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Ain’t Afraid of No Cold | Hardin Acupuncture

Ain’t Afraid of No Cold

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Scientists did an experiment once where they placed the cold virus directly into the nostrils of 100 (willing) test people.

Gross, I know. But guess how many people got sick?

One. That’s right, one.

It’s clear that proximity to germs is not the only factor when it comes to getting sick.

I can’t stand when I’m feeling sniffly and bleary-eyed and people say, Oh, don’t get me sick! As if I’m seconds away from sneezing in their faces, and it’s only their quick, desperate request that saves them. Close call!

Of course, we all ought to be mindful of our germs. But we don’t have to live in fear during “cold and flu season,” or as I like to call it, fall. (I’m not sure I like renaming this beautiful season after sickness – but that’s a topic for another day).

There are natural ways to stay as healthy as possible. Not that they’ll provide a cloak of invisibility when it comes to colds – I am actually just getting over a cold as I write this. But where in the past I’d be sick with a cold for a week or more, now with one day of rest and a few of the remedies below, I’m feeling almost completely recovered today. The best medicine enhances life at the same time as it fights illness. Anything that clears sickness but leaves the body weaker in the process is best saved for emergency situations. What we need more of is immune-enhancement through well-living.

I’m not afraid of getting sick. If I do, I take it as a sign that I need to rest. I don’t think of the handful of people that I’ve been around in the past week that were sick and blame it on them. We’d all be sick all the time if that’s all there was to it.

It’s good to remember that it takes several hours for viruses to incubate in your body. Meaning, you may have it on your hands, your clothes, or even in your nose, but it needs time to really nestle in and make itself at home. You have time to flush it from your system. But why wait it to get to that stage when you can just get a mask from and prevent it all.

Wash your hands – nothing crazy here. Everyone’s pretty much on the same page with this one. But skip the antibacterial stuff – warm water and regular soap is plenty effective, and we don’t want super-bugs.

Drink warm fluids. If the virus is hanging out in your mouth or throat, preparing to get extra cozy, the warm drink will most likely wash it into your digestive tract where your stomach acid will easily destroy it.

Use a neti pot – useful along the same principles – it flushes the virus out of nasal passages with warm salt water.

And a couple of extra thoughts:

The essential components of well-living – enough sleep, high-quality food, exercise – not only help prevent illness in the future, they increase your quality of life right now.

Laughter is a wonderful boost to the immune system. Google “John Cleese laughter yoga” and you’ll never get sick again.

The less sugar and dairy and cold foods the better – These guys basically lay out a big, sticky welcome mat for viruses. Step away from the ice water!

Immune-boosting broth.

Garlic and echinacea.

And one final note because I’m amazed at how many people don’t get this: antibiotic means anti-bacterial. It does nothing for viruses and colds are viruses.


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