9 Natural Cold and Flu Remedies (plus one)

A couple of you have emailed me about natural cold and flu treatments since we published the post earlier this week about cold medications possibly being harmful for children. Convenient timing: WebMD has a handy list that caught my eye. There are some smart tips which I’ll touch on briefly here. I’d also like for you all to please add in any relevant tips you happen to recommend. And while I’m at it, before we all head out for the weekend I want to thank you for being such a terrific group. Your diverse and thoughtful comments, criticisms, and links add value to every single post at our ever-growing health community. And your emails really do make my day. While I can’t always respond, I do read every single one. So, thank you.

Now, about this list. Simple, smart, natural. I like it.

1. Blow your nose properly. (Gently, frequently, and press one nostril at a time.)

2. Don’t cut sleep. (No need to wear your body down during cold and flu season.)

3. Gargle salt water, vinegar, or lemon water. (Or drink Sara’s devil’s brew…)

4. Drink hot liquids (tea, broth, even plain, hot water).

5. Take a hot, steamy shower or visit the sauna. (A personal favorite.)

6. Menthol and camphor. (The article recommends dabbing a bit under your nasal passages. These salves are also great on the chest and back of the neck if you’re really feeling poorly.)

7. Hot water bottles or ice packs to ease aches, fever and other discomfort. (We mentioned this earlier.)

8. Sleep with an extra pillow for proper drainage. (Not sure about this one. I place comfort over drainage, but maybe it works for you.)

9. Don’t fly. (If possible, don’t travel when you’re sick, especially long distances crossing several time zones. And in general, obviously, just take it easy.)

10. My extra point: make sure you’re living a preventive lifestyle to begin with so your immunity isn’t compromised. Get enough sleep, eat natural “primal” foods, consider supplementation, and most important at this time of year, control that stress.

Let’s hear your tips.

Further reading:

What About Flu Shots?

Is intermittent fasting healthy?

How to avoid jet lag (really)

Video: How to eat healthy at the gas station

10 Rules for Aging Well

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Mark Sisson is the founder of Mark’s Daily Apple, godfather to the Primal food and lifestyle movement, and the New York Times bestselling author of The Keto Reset Diet. His latest book is Keto for Life, where he discusses how he combines the keto diet with a Primal lifestyle for optimal health and longevity. Mark is the author of numerous other books as well, including The Primal Blueprint, which was credited with turbocharging the growth of the primal/paleo movement back in 2009. After spending three decades researching and educating folks on why food is the key component to achieving and maintaining optimal wellness, Mark launched Primal Kitchen, a real-food company that creates Primal/paleo, keto, and Whole30-friendly kitchen staples.

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