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How to STOP a cold in its tracks! BEST cold remedy ever!

How to stop a cold fast! There’s nothing worse than that feeling you get when you know a cold is setting in.

Whether it starts with sneezing, a runny nose, sinus pressure, or just feeling run down, we have things to do and don’t have time to be sick!

 

STOP a cold naturally:

Last year, while I was pregnant and could no longer take any of the “good” cold drugs, I started researching natural remedies. Now, I didn’t want to just “lessen” the symptoms or get over colds “more quickly”, I wanted it GONE. This is when I discovered the incredible benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar.

Last year, while I was pregnant and could no longer take any of the "good" cold drugs, I started researching natural remedies to stop a cold & will never go back! This NEVER fails! #stop #cold #effective #natural #remedyJust mix two tablespoons with a glass of water or  drink it straight (I also add a little apple juice to help camouflage the taste, it is a little strong at first, but you get used to it!) Take it every 4-6 hours and by the next morning your symptoms will be gone…REALLY.

Completely gone.

Now, I know you are thinking “sounds too good to be true.” But I assure you, it works. I’ve even turned my skeptical husband into a believer (along with many friends and family.) Plus, at $4 a bottle (cheaper than most over the counter remedies), you don’t really have anything to lose!

Notice a couple of things, though:

1) The type of Apple Cider Vinegar MATTERS to stop a cold:

When purchasing your apple cider vinegar make sure to get the kind “with the Mother”…gross…I know…but this makes ALL of the difference in stopping a cold.

Almost every grocery store carries it by the regular vinegar now. Bragg is the most common brand and Heinz has a version “with the mother” as well. (Cooking versions without the mother offer NO benefit.)

And in case you are wondering what the “mother” is, here is a quick explanation from Askville.com: “The mother is made up of the yeasts and fermentation byproducts that are produced when the cider ferments to vinegar, and you should shake the bottle up to evenly distribute it before you use it. The big commercial companies filter it out, because it makes the vinegar look like it’s growing something–which indeed it is.”

 2) Why it works to stop a cold: Keeping your body alkaline

One hypothesis is that apple cider vinegar works so well because it helps to balance your body’s pH. When we’re sick our bodies naturally become more acidic. Unfortunately, if you’re using bottled water to rehydrate, most generic brands are acidic as well. When you’re trying to kick a cold QUICKLY, it may also help to drink an intentionally alkaline water like Essentia that has a pH of 9.5 (very alkaline).  I’ve seen it at many gas stations now and of course on Amazon.

Adding lemon to your water can also help achieve the same effect. Aim to drink 3/4 – 1 gallon of water per day while you’re kicking this thing!

3) Sleep is VERY important to curing a cold quickly, too

Did you know that even one poor night’s sleep can depress your immune system functioning by up to 30 percent? When you feel any kind of illness coming on, its important to get as much rest as possible.

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4) You CAN pair it with other cold medicines

If your cold has already progressed and you’re feeling miserable, you CAN definitely pair it with other cold relief medicines. Because sleep is so important when you’re sick,  if you need to take a cough suppressant or sleep aid, its safe to combine with the apple cider vinegar. Also, the sooner you take the Apple Cider Vinegar (at the very onset of symptoms) the more effective it seems to be.

Also, please note that IT DOES NOT TASTE GOOD! You’re drinking vinegar after all…if you drink it straight it has the tang of a strong alcohol, this is why I generally dilute it with a glass of water and add in a little apple juice if we have it in the house. (And you do get used to it fairly quickly!)

For kids: This has helped my kids stop a cold as well, but getting them to drink it can be a little bit of a challenge. In my research, 1teaspoon – 1tablespoon is plenty for a young child and I usually put it in apple juice for them.

5) Another way to drink it

Many have commented that they add it to warm water with lemon and honey (both are also helpful ingredients for getting healthy fast). Drinking it warm doesn’t appear to negate any of the benefits of the apple cider vinegar.

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Does it REALLY work for EVERYONE?

Its been almost a year since I originally posted this and we’ve received A LOT of comments both on here and through social media. There have been many, many positive reports that it works exactly as stated, and for those who it didn’t work quite as quickly (perhaps due to a previously weakened immune system) have shared that they progress through the stages of a cold MUCH more quickly (2 or 3 days as opposed to the typical 7-10) and that the symptoms aren’t as severe.

