8 Cold-Stomping Remedies
(Photo by Pitanga Juice)
I love New York! But it can be hard to appreciate the amazing allure when it’s cold, slushy, and the subway echoes with the sounds of sniffling, coughing and sneezing. The common cold seems to lurk around every corner this time of year. A cold, like the flu, is viral and, therefore, resistant to antibiotics. Unlike the flu, which is a much more serious concern, the common cold is usually pretty mild, but can persist for 7 to 10 days. It is the leading cause of doctor’s visits, sick days and can put a real damper on your quality of life.
Since we are still at the peak of the cold and flu season (I know, I know, will it never end?), it’s a perfect time to talk about ways to prevent the common cold from occurring in the first place.
#1. Get your zzzzz time. In April 2013, the NYHRC blog looked into sleep for weight control. Not surprisingly, sleep has even more benefits! People who do not get enough sleep (less than 7 hours), are 3 to 5 times more likely to develop a cold. Sleep is an important predictor of immunity. So make sure to put sleep as your number one priority during these cold months.
#2. Eat fresh garlic. Garlic is a popular folk remedy but recent studies have shown that eating garlic can boost the number of T-cells in the bloodstream. T-cells play a vital role in strengthening the immune system and fighting viruses like the common cold. Tip: Garlic must be fresh. The active ingredient (allicin) is destroyed within an hour or so after smashing. Compress, smash or juice/blend the garlic to maximize benefits. Try Raquel’s, owner of Pitanga Juice, remedy of fresh garlic, raw honey, cayenne pepper and lemon. Talk about a serious immune boost!