Of course, not getting a cold in the first place is always best, but I do get a little suspicious of people who say “I neeeeeever get sick”, because I think you should, every 3-5 years, get sick. Viruses are constantly mutating and changing and our immune system is always learning – so pick up and fight those infections while you’re young and healthy I say! But sure, don’t pick up every infection… wash your hands frequently, eat healthy food, try not to get run down by work, stress, lack of sleep – you know the routine, and when you do pick up that doozey of a virus, fight it with everything you’ve got to minimize your down time. Here’s how…
- My husband Craig is the best at being sick. He doesn’t go to the gym, he doesn’t go to work, he doesn’t watch t.v – he sleeps and lets me wait on him hand and foot until he’s better.
- Create a fever. You know when you’re really sick and your body temperature goes up? Your body is doing that on purpose to try to “burn” out the virus. Viruses don’t like it too hot. So take a hot, hot bath to try to get your body temperature up like a pseudo-fever. Soak for at least 20 minutes. If you have muscle aches, add 1 cup Epsom salts to the bath.
- Avoid all dairy and sugar. Dairy is very mucous forming and with an upper respiratory infection you already have a lot of mucous. Using dairy alternatives like coconut/rice/almond/soy milk is fine, but watch the sugar. Even small amounts of sugar (including juice) can decrease immune activity by 50%.
- Get your protein in. Even though you can’t smell or taste much and your appetite is down – when you do feel like eating something, go for some meat or eggs. It keeps your blood sugars nice and low which allows your immune system to do its best work, plus creating all those immune cells is a highly protein driven process.
- Drink lots of fluids. You already knew that, I’m just letting you know it’s true. Hot fluids are best and include lemon slices in hot water, naturally non caffeinated herbal teas, and home-made soups so you get the bone broth.
- Pick up a “Cold Pack”. That’s something we’ve created here at True Health which is a five day supply of high dose vitamin A, C, E and selenium. While cold and flu medications help suppress your symptoms, they do nothing to put health back into your body or to help out your immune system. The Cold Pack does. Instructions are on the bag.
- Muco coccinum. Just call it the muco stuff and we’ll know what you’re talking about. I always travel with it (recycled air and 200 passengers on a plane), and I never leave home without it. It’s a homeopathic remedy that’s very easy to take and very effective at helping your immune system fight the infection. It works best if you have it on hand, ready to go at the first hint of a cold symptom, so be sure to pick some up before you get sick. Take as directed on the box.
- Good bugs. Good bugs fight bad bugs and since 60%-70% of your immune system is in your gut, taking a probiotic (billions of good bugs) can help boost your immune system and kill the bad bugs. The one I like best is Ultra Flora Acute. 2 with breakfast and 2 with supper until the bottle is gone.