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How to get better faster from Cold and Flu

 

At the first sign of symptoms, the goal is to attack the virus early because it replicates the most within the first 48 hours.  At the very first hint of a cold, launch the following preventive procedures:
  • Suck on a zinc lozenge until it melts away. Then suck on another one every two waking hours. Or use a zinc-based nasal spray such as Zicam.
  •  Take one 250-milligram capsule of the herb astragalus twice a day until you are better.
  •  Cook up a pot of chicken soup.  Eat chicken soup. According to scientists, there is an ingredient in chicken soup, which has not been identified, that is beneficial to fighting a cold. 
  • Drink tea and other hot liquids.
  • Roast garlic in the oven (drizzle whole clove with olive oil, wrap in tinfoil, roast for an hour at 400°F), then spread the soft garlic on toast and eat.
  • Wipe your nose instead of blowing it.  Your cold will not hang around as long, according to a University of Virginia study. Turns out that the force of blowing not only sends the mucus out of your nose into a tissue, but propels some back into your sinuses.  Researchers discovered this using dye and X rays. If you need to blow, blow gently, and blow one nostril at a time.
  •  Don't pressure your doctor for antibiotics.  Colds and flu (along with most common infections) are caused by viruses, so antibiotics, designed to kill bacteria will not help. They can hurt, however, by killing off the friendly bacteria that are part of our immune defenses. If you've used antibiotics a lot lately, consider a course of probiotics
  • Get plenty of rest. Activity prolongs colds, because it tires the body, weakens your system and may cause you to develop other illnesses.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol. It makes you feel worse.
  • Avoid sugar and caffeine because they both lower your immune response time.
  • Drink plenty of water. A cold cause you to breathe rapidly and this causes you to lose more water.
  • Herbal Relief.  Herbs are nature’s medicine.  They contain active ingredients that produce effects against symptoms, just like drugs would.  Herbal baths from Masada, as well as the much-loved Dr. Singha’s Mustard Bath, all use essential oils to detoxify the system and promote lung function. By harnessing the capabilities of herbs and essential oils and making them readily available when and where you need them, Crystal Comfort Bath Salts utilize eucalyptus, lavender, rosemary, peppermint, thyme and basil to soothe sinus congestion.  Herbs and essential oils can help you feel better during the healing process.  Essential oils used in spa treatments can also be highly beneficial when you’re battling an infection.  
  • Use a neti pot, an ancient Indian method of nasal irrigation (and more recently made famous by Dr. Oz on The Oprah Winfrey Show, provides relief and gentle cleansing of the sinus passages.

 

By giving the body the things it needs in the most healthful way possible, you’re sure to send the cold and flu bugs packing this year.

 

 

 

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