Yes, I have unfortunately been afflicted with a semi-yucky fall cold. Fortunately though, it’s not especially severe as I have been doubling up on vitamins since noticing numerous people in my immediate circle becoming plagued with a pretty yucky bug. Due to my high intake of vitamins, healthy goodness and the like, I figured I would be exempt from the sniffles, coughs and fever that have affected everyone else. WRONG!!
Stress management is equally as important as vitamin increases and eating well. November so far has been very busy, mainly due to preparation for my departure to Maryland the week of Thanksgiving. I have neglected getting adequate sleep, exercise (yes exercise is important to prevent colds believe it or not!! It strengthens your immunity–contingent of course on sanitizing work out equipment if you work out at a gym), and obviously this blog. Trying to compress everything into a short amount of time, for me reading scripts, networking, preparing for fashion shows, working my regular day job, etc., puts a toll one’s immune system.
Presently I have a mild cold, thankfully nothing too detrimental; however, I am hoping to be rid of it before I leave for the east coast.
In short, I’m going to provide some hints and tips on how to prevent getting a full blown cold—obviously if I hadn’t been doubling vitamins I would be a lot worse—and how to prevent an escalation of symptoms.
First things first.
If you feel yourself coming down with something or see everyone around you hacking and flying their mucous about, it’s time to become more stringent with your daily vitamin intake.
Vitamin C–Up to 2000 to 3000 mg daily (For immune support–and for an extra boost find a C with bioflavanoids)
Vitamin D3 (Vegetarians make sure you find a vegetarian type–Whole Foods carries several) 2000-3000 iu daily
Echinacea (Find a supplement specially geared towards immune support-450 to 900mg one to 2 capsules daily for a week)
And I do love me some good ‘ol Emergen-C! Find the packets geared towards immune support. I suggest one to two packets daily.
Drink lots of green tea! 3-5 cups daily!
Cut out sugar, and keep caffeine down–the only caffeine you consume should come from the green tea.
Okay, well if it all else fails and now you feel a full blown cold coming on:
Do all of the above
And drink this lovely concoction I have come up with to help alleviate a sore throat:
Hot lemon water with honey and apple cider vinegar!! (I know it sounds dreadful, but I swear it’s somewhat tasty and helpful to that scratchy throat we all hate!)
1 teaspoon honey
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 cup hot water (just before water comes to a boil take off the burner, or heat in the microwave for 1 min and 45 seconds)
1 lemon slice
Actually let the lemon slice sit in your hot water w/honey and apple cider vinegar.
Drink one to two cups a day. ( Don’t go crazy on the honey as it does contain sugar–make sure to get organic w/everything if possible)
Also homemade miso soup with seaweed is great at boosting energy and getting on the path to recovery.
What you need for the hot miso: (one serving)
1 1/2 tablespoon reduced sodium miso
1/4 block of diced tofu
1/4 cup seaweed
Bring water, tofu and seaweed to a boil. Once boiling add the miso and reduce to medium. Stir to prevent clumping of the miso. When everything has become nicely combined, take off heat and serve. 🙂
The miso can be found definitely at Whole Foods, otherwise you could likely locate it at any Japanese market in your area.
And remember, stress management is key to prevention!
Drink lots of water, and eat well. Reduce fruits and replace with steamed veggies or soup made with veggie stock.
***P.S. In case you didn’t notice, I am not a doctor. I know a lot about prevention and health management; however, if you feel very badly,are unsure about any of the dosages or have additional concerns seek medical advice****