Does it seem like everyone you know is sick with a cold right now?
Here are the top 5 tips to cure a cold and stop it in its tracks:
Tip #1: Effectively utilize natural antibiotics and antivirals at the first signs of an infection
Some of my favourites include oregano oil, cayenne pepper, grape seed extract, garlic, and manuka honey.
The species of oregano that has the most therapeutic antibiotic effect is wild oregano, called Origanum vulgare. Recent studies have confirmed that oil of oregano has some of the best natural antiviral, antiparasitic, antifungal and antibacterial properties. It can be used externally and internally. There are no negative side effects. The product I recommend to patients is Wild Oregano Oil made by Physica Energetics.
Cayenne pepper also called capsicum is a strong spice used for thousands of years for its healing power and antibiotic effects. Place 1/4 to 1/2 tsp in warm water and drink like a tea two to three times per day to ward off or treat a cold.
In one study, drops of concentrated grape seed extract (GSE) were tested for antibacterial properties against a number of gram-positive and gram-negative organisms. The researchers concluded that GSE was comparable to “proven topical antibacterials. Although the GSE appeared to have a somewhat greater inhibitory effect on gram-positive organisms than on gram-negative organisms, its comparative effectiveness against a wide range of bacterial biotypes is significant.” I recommend the product Phyto Antiox by Physica Energetics which contains an optimal dose of grape see extract along with other antioxidants.
Garlic is my favourite natural antibiotic because it’s also anti-fungal and anti-viral, without harming beneficial bacteria in our gut. It actually promotes the growth of healthy intestinal microflora by acting as a prebiotic (food for probiotics). Eat at least 2 cloves of raw garlic each day to fight off a cold (a whole head is even better).
Raw honey has been used as an infection fighter since ancient times. And Manuka honey from New Zealand is best since it’s not heated. Clinical trials have found Manuka honey to be effective against over 250 strains of bacteria!
Tip #2: Start your day off right
Even just five minutes of deep breathing in the morning can be a great start to a daily meditation practice. Regular meditation practice has been shown to not only relieve stress and anxiety, but it’s also an awesome immune booster as well.
Tip #3: Optimize your vitamin D levels
Do you know what your vitamin D levels are? Vitamin D is essential to boost immunity and mood… so it can not only help you ward off infections this winter, but also make you feel happy, too. Before you supplement, it’s best to test. I recommend optimizing the dose of vitamin D you take through supplementation based on your blood levels. At the Wellness Blueprint Health Centre we offer the Vitamin D Spot test to accurately assess vitamin D levels.
Tip #4: Oh, that sweet slumber
A good night’s sleep increases your immune function and is your body’s way of restoring and healing itself. Aim for a solid 7 or 8 hours each night. If you tend to get a “surge” late in the evening – that wired and tired feeling – it’s likely related to imbalances in your cortisol or stress hormone levels. To interrupt that pattern it’s important to get to bed as close to 10 pm as possible.
Tip #5: The magic of “warming socks”
Hydrotherapy – using water for soothing pains and treating disease – may be the oldest form of medical treatment. Heat and cold applied to the skin affect peripheral circulation via dilating or constricting peripheral blood vessels. When peripheral blood vessels are dilated, they become a reservoir for blood, reducing the load on the heart. When they are constricted, blood is returned to the heart faster. Therefore, through the use of hot and cold water, circulation and metabolism are optimized, the immune system is primed and ready to fight disease, and the body detoxifies itself gently and appropriately.
Use the following hydrotherapy treatment at the first sign of an infection. You’ll need a basin to soak your feet, a pair of thin cotton socks and a pair of thick wool socks.
- Warm your feet. This can be done by soaking your feet in tolerably hot/warm water until the skin is pink (about 5-10 minutes). While care should be taken no to burn the skin or cause any discomfort, it is very important that the feet are very warm before continuing. This will greatly increase the effectiveness of the treatment and prevent possible harm.
- While warming the feet, soak a pair of light cotton socks in icy cold water.
- When feet are warm, use a towel to dry completely.
- Take cold-soaked socks out of water and wring out well.
- Put cold socks on dry, warm feet.
- Quick, pull a pair of thick, wool socks over the cold socks.
- Go to bed. Be sure to cover up well and don’t get chilled. You will find your feet warm up very quickly and the socks will be ‘magically’ dry by morning, if not sooner.
- Repeat at least 3 nights in a row for an optimum positive effect on the immune system.
Combine all five tips for the ultimate infection defense.
What are your favourite tips for warding off a cold? I’d love to hear them… post a comment below.