So, over the last few days I have been down with disease, which is most likely the common cold (rhinovirus – nose virus of which there are 99 known version). While I feel like garbage, thanks to medical science I do feel manageable. So with a mix of my own personal experiences with illness and working in a pharmacy I will tell you a sure fire guide to making yourself feel better/me sounding awesome.Vitamin C – Does nothing! Yes, if there is an issue where you have a Vitamin C deficiency it will help, however, if you are fine and take it regularly, it makes it no less likely or any shorter.(1) In fact, if you have certain genetic markers, taking too much Vitamin C can cause Cancer. (2) This may shock you, but regular taking of enchinacea will actually make you up to 50% less likely to get a cold and last 1.4 days shorter. (3) I know this sounds obvious, but you need lots of water. As you know, water cleans your septic system and flushes it all out. As your antibodies and helper-t cells do their thing, your bowels and kidneys clean up. It is much needed. Tea – While tea does not necessarily fight disease, it does boost your immune system according to Brigham and Women’s. (http://www.brighamandwomens.org/publicaffairs/Newsreleases/tea_immunity_04_21_03.aspx) Adding Honey to that tea is a great idea. It is an antioxident, anti-inflamitory, and antibiotic. Also delicious.
In general, most doctors will tell you that sleep is actually the best medicine, however, in modern day, that is the trickiest thing to get. I general then, you have purists who say take no medicine and just drink fluids and sleep. However, when I am congested I snore so my sleep is less deep, if I cough I wake and if I have a fever, my dreams wake me. So this is the medicines I took to help, remember, I am not a doctor, and while I worked in a pharmacy and was trained, I am not a Pharmacy tech, pharmacist, or RN.
According to Science writer Jennifer Ackerman’s new book, Ah-Choo! The Uncommon Life of Your Common Cold, there are only two real medicines that most people need when they have a cold. Most need only a pain killer and a first generation . I only by generic in medications when possible and all these qualify.