I said the words too quickly and too confidently, “I haven’t had a cold in years.” Thinking back, it may have been six or seven years ago and then, after a weekend that allowed too little sleep, I woke with an angry scratch in the back of my throat. I don’t want to be sick, don’t have time to be sick and frankly am a bit peeved about it. I know that my immune system is diminished without ample sleep and here I am.
I want to rebound quickly and having been so good at avoidance for so many years, this protocol should get me back on track.
1. Get hydrated with water. Drink plenty of it. Drink it warm with lemon in order to loosen congestion. If you like, try sipping broth – vegan or not according to your tastes.
2. Lay off caffeinated beverages, soda and alcohol. Each of these only counteracts the good hydration so stay away until you’re mended.
3. Gargle with warm salt water. I had to do this as a child and really didn’t like it. I still don’t but google any cold remedy and it’ll pop to the top of wise advice. We have an electric teapot that is terrific for this. Simply add 1/2 tsp of sea salt to the warm water. Be careful not to burn yourself but do gargle the entire glass.
4. Also try saline water for the nose. Personally, I use a neti pot of salt water to eliminate stuffiness. This removes mucous and reduces swelling in your nasal membranes. If you don’t have one or haven’t mastered this technique, look for saline nasal spray.
5. Read up on Zinc. It’s been touted as a cold remedy for so long but if I haven’t eaten, it’s a quick way to an upset stomach. There are numerous studies that show it’s not as helpful as we’ve heard for so many years.
6. Consider putting three drops of hydrogen peroxide in each ear. This is touted by some as a way to diminish symptons.
7. Eat clean. My own protocol is to stay away from dairy most of the time but especially if a cold has struck. This cuts down on the mucous forming agents and is why chicken soup is recommended by so many.
8. Rest. Take a nap in the middle of the day. Turn in early and stay there for a bit longer than you otherwise would in the morning.
9. Don’t be sucked in to the numerous over the counter medications at the pharmacy. It will pass and with luck and the right protocol, more rapidly than you may have expected.
10.Eat plenty of vitamin C rich foods. It’s citrus season here so I can blow past my daily requirements with ease.
Super Charged C Juice
(yield about 2 cups)
- 4 small mandarin oranges
- 1 large grapefruit
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- 1/2 cup water
- plenty of ice
Spin it all in a high-speed blender for a few seconds until smooth. Of course, you can add other fruits such as organic strawberries or turmeric. Drink it down and hit the sack.
What’s your cold remedy?