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Posted 11/14/2012 by megmc in NSBR Board

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Posted: 11/14/2012 1:22:04 AM
what are your remedies for not getting sicker when you get a cold?


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Posted: 11/14/2012 1:35:04 AM
Hot showers, hot tea, lots of fluids. No dairy as I always think it makes the phlegm thicker, though it may not actually do so. I like to eat the kind of spicy foods that make your nose run but don't really burn your mouth, like a good hot and sour soup. Lots of ginger based foods, too, like candied ginger to suck on and ginger ale to sip.


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Posted: 11/14/2012 2:39:13 AM
Rest and water. I know they are simple but so important.


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Posted: 11/14/2012 3:01:04 AM
I take the herb Echinacea at the *very* first hint that I may be getting a cold then I take a dose with every meal for the next few days and 99% of the time it comes to nothing. I've had maybe 2 colds in the last 5 years.

Today, I will be colouring outside the lines.

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Posted: 11/14/2012 3:50:43 AM
I was reading some (proper) research about this a few months ago, and echinacea has been shown to have some slight effect, but for most people it reduced the length of a cold by only about half a day.

The only other thing (and I can't remember the exact details of the research) that might help lessen the length and severity is zinc. I think it was throat lozenges which had the best effect, like the echinacea, I think the best effect was if you took it at the start of the illness. The theory was that the zinc may stop the virus from multiplying.

But don't overdo it, taking too much zinc can be dangerous.


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Posted: 11/14/2012 4:07:13 AM
Cold-eeze - which are zinc lozenges. They kill your taste buds and don't make you feel any better but they really do shorten the duration of your cold.

The moment I feel a cold coming on, I take them and sometimes I can prevent the cold from starting.

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