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Simple Remedies for Colds

Posted by on May 8, 2013 in Self Care Tidbits | 0 comments

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Colds: Find a “cure” and millions will die because a cold is the body’s method of elimination by dumping toxins, viruses and bacteria overwhelm

Eating foods high in Vitamin C is the number one best thing you can do for a cold.

A great thing to do for colds and a sore throat is to eat sliced onions. Eat them raw and cooked slowly, do not brown them though. Put them then in water until they are almost syrup and add a squirt of lemon and a tablespoon of honey and mix well. Some people strain the onion out, and others drink it down with the syrup.

Garlic is also a renowned remedy for colds.

Drink vitamin C-rich juice like orange, tomato, grapefruit or pineapple. This can help you get over a cold if you need to drink at least five glasses a day. Studies show it takes that much whole food vitamin C to reduce sneezes and coughs in cold suffers.

Serve a steamy bowl of comfort. Any hot liquid can help cut through congestion. Tomato soup and lemon juice work. You may like to add a little cayenne even.

Keep a glass of water on your nightstand because taking sips of water during the night is another way to moisten the nose and help breathing. This will also help to combat the dehydration that can result from a cold.

A daily 45-minute walk can help speed recovery from colds. A daily walk helps shake up and spread out the cells of your immune system making them more vigilant. Don’t push yourself, though, because exhaustive exercise can actually impair the immune system. If you pace yourself so that you can comfortable talk while you walk, you’re going at the right speed.

Snort salt water, for a stuffy nose, nasal sprays are safer and better than oral decongestants and other drugs. Dissolve a teaspoon of salt in a pint of water, and then use a nose dropper to drop it in your nose. Gently blow your nose on a tissue. Sit in a sauna or hot tub. There’s no sure way to prevent a cold but the Swedes may be on the right track. Researchers found that if you indulge in a sauna twice a week or more, you’re less likely to catch a cold because the high temperature blocks the cold viruses from reproducing.

The number one cause of colds is breathing trapped lifeless air like the air in cars, offices, homes and other closed buildings. Even in the winter, open the doors, windows and vent even for just 15 minutes or use ceiling fans, box fans or hand held fans just so you’re moving the air.

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