Scientifically speaking there is no cure for the Common Cold, so once you get it, you’re stuck with it…at least for a few days. However the Common Cold can be prevented, even after the first signs of symptoms if proper care is taken.
But we all want to prevent it at all costs, so what do we do. Well if you pay close attention as to who gets affected with the cold, you’ll soon discover that those with a weak immune system tend to get the cold more often than others. And if you pay even closer attention you might realize the ones with a weak immune system don’t have a very healthy diet.
So if you want to prevent the common cold, then you need to do the opposite. The first thing you should do is to detoxify your body with a juice fast. Then you can start to build your immune system so that you never have to suffer from a cold again.
After you detoxify, there are certain foods you should avoid like the plague. Anything with sugar like baked goods, pop, candy, and processed chocolate should be avoided, along with chips and other junk food, fast food, and processed foods. Avoid excess alcohol and coffee, and stay away from tobacco, including second hand smoke whenever possible.
All these may be so comforting and tasty, but in reality they are your body’s worst enemy.
To build up your immune system you need lots of A, C, D and E Vitamins, plus you need proteins, and minerals. But before you run off to your pharmacy to get your vitamins and minerals I want you to know that you can obtain these naturally in your daily diet, and it’s sad, because most people don’t know this. It may take a little more discipline to eat healthy than it is to pop a pill, but getting it in your diet is much, much healthier for you.
Vitamins and Minerals
So let’s start with Vitamin A. Vitamin A is formed in your body from something called carotenoids, which can be found in foods like carrots, spinach, sweet potatoes, yams, kale, turnip greens, cantaloupe, winter squash, collard greens, swiss chard, and bell peppers.
Vitamin C is found in foods like oranges, apples, avocados, bananas, grapefruit, guava, kiwifruit, mangos, melon, papaya, pineapple, plum, raspberry, strawberry, tomato, and watermelon.
Vitamin D is hard to get; basically there are two ways to get your Vitamin D, and that is with sun exposure, and adding mushrooms to your diet. Getting enough sun exposure might be more difficult for those living in colder climates, but there is a way around it, at least for those who can afford it, and that is by using a safe tanning bed.
Vitamin E is found in foods like almonds, apples, asparagus, avocado, hazelnuts, mango, pistachio, spinach, sweet potato, tomato, turnip greens, and walnuts.
Some of the minerals that you need to ward off the common cold are zinc, selenium, and iron.
Zinc is found in foods like lima beans, chickpeas, split peas, green peas, cashews, pecans, almonds, and ginger root.
Selenium is found in garlic, grains, sunflower seeds, brazil nuts, walnuts, raisins, alfalfa, burdock root, catnip, fennel seed, ginseng, raspberry leaf, radish, horseradish, onion, chives, and mushrooms.
Iron can be found in beans, sesame seeds, lentils, pumpkin seeds, grains, broccoli, brussels sprouts, parsley, apricots, peaches, and raisins.
To get your protein just eat plenty of fruits, vegetables and nuts, including the ones mentioned above. Dark leafy green vegetables are generally high in proteins and other vital nutrients.
Make sure to consume lots of fluids, at least 2-3 liters every day to hydrate and clean your body from the inside out.
Water is the best way to remain hydrated, but natural tea and freshly squeezed juices are also a good choice. Do not buy the juice from the grocery store, because those juices are not fresh. Get yourself a juicer and start making your own juice…your body will thank you every day.
Ginger tea is another great beverage to consume on any day, especially when it is cold.
Exercise and Fresh Air
Make sure to get lots of fresh air and a daily dose of moderate exercise even when its cold outside. It will clear your lungs out, and give you more energy to fight the common cold. Being out in the cold will not make you sick, but staying cooped up inside for too long will.
Last but not least, you want to make sure to get plenty of rest. Go to bed at the same time each night and get up at the same time in the morning. This helps the body to get into a routine which helps to get a better nights sleep.
Eliminate all forms of stress if possible. Spend time alone every day, and set aside one day a week for yourself or your family and friends to just sit back and relax.
How To Deal With Cold Symptoms
What if this information got to you a little too late, and you’re already experiencing symptoms of the common cold, what can you do?
Well there are a few things you can do to naturally suppress the symptoms or get rid of them altogether. At the first sign of any cold-like symptom you should get plenty of rest. Curl up on the couch with a favorite book, or underneath your blankets and just get some shut-eye.
If you are feeling stuffy you can take a hot shower or hot bath to help clear the sinus. Ginger tea is also great to help clear the sinus and it takes the chill away.
Last but not least…and you may not like this one, but raw garlic works miracles. Eat it as is, juice it, or add it to your raw salads.
When using these methods to treat the symptoms at the onset of the cold, your chances of not getting the cold at all are excellent. So instead of going in to work, even though you don’t feel that bad, just call in sick and get lots of rest and drink lots of ginger tea. You, your co-workers and your boss will thank you the next day.