I’m not alone:

Reader’s Digest recently acknowledged these same findings, along with several other benefits. So, as long as you have it in the house, you might as well enjoy many of the other benefits as well:

– Remedies heart burn
– Helps muscles recover more quickly post work-out
– A natural cure for shingles when used topically and taken internally
– Cures a sore throat
– Detoxifyies your body

My mom recently learned of the benefits for heartburn, she began taking it daily the week of Christmas just to make sure she didn’t get sick during the busy holiday. After a few days she told me that she realized she hadn’t had any heartburn since she began taking it. It is safe to take daily if  you suffer from acid reflux. WebMD also shares that some medical studies have proven apple cider vinegar to help with:

– Diabetes by helping to regulate blood sugar
-Obesity: apple cider vinegar helps you feel full
-Lowering Cholesterol
-Clearing Skin

But of course, use your best judgement if you have an existing medical condition or are taking any medications–I am not a medical professional…just a mom ;)

And, rest assured that I stand no financial gain from this recommendation to stop a cold. I just know what it is like to have young children in daycare and school and to feel like we are “always” getting sick. So bottoms up! You don’t have time to be sick! Let this help :)

 

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Comments (75)

  • Eloise

    Dec 8, 2017 at 12:38 pm

    I woke up with an oncoming cold this morning. I will have to pick up some ACV after work. I personally love the taste and smell of vinegar but don’t have it around all the time because of concerns of the acid eroding my teeth. I do have some ACV tablets. Wonder if they would work?

    1. Dawn

      Dawn

      Dec 8, 2017 at 1:32 pm

      That’s a good question, I haven’t tried the tablets and haven’t heard others mention it on here, but imagine you don’t have anything to lose! Let us know if you think they help :)

      1. Eloise

        Dec 13, 2017 at 3:44 am

        They definitely did work! I took one tablet after each meal (3 a day), and actually felt a lot better the next day. I still had a very mild oncoming cold feeling for a few days, but it never got worse and now I’m all better. It definitely worked better than zinc or those dissolving vitamin tablets. Awesome! :)

        1. Eloise

          Dec 13, 2017 at 3:46 am

          Just to clarify, I took 3 tablets a day for several days (3-4 days) until all of my symptoms were gone.

  • Ashlie

    Feb 3, 2017 at 11:04 pm

    Ok I felt a cold coming on, then saw this on day 2. I ran to target and picked up a bottle. Now 2 days after purchasing I feel just about back to normal! It’s amazing!! But it is HORRIBLE to drink! I could not water it down and drink 6-8 oz combined, so I have moved to a 2 TBSP shot of it followed by some juice. If you are skeptical of this, as I was…TRY IT!! It really does work!

  • mark

    Dec 21, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    Help I feel it coming on, I talk the mother every morning ( little shot glass ), can I take more? how many times a day? Thank you

    1. Dawn

      Dawn

      Dec 22, 2016 at 1:53 am

      Oh yes, you can take it every two hours if you can handle it :) Also, drink lots of water, get as much sleep as possible and avoid sugar (it suppresses your immune system–can be difficult this time of year!)

  • Sarah McMahon

    Dec 11, 2016 at 10:29 am

    This Bragg brand ok for breastfeeding since its unpasteurized? Thanks!!

    1. Dawn

      Dawn

      Dec 17, 2016 at 2:21 am

      In my research I could never find any cases of negative effects on pregnant woman and took it successfully throughout my four pregnancies. But of course, I’m not a doctor!

  • Semmy

    Nov 22, 2016 at 3:56 am

    Think I’ll try this for a cold I feel coming on. I’ve used ACV with mother to stop a gallbladder attack within 20 minutes of drinking the stuff. It was truly a miracle, worse pain, horrible feeling ever! I was drinking it sporadically after that and have had no recurrence.

  • Hannah

    Apr 8, 2016 at 4:22 am

    Is this OK to use it you might be getting laringitis? My throat is super sore, would this make it hurt more?

    1. Dawn

      Dawn

      Apr 8, 2016 at 1:22 pm

      Yes, definitely! My husband is prone to sore throats when he gets sick and this helps to clear it up.

