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How to Get Rid of a Cold Naturally

Unfortunately, for many of you, it’s that time of year again, when you’re *fighting off* a bad cold. Not that you can’t have a cold at any time of the year since having a cold is more of a sign of your own body’s situation than it is of the season of the year or temperature outside.

As many of you know and have already read, I’ve written about this topic before. I have advised you on how to get rid of your cold naturally, by sleeping it off and eating properly. The problem is *you don’t listen*, so I need to remind you! Your stubbornness won’t let you stop your busy life, even for just a few days. You insist on keeping up the pace, working long and late hours, not eating properly, and not giving your body a chance to heal. In these tough economic times, I know you’re even more scared to ease up and *take it easy*.

So, even though my original advice is still the best advice I can give you, and the best way to actually recover from a cold, I am going to give you a few more tips to ease your cold symptoms if you already have one or to help you avoid catching a cold in the first place.

If you already have a cold, then start drinking some fresh pineapple juice three or four times a day. Just mix about 4 ounces of juice with 4 ounces of water and drink. Pineapples are less allergic and acidic than citrus fruits but contain more vitamin C, so drinking this juice will be gentler on your stomach and might have a slight beneficial effect on your cold. If nothing else, it will get you in the habit of increasing your water and liquids intake, which is something you should be doing anyway.

Also, you should increase the humidity in the air. Especially in the winter, the air is dry in many parts of the United States and Canada, especially if you don’t have a radiator heating system. The normal range of humidity in the air should be around 40 to 50 percent, but if you use a *hygrometer* to measure indoor humidity, you might get a reading of less than 20 percent! It’s important to get a large humidifier with a good filtration system so that you don’t introduce bacteria into your environment.

Finally, if you have not *caught* a cold so far, that is good, let’s keep it that way. Be sure to wash your hands. But, don’t get obsessive about washing your hands all the time – you will just dry them out and make yourself even more susceptible! You should pay attention to where you’ve touched your hands and then wash accordingly because cold viruses may linger on surfaces longer than we thought. So, if you are touching door knobs, light switches, the TV remote, or other surfaces that get a lot of touching from other people, then you should avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth and go wash your hands.

Frederic Patenaude
Frederic Patenaude

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. He lives in Montreal, Canada.