(Closed) Avoiding the dreaded cold….tips?

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Sleeeeeeeeeeep.  And water.  I think exercise helps me ward off colds, too.  If it were nice out, I’d suggest running outside, but getting your system revved up anywhere that’s not breathing in his germs should help.  Sleep, though, I think is the biggest thing.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee

I swear by EmergenC 😀

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I just successfully avoided my husband’s terrible cold last week (which I’m very proud of since I usually ALWAYS catch whatever’s going around).  Besides washing my hands like a maniac, asking him to wash his hands a lot, I think avoiding kissing (or being otherwise intimate) for a couple days during his ‘most likely contagious’ timeframe was the best thing I did.  It was very hard, as we’re quite affectionate, but sticking to forehead and cheek kisses helped me to avoid catching the cold!

Post # 7
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Washing your hands all the time. No kissing. No sharing drinks. Lysol stuff like your phones and light switches. I also make this tea from my naturopath which has kicked two colds butts so far this winter! You have to hit it early with it though, I woke up one morning with a sore throat, and drank this tea all day, felt waaaaaaaay better the next day 🙂

I’ve adapted this a bit to make it easier, so this is the new way I make my tea. Grab a big travel mug. Cut about an inch or so long section off a hunk of ginger root and peel it. Throw it into the mug. Pour boiling water from your kettle over top. Squeeze in a good dose of fresh lemon. Add a heaping tablespoon (or to taste) of honey. Stir. Drink. Refill often. My naturopath recommends drinking 2 cups a day. I just keep the ginger in the bottom and keep reusing it for the day/next day depending on how strong it tastes. It’s delicious and it totally works!

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

Airborn (which is just like EmergenC I think) and Purell. I clean my hands after touching everything when someone I know has a cold.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

@bakerella: Thank you! I’m so trying this next time i get that sore throat thing, regular tea didn’t really do much this year.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@ejs4y8: Ack, yeah, in that weather it will do more harm than good.  The weather’s been crazy the past few days, though… I know some places were unseasonably warm and some super cold blizzard conditions.  But, yeah, in the latter category?  Gym gym gym.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’m an advocate of Airborne all the way. Lysol or Clorox wipes, OJ, water, sleep, and exercise . Also make sure you’re dressing appropriately for the weather too.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 1996

Zinc works miracles on me every time I use it. When I first feel the beginning symptoms of a cold, before it hits full-on, I start taking zinc every four hours all day. Most of the time, I do that for about three days and the symptoms vanish. It’s a lifesaver; my colds otherwise are typically monstrous and hang around for weeks. The trick is to get on it right away, though, the zinc isn’t effective if you wait until the cold is in full swing.

I’ve had so many people scoff about the placebo effect when they hear about it, the most recent time being over Thanksgiving. I just have to feel pity for those people, though, since they’re having to deal with colds like normal, whereas mine are kicked before they get started (which is exactly what happened in the instance over Thanksgiving). I’ve been relying on it for about eight years with consistent results.

Post # 15
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

@ejs4y8: I love it because it’s natural. I hate pumping myself full of medicines if I can avoid it. I’d much prefer to use mother nature to cut things off before I have to head to a doctor you know? It’s super tasty stuff, I had a cup last night just because I love it so much. We also buy natural organic honey from a local guy that’s SO tasty! It’s so much better than Billy Bee or whatever store brand. Love love love it.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

For me: Airborne, sleep, keeping warm, and staying off alcohol for a while.

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