Two days of traveling, 4 days of conferencing, and on the way home I got to sit next to a guy with the sniffles. Oh, what am I saying. He coughed his butt off on the entire flight home from Denver. That's a 2 hour flight of coughing within 10 inches of my face. According to some websites, the symptoms for a cold start two to four days after you were infected. Well, it's been two days, and this virus practically jumped at me, like it knew that my immune system must be compromised. I wish I could write a blog post about how to ward off a cold, but since it appears to be too late for that, I suppose I'll instead write about what you can do to make life a little less miserable while have a cold.
Water: water keeps you hydrated and, according to Nutritional Therapy Association standards, you should drink half your weight in ounces. It'll also keep your throat moist and helps break up that icky congestion.
Apple cider vinegar: ACV is a germ buster and great for a sore throat. Mix a tablespoon with a cup of hot water, a tablespoon of honey and drink while still warm. It will sooth your throat and attack the darn cold germs, too.
Honey: honey really needs its own category, because it's great for so many things. Raw honey is full of antioxidants, antivirals, and antibacterials... plus it tastes good and makes the ACV go down easier. I vote that Mary Poppins should change her song into, "Just a spoonful of honey... "
Ginger: ginger is a great remedy with anti-inflammatory properties. And if nothing else it helps you get warm.
Bone broth: do we need another reason to drink bone broth? It is full of minerals, anti-inflammatory agents, amino acids, and it is a great super food to help with cold symptoms. Plus, it provides extra liquid to keep you hydrated. Drink your bone broth. Can't stand the taste of bone broth by itself? Make a delicious soup with spices and garlic. And then, enjoy!
Salt: I don't mean for you to eat salt by the spoonful. I'm telling you to gargle with it. It loosens thick mucus in your throat and helps get rid of the nasty bacteria that sit back there having a party.
Coconut oil: coconut oil is a killing machine! The lauric acid in coconut oil is thought help the immune system attack a virus cells by dissolving the lipid coating around them. Eat at least a couple of tablespoons of coconut oil a day when you have a cold. Coconut oil has so many other great benefits, too, that you'll do yourself a great favor to just continue the good habit even after your cold is gone.
Yes, there are a ton of other cold remedies, some more and some less effective. These include inhaling steam, using essential oils, taking high doses of Vitamin C, and more. But the thought behind these 7 remedies was, that many people have them in their house already, and if not, it is super easy to get them.
Of course, I also invite you to share your tried and true remedy to ease cold symptoms!