I just had a lovely lazy “weekend”! I spent all of Wednesday cuddled with a blanket on the couch reading The Hunger Games. I seriously read more than half of the book in one day. It was addicting.
So addicting, in fact, that the only reason I left the house that day was to go pick up the second book in the trilogy, Catching Fire, which I am already 11 chapters into!
I’ll post my review of the Hunger Games soon!
First Sign of a Cold
As great as my weekend was, somehow I came out of it with the beginnings of a cold. Not one to stand by idly while a virus tries to take over my body, I immediately began to retaliate against the bug.
My number one rule for fighting a cold is get lots of liquids. Mostly water, tea, and fresh juice.
Since my throat was the first thing to go, I’ve been drinking green tea, with lemon and honey like crazy.
I know that many people consider honey not to be vegan, but I choose to consume it, especially when I am sick, since it is soothing on the throat.
Not only will the warm liquid and honey soothe your throat, but the green tea acts as an antioxidant, boosting the immune system. The lemon adds an extra kick, since it’s a good detoxifier and contains vitamin C.
My second favorite beverage of choice with a cold is fresh juice.
Juice is great for two reasons: nutrients and alkalinity.
We already know that fresh green juice provides tons of vitamins and minerals for your body in an easily assimilated form. Juice is also a shining star when it comes to correcting the acid/base- balance in your body. When your body pH is too acidic, it creates a better environment for bad things to grow, whether they be viruses, bacteria, or even cancer. Eating raw, whole (alkaline) foods is the best way to reduce acidity, and create a healing environment in your body. Juice is pretty awesome!
My recipe today included:
- 3 small pears (from my dad’s tree)
- a handful of kale
- 3 celery sticks
- 1/2 cucumber
- 1″ chunk ginger
- 1/2 lemon
- 3 carrots
Garlic is another great juice ingredient when you have a cold, since it is shown to have anti-viral properties.
Besides liquids, I’m also sure to take my supplements when I’m sick.
I take a general multi-vitamin, just to make sure all my bases are covered. With that I take a vitamin B-complex, a vitamin D supplement, spirulina, echinacea, and a pro-biotic.
Most of those are supplements that I try to take everyday, but a few are extra helpful for a cold.
I take spirulina daily, but, like green juice, it is a great way to reduce the acid in the body.
Pro-biotics can be very helpful. They contain good bacteria that should be living in your gut. The more good bacteria that reside in your body, the less space and food there is for the bad bugs to live on.
Echinacea is the one supplement that I only take when I’m sick. As soon as I feel a cold coming on, I will take three tablets, three times a day, for three days. It has been shown that when taken at the first sign of a cold, echinacea can help reduce symptoms and shorten the duration. Sounds good to me!
Many people question whether or not you should exercise with a cold. The advice that I’ve run into over and over again is to continue with some exercise if it’s a head cold, but if it moves to the rest of the body, take some time off.
Yesterday, I went for a long walk with Keenan, Arlo and my dad. Today, I did level one of the 30 Day Shred. Getting your blood moving and sweat flowing can help get the bug out of you quicker. Exercise rocks!
Be sure to take it easy for the most part though, and try not to stress too hard. The more stressed you are, the weaker your immune system is!
I’ve got to head off to work, but you better believe I’m gonna be sipping back that green tea the entire time I’m there! Then it will be back home and off to bed with me!
Sleep is definitely one of your biggest allies when you’re fighting a cold!
How do you naturally fight a cold?
Have an awesome day, guys! Here’s hoping I don’t get full-blown sick!