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How to shake a cold -<br><br>
I picked up a cold this week. I believe the germ came from my coworker, who's had a cold for a week or so. Then my Saturday marathon beat my immune system into submission. In one day I've received a couple of pieces of advice on how to lose or lessen the cold. So I thought I'd start a thread on cold facts and fiction (and beliefs, for those things that "may" be true).<br><br>
Some of my beliefs:<br><br>
Colds and athletes foot are similar. The germs are always kicking around, but most often you beat them off. Colds can be avoided two ways, by washing your hands often, and also not touching your face a lot. But better yet with a strong immune system. Over training and poor nutrition can depress your immune system, as can stress. Athletes foot, on the other hand, simply requires a little soap and drying your feet well.<br><br>
Every cold you catch is different than the others. But most people are affected (symptoms) the same way by most all colds. Mine start in the back of my throat, turn into a sore throat, move into a stuffy nose, finish with a cough, and as I feel better get pretty disgusting as stuff clears out.<br><br>
A good attitude goes a long way towards shortening the duration. (IMO.)<br><br>
I never do any of the proposed solutions from others. One, because there are too many. And two, I just never get around to it. I just drink a lot of water. Eat what ever I want as an indulgence since I am sick. And take aspirin if my throat hurts.<br><br>
Ok that's enough from me. What do others think? Or believe? Or do?<br><br>
CRaig
 

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I still think there is a bit of science that supports the use of zinc lozenges within the first 24 hours of the onset of cold symptoms. Anecdotally, I have been using Cold-eeze™ lozenges q 8-12 hours at the first sign of a cold and I haven't developed a full blown cold in over a year or two (I can't remember). The box recommends lozenges q<br>
4h, I think, but I find too much can irritate the tummy.
 

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Key is avoiding sickness.<br><br>
1. Eat lots of fish<br>
2. Get plenty of sleep<br>
3. Don't overtrain<br>
4. Avoid people <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"><br><br>
I'm glad you mentioned attitude, Cairg. The mind is a powerful thing. Sometimes I just put my brain on "ignore," and the irritant either disappears or I just don't give it any notice.<br><br>
Get well soon.<br><br>
(Hi, Rose!)
 

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I take Emergen-C, lots of it. Zinc can help too. There are some Chinese herbs that are good for kicking a cold fast. I eat well and lots of fruits and vegetables. I also get the flu shot every year.<br><br>
i agree about attitude. My DH gets the flu and/or colds several times a year and is a miserable mess and never gets better. he also will not get a flu shot.
 

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When I start to get a cold, I start drinking green tea (decaf). I usually try to have 3 or 4 big mug fulls. I then try to get a good night's sleep and this seems to work for me. Also, during the winter months, I usually drink a cup of green tea in the morning every day. I've read that it is suppose to help boost your immune system. Either that, or the extra fluids are helping . . .
 

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I swear by Airborne.<br><br>
I jump on the Green tea wagon too. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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Last year I started rinsing my sinuses with one of those over the counter kits from the drug store. Both times I thought I was coming down with a cold last winter I got better within the week...whether it was due to rinsing all that crap out of my sinuses or not, I don't know.<br><br>
(It could just be that, since having my tonsils out in June of '06, I'm just healthier. Prior to that, I was sick a lot).
 

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Pro.. cold-eeze at first sign. I took one yesterday when my office mate coughed once....<br>
Having the kids off to college has really helped too..<br>
Washing hands often helps<br>
I think the biggest help is getting a really good sleep.. like 9 or 10 hrs on a Saturday morning. Works wonders<br>
Lot's of fluids, stay well hydrated<br><br>
I think the wisdom is: If the cold is above the neck it's ok to run. If it is below the neck (i.e. chest) lay low.<br><br>
Good luck with your kold<br><br>
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I've noticed that I avoided colds a lot in my 20's and early 30's. I wasn't running then (I was cycling some). I did wash my hands often...<br><br>
Now I still wash my hands often, I run often (generally 40 mpw - sometimes less, sometimes more). However I also get sick more. I don't think it's from the running, so much as it's from the 2.5 year old child I have running around the house <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"><br><br>
As far as recovering goes, my only advice is staying hydrated. It's good practice all the time... but I think it's especially good practice when sick with a cold. I also like spicy foods to keep my sinuses open <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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I have worked at a elementary school for several years - first grade for two years now and have had very few colds.<br>
1. Wash hands often ( almost compulsively! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"> I wash 'em every 30 mintues or so when kids are sick in class)<br>
2. Never share pencils/ pens.. use your own at the store ( especially at the pharmacy!!)<br>
3. Drink lots of water.<br>
4 Take 500 -1000 mg of Vit C daily<br>
When signs of a cold come up<br>
- get extra rest THAT day and the next.<br>
- Continue exercise - outside --low key pace - ( I really think that getting the lungs cleared out makes a huge difference.)<br>
- Ultimate cure - Gundruk soup - a spicy soup from Nepal made with tomatoes, garlic, cumin, hot pepper, ginger, ... and Gundruk is fermented and dried mustard greens that you put in it ... Works EVERY time for me !
 

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Ooh, that soup sounds yummy. Funny, I always go for hot and spicy style soups when I don't feel well either. Forget chicken soup, I want curry and lentils and spicy sausage!<br><br>
I'm an Airborne junkie and I've used Cold-Eeze too.
 
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