5 natural germ-fighters to try before taking antibiotics

5 natural germ-fighters to try before taking antibiotics

Recovering from sinus or respiratory infections seems harder each year as more and more bugs become antibiotic resistant. Taking a natural antibiotic could help stave off illness, and is much kinder on your pocket. Keep these alternatives in your home this winter…

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Garlic kills various forms of bacteria due to high levels of sulphur and allicin, which enhance the immune system. Try this soup to up your intake.

Coconut oil is anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal, and suitable for cooking. You can also add it to your morning coffee as a first-thing immune booster in the colder months.

Fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kimchi and pickles are rich in probiotics, which help promote healthy digestion and a healthy gut. Your immunity is determined by your gut, so stock up to protect yourself, or try this pickle.

Echinacea: this superherb is a natural immune booster. It’s readily available from your pharmacy in drop, syrup or tablet form – so there’s a formulation for the whole family. A. Vogel Echinaforce® will help fight colds, common flu and help strengthen the body’s immune response to more serious conditions such as bird and swine flu.

Apple cider vinegar: this is an inexpensive natural bacteria-fighting agent. Vinegar is added to foods as a preservative specifically because it inhibits the growth of bacteria. Add it to recipes or make a power brew with hot water, 1T apple cider vinegar and 1T raw honey.

Another delicious way to boost your immune system daily throughout winter is to sip a cup of bone broth every day. Find our recipe here and freeze in portions.

Joni van der Merwe

About Joni van der Merwe

Digital editor I’m getting married in 2018 and I think it’s the perfect time to focus on my relationship with not only my fiance but my friends, family and colleagues too. I want to nurture and cherish the people I love by being more understanding and present in their lives.

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