How do you normally combat a cold (OTC meds, home remedies, etc.)?
Natural or home remedies only unless all attemps have failed. I do not like medication and feel it causes more problems than it fixes. Honey, Ginger, Cayenne pepper, and maybe some apple cider vinegar is all I usually need.
Massive dosages of vitamin C. When we're sick, or stressed (and who isn't these days) we secrete adrenaline, and the more adrenaline we secrete, the more vitamin C we consume. The RDA for vitamin c is 60mg. Unfortunately, this is barely enough to prevent scurvy in many people.
Most people can take up to 15grams (15,000mg) of vitamin C without reaching "bowel tolerance," or the point where saturation of vitamin C is reached and the result is diarrhea. When someone is sick, the requirement of vitamin C goes up to about 30 grams to 60 grams per day (30,000mg to 60,000mg).
I take 8 grams per day and have yet to reach bowel tolerance. These dosage levels typically prevent colds and flus in most people. Vitamin C is an anti-viral, anti-histamine, anti-depressant and bacteriocidal among other things. There is a phenomenal book on the subject by Steve Hickey, PhD and Andrew Saul, PhD (a brilliant man) called Vitamin C: The Real Story. It's a fascinating read.
It's been years since I had a cold, but I usually just suffer through it and take ibuprofen if I am achy--but usually I don't take anything at all.
I drink green tea, juice squeezed from a lemon mixed with honey, drink lots of water, rest, and eat chicken soup. I also take natural supplements like Vitamin C to boost the immune system.
I always believe in prevention instead of remedy. For cold, I take enough supplement of vitamin C. In fact, my whole family is taking it as supplement and it really helps to prevent having cold.
I believe there is no formidable cure for flu. Once I catch the virus, I leave my body to fight it off. To fast track the healing process, I use lemon and a bit of paper. I cut the lemon into four quarters and sprinkle pepper on it. We refer to this kind of pepper as "Achari" in Swahili. It comprises of curry, salt and hot pepper. Finally, I chew the lemon whole, drink lots of water and most of all rest.
I generally rely on natural home made therapies and they work wonder for me. YOu can check them in my hub http://donabhatt.hubpages.com/hub/Herba … xes-part-1 .
water therapy. i also inhale the vapor/steam of hot water with a few drops of mint/menthol oil in it.it's relieving especially if you've got clogged nose
Hot herbal tea, preferably chamomile with 2-3 slices of ginger root.
If I have a bad cough, I also drink one big cognac or brandy with the tea.
2-3 Freshly squeezed lemons with hot water if I am at work.
Vitamin C works miracles.
I usually try to stay as natural as possible, taking echinacea and drinking herbal teas with honey and lemon. If things get really rough I like to boil the kettle and poor it into a bowl that I have rubbed vicks at the bottom of. Put a towel over your head and inhale the steam.
At the first sign of a cold, or flu, I suck on a zinc lozenge. Zinc kills viruses in the throat, where they start. Olive leaf, and oil of oregano, both kill viruses, as well as bacteria. Liquid form is best, under the tongue is the direct route into the blood stream, (for adults). A good multivitamin, with zinc, and vitamin C, no iron. Iron feeds an infection, of any origin, unless you are anemic. Chicken soup, also kills viruses. Your grandma was right. Orange juice, unless you have nausea. To provide extra vitamin C. If there is a lot of congestion, that seems to have settled in the lungs, a vaporizer, to loosen the mucus. see my hub http://artist101.hubpages.com/hub/Is-it … or-allergy
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