Feeling a cold coming on?

Last night I felt that sort of burning up in the back of the throat and nasal cavity that you get when you have a cold. What’s this? Aw man, am I getting sick?

It is that time of year. Closed car and home windows. Cramped transit. Less physical activity outside. Here comes seasonal illness like the common cold.

I’ve found that most times that I get that feeling I’m actually just dehydrated. A bunch of water and the next day I’ve forgetten I was even feeling bad.

But this morning I still had a bit of a run-down feeling to accompany that, well, phlegmy feeling.

Here are some things that I eat or avoid eating that usually knock that cold out before it really takes off.

  1. Water
    Usually when I’m sick the last thing my body craves is coffee. There’s a reason for that. Your body knows it’s going to dehydrate you. Staying hydrated not only makes you feel good like you’re supposed to, but it also enables your immune system to function at top form. I don’t need to tell you that rushing back into coffee as soon as you feel better is an invitation to get sick again, do I? And alcohol’s going to have the same effect.
  2. Oil of Oregano
    You can pick this up at any health food store. Put a few drops in a bit of water and drink it down. It’s a known immune booster and I find it works really well. Some say it’s better to put a few drops under the tongue so that it doesn’t get broken down in the digestive system but you need to be very careful. It really burns and can damage that tissue under the tongue. That’s why I just drink it down or put some in the water bottle I drink from for the day. My kids even don’t mind having a drop or two if they wake up in the middle of the night having come down with something.
  3. Garlic
    I know. I know. But it’s garlic! Trust me. If you grab a clove out of your cupboard, unpeel it and chew it up really really good before swallowing, you will NOT end up with garlic breath all day. This is raw garlic. When it’s cooked is when the body has a hard time digesting this amazing medicinal food, meaning it ends up sitting around in your stomach rather than aiding your immune system. If it’s good garlic it will burn in your mouth a bit, but that will pass. In my opinion it’s better than being sick for a few days or a week.
  4. Hot pepper
    If you’re congested, put some hot sauce on whatever you next eat. You’ve probably noticed that hot sauce loosens up the chest and makes you bring things up and out. You can take medicine for this or you can just enjoy a nice hot condiment.
  5. Avoid white sugar and white flour
    This is a great way to prevent yourself from EVER getting sick. The body doesn’t digest sugar – it attacks it with the immune system. It’s been said that every teaspoon of sugar occupies the immune system for four hours. A can of pop has something like 9 teaspoons of sugar! Seriously. If we had a coffee together and I put even five teaspoons of sugar in my cup you’d probably ask me if I was insane. While your body is spending hours upon hours trying to fight off the white sugar you’ve consumed, you’ve left the door wide open for virus and infection to come on in and do what they do best: make you sick so that you can make others sick. Avoiding these refined white products is the best way to avoid flu as well. It’s hard at first, but once you get things things mostly out of your life you’ll feel much much better. Even your mind will be sharper. You’ll also drop fat.

There are a few easy tips involving things you already have in your home or can probably pick up within walking distance of your home. Add them to your family’s arsenal against illness so you can avoid a trip to the clinic.

Chris Carlone, CNP

I help people transform their health and their finances. Anything else? EVERYTHING comes next.

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