I’m very against taking cold medicine. It’s my firm belief that mucus is there for a reason.
Yesterday I woke up with a tickle in my throat and a scratchy soft palate– telltale signs I’m coming down with something.
Instead of reaching for the DayQuil, I try to reach for more natural remedies.
So what do I do when I feel like I’m getting a cold?
1. Kick myself a little for not sleeping/taking my FLCO/Drinking enough water.
Luckily, I don’t get sick very often so when I do start to feel that tickle in my throat, I know exactly why. I’m pretty sure that this time my cold crept up because I’ve been staying up too late watching The Vampire Diaries on Netflix…and everyone around me is a little sicky these days.
2. Make sure to take my supplements.
Namely fermented cod liver oil– vitamin D is really important to immune system function. Taking some vitamin C and Zinc also help me feel like I’m being proactive with the cold. In the summer, I also make it a point to soak in some sun to make sure I’m getting enough vitamin D.
Lately, I’ve been pumping the echinacea and goldenseal, which both support immune and respiratory function. AND drinking some Garden of Life Wheatgrass for some extra phytonutrients.
AND eating more liver in the form of chicken liver pate. Liver is a superfood packed with all kinds of vitamins and minerals. Some (namely Liz of Cave Girl Eats) drink raw liver shots every morning for their benefits. I haven’t made it that far, but I’ll try anything once.
3. Load up on bacteria.
By this I mean, I up my probiotic intake. I’ve found the drinking Inner Eco coconut water kefir really works for me. I also drink a little more homemade kombucha when I’m feeling like my immune system could use a boost.
4. Stay hydrated.
With water and lots of homemade bone broth.
5. Attempt to nap.
I have a really hard time napping during the day. Believe me when I say that I wish I was a napper. I love sleeping. Even though I don’t usually sleep during the day, I still set aside some down time (during which I could nap). Lying awake, but completely still is almost as good as a nap…right?
6. Stay positive.
I always repeat affirmations when I start to feel sick. Things like “I am in perfect health” or “I radiate good health.” You’d be surprised how big a role your mind and your outlook play in your immune system.