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Old 02-16-2009, 10:53 AM   #1
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Feed a Cold.....What??

Okay, my daughter gave me her cold and I am not the canned chicken soup type. I usually, if I feel it coming, will eat a bunch of salsa or chili but this one snuck up on me. I also used to eat tomato soup with salsa in it but I don't have any in the house (either the soup or the salsa) and no car today.

What do you eat or drink when you have a cold? Any tried and true home remedies? My mother would recommend a "hot toddy" but I don't do whiskey, don't like the effect it has on me. I actually get more congested when I drink it so I don't understand its use for a cold, but that's just me.

So any help? My tried and trues don't seem to have the same effect now a days.

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Old 02-16-2009, 10:56 AM   #2
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Chicken soup (aka Jewish penicillin). It works wonders. I also try to drink lots of orange juice or even just water or tea.
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Simmer chicken broth with peppercorns, onions, garlic and ginger, add hot sauce. Strain if desired. Eat or sip. It helps me when I'm congested. Hot Lemon water with honey can help your throat. Feel better soon!
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I don't eat differently for medicinal purposes if I have a cold. I just eat what I feel like having. Sometimes that's soup, but not always.

A cold is a virus and will be gone in a week. Just try to make yourself comfortable in the interim.
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I don't eat differently for medicinal purposes if I have a cold. I just eat what I feel like having. Sometimes that's soup, but not always.

A cold is a virus and will be gone in a week. Just try to make yourself comfortable in the interim.
I agree with this. I just want to add that soups, tea, juice, water, and other liquids are so often recommended for a number of reasons, but one of them is that when sick (or even when not) people are often dehydrated and being properly hydrated is very important to fighting off illnesses.
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I agree with this. I just want to add that soups, tea, juice, water, and other liquids are so often recommended for a number of reasons, but one of them is that when sick (or even when not) people are often dehydrated and being properly hydrated is very important to fighting off illnesses.

I didn't address that but I agree. Plenty of liquids, not counting alcohol.
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I didn't address that but I agree. Plenty of liquids, not counting alcohol.
Alcohol has no appeal right now. I took a cold med yesterday and had one beer with lunch and had to let my friend drive me home. I wasn't thinking when I did it so no alcohol for me until this thing passes.
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Good idea. In addition to the possible interaction with any meds you are taking, alcohol has a dehydrating effect which you don't need with a cold.
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I've read that it's the steam from hot broth in chicken soup that has the effect of helping to clear the sinus passages, so any hot liquid might help some. DH likes to get TheraFlu - it comes in packets that you mix with hot water that he says helps clear congestion. Good luck.
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