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.
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.
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.
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?
It’s 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
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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