Colds seem to follow me on every vacation I ever go on! And the flu decided one year it was best to show up during my Christmas break.
Do you struggle with colds, the flu, and sinus infections showing up at the worst times?
There truly no great time to get a cold but it seems like to me sicknesses purposely choose to make an appearance right before a big event or occasion.
I myself am just getting over a cold and because of that I wanted to share some things that you can do to actually keep from getting sick in the first place.
Yes, that’s right. Colds don’t have to be an eventuality. Doing these 5 things actually work. I have either done them myself or I have heard of other people doing them.
Have you ever read a long list of remedies that supposedly work but there’s no anecdotal evidence on whether or not any other humans have had results with those remedies?
When I have a cold, I want to read about remedies that actual humans have tried that really do help you breath better, or shorten your cold or get rid of them completely.
But when you start researching remedies you can’t seem to find any that you know sure worked for someone.
They just seem like they could potentially work but you’re not really sure if they do.
Not with these remedies. And even if these remedies don’t make your cold completely vanish, they can greatly shorten the duration of your illness.
I also have a post about remedies that work to help relieve a stuffy nose (aren’t they the worst?) that have really worked for me. So if you’re extra miserable be sure to check that out.
5 Proven Cold And Flu Remedies That Actually Work
1) Take a cold medicine, any cold medicine
There’s about a 2 hour window where if I start feeling sick, I can take cold medicine and my cold never forms. Once my throat feels scratchy and sore or I start sniffling, I can take Sudafed once or twice and the literally the symptoms disappear.
Cold crisis averted.
Sambucol has sambucus (find right name) also known as elderberry as its active ingredient which is used to boost your immune system.
You can take Sambucol or elderberry capsules every day to boost your immune system.
However, you can also take Sambucol once you start feeling sick and take it every few hours (according to its instructions) until your symptoms are gone. Sambucol comes in chewable tablet form and syrup form.
I personally prefer the tablet form but the syrup is not horrible … just really thick. Just get the tablet form. You’ll thank me later.
3) Take your vitamins
Momma was playing when she said to take your vitamins. Yes, they make a difference.
Probably not as much of a difference after your sick but before you’re sick they can stave off a sore throat and stuffy nose.
Take them on a daily basis to make your immune system strong as an ox.
4) Stay hydrated
I didn’t always believe this remedy was a thing.
Then I saw a video of someone saying they had the flu and they kept drinking tons of water and their flu was gone in 2 days.
The flu can last for 2 weeks.
That is pretty incredible. They didn’t take any medicine. Why does water help? Besides water just helping almost everything water is also said to do this:
“Staying hydrated can boost your immune health too. Water helps your body produce lymph, which carries white blood cells and other immune system cells.”
5) Baking soda & Apple Cider Vinegar
1/2 tsp baking soda + 1 tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar in 6 oz of water once in the a.m. and once 1 hour before bed.
I read about this on Earth Clinic and I’m a believer. I know how amazing apple cider vinegar is.
If you don’t know the benefits of apple cider vinegar then click here and weep for you not knowing about it sooner.
Your life just might change. This remedy has anecdotal evidence that humans have used it with positive results. You can read about it here.
Bonus tip: get some rest. Getting extra sleep when you’re sick works wonders. Trust me on this.
What remedies work for you? What have you tried that knocks your cold or flu out in record time? Please help everyone and share it in the comments.
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