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15 Recipes To Tackle Winter Flu

15 Recipes To Tackle Winter Flu

No one likes to be sick, everyone hates the flu! Well, unless you’re a pharmaceutical company. One thing that some people seem to forget is that having the flu means that you should probably stay home, away from other people. I know that sounds hard, but here are 15 recipes to help bring your flu a little bit of comfort.

Pineapple Cough Syrup

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    It’s very difficult to find cough syrup for small children. It’s also difficult to find one that actually works. Here is one that you can give to your kids although you may have to take the cayenne pepper out for them. One big thing that I have been hearing this year is that pineapples help with coughs. This recipe is at the top of my files for the unhappy event that we do get the flu.

    Chicken Noodle Soup

    Chicken Noodle Soup
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      Chicken noodle soup really is good for the body while having the flu, the warm broth helps to get rid of the build up in your throat…yup that stuff, mucus. On top of that it’s a light food that can be easily digested while giving you the vital nutrients for getting better. That really is food for thought…here is an article by Tara Parker-Pope that gives a little bit of back-up to the credibility of chicken noodle soup. Mmm, Chicken noodle soup!

      Ginger Cinnamon Tea and Hot Lemonade

      Lemon and ginger
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        I put three and four together because they are very vesitile and can be mixed, matched and turned sideways to help you feel better. Some people aren’t big fans of ginger, but put the look away people, ginger is great for fighting the flu. This recipe on WebMD taste better than the ginger and garlic recipe that I’ve grown up with. You even get honey in your tea too! This is one recipe that does have a recommendation of not giving it to children under one. This is annotated through out the page that this recipe is on because of the honey. Lemons are great for sore throats, one substitute for honey if you are going to give this to a small child is sugar in the raw. You could even mix lemon and ginger for a tea…the properties for these two are endless! (You can even make a face mask out of them! I bet that would help with the flu bug!!)

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        Iced Ginger Green Tea

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          Remember the sore throat that you get with it sometimes? Sandra Lee makes an iced ginger green tea. This sounds like a great way to sooth a sore throat! It sounds yummy too. You know what else green tea is yummy in that helps with sore throats? That’s right…green tea ice cream!

          Hot Toddy

          Hot Toddy
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            That’s right folks, you can’t have the flu without a hot toddy! The nice thing about this is that you can make this with no alcohol for youngsters and people who are not into whiskey. Let’s be real folks if you have the flu you probably don’t want to remember it. I’m not saying to go and get drunk, but a buzz might help you feel a little better, for the night anyways. This recipe by Instructables has rosemary in it. I have never had rosemary in a hot toddy, but I’m not opposed to the idea. I’ve always had clove, but new ideas never hurt anyone right?

            Miso Soup

            Miso Soup
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              I love miso soup period. I have to admit that I have never tried it for the flu, but it makes sense. Depending on what recipe you do go with this is definitely something worth looking into for the flu.

              Matzo Ball Soup

              Matzo
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                Please don’t say that this is just another form of chicken noodle soup, because it’s not. Matzo ball soup has the same properties as chicken noodle soup, but it’s just amazing and good for the M word again….no one likes that stuff, but I love Matzo soup, this is one that is going on my list of good flu recipes.

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                Influenza RX Sorbet

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                  I love ice cream, I do not love it when I’m sick though. This is the one time that I like eating sorbet.I had to include this recipe because you and I know it feels good on a sore throat!. If you have been coughing and yacking this is going to help sooth the sore throat!

                  Homemade Tea for the Flu

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                    This is a recipe that I found that is really good for a boost during the flu. No we’re not making a broth, but a homemade tea to help you feel better? Sounds like a winning recipe to me.

                    Soothing Lemon & Ginger Tea

                    Remember when I said that you could combine lemon and ginger to make a great tea for the flu? I went looking for this for whomever would be willing to try it. Here is another tea to help sooth the flu symptoms that keep us down and out for the 7 to 14 days the flu takes to go away.

                    Carrot Apple Ginger Soup

                    Angela Liddon
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                      Something to give your immune system a boost with a tasty twist? A creative soup with all the antioxidant boosts your immune system may need to help fight the flu! Angela Liddon adapted the recipe from Joy the Baker, well worth the antioxidants!

