I usually try to deny that I even have a cold. I try to convince myself it must be my allergies acting up, as that has occasionally been the case in the past. I generally don't believe I have a cold until the next day when I start suffering with a sore throat. At that point, I drink copious amounts of orange juice!
When I feel a cold coming, I always drink enough water and fluids so that my urine is clear. When you have a cold or upper respiratory problems, the mucus secretions thicken, trap more bacteria and then build up, leading to infection. Staying really hydrated will keep the secretions thinner and more effective at sweeping out bacteria.
At the first signs of a cold I take the herb Astragalus and I drink a Grapefruit Seed Extract tonic. I rarely have a cold last longer than a day or two and they are very mild when I catch them early enough. These are natural remedies that many people don't know about, but they do work very well for shortening the duration of a cold - better than Zinc.
I go buy Kleenex, a couple of good movies, and brownie mix.
I'm one of those people who almost never gets sick, so when I do it's like "oh crap, how long is this gonna last, I hope it doesn't interfere with work, etc. etc."
I double up on fresh lemon juice- before bed and first thing in the morning. I also use an antioxidant and immunity booster. Besides those, I try to go to bed earlier and get more rest. With the combination of these strategies, I haven't been really sick in years. As soon as I feel something coming on, I attack it with every strategy I've got!
I suck on a zinc lozenge, as it kills viruses in the throat. One drop of oil of oregano, or olive leaf extract under the tongue, 3 times a day for 3-7 days until the symptoms subside. Beta glucan is also an option as it raises immunity, and combats sickness. I have written an article on the subject http://artist101.hubpages.com/hub/Is-it … or-allergy with many other recommendations for the treatment of cold and allergy. I also make chicken soup, as it also kills viruses. http://artist101.hubpages.com/hub/chick … hern-style Another approach is prevention, take a multi vitamin, and D3, wash your hands when around sick people, and get plenty of rest.
I pray to my juicer and juice EVERYTHING. ALL THE TIME. But I also happen to be a juicing addict. I'll make some brown rice too and chop up some raw garlic to throw in it with some black beans as well, mainly as it's the only way I can handle raw garlic. But getting that in however I can most certainly helps. And I'll switch out any caffeine I might be consuming regularly (which is hardly anything) to herbal tea, or at least to green tea (best of both worlds).
I make a big pan of onion and garlic soup and steam the cold out! My breath may be rank but I'll be feeling better! I also try if possible to get lots of sleep and drink lots of fluids.
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