      1. Hannah

        Apr 8, 2016 at 4:56 pm

        OK than you, I’ll keep taking it, think I caught it to late though cuz it’s not gone yet. Hope it goes away soon, I’m going to Europe tomorrow!

  • Jan Bridges

    Apr 3, 2016 at 6:22 pm

    I read your article and started drinking the vinegar mixed with Apple juice. I started feeling much better even though I only used 1 tablespoon of vinegar. I come back to your site to see how much it said and realized I wasn’t talking enough. I feel better anyway. Next dose I will use 2 tablespoons. Thanks so much for your post.

    1. Dawn

      Dawn

      Apr 4, 2016 at 12:04 pm

      Oh I’m so glad to hear this and good to know that a lesser dosage can be effective as well, THANK YOU for sharing!

  • Christine

    Apr 3, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    ACV is the best. As far as my kids (& me), I add 2 tsp raw organic honey to AVC, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, dash of ginger, warm 1/2 cup distilled water. All natural stuff & they love it. If too acidic for them, add 1/2 tsp baking soda to neutralize acid. Great article and I will give them more often when sick. God Bless.

    1. Dawn

      Dawn

      Apr 4, 2016 at 12:05 pm

      THANK YOU for sharing this recipe, I often struggle with getting the kids to drink it even though I know that it will help them! This should taste much better, thank you for sharing!!

  • Rhonda

    Mar 27, 2016 at 8:24 pm

    Update: Walmart now carries White House Apple Cider Vinegar, unfiltered, unpasterized, “Mother” 32 oz. Just like Braggs’ – in vinegar isle. Super cloudy, but its got all the good stuff in it. I’ve tried both, to me they are the same. White House is listening to their customers.

    1. Dawn

      Dawn

      Apr 1, 2016 at 1:54 am

      Thanks Rhonda, that is great to hear! I’ve also been seeing a Heinz brand with the mother :)

  • AmandaVA 99

    Mar 20, 2016 at 3:46 pm

    Is it ok to put the 2tbsp of Apple Cider Vinegar in warm water too? I noticed you said that you add yours to cold water…wondering if warm water with honey and lemon juice is ok too?

    1. Dawn

      Dawn

      Mar 22, 2016 at 3:46 am

      Yes, definitely! I don’t necessary prefer it warm, but my brother mixes it with lemon and honey all of the time, it doesn’t seem to matter if you take it warm or cold :)

  • Jennifer

    Feb 25, 2016 at 11:00 pm

    We take ACV tablets with our daily vitamins. That way we don’t have to deal with the taste (you only taste it if you leave them on your tongue too long)

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  • Robert

    Dec 30, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    My two cents, I saw this ppst and decided to try it since I was having a cold and sinus problem coming out from a cough and chest congestion a couple of weeks ago I didn’t want to be sick again so I tried yesterday when I got home and today in the morning too I felt so relieved to see my sinus headache gone and my cold disappear. Im a firm believer and Im recommending to my friends and coworkers as well very happy. Thanks for posting this and to the person who sared on pinterest.

  • Cindy

    Dec 29, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    I was taking apple cider vinegar and honey mixed half and half for a cough it worked also loss weight .

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  • Tammy S

    Nov 30, 2015 at 8:38 pm

    I try and add a couple of capfuls to a glass of water every morning. When I had a sore throat it was suggested to me, to gargle with it. It was horrible, however, it helped my throat and it has not bothered me anymore. I still have sinus drainage from a cold and a slight cough, but over all I’m doing much better.
    Refined, virgin coconut oil, lemon juice, and raw honey mixed together is also good for a cough and a cold.

  • Minnesota Mama

    Nov 30, 2015 at 7:39 pm

    Heinz now bottles ACV with ‘the mother’. Not easy to find, but I’ve gotten it at Walmart. Seems to work as well for far less $$.

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  • Frank

    Nov 5, 2015 at 1:46 am

    Well I was getting the usual sore throat; so I told the wife, I think I’ ll check the web to see what the latest “miracle” cold remedy is ! I was skeptical about it clearing the sore throat over night, BUT IT DID !

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  • Cornelia Shields

    Mar 18, 2015 at 9:30 pm

    Yesterday drove 30 miles to find a store selling this. Took a dose at 9:15 p.m., but didn’t feel like getting up between 5:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. to take a second dose. Took a second dose at 2:00 p.m. So far feel no better.

