sugary substances. There’s a way to make a great-tasting smoothies that can be a healing drinks as well. Here’s one of my favorite smoothies.
- 10 oz of unsweetened coconut or almond milk
- 3/4 cup of frozen pineapple chunks
- 1 tbsp of lime juice or 1 lime freshly squeezed
- 1 tsp of turmeric, ground ginger, and cinnamon
- A serving of protein powder of your choice
- 1 tbsp of chia seeds
I love this smoothie because it not only tastes good but it adds some of my favorite anti-inflammatory spices (turmeric, ginger, and cinnamon) along with some healthy fats and fiber. Sometimes when I drink this, I think about adding alcohol because it’s just so festive and delicious. It’s extremely refreshing and takes you right to a nice summer day on the beach.
Adding healing drinks to your everyday routine
Adding these healing drinks to your everyday life and diet is such a good way to make sure you’re getting some much-needed vitamins, minerals, and hydration without even thinking about it. Boring ol’ water gets old, why not kick it up a notch and add some healthy ingredients as part of a balanced and healthy life. Of course, don’t forget to drink your recommended daily amount of water either. It’s important that we do not skimp on healthy living, especially right now.
I hope you all stay well and happy!