3 Remedy Beverages To Blast Away That Fall Cold
Oh, the fear of getting sick. Singers know this feeling very well. Many of my students and fellow performers are “manning up” for the onset of fall cold/allergies. When our bodies feel crummy, our voices suffer too. Therefore, keeping ourselves happy and healthy is of the utmost importance. The key is not to wait for the illness to set in, but rather fight back the second you start feeling “under the weather.” Better yet, nourish your body daily to prevent being sick!
- Hard CORE Cold Crusher (Get it? CORE?)
I call this drink the “apple kicker” because it literally flushes out your system without being harsh on the vocal cords. First, mix 1 part organic apple juice and 1 part water (about ½ cup of each). Then add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, several shakes of cinnamon, and a dash of cayenne pepper. Mix it all together and drink with your breakfast.
Apple cider vinegar has many health benefits, but the one singers will love the most is that it disinfects any germs that are in your throat. The germs hate the acid in vinegar and won’t stick around. Also, vinegar helps thin your mucus and can therefore ease congestion. Guess what? It is also said to give you energy! So, bust out this cocktail when you start feeling a sore throat OR better yet, start drinking it BEFORE the sore throat starts to prevent that pesky sore throat.
2) Honey Garlic Singer Shot
Instead of buying over-the-counter cough syrup, try this homemade spoonful of natural medicine. Make sure you use local honey as the pollen in the local honey aids you with an immunity to allergies. Garlic is a great antibacterial and boosts the immune system. Together, this “shot” will fight your cold, flu, or allergies.
Here’s how you make this deliciously natural (and potent) medicine.
Step 1: Finely chop several cloves of garlic (5-7).
Step 2: Mix the garlic with ¾-1 cup honey.
Step 3: Heat on low in pan on stovetop for 2-3 minutes. (Do not over heat as that will diminish the medicinal properties.)
Step 4: Store in mason jar or an air tight container in the refrigerator.
Step 5: Take a teaspoon every couple hours when the cold strikes.
OPTION B…I personally cannot stomach chewing raw garlic, although many of my friends can. For me, instead of heating up the ingredients on the stovetop and spooning it into my mouth like cough syrup, I mix a spoonful into hot water and drink it. That is how I prefer to take my “Singer Shot.”
3) Make a SMOOTHIE!
While orange juice might seem like the best choice to combat your cold, the whole orange is actually better for you. Most store bought orange juice has added sugars while whole fruit has a amount of higher fiber and antioxidants. The added spinach has a significant amount of vitamin A for healthy skin and hair (which is also very important) and Vitamin C, which is, again, helpful for the immune system. The spinach also contains a sufficient amount of iron, potassium, magnesium, and B and vitamins that contribute to the maintenance of your health.
So here is my go-to Serenade Me SMOOTHIE.
½ banana (frozen if you want the smoothie thicker)
1 small handful of frozen strawberries (or raspberries)
1 small handful of diced frozen pineapple
1 handful of spinach
1 cup almond milk or coconut water
Mix all the ingredients in a blender and drink as a snack or for breakfast!
*(Disclaimer: I am not a licensed dietician or a medical doctor. These are suggestions and remedies that have worked for me and many others.)