Getting sick sucks. It sucks even harder when you have a toddler who is all up in your face all day long. You just want to keep your germs to yourself and curl up on the couch with your Kleenex box and jug of water. So, you give in and put in the Frozen dvd and hope that buys you an hour and a half of peace. Your little one is still right there comforting you, jumping on your head and stomach, knocking over your glass of water and trying to get you to play! Quick, you need to cure a cold fast.
Well that is how I spent last Saturday. Luckily I don’t get sick often anymore. In fact, last time i was sick was over 3.5 years ago. Being sick is a good reminder to be grateful for our good health, as it is one of the easiest things to take for granted. After all morning of Bug dancing on me and begging for my attention, I relented and turned on a movie in the afternoon. The next day I felt 99% better and I wanted to share my go to routine for the times when someone in our house gets sick with the cold or the flu. It has never failed to return us to good health quickly. Here is how we cure a cold fast.
Note: I am not a doctor, nor am I posing as one. See my full disclaimer at the bottom of this article. I recommend a consult with your doctor if you are taking certain prescription medications where contraindications may occur with certain foods.
Cure A Cold Fast
- Sinus Wash, 3-4 times during the day, using distilled water and sterile buffered solution
- Chicken Noodle Soup with Cayenne pepper, as hot as you can stand for lunch and dinner
- Crush a clove of garlic between two teaspoons, add honey to cover the garlic and gulp it down (take my husband’s hard learned lesson and do not chew). Do this 2-3 times
- Drink lots of filtered water (more than 8, 8oz glasses), add 1 TBS of Raw Apple Cider Vinegar per 16oz
- Gargle with warm salt water
- Do not eat any sugar, or refined foods (except noodles in the soup)
- Eliminate dairy from your diet for at least a week
- Get as much extra sleep as possible (Queue the laughter, no but seriously, its an important one)
You Want Me To Do What?! Here Is Why:
I want you to cure a cold fast! Your nose may feel like a leaky faucet, but your sinuses are likely getting gunked up with goo that could lead to infection or prolonged illness. Sinus wash can be found at your local pharmacy, usually on the cold remedy isle. In my non-professional opinion, this is really the only cold remedy that is worth buying. There are many brands, but Neti Pot is the best known. I have used several brands and they all seem to work the same, but Neti Pot only has one ingredient, which is nice. Make sure you use Distilled water. These washes work by rinsing your sinuses with a saline solution, which works to dissolve mucus and reduce inflammation. It’s like your mama’s remedy for sore throat “gargle with salt water”, but for your sinus cavity.
There is something special about chicken noodle soup when you are sick. I prefer a homemade bone broth soup, but lets face it we don’t always have that sitting in our freezer. Store bought soup still does the trick. Add in some cayenne pepper and you amp up the healing power tremendously. According to traditional Chinese Medicine, Cayenne pepper targets the spleen, stomach, lungs, and large intestine and moves qi, dispels cold, warms the middle and lungs. It is known for thinning mucus which reduces the symptoms of the cold as well. There are contraindications for using cayenne pepper, so be sure to look into those if you are taking other medications, like blood thinners or aspirin to name a few. I also understand that it shouldn’t be given to children under 2 years old, not sure what kid would actually eat anything with cayenne pepper in it, but thought it was worth mentioning.
Garlic has allicin which has been used for centuries and a natural antiviral and anti-fungal. The clove must be crushed and allowed to sit for about 5 minutes to fully activate the allicin compound. Honey, specifically raw honey, also has antiviral properties. Combine them so that you can swallow the garlic without gagging. Yes, you’ll smell like a pasta factory for a few days, but there are worse things to smell like… Garlic also acts as a blood thinner, and honey shouldn’t be given to infants under 1 year of age.
Apple Cider Vinegar that is unprocessed and unfiltered has the “mother” intact and is beneficial to your gut’s good bacteria. Add a bit to your water and it actually helps to alkalize your body. Most of us eat processed foods and have habits that make our bodies more acidic than they should be, which weakens our immune response. As acidic as this vinegar tastes, the effect once consumed is alkalizing.
Sugar is inflammatory, which provokes an immune system response, and if your body is already busy trying to attack the cold, you don’t want to distract your immune system with any extra enemies. Eliminate the sugar. And the processed foods. Yes, that includes the sugar drinks, including Gatorade, Powerade, Vitamin Water, etc.
Dairy is also an inflammatory, and mucus multiplying food. Eliminate it, at least while you are sick and in the few days following your recovery.
Sounds like a no-brainer, but sleep is essential to recovery. Us mamas rarely get the sleep we need when we aren’t sick. “How am I going to get extra sleep”, you ask? Tell you husband or SO that weekend plans are off and he’s on full-time kid duty. Phone a friend if you have to, and bribe them to entertain your little one for a few hours while you get some sleep. Nap when they nap and go to bed early.
I know it seems like a lot of torturous things to do when you don’t feel like doing anything at all, but to cure a cold fast, I haven’t found anything better. I promise that our family uses this every time we get hit with the cold or flu and we are back on our feet in no time. So, toughen up buttercup! Bite the bullet! And all those fun phrases of encouragement. A fast cold remedy is at your fingertips.
It’s your health, take care of it, because you are worth it. I wish you the speediest recovery.
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or registered nutritionist. I do not claim to cure any cause, condition or disease. I do not provide medical aid or nutrition for the purpose of health or disease and claim to be a doctor or dietitian.
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