Nutrition and Early Intervention for Colds and Sore Throats

It's late in the evening, you're getting ready for bed and BAM! you feel that dreaded tingle in the back of your throat! A cold is coming on! While there is still no cure to the common cold (or any of the numerous upper respiratory infections that effect the nose, throat, and airway systems), there are conversely a multitude of intervention protocols available that if done at the first sign of symptoms, can dramatically reduce the severity and duration of the cold.

These include but are not limited:

Zinc supplementation. Specifically Nasal Zicam and Zinc Logenes, both have been clinical shown to reduce the severity and duration of colds and upper respiratory infections. The earlier you use them when an infection is occurring, the more efficient they are. 2 or 3 hours makes big difference.

Nasal Irrigation with a Neti Pot. While it seems weird and can feel equally weird the first time you try it, irrigating your nasal passageways with a neti pot is a great natural way to clean your system out, kill many of the remaining microbe with the high salt content, and leave you breathing deeply again!

Gargling Salt Water. Similar to the net pot, gargling salt water soothes and disinfections the swollen bacterial laden tonsils of your throat.

Immune boosting supplements. Specifically in the form of Emergen-C, echinacea tea or in powdered form, and eating a lots of foods rich in antioxidants such as blackberries and blueberries.

The heart of winter and cold season may be over, but these nasty upper respiratory infections can strike without warning any time of the year! Try these techniques at the first sign of symptoms and reduce the duration and severity!