Maybe you just don’t feel right. While you might be trying to tell yourself that those feelings probably don’t mean anything, the truth is that you are probably already fighting off a cold or the beginnings of the flu. There are lots of natural health cures in your kitchen; there’s no need to start popping medications. You might be tempted to reach right for the drugs, but using a natural health remedy is just as good an option when you’re sick. While you will obviously want to follow all of your doctor’s orders, trying a natural method of curing your cold before seeking a doctor’s help might save you from needing to see the doctor at all! For those who would rather not get sick at all, some natural health practices can keep them healthy. Preventative measures like washing your hands several times a day, eating a balanced diet and exercising regularly can do wonders for you. It might be hard to accept that staying healthy can be done with just these easy steps. The defense and offense metaphors apply to staying healthy as well. Using old metaphors to help you stay healthy is smart. Garlic is a great and healthy addition to your diet. Taking up to 1500 mgs of garlic a day (500 mgs three times a day) is one of the best ways to ensure that the garlic can really get into your system to work its magic. You can either eat a clove of garlic or take a 500 mg supplement-nutritionally they’re about the same. This can be accomplished by either taking a tablet of garlic or by including a clove of garlic into your meals at least three times a day. You don’t have to spend a bunch of money to keep garlic on hand-it doesn’t cost a lot of money (natural garlic is cheaper than the supplemental tablets). Don’t spend more than five days taking in so much garlic. If you still show severe cold or flu symptoms after five days, call your family doctor. You’ll want to introduce ginseng into your diet as well. Ginseng can be found pretty simply: you can buy diet supplements, foods that contain it and there are plenty of ginseng-based teas available as well. To save yourself time and effort, stock up on ginseng infused foods and drinks while you are well-that way you can boost your immune system a little bit every day and have ginseng already on hand if you start to feel sick. Drink some ginseng tea if you feel like you are starting to get a cold. Not only does the ginseng help you get better but the warmth of the tea can soothe a sore throat and the steam from the cup can help clear up your sinus passages a little. In order to avoid illness altogether, use natural health methods to make your immune system as strong as possible. If you know how to treat your symptoms the right way you can help yourself get better faster and keep yourself from relapse. Don’t be afraid to be practical and use what you have on hand instead of stuffing a bunch of chemicals into your body.