3 Tips to Kick that Cold Naturally
Growing up, I never liked medicine. Not even that pink, bubblegum-flavored stuff. And as I grew older, I hated swallowing pills with a passion. Now, I know that there are other easy ways to help fight against colds that don’t require me to take antibiotics.
But why not antibiotics? I recently read listened to a Rich Roll Podcast with interviewee Robynne Chutkan about our microbiome. Everyone’s microbiome has the ability to keep us healthy or to make us sick, depending on how we feed it. And antibiotics are one way that we shortchange our microbiome. Being too clean (inside and out) can actually be more harmful than good, according to Dr. Chutkan. When we take antibiotics, we are wiping out all of the bacteria in our guts-- the good and the bad-- and it takes time to build up the good bacteria again. Instead of making us healthier, antibiotics seem to be weakening our immune systems, which allows more infection and sickness into our bodies. It’s a vicious cycle. I highly encourage you to check out the podcast or to pick up a copy of The Microbiome Solution (or her first book, Gut Bliss) by Robynne Chutkan.
So what’s one to do when you are starting to feel under the weather? Here are a few tips to get you back on track
Ditch the alcohol and caffeine for something more soothing and healing. Drink at least eight glasses of water a day (included in this can be herbal teas and water with lemon!) Your body needs hydration to help it recover and to flush out the toxins and germs that are making you feel less than your best. And if you really need a cup of coffee to get going, follow it with two extra glasses of water.
Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
A few years ago, when I was having the worst coughing fits at night, I stumbled upon a suggestion to use ACV to help recover and sleep better. I was at my wits end and willing to try anything so I poured myself a small amount of straight ACV. It tasted terrible. But, you know what? It worked and I was able to sleep through the night. Now I drink it this way: heat up a mug of water and add about a TBSP of ACV and a bit of honey (to make it more palatable) and drink up before bedtime. I promise, the taste is worth it.
I recently started using essential oils on a fairly regular basis. I was introduced by a friend who swears by them and I was curious enough to give them a try. I purchased a few online and use them mostly for sleep, either in a diffuser or in a rollerball that I use on my feet and spine. I would recommend trying a combo of peppermint and eucalyptus to help clear your congestion. I got a bottle of Doterra’s Breathe and that lovely little bottle helps me sleep amazingly well when I’m congested. Just dab a little on your feet and chest and voila!