Let’s face it: having a cold sucks.
You know you’re going to be out of the game – or at least not at your best – for a few days.
Having cold and kids – or kids with colds – is even worse.
Contrary to popular belief, over-the-counter products marketed to help you push through the day are NOT the best way to get over a cold. While they can be helpful if you absolutely cannot miss a day, they do nothing to support your immune system.
If you’ve been burning the candle at both ends, it’s not unusual for your body to take a little hit and become vulnerable to whatever virus is going around. The best cold & flu prevention is keeping your body in good shape so that your defenses don’t go down.
In the event that you do find yourself under the weather, here’s one of my favorite ways to reduce congestion and support the immune system. I have consistently found that this helps reduce recovery time and helps me feel a lot more human.
What is it?
Because they work so beautifully in kids, are safe, easy and inexpensive. I do this at the first sign of a cold, and recommend it to my patients as well.
Here’s what you do:
Your socks should be completely dry by the morning with warm feet.
Repeat for 2-3 nights to decrease sinus congestion and help you sleep.
Now of course, you want to make sure that your feet are warm before starting the treatment, to avoid getting a chill. You will also want to do this as a part of your Naturopathic cold treatment program and work with your health care provider to make sure that you are recovering well and not dealing with a more serious health concern. As always, use your best judgement.
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Dr. Keila Roesner BHSc ND
Reference: “Lectures in Naturopathic Hydrotherapy” by Wade Boyle, N.D & Andre Saine, N.D. Eclectic Medical Publications, Sandy Oregon 1988.
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Dr. Keila Roesner is a Naturopathic Doctor. When not treating patients she is also an enthusiastic barefoot-strolling, music-loving, yoga-doing kitchen wiz - who also happens to be a wrestling fan.