    1. Cornelia Shields

      Mar 20, 2015 at 9:14 pm

      Well, I am EXTREMELY PROVOKED! Noticed the first cold symptoms on Saturday the 14th. Slept all day on Sunday. When I still felt bad searched the internet for treatments and on Tuesday drove 35 miles to pick up Raw, Unfiltered APPLE CIDER VINEGAR with “The Mother.” I have taken the two tablespoons religiously every 8 hours since Wednesday and now on Friday am not only no better but am MUCH WORSE! Not only still coughing and sneezing but now my ears are all stopped up! It hasn’t been this bad or worse that I can remember in 17 years! Both times the ear congestion happened after I took a shower and then went out because I absolutely had to be somewhere I could not go without showering first. Perhaps that caused it. Anyhow, the only thing that helped last time was seeing a doctor for antibiotics! By the way one friend has known of the vinegar for years, another found out about it at the same time I did and says it really helps!

  • Mark

    Mar 16, 2015 at 11:43 am

    Great information here! I have struggled with this for some time and need to be better

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    Feb 27, 2015 at 5:05 am

    There is a company in Alabama called, “Joggin In Jug”. It is apple juice and grape juice and is sold at some stores or can be bought from the web site and delivered to your home. It simplifies the process because you only take 2 tsp. a day and the grape juice makes it more tasty plus grape juice has benefits of its own. It was developed by a gentleman who at age 50 was disabled from arthritis. He remembered his grandmother’s arthritis “toddy” that she took daily. He took the toddy daily and recovered from arthritis. In a attempt to share his good health, he started selling it to his friends. Now it is a huge operation. Today that gentleman is 85 years old and going strong.

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  • infoimp

    Jan 13, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    All righty. Let me just say. THIS WORKS GREAT! I felt a little fever at work yesterday, and just a tinge of being achy. This seemed to be a good test for me. I did 2T of ACV, 1T lemon juice, 1T honey and 1t cinnamon. Microwaved for 10 seconds. I felt much better in about 20 minutes. This morning I figured a second dose wouldn’t hurt (even though I felt fine). When I got to work 15 minutes later, I had an upset stomach. (all that acid, you see) Do NOT take this on an empty stomach. I had a package of peanut butter crackers and I’m back to 100%.

    For those worried about your tooth enamel, you can use a straw, but you still would be better served to swish a baking soda/water solution in your mouth, then spit! You don’t want to lose all that awesome cold-fighting goodness!

  • Devyn

    Jan 9, 2015 at 11:21 pm

    I also use Braggs but have read and heard that it is unsafe to be taken straight out of the bottle, that you should always dilute with at least 4oz of another liquid. It strips the enamel of your teeth and harms your esophagus.

  • Tammy

    Jan 1, 2015 at 6:21 am

    I mix my apple cider vinegar with a little V8 juice….tastes a little like a “Bloody Mary”. The V8 juice takes the bite out of it, makes for a smoother drink.

  • teelynjay

    Dec 31, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    is this safe for babies under one year of age

  • Nia

    Dec 16, 2014 at 3:49 am

    adding raw honey to the acv totally changes the taste. My 14yr old who hates the taste of honey actually liked the combination of the two. I gave it to her for a cold and it helped with her allergies as well. honey and acv has so many health benefits (including weight loss, anti bacterial, anti inflamitory, helps restore pH) the list goes on and on and it tastes good too! The Bragg brand makers actually have a recipe booklet you can order.

  • Kristin

    Dec 11, 2014 at 6:36 am

    Really 99% work for diet too after i drink this cider Apple in 2 month i loss of my wight about 4 kg, i drink two time at day morning and evening before meal, and one more also can used to make beauty skin, for tonic just add a green tea is so lovely all mh friend say amazing and become alot my friend take this for diet plus beauty skin to women heathy and save money,thank

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  • Donna

    Dec 3, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    I have a question if that is ok to post on here? You said that you dilute it with water but also that you mix it with juice. Do you always do both of these or one or the other? Do you dilute with water and then mix with juice? Just trying to get it straight before I try. I know if it tastes bad I will not take it no matter how well it works so I want to get it right. Thanks for the post!

  • pregnant lady

    Nov 22, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    If this is truly unpasteurized, pregnant women shouldn’t consume it, right?

