Monday, January 26, 2015

Naturalize Cold Prevention and Care

Catching a common cold can be painful, costly and annoying. There are many over the counter medications, and depending on the person, the cold and symptoms a doctor may prescribe medications. But at Natural Healing Tools, we work hard on the premise of a strong immune system and trying to stay healthy. If and/or when we get a cold, we try for the natural cold alternatives first. 

Preventative

There are two areas to consider in preventive mode - fortifying your immune system and keeping your environment clean. 

Immune System
To keep your immune system high during the coldest winter months, supplements are a good source to support your other health efforts. Check your current supplements and consider adding: 
  • Vitamin C and Vitamin D
  • Nascent Iodine
  • Colloidal Silver
  • Probiotics
  • Herbals
Environmental
There are some basic steps to improve your surroundings during the winter. 

Cold Medicine Alternatives

Some of us just want to avoid drugs and choose complementary treatments. These alternatives include zinc, vitamin C, and echinacea. However, evidence about their effectiveness is lacking. It is best to check with a doctor to make sure that these are safe and will not interact with other medicines you are taking.
Traditional remedies for common cold symptoms include:
  • Gargling with water and salt for sore throat
  • Taking warm fluids such as chicken soup or hot tea to soothe sore throat and thin the mucus
  • Using a humidifier or a vaporizer to moisten the air
  • Using saline spray to keep the nasal passages from drying or try our Nasal Rescue

There is no permanent cure for colds, because there is no drug that can kill the viruses causing the cold. However, the best cold medicine is one that can relieve your symptoms without causing significant side effects.