How to Recover From a Cold in Record Time

I woke up this morning feeling pretty fantastic, and have to share how. So far my week has gone a little something like this..

Monday AM: Woke up with the usual early morning allergy-type congestion. Didn’t feel actually sick, so I trained my morning client, then hit the beach to do some sand sprints.

Monday PM: Uh-oh…feeling like this is definitely more than just allergies. No bueno. 😦

Overnight: Feeling all-out miserable. Throat feels like sandpaper. Body feeling achy. Nose running like a faucet while also stuffy. How does that even happen?? Ugh. This is usually the kind of thing that escalates quickly for me and puts me out of commission with bronchitis, a sinus infection, or some kind of upper respiratory infection. I take some DayQuil for now, but realize I’m gonna have to pull out all the stops come morning.

Tuesday AM: I do all of the things I’m about to share with you.

Tuesday PM: I repeated steps 3, 4 and 6.

Tuesday late PM: Steps 3,4 and 6…again. 🙂

Wednesday AM: Feeling better, but still sluggish, stuffy and feeling blah. Repeat Tuesday’s cold-fighting tricks.

Wednesday PM: Repeated steps 3, 4 and 6. Then went to bed waaaaay too late after having guests over.

Thursday AM: Wake up at 6am to feed baby, then go back to bed while hubby takes our older kids to school. Upon getting up for the day, repeat same cold-fighting tricks.

Thursday late AM (now): A little residual drainage (TMI perhaps, but hey), but no cough, sore throat, upper respiratory issues…I’ve beat this thing from morphing into the crazy month-long bug!! Woohoo! This is a record time for me! And good thing, because ain’t nobody got time to be sick.

So what are these special tricks, you say?

1. Oil PullingIMG_5940

The Short, Simple HOW: 1 TBSP organic coconut oil, swished in mouth for 15-20 minutes first thing in the morning. Spit it out into trash can, then brush teeth as usual.

The Short, Simple WHY: Effectively pulls bacteria and other sickness nasties out of your mouth, and keeps you from ingesting them along with your food.

2. Matcha Green Tea + Fresh-Squeezed Lime Juice + Raw HoneyIMG_5947

The Short, Simple HOW: 1 tsp matcha powder in 4oz water, 1/2 squeezed lime, 1 tsp raw honey. Drink before eating, after oil pulling.

The Short, Simple WHY: Cleansing and totally loaded with antioxidants & vitamin C.

3. Nasal RinseIMG_5945

The Short, Simple HOW: Fill your neti pot with distilled water ONLY (never tap water), after heating up the right amount of water to a comfortable, slightly warm temperature. Add saline solution (comes with the neti pot, but can also be purchased separately). Over the sink, use half the water in the net pot through one nostril. Gently blow nose, then use the rest of the water through other nostril. Nasal rinse, or net, pots can be purchased at CVS/Walgreens, or health food stores.

The Short, Simple WHY: Flushes out your sinuses. Feels a little weird during, but pretty great afterwards. The opposite of an awkward one-night stand.

4. Chicken SoupIMG_5944

The Short, Simple HOW: Whip up grandma's special chicken noodle or chicken & rice soup (or better yet, have someone else whip it up for you!). Store-bought chicken soup is OK, but nothing beats homemade. If you need a recipe, click here!

The Short, Simple WHY: Chicken soup is an age-old cold & flu remedy that has been proven to help. It’s easier on the tummy, isn’t too heavy on calories per serving, and gives you a little something of everything you need: easy-to-digest carbs, protein, and veggies. Plus it’s delicious. 🙂

5. Zinc + Probiotics + Vitamin D3IMG_5943

The Short, Simple HOW: Find these in your local health food store or CVS/Walgreens. Take the recommended daily dosage.

The Short, Simple WHY: Zinc has been proven to help shorten the duration of a cold. All three of these supplements help rebuild and repair, big-time. It’s best to get adequate zinc, probiotics and vitamin D on a regular basis, of course, so even if you’re not sick, don’t skimp on these!

6. Essential OilsIMG_5946

The Short, Simple HOW: Apply a few drops several times throughout the day, before a hot steamy shower, and right before going to bed.

The Short, Simple WHY: These two particular blends – On Guard and Breathe – are really awesome to have in your nasties-fighting arsenal. Breathe helps open up the sinuses and keep the respiratory system healthy. On Guard is an overall immune system-booster, which is actually great to use on a regular basis, if possible. If you’re interested in learning more about EOs (essential oils), click here.

So there you have it, people! I hope these tricks help you as much as they’ve helped me. Would love to hear your feedback on what you’ve tried, and what cold-fighting tricks you swear by.

Stay Healthy, Stay Sexy!

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