This week, I made a horrible mistake –– a mistake I would soon come to regret. I let a sick friend hang out at my house to watch a boxing match. Ugh. I know. After he left, I opened the windows and sprayed the house with Lysol, but it was too late. I'd already been infected with his vile, disgusting cold germs. Asshole. And since I don't take medicine until it is a matter of life or defeat, or unless the illness is absolutely unbearable, I turned to my kitchen to cure this thing before it got any worse.
Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice
Luckily for me, another friend had already promised me a bottle of fresh squeezed orange juice from his tree, so the day I felt the first tickle in the back of my throat, he was at my door with a 32 ounces of liquid gold. At this point, I was still in denial that I might be getting sick, since I haven't been truly sick in years, but just in case, I drank all of the juice that day.
Why Fresh is Best:
There is tremendous difference between freshly squeezed orange juice and the stuff you might buy at the store. Because of that, when you're sick, one of the worst things you can do is buy the usual bottled orange juice. Between the added sugar and the pasteurization store bought juices add to their processing (not to mention all the things juice makers don't tell us), the orange juice you may be accustomed to buying isn't much help in case of a cold. In fact, the sugar in such juices can actually make you sicker, and the pasteurization depletes much of its nutrients.
What You Should Do:
Instead, grab a bottle of freshly squeezed, unpasteurized orange juice, or order some from your local juicer. If you like grapefruit juice, get that instead. Grapefruits have way more vitamin C than oranges.
Alkaline & Electrolyte Water
As a habit, I drink 3 liters of water each 24 hours, and when I started feeling sick, I drank even more. As my throat began to feel itchy, drinking alkaline water gave me a bit of temporary relief, as well as helped my body maintain its pH balance. With the water also being electrolyte, my body is able to use the water better, instead of it just trickling out, making my run to the bathroom every 5 minutes.
Salt Water Gargle
To be sure to keep the back of my throat clean and free of lingering germs, I am sure to gargle with salt water after each meal and at other times throughout the day.
Cold, Cough, & Flu Elixir
My go-to, tried and true recipe for cold all natural cold relief always does what I need it to do. My Homemade Cough, Cold, and Flu Elixir kicks a cold's ass with apple cider vinegar, lemon, ginger, garlic, and cayenne. So, just after breakfast and right before bed, I make a potful and sip it slowly.
Ricola Cough Drops
To soothe my throat through the day, I keep a large bag of Ricola cough drops nearby. There are natural and soothing, with peppermint, sage, elder, linden flowers, wild thyme, horehound, hyssop, thyme, lemon balm, and mallow.
Greens: Kombucha and Kale Salad
Like most people, I tend to lose my appetite when I get sick. By the second day, my scratch throat started feeling better, but I was still afraid it would take a turn for the worse and the illness would spread to my sinuses or chest. So, I started pumping my body full of dark, leafy greens.
I stopped by my local grocer and pick up a lunch-size portion of their superfood salad, made with cashews, soy beans, dried cranberries, blueberries, carrot shreds, red onions, and sunflower seeds. Then, I picked up a bottle of Multi-Green Komucha, which contains:
100% G.T.'s Organic Raw Kombucha (Organically Produced), Klamath Valley Blue-Green Algae (Organically Produced), Spirulina (Organically Produced), Chlorella (Organically Produced), and 100% Pure Love! Probiotic Organism Content: Bacillus Coagulans GBI-30 6086: 1 Billion S, Boulardii: 1 Billion. Antioxidants & Organic Acids: EGCG 100 mg - Glucuronic Acid 10 mg L(+) Lactic Acid 25 mg - Acetic Acid 30 mg.
Yeah. I was gonna kick this cold's ass before it even think of becoming a full-grown sickness!
Garlic Honey Cough Syrup and Sweetener
Another old school remedy that came in handy while fighting off the cold that never was, is Garlic Honey. Basically, I store honey and crush garlic cloves in my kitchen cabinet year round, and pull it out for such an occasion, using it as a throat soothing cough syrup, or to sweeten my tea or the above elixir.
And throughout the entire process, I am sure to keep my head, ears, neck, chest, and feet bundled up. This not only protects me from the elements, but it also encourages sweating, especially after drinking the elixir, and that sweating helps me get better, faster.
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