How I Avoid a Cold

A coworker of mine was recently very sick.  She had just been feeling under the weather, but throughout the day at work, she started feeling much worse.  Even though she left early, by the time she left she had a fever over 103 degrees.  She was also not the only person in the office who was sick, many others have had varying degrees of cold symptoms, and so I had been widely exposed.

I came home from work the next day and felt a suspicious congestion in my throat and the early signs of a sinus headache.  I am prone to sinus infections and I get very anxious when those first signs start to appear.

I then proceeded to take the precautionary course of prevention and treatment that has now worked three times in a row where I have started to feel like I was coming down with something and managed to avoid it.

The first thing I did was get myself a few things from the store.  I bought Mucinex, both in liquid and tablet form.  I prefer the liquid for effectiveness but I prefer the tablets to bring to work.  I follow the dosing instructions carefully because if you maintain the proper dosage the mucous doesn't have the chance to build up.  I also got myself some Airborne.  In the past, I have used the effervescent tablets, but this time I got the gummies instead which taste a lot better.  I also got the Zicam nasal spray that is designed to shorten a cold.  Finally, I always have Grapefruit Seed Extract in capsule form at home.  GSE is a natural antiviral and antibacterial.

I would take the GSE first thing in the morning and right before bed.  I would do the same with the Airborne gummies and the nasal spray.  I took the Mucinex throughout the day.  Also, I got in one hard, sweaty workout, followed by a hot shower and a hearty meal.  I have long since found that getting the body temperature up seems to help - so long as you aren't already truly sick because then it makes it worse.

I did this routine for a few days and I am feeling 100% with no sign of catching what my coworker had.  I have found this course of prevention far easier to do than curing a sinus infection or a hacking cough.  I have asthma, and even though it is well controlled, getting a chest cold also makes me very nervous, so it is worth it to work toward prevention, especially during cold and flu season.

There is no doubt that healthy meals, lots of rest and proper hydration play a role in this as well, the supplements are just a boost to basic healthy habits that create a good immune system.  However, this combination has now helped me several times and I feel like I have a large degree of confidence in it.  Also, I find the preventative treatment options far easier on my body than a round of antibiotics or other medication if I do get sick.

I caution anyone to talk to their doctor and to do some research before starting any course of treatment.  Even natural supplements like GSE can have side effects or interactions with other medications that you are taking.