The common cold, it is amazing how something so tiny can make a person so sick. And what is more amazing is that there is no cure for this dreaded infection. Having a cold means a virus has invaded your body because that’s what a cold is, a virus. When a virus enters the body, it can wreak all kinds of havoc. Then the body’s immune system goes to work and the battle begins.
Recently, I experienced one of the worst colds I have ever had. It laid me out for over 2 weeks. My body was weak, had a runny nose, but the worst was the cough and the issues the cough caused. The coughing was horrible. I coughed so much and so hard my abdomen hurt and I was in a lot of pain. It gave me headaches and incontinence. I was very irritable and grouchy due to lack of sleep. Sleeping was very difficult because it seemed whenever I laid down, I would cough.
I tried various things to alleviate the symptoms and help my immune system fight this cold. Some things were helpful, others set me back and made me feel worse. I wanted to share this because maybe it can help somebody. I have read so many blogs and articles about what other people have done or experienced and it has enlighten and helped me. So here are my tips on how to survive having a cold.
1 – Rest
2 – Drink water
3 – Vitamin C
4 – Avoid dairy
5 – Hot Soup
6 – Hot showers
7 – Homemade helper for my cough
8 – Don’t overdo it
Rest, that is the most important thing you can do for your body when you are battling a cold. The immune system needs time to do its job and fight that virus.
I believe that drinking lots of fluids helps to flush your system out. Also, it helps thin the mucus. Your body produces a clear mucus all the time, however when you get sick it can change. It can become thicker and turn a yellowish-green color.
I am a firm believer that taking Vitamin C can boost your immune system and help fight off the virus. Drink Orange, or take vitamin C supplements.
Avoiding dairy, fact or myth? Well for me, it is a fact. I was eating a lot of comfort food when I was sick. I had a lot of soup including clam chowder. Soup was beneficial, clam chowder was not. I coughed more and it just seemed like I was more congested after having the clam chowder. Then I had ice cream one evening to sooth my throat and that was also not a good thing. I coughed more and had a horrible night. So no dairy for me whenever I am sick. I make a soup that I call, “make me feel better soup”.
Recipe for Soup:
- Chicken stock/chicken bone broth
- 1 large onion, diced
- several cloves of garlic, chopped or minced
- fresh ginger grated
- salt, pepper, sage, thyme
Combine all ingredients in large stock pot and bring to a boil, reduce and simmer till onion is tender.
This soup helps make me feel better and warms me inside. Onions, garlic, and ginger have many vitamins, minerals, and anti-inflammatory properties that can help the body fight the cold.
Taking a hot shower made me feel better and helped clear my sinuses. When I was sick, all I wanted to do was lay in bed. However, taking several hot showers was very beneficial. I think you feel a bit better when you are clean.
I tried several over the counter cough syrups, but none helped. Cough drops with menthol helped a little, but not much. I looked up home remedies online and tried a few of those. Here are two I found that were helpful:
- Thyme tea. I grow thyme in my yard so I had fresh thyme to make the tea. Just snip a few sprigs and toss in water, boil and let seep for about 5 mins, sweeten with honey.
- Honey, Lemon Juice, and Coconut Oil. Combine 2 Tablespoons of honey, 1 Tablespoon of Organic, unrefined coconut oil, and 2 Tablespoons of fresh squeezed lemon juice in small sauce pan, heat just enough to melt honey and coconut oil, remove from heat, let cool if too hot, but drink when still warm. It is an interesting taste, but it seemed to help.
When I started to feel a little better, I started to do stuff around the house and overdid it and made myself worse. It was like one step forward and three steps back. So be careful not to do too much too soon when you start to feel better.
I try to do my best to avoid getting sick, but unfortunately it is impossible as far as I know, to avoid it completely because there are too many viruses out there and sick people who pass it on. Common ways to reduce the risk of getting a cold, basically common sense:
- Stay away from sick people. Indeed, logical but not very easy to do
- Wash your hands with soap and water. Now this is an easy one and very practical one.
- Don’t touch your face a lot, especially if your hands are not clean.
Well that’s a wrap on this cold business. I certainly hope I can avoid getting a cold anytime soon, never would be better, but I doubt that. Having a cold sucks and I hope that sharing my experience may be insightful to others.
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