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                      Moxie’s Cold Cure-All

                      When I first took a look at this recipe I thought it may not be for me, but the phrase “Don’t knock it until you tried it” comes into play here. I say this because it turns out that it is very refreshing. Where there isn’t an actual amount for the cayenne pepper it gives you the ability to be free with it. If you like it spicy add more and sweat it out. If you don’t like it spicy don’t add it. All of these ingredients make for a winning combination when combating the flu.

                      Mint Ice
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                        Mint and Fruit Infused Ice Cubes

                        This is a great and easy way to help you stay hydrated while battling the flu.

                        Chinese Hot Pot

                        Each culture has their own soup that is comforting. Here is one of our favorites that is awesome for warming the soul and mending the body.

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                          A couple other tips to remember while battling the flu-

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                          No one like sharing germs like those, if you have the flu the best thing that you can do is stay home, if you can’t stay home wash your hands often.

                          There is an extreme importance to work and feeding yourself and your family, the biggest key in being able to do that is getting better. Staying better is to stop the flu at your house and not circulate it around your town.

                          Possibly get the flu shot if you’re not terrified of needles, like me.

                          Take care of yourself! Everyone knows the pain of the flu, if you don’t take care of yourself then you aren’t going to get better.

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                          Last Updated on August 15, 2018

                          7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

                          7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

                          Bodyweight exercises are gaining ground in the fitness world due to the practicality and simplicity of getting in shape using your own body weight. Planks are one form of bodyweight exercises that will never go out of fashion. Planks are one of the most effective exercises you can do. Why? Because they require a small time investment on your part, and offer the chance to achieve substantial results in a relatively short span of time.

                          Video Summary

                          Why is it important to train up our core strength?

                          There are numerous sites and blogs which detail ways to build your core muscles or core strength. Often though, these sites neglect to explain what your core muscles actually are, and why building them is important.

                          This is quite surprising, as core muscles are quite easy to explain. Your core muscles are a series of muscles in your midsection, and are used in most forms of movement. Though they aren’t housed in your arms or legs, your core muscles can help transfer force from one limb to another, or are used in addition to muscles in your arms or legs to increase their effectiveness. As such a strong core will make a big improvement on your ability to move and exercise further.

                          Also they are great for helping other muscles in your midsection such as your abdominal muscles. Your abdominal muscles are important for supporting your back and spinal column, and as such are important aids in preventing injuries. However for them to be most effective you need to spend a lot of time developing your core muscles.

                          In short, planking exercises can make a huge improvement in your muscles down your whole body. Making them a hugely effective exercise to perform.

                          One Exercise, multiple benefits

                          There are few forms of exercise as effective at building your core as planking exercises. However, planking exercises benefit far more than just your core strength.

                          By holding yourself in the position for a planking exercise, you’ll notice that your biceps, neck, and shoulder muscles are also being tested and strained. This this encouraging their buildup and development. This is great news if you like to do press ups, developed shoulder muscles will have a big impact on your press up performance.

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                          When planking, you are holding yourself up through your arms and biceps and so by holding a planking position, your arm muscles are being toned and developed. Making planking a great alternative exercise to other forms of bicep developing exercises.

                          Moving down your midsection, successful plank exercises actually develop the muscles in your butt! These muscles tend to be ignored by a lot of exercises, so this is another great benefit of plank exercises.

                          In much the same way as you develop your biceps and arm muscles, holding the planking position helps develop the muscles in your thighs too.

                          What is even better is that planking exercises don’t take much time at all. In fact you should probably only spend about ten minutes max per day in the planking exercise.

                          What will happen when you start doing planks every day

                            1. You’ll improve core definition and performance: 

                            Planks are an ideal exercise for the abdominal muscles exactly because they engage all major core muscle groups including the transverse abdominus, the rectus abdominusthe external oblique muscle, and the glutes. The importance of strengthening each muscle group cannot be underestimated either, for all of these groups serve their own purpose. If you strengthen these muscle groups you will notice:

                            • Transverse abdominis: increased ability to lift heavier weights.
                            • Rectus adbominis: improved sports performance, particularly with jumping. This muscle group is also responsible for giving you the renowned six pack look.
                            • Oblique muscles: improved capacity for stable side-bending and waist-twisting
                            • Glutes: a supported back and a strong, shapely booty.

                            2. You’ll decrease your risk of injury in the back and spinal column

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                              Doing planks is a type of exercise that allow you to build muscle while also making sure that you are not putting too much pressure on your spine or hips. According to the American Council on Exercise, doing planks regularly not only significantly reduces back pain but it also strengthens your muscles and ensures a strong support for your entire back, especially in the areas around your upper back.

