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Any secrets for decreasing length of common cold?

Discussion in 'Health & Body' started by Ryan Graber, Oct 8, 2009.

  1. Ryan Graber

    Ryan Graber Senior member

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    just curious, I've taken elderberry extract, and that seems to help a little.
     
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    I swear by Zicam. It really does seem to help. They pulled the spray, but I use the lozenges, which are still available.
     
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    Echinacea and Vitamin C appear to almost always work for me.
     
  4. j

    j Senior member Admin

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    flush nose with saline in the shower
    take pseudoephedrine (i use the 12 hour kind, doesn't disrupt sleep or make me spacey)
    drink lots of fluids, chicken soup actually does help (can't remember why but I read this)
    echinacea
    vitamin c (not tons)
    some zinc
    stay warm and get as much rest as possible
     
  5. DocHolliday

    DocHolliday Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Early treatment goes a long way. Keep the sinuses open and your chest clear, and the duration of symptoms is typically much shorter. At least in my experience.

    At the first sign of symptoms, I start taking vitamin C and eat some very spicy food, to loosen up the congestion. Hot peppers, like those found in Chinese food, supposedly have therapeutic properties.
     
  6. MyOtherLife

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    A strong Immune system will play the prominent role.
    Excersize regularily. Eat lots of salads. Raw veggies give you 100% of their nutrients.
    Get at least 20 minutes of sun exposure per day, and if you can't, take a Vitamin D suppliment.
    Echinacea is only useful when the cold/flu symptoms begin.
    Taking it when a cold/flu is already in progress will yeild little results.
    Daily suppliments I take are a) Omega 3-6-9, b)Selenium w-Beta Carotine (boosts immune system)
    c) Vitamin D suppliment. Also, if possible eat one orange per day. Processed orange juice is useless.
    Freshly squeezed juice is only good if taken within 1 minute after squeezing.
    Also, (and this may seem ridiculously academic but..) avoid contact with others who are sneezing, sniffling & slobbering. If you take public transit and someone coughs (etc) get away from them to minimise exposure.
    Lastly, don't smoke. Just don't do it.
     
  7. willpower

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    Most important thing to avoid a cold - get plenty of sleep. Don't get sleep deprived, it'll lower your resistance.
     
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    I swear by Zicam. It really does seem to help. They pulled the spray, but I use the lozenges, which are still available.


    +1

    But I used the nasal swabs, think I may switch to the lozenges now
     
  9. javyn

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    Megadose Vitamin C and take a little zinc along with it.
     
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    Extra rest
    Keep really warm to the point of sweating
    Lots of water
    Take vitamin supplements
     
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    -Zink
    -vitamin C
    ...most effective, raw garlic (..not tablets)
     
  12. javyn

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    Great advice on sweating. When I get sick I wrap myself up in heavy blankets and a comforter and break that fever in one night.

    Also, raw garlic is good too I hear. During the depression my grandmother would rub pressed garlic on her feet as a child and go to bed with socks on. Haven't really tried it myself, so take what you want from that.
     
  13. Flambeur

    Flambeur Senior member

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    Tons of vitamins, c in particular, zinc, fruits and veggies, proteins, lots of liquids.

    But yeah, if you lead a healthy lifestyle and build up your immune system, it goes a LONG way.
     
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    I'd like to believe Zicam works. I've used it and it does seem to make a difference.
     
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    if it is a strong cold or flu, i actually like to let it ride out rather than trying to stunt the length of it. i like the after math of losing weight upon recovering from the flu.
     
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    One thing I'll add that hasn't been mentioned is ginger. Slice up some fresh ginger root and make tea from it.
     
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    Vitamin D is the new thing. 2-5IU's.
     
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    Wear some good quality and warm stockings.
     
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    People have mentioned zinc in passing, but that's my number 1, it's seriously like magic. 50mg zinc glutamate tablets are pretty cheap, so buy a bottle and keep them around (only take with food or right before bed, zinc can cause stomach pains). Vitamins in general and C in particular are also important, as is sleep. And, if you start treating as soon as your nose gets just a bit runny or your throat a little scratchy (even if you think you're not getting sick) you will very rarely get a full blown illness.
     
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    One thing I'll add that hasn't been mentioned is ginger. Slice up some fresh ginger root and make tea from it.
    Definitely! Fresh - and not from a tube. I'll even chew raw chunks of it every few hours. Sleep is also really important but it's hard to apply if you have a full schedule. Yesterday, I was feeling a bit ragged - and my spidey-sense hit me. There was no fever, runny nose, sniffles, cough, sneezing or sore throat ... however, I could sense there was something coming along. A bit of a scratchy throat and a touch of something in my sinuses.... I went home early, washed up, gargled, popped the Vitamin C tabs and ginger, took two sleeping tabs and had a long deep sleep. If I had done what I usually did in the past -- try to suck it up and go out for my usual after work drinks etc., I am certain I would be in the early stages of a flu right now. Also, despite the fact that many people swear by alcoholic hot toddys (eg with rum or whiskey), I believe the research clearly indicates that alcohol will lower your immune system, not strengthen it. Use it to disinfect your hands and surfaces instead...
     

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