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Having a cold sucks!

Here are some strategies that have worked for me to recover quickly:

  1. I drink 2 litres of lukewarm water a day.  It’s a lot of water but I force myself to do it as I find it really speeds up the recovery process.  It feels like it’s flushing out the virus.  Why lukewarm?  This is something my acupuncturist taught me, our inner body is warm so it’s a bit of a shock to the system to receive cold water. Warm water blends right in  and it also helps with digestion.
  2. I double up on vitamin C to boost my immune system.
  3. I listen to my body and give it the rest it needs. If my body is aching for a nap, I take it when possible.
  4. If I’m really stuffed up and/or coughing and it’s preventing me from getting a good sleep I take a decongestant and/or cough suppressant. Getting a good nights sleep in essential for a quick recovery
  5. If I have the energy, I make a big pot of organic vegetable and chicken soup. It’s packed with nutrients and is so comforting. I live on it for a few days. It’s important that the soup have a protein.
  6. With a busy life it’s not always easy, but I try to do less and let myself be taken care of (doesn’t really happen – but I always hope, sometimes you have to ask).
  7. I eat natural sources of vitamin C; my favorites are oranges and kiwis.
  8. As always, don’t skip meals and eat healthy.
  9. I make a strong Chai tea from scratch (will send out recipe soon).

Some natural remedies I like:

For congestion and cough:

I love the Chinese herbal expectorant Nin Jiom, it’s become so popular that it’s now sold at Shopper’s Drug Mart. It really clears the chest.

 

For a sore throat:

I love Echinaforce Throat Spray.  I actually use it year round because my throat can get sore from teaching. The bottle has a long nozzle that can reaches the back of the throat, it’s so soothing.

(warning: tastes horrible)

I also love Ricola throat drops.

 

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