What if you catch a cold or flu?
1 Vitamin C
You can stop a cold in its tracks with Buffered Ascorbic Acid during the first two days of symptoms. At the suspected first signs, begin taking 1000 mg of Buffered Ascorbic Acid every hour. Yes, really! Children under 12 can take 500mg every hour. A great for children is the product “Emergen-C”, found at most grocery stores and health food stores.
When you are fighting a virus, your body will use it all up quickly. You might experience looser stools from the extra vitamin C, but so what? That’s better than going through miserable days of a nasty cold. You will be surprised how much better you feel, quickly. Continue taking the high levels of Ascorbic Acid until your symptoms are gone.
2 Saline Rinse
Use a neti pot or saline nasal rinse. These nose-rinsing devices are found in most drug and health-food stores. The container is filled with a saline (salt water) solution and are inserted into one nostril while you tilt your head to the side to allow the solution to flow up the nasal passage and out the other nostril. While messy, it can really help clear up nasal passages temporarily, and feels soothing to irritated nasal passages.
3 Hot Water with Lemon
Sip hot water all day with a lemon or lime slice. NOT hot tea, hot coffee or other hot beverages. Hot water can be magical for thinning mucous, even more so if you drop a slice of lemon into it. Though it may not sound appetizing, when you are really stuffed up from a cold, coughing a lot, or have a sore throat, it can taste surprisingly refreshing. Other hot drinks besides water do not have this effect, so if you are drinking hot herbal teas, alternate that with cups of hot water with lemon.
4 Homemade Chicken Soup
The adage about chicken soup being good for a cold is practically as old as the common cold itself. But it turns out there’s some truth to what your grandmother has been telling you all these years. “Chicken soup is nice for the common cold because it loosens up your mucus,” says Norman Edelman, MD, chief medical officer of the American Lung Association. It also feels really good going down. Click on the photo for a nice recipe.
5 Herbal Remedies
Use some of the remedies listed below for symptom relief as well as speeding your recovery.
6 Hands on Treatment or Acupuncture
Sometimes you just need a bit more than what you are doing at home to recover. Especially if you are currently in a less-than-optimum-health state when you caught the virus. Make an appointment with me to come in for care. Whether I do chiropractic or acupuncture, your down-time will lessen considerably.
Natural Medicine Cabinet
At our local health food stores like Whole Foods, Central Market and Sprouts, or even online at Amazon, this time of year they offer an herbal tea “Cold Season sampler” for the cold and flu season.
Typically offered by Yogi Teas or Traditional Medicinals, it contains pleasant-tasting teas for immune system, sore
throats, opening the sinuses, and cold comfort. Additionally, there is another tea to stock up on that isn’t in the sampler. I swear by Traditional Medicinals “Herbitussin”
tea for a cough. They also have a nighttime Cold P.M. formula. These are wonderful to have on hand for symptom relief for children and adults alike.Lozenges
Zinc Lozenges and Herbal Lozenges for soothing a sore throat will also boost immune support.Homeopathics
Homeopathic remedies are widely used in Europe, and are gaining popularity here. They are safe for everyone, even infants and during pregnancy, and work remarkably well in certain situations. The best homeopathic selection I have found in town is at Sprouts, though it isn’t unusual these days to find some of these items at CVS and Walgreen’s. Follow the label directions.Homeopathic For Colds
Boiron is a trusted brand for homeopathics, and I have found their remedies for certain things to be very good. They make this in an adult formula and a children’s formula. You want to have it on hand ahead of time, because the sooner you take a homeopathic at the first sign of symptoms, the better it will work.Homeopathic For Flu
This product is fantastic for helping you get over the flu faster and easier. It helps most when taken at the first warning signs and symptoms. Taken as directed, it can be miraculous. Get a box now, it’s an affordable alternative to flu misery.
If none of these solutions are helping as much as you want, you might need a boost. Come in for a treatment or to pick up a stronger nutraceutical sold only through practitioners. I keep many products in stock through cold and flu season, and acupuncture can make a big difference as well.Call me if I can help. 512-201-4042