You’re coughing, sneezing, suffering from a runny or “stuffed up” nose, and more. It’s your turn to spend the next several days suffering from the common cold and there’s nothing you can do about it. Or is there? The good news is you can actually help fight off or shorten it depending on how early you catch it. If you’ve only just started showing these symptoms, there are some precautionary steps you can take to help combat this illness that affects millions every year. Even if you’re currently in the middle of a cold, there are steps you can take to also help alleviate some of the symptoms.
As with any disease or infection, you want to equip yourself with the best defenses. In terms of the common cold, this means nutrients, hormones, and/or drugs that help your immune system win the battle. Studies have produced mixed results, but some of the most promising supplement data has shown that among the most helpful are vitamin C, Zinc, N-acetylcysteine, and Cimetidine. If you remember our flu article from several weeks ago, we recommended Empirical Labs Liposomal Vitamin C liquid, and we would make this recommendation once again for the common cold. We also just added a new product, Life Extension Winter Wellness, which is specially formulated to help your immune system fight off the cold this winter!
If you prefer a more natural approach, natural treatments are actually quite effective as well. Things like drinking plenty of fluids, getting plenty of rest, and using a humidifier are all ways you can help. Of course if you use the two in combination, you will be giving yourself the best chance to fend off or shorten the cold, and who doesn’t want that?
If you are wondering what you can do to prevent suffering from another cold this season after you’ve stymied the initial attack, we want to make you aware of the three primary ways to prevent a cold:
- Wash your hands frequently, and avoid contacting your eyes or nose with your hands.
- Get plenty of sleep, and exercise regularly.
- Control your stress levels. Stress causes all sorts of issues and becoming more susceptible to illness is one of these.
Even better, these steps help maintain an overall healthy lifestyle that goes beyond just cold prevention! If you’d like to learn more about this topic, please feel free to visit our common cold section on the DR Vitamin Solutions website. As always, if you have specific concerns or conditions, we at DR Vitamin Solutions would be happy to make more specific supplement recommendations to complement your basic foundation. You can leave us a comment here or use the contact information listed on our website.
By David Benic, DR Vitamin Solutions