I thought I was going to miss the onslaught of cold and flu bugs this year, but I was not so lucky. It's true what they say, and ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and eating a local diet rich in nutrients all year round is the best way I know of to stay healthy, but for those times when you have to do damage control, here are some ideas for helping yourself heal and recover. (Please note, I'm not a medical professional and the advice in this post should not be taken in lieu of proper care from licensed care givers.)
Fermented foods: Whether you make them yourself or purchase from one of the vendors at the market, fermented foods are packed with probiotics that encourage healthy gut flora. These micro organisms play a crucial role in regulating your system and keeping you healthy. Fermented foods are easy to make at home but you can also conveniently purchase them from the MSFM. Some ideas include:
Tonics and extracts: From stinging nettle tonic and elderberry syrup there are many ways you can nourish your body while you're sick. Wooden Spoon Herbs offers teas, medicinal herbal tonics and syrups, or pick up some in-season produce to make nutritious, soothing beverages like fresh mint tea. Try some freshly grated turmeric in some hot water with local honey for a real treat.
Soups and broths: If you are a meat eater, then a batch of bone broth is a great tasting, mineral-rich way to give your system a boost. Or if you're dead tired, pick up a healthy soup from The Farmer's Daughter for an easy meal.
These are just a few of the ways you can care for yourself while you're sick. What are your favorite tips, tricks and recipes to heal yourself when you're sick?