                              Check out this article if you would like to find out about how doing planks on different surfaces can impact the effectiveness of this exercise in strengthening your core.

                              3. You’ll experience an increased boost to your overall metabolism

                                Planking is an excellent way of challenging your entire body because doing them every day will burn more calories than other traditional abdominal exercises, such as crunches or sit-ups. The muscles you strengthen by doing this exercise on a day-to-day basis will ensure that you burn more energy even when sedentary. This is especially important if you are spending the majority of your day sitting in front of a computer. Also, making it a daily 10- to 1 minute home exercise before or after work will not only provide an enhanced metabolic rate but it will also ensure that that metabolic rate remains high all day long, (yes, even while you are asleep).

                                4. You’ll significantly improve your posture

                                  Planking exercises have a great impact and improvement on your posture. This is great news as a strong posture brings with it a huge number of fantastic benefits .

                                  A good posture keeps your bones and joins in the correct alignment which means both your bones and joints will be better maintained and more healthy, but also means the overall effectiveness of your muscles will be improved.

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                                  A good posture will ensure your back or spine is in the correct position and so you will suffer less back pain.

                                  On top of everything, someone with good posture looks better, healthier, and more confident.

                                  5. You’ll improve overall balance

                                    Have you ever felt that when you tried standing on one leg, you couldn’t stand up straight for more than a couple of seconds? It’s not because you were drunk- unless you happened to be at the time!-  but rather, it’s because your abdominal muscles weren’t strong enough to give you the balance you needed. Through improving your balance by doing side planks and planks with extensions you will boost your performance in every kind of sporting activity.

                                    6. You’ll become more flexible than ever before

                                      Flexibility is a key benefit of doing planks regularly, for this form of exercise expands and stretches all your posterior muscle groups – shouldersshoulder blades, and collarbone – while also stretching your hamstrings, arches of your feet, and toes. With a side plank added in to the mix, you can also work on your oblique muscles. This will provide you with further benefits when it comes to hyper-extending your toes, a movement that is crucial for supporting your body’s weight.

                                      7. You’ll witness mental benefits

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                                        Plank exercises have a particular effect on our nerves, making them an excellent means of improving overall mood. How? Well, they stretch out muscle groups that contribute to stress and tension in the body. Just think about it: you are sitting in your chair, at home or at work, all day long; your thigh muscles get tight, your legs get heavy due to being bent for several hours; and tension develops in your shoulders due to being forced to slump forward all day. These are all circumstances that put too stress on the muscles and nerves. The good news is that planks not only calm your brain, but they can also treat anxiety and symptoms of depression– but only if you make it part of your daily routine.

                                        How to hold a plank position

                                        1. Get into pushup position on the floor.
                                        2. Now bend your elbows 90 degrees and rest your weight on your forearms.
                                        3. Keep your torso straight and rigid and your body in a straight line from ears to toes with no sagging or bending.
                                        4. Your head is relaxed and you should be looking at the floor.
                                        5. Hold the position for as long as you can.
                                        6. Remember to breathe. Inhale and exhale slowly and steadily.
                                        7. When your form begins to suffer, pull the plug. You’re only benefiting from the plank by actually doing the plank.

                                        Watch the video if you have any doubt!

                                        Here is a great infographic that shows the best plank variation exercises to evenly target all abdominal muscle groups:

                                          How to improve your plank time gradually

                                          1. Start with the easier variation if needed. You can start with a bent-knee plank if you can’t perform a regular plank yet. If you can hold a plank for more than two minutes with ease, you can move on to these tougher variations.
                                          2. Practise every day. Space your planking exercise throughout the day and do 3-4 times every day. Try to hold the position 10 seconds longer each time.
                                          3. Perform other body-weight exercises at the same time. Push-up and squat will improve your core strength too.

                                          Are you ready to devote 5-10 minutes of your day, every day, to stay fit, healthy and, most importantly, strong as a bull? Then jump in and make doing plank exercises a part of your life.

                                          Who Should Be Cautious Doing The Plank?

                                          You need to be cautious doing Planking exercises if any of these risks apply to you:

                                          • Prolapse
                                          • After prolapse surgery
                                          • Pelvic pain conditions
                                          • Weak or poorly functioning pelvic floor muscles
                                          • Previous childbirth
                                          • Overweight

                                          Choose an alternative pelvic floor abdominal exercise or consult your doctor before performing plank regularly.

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