It’s that time of year, when the world…
Falls in love?
Forgives and forgets?
Fills up on sweets and treats?
Nope, Nope, and Nope.
It’s that time of year when everyone catches the common cold!
Luckily for you, there are three easy steps you can take right now to get rid of your cold in just a few days time.
First things first…
#1: Step Away From the Medicine Cabinet!
The last thing you want to do when you have a cold is take any sort of cold medication for your symptoms.
You see, the symptoms you experience when you have a cold – a runny nose, a sore throat, achy muscles, etc. – are actually a good thing! These are all signs that your body is actively fighting off the virus and getting you well.
When you take any cold medication, you are only slowing this process down. Instead of continuing to fend off the virus, your body now has to work to expel whatever medication you just took.
And be sure to stay away from over-the-counter pain-relief medications too, as these have been shown to suppress your body’s ability to produce antibodies that are necessary to fight the cold virus off.
So while you may feel better after taking a couple DayQuil capsules or Tylenol that reduce your symptoms, all you’re really doing is interfering with your body’s natural healing process and thereby prolonging your sickness!
You do want to get rid of your cold as quickly as you can, right? Then here’s what you should do instead:
Pretty much everyone who is sick with a cold experiences fatigue along with their other symptoms. Your body is working overtime to fight off the virus and so you feel tired.
What should you do when you feel tired? Rest. That means remaining horizontal and doing as little as possible. Even if you are not able to sleep, you should still be lying down somewhere comfy and cozy.
By resting as much as possible, you are interfering with your body as little as possible so it can continue to do its job.
The more rest you get, the faster you will get well!
Mothers of the world have it all wrong. Filling up on food when you’re sick to “keep your strength up” is not a wise move.
There is a reason animals (people included) experience a loss of appetite when they are sick. Any food you eat – even if it’s healthy raw fruits and vegetables – requires energy to digest it. This energy is much better spent fending off the virus than digesting your food.
That’s why the best thing to do is fast. Ingesting nothing but water will allow your body to focus as much of its efforts as possible on getting you well.
Just be sure to stay hydrated with plenty of water!
If you’re sick but still have an appetite, feel free to eat something. Just be sure to keep it light and healthy.
No, I don’t mean loading up on OJ from a carton or chicken noodle soup from a can. I mean eating only fresh fruits and tender greens that are full of water and digest easily.
Stay away from any and all cooked and processed foods and only stick with produce that you can eat in its whole, raw state. Your body, not to mention your waistline, will thank you for it. 🙂
Go raw, be fit, and get well,