You know that sense of dread that washes over you when you notice the first tickle of a sore throat or feel your nose starting to get stuffy? It can feel paralyzing to experience the first signs of a cold and not be able to predict how bad it’s going to be or how long the cold will keep you down.
While there’s no silver bullet to get you well immediately, there are things you can do to shorten your cold and speed up your recovery time. One of them, of course, is taking a homeopathic cold remedy from Cold-EEZE – which contains our cold-shortening zinc gluconate formula – when you detect your very first symptoms.
Here are five other steps to consider:
1. Stay home. Unfortunately this isn’t possible for everyone, but if you can, it’s a great idea to stay out of the office when you feel yourself starting to get sick. For one thing, the extra rest will give your body’s immune support system a chance to face the virus that’s causing your cold. For another, you’ll be doing your co-workers a great kindness, since you’re most infectious in the first few days of a cold. Don’t wait until you’re coughing up a lung to ask your boss if you can work from home.
2. Avoid high-intensity workouts. If you have an above-the-neck cold (with symptoms like a runny nose, sneezing and a dry cough), don’t go 110% and put your body under a lot of strain. However, a light workout may actually boost the immune system. Interestingly, in terms of cold prevention, there’s plenty of research to suggest that working out moderately reduces your risk of catching a cold or the flu and also lessens the severity when you do get sick. But for the sake of people around you, it’s best to avoid the gym so you don’t spread germs when you’re most contagious.
3. Hydrate, hydrate and hydrate. Drink plenty of water and orange juice to help break up congestion and keep your throat moist. Also: Avoid alcohol. (Sorry, but it’s dehydrating!)
4. Chicken soup really is good for you. It’s not just an old wives’ tale. Research shows that chicken soup contains vitamins that support the immune system and help your body fight off infections faster. Studies also show that chicken soup may help to clear nasal congestion and have a mild anti-inflammatory effect that helps ease other cold symptoms. There are other natural cold remedies with substantiated health benefits. Garlic has anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties that can help fight infection, and ginger can ease inflammation and help settle an upset stomach. Cayenne pepper can clear stuffed sinuses and aid circulation.
5. Prioritize sleep. It’s really important that you get enough sleep to fortify your immune system. Your body will thank you for getting at least eight hours at a time when it most needs its strength.
Do you have tips on how to speed recovery when you feel yourself coming down with a cold?