1) Apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar has numerous health benefits and has been used for hundreds of years as a health tonic. Make sure to always buy raw, organic, and unfiltered ACV, I recommend Bragg’s. When you are sick with a cold, ACV has some particular properties that are very desirable. ACV is acidic and helps to liquefy secretions (it helps break down the congestion in your chest and nose), it is highly alkalizing in the body (which helps keep the virus under control), it is good for the immune system, aids in digestion, and helps to detox the dead virus cells and toxins from your body. When sick, aim for 2 tablespoons, three to four times per day.
2) Cayenne. Cayenne pepper and its spiciness have a handful of benefits for someone with a serious cold. Cayenne is a vasodilator (it relaxes smooth muscle, which increases circulation), it raises body heat and metabolism, it increases secretions (which can help flush bacteria from the eyes, throat, and sinuses), and it also a strong immune system booster.
3) Raw honey. Honey has very strong antibacterial properties. In some studies it has been shown to be as effective as the leading treatment for people with severe burns in preventing infection in their wounds. The enzymes in honey help the body to heal and fight infection. Honey is an old time remedy for sore throat since it can help soothe the inflamed tissues.
4) Turmeric. Turmeric is a powerful inflammation fighter. A not very well known fact is that a large amount of the congestion present in a cold is from inflammation. With a cold, the nasal passages become inflamed and irritated and the mucous is then unable to drain out of the nasal passages causing congestion; often the mucous ends up backing up and running down the back of the nasal passages into the throat which cause irritation and a sore throat. By addressing the problem of inflammation the nasal passages are able to drain more naturally and this can shorten duration of congestion.
5) Ginger. Ginger works along the same lines as turmeric. Ginger is a popular spice that promotes circulation, detox, alkalinity, and is also a strong anti-inflammatory.
6) Lemon. Lemon is packed with vitamin C. Vitamin C helps to boost the immune system and increase the white blood cell count. Lemon is also a well known food for cleanses, and lemons help to clear toxins from the cold virus.
Combine all of the ingredients above into a tonic and drink it three to four times per day.
Make sure to drink a lot of fluids; water will also help to flush the virus from the body and keep mucous thin. Some research also supports the use of Zinc in shortening cold duration as well. The next time you get a cold try these remedies and compare your results to a time where you used only medication and I bet you will be pleasantly surprised with the results. I hope you don’t get sick this year (or next), but if you do, try these tips and you’ll be better before you know it!