6 Drinks You Should Start Consuming During Harmattan To Prevent Cold

During the harmattan season, a very common sickness many people experience is cold, cough and catarrh. This is because of the cold breeze of the harmattan season, the dust and the rescued humidity in the environment. To prevent yourself from falling ill with such diseases during the festive season, here are 6 healthy drinks you should consume. These drinks will not only protect you from catching cold but they will also keep your nourished and hydrated.

1.      Lemon water


Lemon water prevents nasal congestion that could result in runny nose and catarrh. Lemon water is easy to prepare. All you need to do is to add a slice or two of lemon into a cup of water. You can have your lemon water hot or cold according to your preference. Lemon water contains vitamin C which helps to boost your immunity. If you have cold, cough or catarrh, vitamin C helps to reduce the duration of the sickness. Lemon water is great for relieving nasal congestion and pain in the throat.

2.      Ginger tea


Ginger tea is a common remedy for cold. It is packed with a lot of antioxidants that help o prevent and treat cold. Ginger is also great for reliving sore throat which is very common during the harmattan. Drinking a cup of ginger tea will not only treat any symptoms of cough you have but it will prevent you from falling ill with a cold.

3.      Soup


Soup is not a drink but is very beneficial especially during this weather. Pepper soup made with local spices contains a lot of nutrients, minerals, vitamins and antioxidants that help to prevent cold, cough and catarrh. If you have already started to experience symptoms of cold, then a bowl of pepper soup can help alleviate such symptoms.

4.      Water


During the harmattan, it is important for you to stay hydrated at all times. Due to the weather, your throat might become dry and this can result in sore throat. Always carry a bottle of water with you and take sips of water frequently to prevent your throat from drying out. Water also prevents congestion that can lead to catarrh and runny nose.

5.      Golden milk


Golden milk is prepared by boiling turmeric in milk. The milk changes color to yellow thus the name golden milk. Turmeric is rich in antioxidants that help to lower blood sugar, relieve menstrual cramps and improve digestion. Most importantly in this context, it helps to prevent cold and catarrh.

6.      Refreshing drinks


Instead of drinking cold sugary drinks during the harmattan you can have some healthy refreshing drinks like coconut water, zobo and tiger nut milk. These drinks are organic, healthy and have no sugar content. You can easily prepare them, keep them in the fridge and drink whenever you feel like having a drink. Coconut water helps to lower blood sugar and prevent kidney stones. Zobo helps the liver to function properly and it helps to maintain healthy vison. Tiger nut also helps to lower blood sugar levels and it promotes healthy heart.

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