Common Cold/Sore Throat
- Drink those fluids
Get plenty of water and other clear fluids to help thin mucus.
- Take extra vitamin C
Studies have shown 1 to 4 grams a day may make your cold shorter and less severe.
- Shorten sick time with echinacea
At the first signs of a cold, take 3 to 5 ml of this herb as a juice or tincture every two hours to make your cold less severe.
- Use zinc lozenges
Use lozenges containing zinc gluconate, zinc gluconate-glycine, or zinc acetate, providing 13 to 25 mg every two hours, to help stop the virus and shorten the illness.
- Try andrographis or Kan Jang
Take a standardized extract providing at least 48 mg per day of andrographolides, with or without eleuthero extract (Kan Jang) to reduce the severity of cold symptoms.
- Be sure to rest
Give your body some down time to help it fight off the cold.
- Keep your hands clean
Wash your hands frequently to avoid bringing viruses into close contact.
- Fight stress with vitamin C
Take at least 500 mg per day if you have a physically demanding lifestyle.
- Go with garlic
Take a daily extract containing stabilized allicin for fewer colds and illness days.
- Take American ginseng
Use 400 mg per day of a freeze-dried extract to reduce the risk of catching a cold.
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