Since there is no quick cure for the common cold, the best approach is prevention. You can, in a sense, catch a cold from yourself.
When your immune system weakens from factors such as stress and/or poor diet, viruses can take hold. Once a cold has a firm grip on you it is hard to stop.
With a healthy, functioning immune system, your common cold should not last more than three or four days. Even if you utilize all of the methods and remedies available (which is not advisable), once your cold is established, you will not be able to throw it off within a day or two.
Do not expect miracles or immediate results from natural remedies. In fact, since most of these remedies will assist your body, as opposed to suppressing the symptoms, your symptoms may temporarily worsen.
1. Base your primary treatment on helping your body to detoxify and supporting its natural defence mechanisms (your immune system).
2. Avoid trying to include as many remedies as possible. It seldom works. And if it does, you will not know which ones actually did the job. By selecting herbs that fit your individual needs, and by addressing immune support, diet and lifestyle, the common cold should not present you with a problem.
3. If you can’t bear living with your common cold symptoms, include one or two herbal remedies to alleviate them. Although this may sound contrary to the advice that you should not suppress your cold symptoms, most of the herbal remedies you have at your avail will alleviate your symptoms without suppressing them. Remember, herbs are Nature’s Little Miracles.
4. Do not give aspirin, or products containing aspirin, to a child with symptoms of a viral infection (this includes a common cold), as the combination of aspirin and viral infection dramatically increases the risk of developing Reye’s Syndrome.
5. Avoid taking antibiotics as they are ineffective against cold and flu infections.
6. Allergies can cause symptoms that mimic those of the common cold and the flu. Allergy testing is recommended.
7. Do not overmedicate a common cold, even with alternative methods.
8. Stay warm and comfortable and try to avoid spreading the infection to others. If you have a fever or severe symptoms, you should rest at home.
9. Drink lots of fluids. It helps to keep secretions loose and easier to expel. It also improves the function of white blood cells by decreasing the concentration of compounds that are in solution in the blood. The type of liquids you consume is very important. Avoid liquids containing sugar at all cost. Rather consume herbal teas and plain water.
10. Get sufficient rest. The value of sleep and rest during a common cold cannot be overemphasized. Our immune system functions better when we are under control of the parasympathetic nervous system, which assumes control over bodily functions during periods of rest, relaxation, meditation, visualization and sleep.
11. During the deepest levels of sleep, potent immune-enhancing compounds are released, and many immune functions are greatly increased.
12. Unless you have a fever, get some physical activity. Movement helps to loosen built-up mucus and fluids.
13. Take an Epsom salts bath just before going to bed. This is especially beneficial at the onset of symptoms. It will improve circulation, open pores, cause sweating and elimination, increase relaxation and improve sleep. After the bath, dry yourself, get into bed under plenty of warm blankets, drink a herbal tea, and sweat it out.
14. Use a vaporizer to maintain a moist respiratory tract. This will repel the viral infection.
15. Start building your immune system to prevent the common cold from recurring.
Which of the above are you using when you have a cold?
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