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How to Get Rid of That Nasty Cold: The First Step!

Lots of people are wondering how they can get rid of a cold, or what foods they should eat to get rid of a cold or avoid getting one in the first place.

The truth is, there are thousands of remedies for getting rid of a cold. If you ask 100 people what’s the best way to get rid of a cold, you’re most likely going to get 100 completely different responses. Yet, almost every single remedy is claimed to be the best one.

In reality, there is actually no remedy for the common cold. There’s no pill or even herb that you can take that will get rid of your cold, but there are some simple things you can do to make sure you don’t get one in the first place, and if you do “catch” one, that you heal as soon as possible.

1- Get enough rest. The best way to make sure you don’t get a cold is to get enough rest. Lack of sleep will weaken your immune system. So if you feel a cold coming, go to bed! Avoid going out and get plenty of rest.

If you have a cold and what to get rid of it… the best way is also to get enough rest. Sleep it off! In the end, it’s your body that is going through a healing period. There’s no food or remedy that you can give it to hasten the process. All you have to do is to rest as much as possible. Stay in bed all day if you can.

2-Drink Plenty of Water — That’s a no-brainer, but most people forget to do it. It will help the healing process tremendously.

3-Fast or Eat Only Light Fruits — The quickest way to get rid of a cold or to actually prevent from getting one (when you feel it coming) is to skip a few meals, drink plenty of liquid and stay in bed.

The energy required for digestion will be better used to heal your body.

Note that I’m recommending skipping a few meals, not to fast for weeks. Do that only if your doctor agrees.

A more practical thing to do is to eat a light diet of raw foods and juices for a few days, and stay in bed.

Raw foods are great, but if you want maximum benefits, you’ll want to avoid the following foods:

– Anything acid (oranges, lemons, pineapple, etc.). The acidity is not well supported by a weak person (and you’re weak when you get a cold)
- Anything too sweet (dates, dried fruits, bananas, etc.) — Too much sugar can “feed the fever”. Avoid anything overly sweet
- Anything fatty (avocados, oils, nuts, etc.) — These are too difficult to digest.

Instead, focus on eating very light and non acidic fruits and vegetables (apples, pears, papaya, melon, celery, romaine lettuce, etc.), with some juice (carrot/apple, for example).

In summary, the best way to get rid of a cold is to let Nature do her job, and get out of the way as much as possible by giving your body as much rest as possible, eating only very light foods, drinking plenty of fluids, and avoiding *remedies* which are all unproven and don’t really work.

Frederic Patenaude has been an important influence in the raw food and natural health movement since he started writing and publishing in 1998, first by being the editor of Just Eat an Apple magazine. He is the author of over 20 books, including The Raw Secrets, the Sunfood Cuisine and Raw Food Controversies. Since 2013 he’s been the Editor-in-Chief of Renegade Health.

Frederic loves to relentlessly debunk nutritional myths. He advocates a low-fat, plant-based diet and has had over 10 years of experience with raw vegan diets.