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DIY Natural Cold Remedies....Which One's Work?


Some of the most taxing times for our body and immune system are when the weather changes. Our body is trying to adapt to the cooler weather, and we are getting less sunlight (and therefore less vitamin D). You may be getting less active, and many times are not eating as well as you were. All this stress on our body can make us all more vulnerable to getting sick. Traditionally most just rest and drink plenty of fluids….and this is still very important. Some reach for over the counter cold medications to make them feel better, however these many times will actually prolong the duration of the sickness. Looking for something more natural that can actually help you along to better health quicker?

Take a look at some of the ways I regularly utilize when I start to feel like I may be getting sick. As always, consult your primary physician before starting anything new.

Attack The Cold With Vitamins

Taking vitamin supplements regularly is something I believe to be necessary for most of us. When I begin to feel rundown, I will raise my intake of a few main vitamins.

  • L-Lysine: This amino acid can help support your immune system to fight off a virus. It helps specifically for the lining of the lungs and sinuses. I will generally take 3 1500mg doses 2-3X per day if I feel a crisis coming on.

  • Vitamin D3: This is an important vitamin to take everyday as well, but bump it up to 10-20,000 IU’s at the first sign of cold or flu-like symptoms. Continue to repeat for the following 2-3 days. Vitamin D is an amazing anti-microbial agent, which kills both bacteria and viruses.

  • Vitamin C: There has been multiple studies that show this water-soluble vitamin can shorten the lifespan of a cold. Taking 3,000mg every 2-3 hours is advised when you are sick or feeling like you might be. I personally take liposomal vitamin C because it will get absorbed into your system much better.

Flush It Out With a Nasal Saline Rinse

This is another very important step to take when you are not feeling well. It is important to use a warm, non-chlorinated, sterile saline solution to not cause further harm. A saline rinse can help to thin out the mucus in your nose and sinuses, and therefore flush out bacteria and viruses. If you are making your own solution, mix 6-8 ounces of water with a 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Mix solution thoroughly, and apply in each nostril with a net pot. Repeat 3-4 times per day, and have the tissues ready!

Hydrogen Peroxide

Putting hydrogen peroxide in your ears for a cold or flu has been commonplace since early in the 20th century. Research has found that in order to be effective it must be done within the first 24 hours of onset of symptoms. Simply take part of a cap full of hydrogen peroxide, place it in one ear with head tilted to the side, and leave in for at least 3-5 minutes. You may hear is “sizzling”…don’t worry…that means it is working. Repeat in the other ear when finished, and do so 1-2x per day until your cold is gone.

Finally, when it comes to being sick, doing the little things are all equally important as everything I have mentioned above. Be sure and always get plenty of quality sleep, limit your sugar intake to very little or none, and drink plenty of water. There is also nothing wrong with old “tricks” like chicken soup and a hot bath to aid in recovery. Most importantly just listen to your body and let it do what it needs to do to get you back to health, and soon you will once again…

LIVE well. BE well.