It's that time of year! Everyone's getting sick left and right, whether it's the flu or just a common cold. Many of the 8 tricks to survive the common cold that I'm sharing today can be used to cure along the flu as well, however I encourage you to seek a medical provider's opinion first.
1. Seriously, vitamins. Load up on them! I like to take 1000MG of Endur-C's vitamin C tablets on a good day day, however my naturopath would argue and tell me to take at least 3000MG because my immune system is naturally weaker. Take 3000MG when you get a nasty bug--this gives your body the necessary boost to kick your immune system back in gear.
2. Anything Paul Stamets. This guy is amazing. Paul has dedicated his life to studying the hippie, organic cures for all sorts of illnesses and sells his own supplements. I recommend grabbing some of his natural mushroom extract immune boosting capsules, Stamets 7. They don't taste funny like they sound, and they'll have you on the mend in no time.
3. Cough drops containing zinc. While a regular lozenge is great if you have a sore throat or a cough, cough drops containing zinc as one of the main ingredients are what you need to nip a cold in the butt the second you feel it coming on. My favorites are ZAND's Sweet Elderberry and Cold-Eeze Cherry (which cuts your cold down).
4. Boiron's Coldcalm. Like immediately. More hippie stuff! Coldcalm is a naturopathic remedy that comes in small circular tablets you dissolve under your tongue (they're a little gritty, but they taste like nothing). These claim to shorten the length of your cold and reduce the appearance of symptoms. I believe it!
5. Chop up the onions! I don't know about you, but I grew up with bad asthma as a kid and am always hit with a really deep, croupy cough when I get sick even to this day (like the croup commercials you see with the little babies). It's an old wives' tale, but it works: chop up a whole bunch of onions (or have someone do this for you) and put them into the bottom of old socks. Then, put them on your feet, ensuring that the onions are touching your soles. I promise you, it works like a charm. Suddenly, you'll notice that the phlegm in your chest causing you to cough is loosened up.
6. Echinacea this, echinacea that. I always loved drinking R.W. Knudsen's Simply Nutritious Lemon Ginger Echinacea juice growing up, especially when my grandma had it in her fridge. Little did I know, echinacea was an immune booster that I would later claim as my cure-all. Echinacea is also great in tea form--Traditional Medicinals' Echinacea Plus is my favorite.
7. Stand by a steamy shower. Similar to the onion trick, close your bathroom door and turn your shower to the highest possible heat and allow your bathroom to steam. It's your own personal sauna! This also allows you to loosen the troublesome phlegm... trust me: you'll be nose-blowing for daaays!
8. Everything spicy. Thai food is a pleasure of mine, not just when I'm sick, but especially when I'm sick. Tom kha coconut soup (tofu for me) with a spiciness star rating of about 3/4 out of 5 will drain your sinuses like nothing else. Mix it with some warm rice, spicy noodles and egg rolls and you've got yourself a party!
What are your tricks for surviving the common cold? Share down below!