Natural Antibiotics for Cold & Flu Season

natural-antibiotics-for-cold-flu-seasonAntibiotics allow you to treat infections and viruses that invade your body and cause any number of illnesses or conditions. For the cold and flu season, specialists from Functional Medicine Los Angeles provide some natural antibiotics that can help fight these illnesses and keep you feeling well throughout the season.

  • Garlic

    The first natural antibiotic that can help you when cold and flu season arrives is garlic. Garlic is a type of spice that many people are familiar with, as it is often used in cooking. But you might not realize it has a long list of health benefits, including being able to give your immune system a little natural boost. Garlic has been used by experts in Functional Medicine Burbank for medicinal purposes for many years. It contains a lot of natural properties to make it a great healing spice, including being a natural antibiotic, antiviral, and antifungal spice. You can help get rid of bad bacteria that enter your body by adding more garlic to your foods. There are also garlic supplements you can take.

  • Cayenne Pepper

    This might seem like an odd suggestion, but don’t count it out just yet. Cayenne pepper has many natural healing properties, just like other herbs and spices. Not only does it have natural antibiotic properties, but hot spices can help to clear your congestion when you have a head cold. Cayenne pepper can simply be used in soups and other hearty dishes you can keep down while you are sick, or you can try making a tea or tonic with it if you aren’t quite ready to eat anything.

  • Manuka Honey

    If you require sweetening foods or beverages, why not choose something natural like manuka honey? This not only allows you to only have natural sugars, which is great for overall health and dieting, but it also has other health benefits as well. Among the various medicinal benefits, manuka honey is a natural antibiotic. According to Functional Medicine Studio City, it is one of the healthiest types of honey you can get, which is only from bees that are pollinating Manuka bushes. You also get antimicrobial properties in this type of honey. Use it on your skin for skin infections and to fight bacteria, or consume it for your immune system benefits.

  • Echinacea

    Naturally, echinacea is going to be on the list, as it is on many ‘top’ lists when talking about your immunity and illnesses like the common cold or flu influenza virus. Echinacea is a type of herb that helps to treat and prevent infections, including the cold and flu. Historically, it was used to treat more severe diseases like blood poisoning and open wounds.

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