Super Foods To Treat Colds
Colds come in two forms: viral (caused by any one of 200 different viruses) and bacterial. Either way, they are easily spread from person to person. A handshake, contact with a door knob, sneezes, and coughs are all potential transmitters of cold viruses. If you are often around kids, your chances of catching colds are higher than most. The infectious bacteria or virus usually enters through the nose or mouth and attacks your nasal passages or throat. From there, it spreads through the nasal cavity or down through the throat to the lungs to attack the mucus membranes there. At that point, there is little you can do to stop it. But some people manage to prevent colds before they spread and take over.
Treatments to Prevent Colds
The best way to prevent a cold is to boost the immune system with vitamin C, Spirulina, or olive leaf extract, and antioxidants from fruit and vegetable sources. During cold seasons, or when others around you have colds, you may also want to take extra vitamin C, Echinacea with goldenseal, and Lomatium. It’s not always possible to know when cold viruses and bacteria are making the rounds, however, so it’s important to have a coldkilling throat spray on hand. When you feel the first signs of itching or irritation in the throat, use the following ingredients together in an antiviral, antibacterial contact spray:
- Liquid John’s wort (50 ml)
- Liquid Echinacea (50 ml)
- Tea tree oil or propolis (a few drops)
- Grapefruit seed extract (a few drops)
Mix these together and spray the solution onto your throat at the first sign of irritation. If you don’t have a spray tincture bottle, use an eye dropper. Besides the above tinctures and extracts, pomegranate extract is a good topical antiviral for the throat. Some experts prefer to apply a few drops of 3% hydrogen peroxide into each ear upon first signs of a cold. You can apply drops two or three times per day until the symptoms disappear.
Treatments if you Already Have a Cold
If a cold is viral, accompanied by fever, vitamin C is very helpful, starting with 3 grams, then 1 gram every hour until the fever breaks. (Seasoned vitamin C veterans can increase the dosage but newcomers to high dosages of vitamin C may experience diarrhea.)
For a bacterial cold (the snotty kind), add 100,000 IU of vitamin A (betacarotene) and 50 mg of picolinated zinc with a little food. (Do not take this amount of vitamin A if you are pregnant or may become pregnant.) Zinc is a potent remedy against the common cold because it boosts your immune system’s T cells to help them kill the cold bacteria or virus quickly and efficiently. Though research on zinc and colds is inconclusive, a 2000 study found that taking 12.8 mg of zinc reduced the duration of cold symptoms in general by 50%, with cough reduced by 50% and mucus discharge reduced by 30%.
Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners prescribe ginger for the common cold, and many Western alternative health practitioners today attest to its effectiveness. At the first sign of a cold, steep three to four pieces of ginger in hot water to make a tea. Then add some honey to taste. If you have chills and a fever, add some basil to the ginger tea.
Add three to four garlic capsules to speed up the results. Echinacea herb capsules (with goldenseal if possible), along with thymus glandular (builds T cells) will help. Olive leaf extract is a powerful antioxidant and boosts energy while decreasing recovery time from viral, bacterial, and fungal infestation.
If your cold has flu symptoms such as sore, achy muscles, mix one tablespoon of horseradish in one cup of olive oil. Let the mixture sit for 30 minutes, then apply it as a massage oil for instant relief for aching muscles.
If you’re suffering from coughing bouts, licorice lozenges act as a natural cough suppressant and expectorant, so you’ll cough less and cough up more mucus when you do. Cayenne pepper in 3 to 4 capsules spread through the day helps break up congestion