A Better Cold

I have always been the type to catch a cold every other week during the winter months. Some people just rough it through their colds, allowing their bodies to fend for themselves, I, on the other hand, take almost anything to make the cold as painless as possible.

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What I Take:

I have sworn by Echinacea tea for the past few years. I am currently sipping on a cup right now. I firmly believe that this tea has helped my cold symptoms and shorten length of my colds. It is known to have medicinal properties and I fully believe it. If you do not try anything else on this list, at least try this. The flavor is decent and you can always add a little lemon and honey, if needed, for flavor. Echinacea is also available in capsules.

This is my newest find and I think it has helped the most. I usually am popping Vitamin C like it is no one’s business when I have a cold. The other day, I ran across Ester-C. So, instead of eating Vitamin C like candy, I take two of these once a day. The label claims to contain metabolites that help our white blood cells retain the vitamin C throughout 24 hours to provide 24 hour immunity support.

Elderberry is the newest cold fighting fad. When I recently asked my fellow instagramers about their favorite cold remedy, this was the most recommended product. So, when I went to Wal-Mart to buy all of the cold things, I picked up some elderberry gummies. Most recommend buying a homemade syrup from someone but I took the easier and cheaper route with just buying the gummies. I am not sure how much these have helped but I am taking people’s word on it, these gummies also taste amazing.

I also take a daily vitamin, NyQuil every night of the cold (everyone responds to NyQuil differently, so use caution), and Ibuprofen/Advil as needed.

REST and EAT

I am all for cancelling plans to make sure I get the rest that I need. Let your body focus on fighting off the cold or virus, without having to expend extra energy on house chores, errands, or plans with people. Sleep in. Take the nap. During some of my colds, walking even takes the energy out of me. Lay on the couch and throw on a movie. Wear your comfiest clothes and brew a cup of Echinacea tea. Eat a hot bowl of soup. Speaking of, make sure you are eating enough. If you feel extra hungry, like I do when I have a cold, EAT. Your body needs the extra calories to burn to fight the cold or sickness. If you don’t feel hungry, try drinking chicken broth and drinking gatorade, and of course, make sure you are also drinking plenty of water.

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I am currently fighting a cold but this might have been my easiest cold yet, hopefully I am not speaking too soon. I started feeling cold coming on during work Friday. I bought two Blue Machine Naked Smoothies, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, because they are loaded with vitamin C and other vitamins. After work, I went to Wal-Mart and bought all of the items listed above, then took everything I could that night to try to help fight the cold before the worst hit, rested on the couch, and went to bed early.

I woke up the next morning and did not feel as bad as I had expected to. I felt tired but I didn’t feel stuffy and gross, like I usually do during my colds. Granted, I have been eating well and working out regularly recently, which has probably helped my prepare my body to fight off any sicknesses. I definitely believe that these products have helped lessen the symptoms and strength of the cold, though. I am hoping that the cold is over soon, but only time will tell…

Hope these help you all as much as they have helped me!

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