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    Nov 21, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    Been looking for this since I arrive here in the UK. Not available. I used this before for my tummy =(

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    Sep 9, 2014 at 10:35 am

    My kids take this, usually with no problem at all. We add as teaspoon of raw honey! It really is awesome!!

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    Feb 16, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    If it works I will fix up an I.V. drip ~

  • LKlonsky

    Feb 7, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    Cool! Hubby swears by zinc tables to reduce the severity of colds, but zinc makes me sick. I’ll try this. Can’t hurt, right?

  • Heather

    Feb 5, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    I found this product at WAL-MART today! Its a large bottle. Thanks for sharing. Going home to try right now.

  • Joyce @ It’s Your Life

    Jan 10, 2014 at 1:05 am

    I have heard amazing things about apple cider vinegar, but I am happy there are also other ways of treating a cold, not fond of the taste. One up point is that there are no side effects, and it is safe for most people to take. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays, stop by and share again.

  • Shani

    Jan 6, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    2 tablespoons for adults?

    1. Dawn

      Dawn

      Jan 6, 2014 at 1:29 pm

      Yes! Twice per day until your symptoms are gone :)

  • Kristy

    Jan 6, 2014 at 1:47 am

    Came across this link just in time. Started getting sick over the weekend and was gonna try to go to the doc… Think I will go the health food store instead ;)

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  • Laura Lane

    Dec 31, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    It works.
    My pastor even mentioned it in a sermon last week!

  • Hope

    Dec 31, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    I try to remember to drink this once a day – sick or not! And usually, it’s “NOT!”

  • Marla

    Dec 19, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    Good article. Raw apple cider vinegar has so many health benefits if people would only learn to use this natural remedy. I twitted and pinned your article. Visiting from Embracing the good life Pin It Party

  • Michelle

    Dec 17, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    I’ll have to keep this in mind the next time I’m feeling sickly! I already keep the Bragg’s ACV on hand (and apparently a “shot” a day aids in fat loss?), so I’m glad I have this cheap and natural home remedy in stock. Thank you for sharing!

  • Theres Just One Mommy

    Dec 15, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    Oh, this is just what I need right now! The kids are fighting bad colds and my throat just started getting sore… Got to find some of this stuff!

    1. Dawn

      Dawn

      Dec 16, 2013 at 3:05 pm

      I don’t know how old your kids are, but I generally have to sneak it in with some apple juice to get them to take it! And 1 tablespoon is plenty for kids in my research :)

  • Victoria Welton (@VicWelton)

    Dec 14, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    I have never heard of this – it sounds great! My OH is always getting colds at the mo and he is a singer – he NEEDS some of this. Thank you for linking to PoCoLo x

  • Keri @ Growing in His Glory

    Dec 14, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    Well, I woke up with a cold, and I am going to try this! I hate popping pills that create other symptoms for me, so this looks do-able. Thanks for sharing. Found you at the Pin-it Party.

  • oana79

    Dec 13, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    Thanks for joining in. Wish I had read this last week, I have a nasty cold at the moment. I wonder if I can find that type of vinegar in the UK health stores, I will buy and have it in the house, anyway! linking in from #PoCoLo

  • Gaye @CalmHealthySexy

    Dec 12, 2013 at 11:49 pm

    Hi – Visiting from the Get Inspired Pinning Party. I have pinned this, because I am willing to try just about anything to prevent a cold! But I have to ask – what does “with the mother” mean? I have never hear that before.

    1. Dawn

      dawnmadsen

      Dec 12, 2013 at 11:54 pm

      It really does work! I’ve only been sick once in the past 1 1/2 years (even being pregnant when your immune system is slightly compromised) and that was with a stomach bug, however, I did take the vinegar when others around me started getting sick, and my symptoms were way less severe and I recovered much more quickly than the others.

      As for the mother: “The mother is made up of the yeasts and fermentation byproducts that are produced when the cider ferments to vinegar, and you should shake the bottle up to evenly distribute it before you use it. The big commercial companies filter it out, because it makes the vinegar look like it’s growing something–which indeed it is!”

  • Debra @ MsMoozys Open House

    Dec 12, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    I have heard about this before and I know there are so many good things about using the vinegar. Thanks for sharing, have a great day.

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