Top 5 Natural Remedies to Conquer the Common Cold

It's that time of the year again...the common cold season. Cool, dry air quality combined with multiple airborne viruses make us four times more susceptible to getting the common cold during the Winter season.  One to three days after contracting a cold virus, symptoms start and may include: runny nose, congestion, sneezing, scratchy throat and cough, and reduced sense of taste and smell. The common cold is spread via airborne pathogens (an infected person coughing, talking, or sneezing), or by contact with a sick person (the virus transmits via hand-to-hand, or hand-to-face, mouth, or nose.)

Rather than reaching for those chemical-laden cough syrups and antihistamines, why not work on boosting your immune system and try one of the Top Five Natural Remedies for Conquering the Common Cold?

  1. APPLE CIDER VINEGAR: The cold virus tends to put the body into an overly-acidic state, making it more difficult for the immune system to naturally fight off the disease. Taking apple cider vinegar, a natural and powerful alkalizing food, will not only assist in killing the cold but dampen the symptoms. Simply mixing apple cider vinegar with warm water, honey, and lemon, and drinking this concoction several times a day will have you feeling better in no time.

  2. ZINC: Typically found in lozenge or syrup form, zinc has been scientifically shown to combat the coughing and sneezing symptoms associated with the common cold. Zinc is a naturally-occurring trace element that not only boosts the immune system, but facilitates the proper function of more than 3,000 proteins in the body, as well as promotes healthy digestive function, where the majority of immunity is found.

  3. VITAMIN C: A powerful immune-booster, Vitamin C is a go-to remedy to both prevent and treat symptoms of the common cold. It is recommended to take 2,000 mg of non-GMO (genetically modified) ascorbic acid or sodium ascorbate every two hours while suffering with cold symptoms.

  4. COCONUT OIL: The palm of coconut is one of the most powerful and natural antiviral compounds. Coconut oil has the amazing capability to target virtually any virus. Rich in medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs), coconut oil absorbs directly into viral cells, where it breaks apart and disintegrates the protective coating of the virus, effectively killing it. Take a tablespoon or two daily of virgin coconut oil, particularly at the onset of symptoms, to essentially thwart the virus from taking hold and running its course.

  5. ECHINACEA: Reports indicate that supplementing echinacea herb into your daily intake not only reduces your chances of developing a cold by more than 50 percent, but can also shorten the duration of cold symptoms by several days. Echinacea stimulates the immune system and promotes the activation of T-cells (immunity cells) within our body.

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