Post # 1
This just started a couple of hours ago. I feel cold, have chills, temperature just +1º above normal, I feel a slight tickle sensation in my chest when I breathe in. Anybody have any fresh suggestions as to how to fight this thing? My first instinct is to just go to bed.
Post # 3
Lots of fluids and rest! I like taking a lot of Vitamin C but I don’t know if that really helps.
Post # 4
@Cant_wait: echinacea! If you can go to a Trader Joe’s (not sure if there’s one in your area) get their echinacea goldenseal blend or echinacea elderberry blend. Plus chewable vitamin C and don’t be afraid to take too much vitamin C. I was taking two chewables (from Walgreen’s but Trader Joe’s is awesome too) in the morning and two at night and I managed to get rid of it after 2 days, everyone else at my company had it for two weeks.
Post # 5
This is a tea my naturopath taught me to make and I’ve adapted it slightly to make it a bit easier to throw together quickly:
– Take a hunk of fresh ginger, peel and chop it into 1/2″ pieces. Put them in the bottom of a travel mug.
– Pour boiling water over the ginger and let it steep for a few minutes.
– Squeeze in some fresh lemon juice and add honey to taste.
It’s so tasty, I make it even when I’m feeling good! The ginger is great for your immune system, lemon and honey are natural anti-bacterials, and the honey is good for your throat 🙂 It works like magic for me. Drink at least 2 cups a day.
Post # 6
@bakerella: That connoction sounds great. Hope I’m well enough tomorrow to go out too buy ginger! and thanks Bees for the reminders about the vit C and echineacea. I’m off to bed after a mega dose of C.
Post # 7
This concoction isn’t as tasty, but it really does work for me (or I wouldn’t do it):
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar in 8oz of water, & honey to taste
Drink in the morning and before bed, and once or twice during the day if symptoms persist. For more severe congestion, you can up the vinegar to 2 tablespoons. The important part of this is the vinegar; the water is just to dilute it and the honey is to make it taste better. You can take the vinegar whatever way works best for you–diluting it in more water, taking a shot of it (ew. I’m not that strong.)
Post # 8
Walgreens/CVS/Target/Wal-Mart will have it. It’s full of vitamin C and echinacea.
Post # 9
Make sure you get lots of vitamin C! Drink air borne every now and then and that will help! Hope you get to feeling better! 🙂
Post # 10
Just be careful not to overdose on vit C – it can actually be harmful in large doses. The effects of vit C on boosting the immune system are sketchy at best, but it couldn’t hurt – unless you overdo it!
Once you’re infected, the best thing you can do for yourself is rest, fluids, and making sure you’re still eating a balanced diet to support your immune systen.
Post # 11
Start taking Vitamin C, Echinacea (2/day), Multivitamin, drinking a ton of fluids (juice & water are best), and getting a lot of rest!!
Post # 12
Also, Air Borne has been 100% debunked and they have been on the losing end of many, many lawsuits for their false advertising claims. Save your money, guys – don’t fall for it!
Post # 13
@Cant_wait: My naturopath’s original version is to boil the ginger in a pot of water for at least 20 minutes, which I’ll do if I have time, but I like putting it in the bottom of a travel mug and just keep topping it off during the day. Plus if you chop it up into smaller chunks then I think it tastes stronger. My travel mug is actually for tea and has a little basket in it, so the ginger doesn’t block the sip opening or anything.