Because I (and basically everyone I know) has been fighting a cold, I though a Re-Post of this guy was a good idea…
I’m very against taking cold medicine.
It’s my firm belief that mucus is there for a reason.
Yesterday I woke up with a tickle in my throat and a scratchy soft palate– telltale signs I’m coming down with something.
Instead of reaching for the DayQuil, I try to reach for more natural remedies.
So what do I do when I feel like I’m getting a cold?
1. Kick myself a little for not sleeping/taking my FLCO/Drinking enough water. Luckily, I don’t get sick very often so when I do start to feel that tickle in my throat, I know exactly why. I’m pretty sure that this time my cold crept up because I’ve been staying up too late watching The Vampire Diaries on Netflix…and everyone around me is a little sicky these days.
2. Make sure to take my supplements. Namely fermented cod liver oil– vitamin D is really important to immune system function. Taking some vitamin C and Zinc also help me feel like I’m being proactive with the cold. In the summer, I also make it a point to soak in some sun to make sure I’m getting enough vitamin D.
AND eating more liver in the form of chicken liver pate. Liver is a superfood packed with all kinds of vitamins and minerals. Some (namely Liz of Cave Girl Eats) drink raw liver shots every morning for their benefits. I haven’t made it that far, but I’ll try anything once.
3. Load up on bacteria. By this I mean, I up my probiotic intake. I’ve found the drinking Inner Eco coconut water kefir really works for me. I also drink a little more homemade kombucha when I’m feeling like my immune system could use a boost.
4. Stay hydrated. With water and lots of homemade bone broth.
5. Attempt to nap. I have a really hard time napping during the day. Believe me when I say that I wish I was a napper. I love sleeping. Even though I don’t usually sleep during the day, I still set aside some down time (during which I could nap). Lying awake, but completely still is almost as good as a nap…right?
6. Stay positive. I always repeat affirmations when I start to feel sick. Things like “I am in perfect health” or “I radiate good health.” You’d be surprised how big a role your mind and your outlook play in your immune system.
What do you do when you feel a little cold coming on? Feel free to share in the comments below.
(For some awesome home remedies from around the internet, check out my “Reverting to Natural: Remedies” Pinterest Board.)