Stop a Cold in its Tracks

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How do we Stop a Cold in it’s tracks? Everyone knows the signs – an itchy throat or nose, the beginning of a heavy head, more tired than normal, aching muscles. Yes, unfortunately it can be the signal for the cold and flu season.

With each change of season comes the dreaded possibility of succumbing to a cold or worse still, flu, which can lead to even further complications and health risks such as pneumonia.

No one enjoys this period, yet it occur with every seasonal change.

So, what can we do to avoid this, how do we stop a cold in its tracks.

Ways to Stop a Cold in its Tracks

  • Take 3g of Vitamin C the moment you feel an itchy throat, 2g thereafter every 4 hrs (or 3 times a day) until the symptoms lessen. As an alternative, mix 6g of Vit C powder in fruit juice diluted with water and drink thoughout the day. Some may prefer to take calcium ascorbate, which is less acidic.
  • Use the supplement of immune boosting nutrients, such as Vitamins A and B, selenium and zinc.
  • Eat less, feed a fever and starve a cold can apply. Eat food which is light, mainly fruits and vegetables, which are high in Vitamins A and C such as carrots, beetroot, green peppers and citrus fruit. Avoid the foods the foods that are mucus-forming and fatty foods like meat, eggs and milk products.
  • Very importantly, avoid all alcohol, cigarettes, tea and coffee. Instead, drink plenty of water and herbal teas.
  • Boost your immune system with herbs. Drink at least two cups of ‘cat’s claw’ tea a day. Have 15 drops of Echinacea tincture twice a day and, if you have flu or a severe cold, have a dessertspoon of Sambucol (elderberry extract) four times a day.
  • Take it easy. Rest often. Slow things down and avoid stressful situations. Plenty of sleep is a great help.
  • Once things start improving, don’t think that the battle is won, wait at least 24 hours before reducing the vitamins to 1g of Vitamin C three times a day, and one immune-boosting vitamin and mineral supplement in the morning. After 3 days of feeling better, you can consider it safe to return to your normal routine of dietary supplements.

What is important to note, is that antibiotics don’t work on cold and flu viruses. There is still no cure to the common cold, however we can use the tips above to make our journey in life easier.