There is 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.
Just 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.
Not a trace of ever being sick.
Now, I know you are thinking “sounds too good to be true.” But I assure you, it works. I have 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.
You will find it in the organic or whole foods section of all major grocery stores. (
Unfortunately, I have not found it at Walmart or Target food centers UDATE: Many Walmarts and Targets have begun carrying it now! I guess it is becoming more popular :) ). Bragg , pictured below, is the most common brand. (Cooking versions, like Heinz, 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) Sleep is VERY important, 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, it is important to get as much rest as possible.
3) You CAN pair it with other cold medicines
If your cold has already progressed and you are feeling miserable, you CAN definitely pair other cold relief medicines with this. Because sleep is so important when you are sick, if you need to take a cough suppressant or sleep aid, it is 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 are 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.
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.
Does it REALLY work for EVERYONE?
It has been almost a year since I originally posted this and have 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
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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