No matter what time of year it is, getting sick sucks.
So when you feel a tickle in the back of your throat, you need to act fast. Luckily there are a ton of items out there that will help you crush a cold and get right back to normal. These aren’t over the-counter-meds, these are vitamin-packed veg-heavy superfood concoctions made for battling illness.
Here are 11 items to pick up in Vancouver when you’re sick.
1. Turmeric Tonic from The Juicery Co.
Drinking this cold-pressed juice is a great way to boost your immune system and hydrate. With a mix of freshly juiced orange, turmeric, ginger, cayenne, alkaline water, honey, and black pepper, this beverage has a spicy kick that will also promote healthy digestion.
2. Bone Broth from Kitskitchen
Kitskitchen’s bone broth is rich in electrolytes, meaning this ingredient is the key to rehydrating if you’re feeling under the weather.
3. Protect Juice from Nectar Juicery
The name says it all – if you feel something coming on, head to Nectar and get your fix of apple, elderberry, cinnamon, nutmeg, burdock, and ginger in juice form. This drink boosts your energy, cleanses your liver, and combats the common cold.
Address: 102 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
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4. Green Curry Chicken Bowl from SMAK
Need some spice to clear you sinuses? Grab this dish to-go from the healthy fast food joint SMAK. The curry chicken bowl from this spot has a hearty helping of mixed veg with coconut green curry on a bed of rice, so it’s the perfect thing to push you through your day.
5. Cold Fighter from MELU Juice & Health
Packed with Vitamin C, the Cold Fighter’s combo of orange, apple, lemon, and turmeric is sure fire way to beating a cold. The ingredients are mood and immune boosting, cold fighting, hydrating, and delicious.
Address: 1110 West Pender Street, Vancouver
6. Split Pea Soup from Hubbub
Cozying up to some warm, fresh soup is not the worst idea when you’re feeling ill. Head to Hubbub for their delicious split pea soup, and if you grab a sandwich and clean slaw to-go we won’t judge – no one likes cooking when they’re sick.
7. The Flu Fight from Sexy Juice
If you’re feeling under the weather, this shot should do the trick. It’s a potent mixture of of garlic, lemon, ginger, and black oil of oregano to reduce inflammation and boost your immune system. Just close your eyes, throw it back, and you’ll be yourself again in no time.
Address: 2839 West Broadway, Vancouver
8. Vial of Quinton Minerals
You may have seen these little glass vials in health stores or juiceries before. If you’re sick and need a quick fix, this is your go-to product. The vial contains 90 minerals and trace elements that will boost your immune system and prompt a ‘reset’ for your body so it can succesfully to fight off that cold. Simply open one side and down this on an empty stomach.
9. Kicking Horse from Krokodile Pear
Lemon, apple, ginger, water, and cayenne pepper could be the mixture that brings you back to life. This spicy lemonade tastes way better than any drugstore medicine.
10. Turkey Chili from Tractor Foods
There’s nothing like a hearty chili packed with fresh veggies when you need a pick-me-up. Luckily Tractor has a delicious one that you can purchase for lunch and dinner at all of its three locations.
11. The Wellness Shot from The Juice Truck
This will be the best you ever feel after taking a shot. Drinking ginger, lemon, cayenne, and oil of oregano (AKA the cure to a lot of your body’s problems) will be an indefinite way to ward off any bugs.
The Cafe – 28 West 5th Avenue, Vancouver
The Truck – Corner of Water and Abbott Street, Vancouver