Month: June 2016

Vitamins! Vitamins! And more vitamins!


Vitamin C food sources and health benefits, vegetables and fruit composition on a chopping board and icons set

You’ve probably seen the plethora of products available that all promise to make you feel better instantly. But, they really worked that well wouldn’t it be the best selling product…..ever? And wouldn’t it be advertized everywhere?!


Of course, we all know most of that stuff is too good to be true, so which ones should we trust? And more importantly, which ones should we spend our money on?


Let’s start with an interview I conducted with a professional: a doctor of pharmacy. I went down to my local drug store to inquire with the pharmacist about the wide variety of vitamin-containing/natural products that are designed to getting you over your cold FAST. Here is what he told me:


  • Vitamin C: this is the main ingredient you should look for when eyeing the cold vitamin combos
  • Homeopathy: basically, this type of “medicine” is worthless. In another post I’ll go into detail more about this, but for now, don’t waste your hard earned money.
  • B vitamins (B1, B2, B6, and B12): these can make you feel more energized. Definitely a plus when you’re feeling lethargic from a cold.
  • Multivitamins: in a nutshell, if you don’t have a well balanced diet then you may be deficient in some vitamins. If your body isn’t getting all the nutrition it requires then it won’t run optimally.


Sleep, Your Best Friend When You’re Sick

Time for another entry about how to get rid of your cold FAST. Are you ready for this valuable piece of advice? It’s free and everyone can do it. It’s not really a secret but most people need to be told what to do. So here it goes…


The secret remedy for getting rid of a cold FAST is: SLEEP! Yup, you’ve heard that before. In fact, your mom probably told you this countless times growing up. The benefits of sleep are far underestimated by those of us with crazy busy lives. We have obligations here and there: children, jobs, second jobs, organizations, clubs, sports, social time, friends, and family. We jam our lives to full to the brim that when we get a cold we can’t slow down.




But the truth is, you need to. If your body is weakened from a virus the best thing you can do is put all those obligations on hold and get some rest. It’s amazing what some solid sleep will gain you when you’re ill.


Don’t worry about all those tasks you still need to get done, don’t worry about hurting someone’s feelings, don’t worry about the book club meeting! People will understand. We all get sick at one point or another and if we had the support of our friends and family to assist in putting everything on a bit of a delay then we can return the favor for them in the future. Amazing concept, huh?


But let me elaborate. Let’s say you know you need rest, but how much? If you usually sleep 6 hours a night is getting 7 hours when you’re sick enough? The short answer is no. The long answer goes like this: you need as much rest as you can possibly afford. There is no “magical” number but I can assure you that it is not 6 hours of sleep.



Just What Is A Cold Anyway?

Seeing as this will be my first entry on the blog, I thought it would be an excellent opportunity to take a pause before jumping into our examination of cold remedies to provide a bit of background information regarding colds, allergies and your overall health (and to hopefully help clear up some common misconceptions in the process).


First of all (and I know this is really going back to the basics, here, but bear with me for a minute here as I bust out the 5th grade science), what is a cold anyway? Well it’s what happens when a little tiny thing called a “virus” gets inside your body and once inside, our bodies recognize it as an imposter, and so they unleash a kind of microscopic warfare on the virus to try and eliminate it as quickly as possible so things can get back to normal.

© National Institutes of Health
© National Institutes of Health

Symptoms—like sneezing and coughing—are actually a sign that your body’s immune system is doing everything it can to fight back against the virus. Now here’s where things can start to get a little bit tricky, because there are hundreds of thousands of different types of viruses that can make us sick, and many share similar symptoms, which can make it pretty difficult to know exactly what kind of sick we are (which, in turn, can make it pretty hard for us to know what to do to start feeling better. . .).


Colds, in particular, tend to present themselves along with a host of relatively common symptoms:

  • Coughing
  • Aches
  • Sore Throat
  • Runny/Stuffy Nose
  • Fatigue

And to make things even more fun, these symptoms are tied to another incredibly common seasonal ailment: allergies.


So here’s Cold-Remedy Pro-Tip #1: In order to treat your cold ASAP, you need to know if you really have a cold.


Know the major differences between allergies and a cold!


  1. Colds typically last 3-14 days, while allergies can last months (when in continual contact with an environmental trigger).
  2. Colds more commonly occur during winter, while allergies can occur any time (when in contact with an environmental trigger) but often are experienced in seasonal spikes
  3. With colds, symptoms typically appear several days after infection, while allergy symptoms can occur almost instantaneously (upon contact with environmental trigger).


I know it might seem silly to spend so much time discussing allergies after creating a blog called “How to Get Rid of Cold Remedies Fast,” but this is one of those discussions that just have to happen. I, myself, went most of my life thinking I wasn’t allergic to anything. It wasn’t until I spent 3 straight years with “colds” that oddly lasted from early spring to mid-summer that I actually realized what was going on!


So save yourself some trouble and get to know the different ways your body reacts to colds and allergies.


The good news is, there are a lot of things you can do in your home (or work, for that matter) to help reduce the number of allergens and pollutants that you come into contact with, and this can have positive health effects even on those not suffering allergy symptoms.


  1. Use anti-allergen bedding. They make incredibly effective dust-mite-proof pillows, box springs, sheets, you name it. This can have a huge significance on reducing your daily exposure to microscopic allergens.


  1. Use air conditioning during allergy season! While this may seem like a no brainer, it’s always good to remember that you don’t have to invite those little puffs of pollen into your home!


  1. Get an air filter. Double down on your air quality, and you’ll thank yourself—especially if you use one that’s got a HEPA or small-particle filter, which are incredibly effective at reducing the number of allergy stimulants in your home.


  1. Get your carpets regularly cleaned. This is a pro-tip I got from a carpet cleaner in my hometown at the time (, and this is one of the best things you can do to reduce allergens in your home. A professional cleaning is hugely different from just vacuuming the carpets (which is good, but does virtually nothing about the little particles that are embedded more deeply in your carpet or carpet mat.


  1. Avoid cotton (and synthetic fabric) blinds or curtains. Washable materials are your friend when it comes to holding those allergens at bay.


Welcome Cold Sufferers!

Welcome to my blog—an educational resource for all who find themselves suffering from the unfortunate malady that’s been around since the dawn of sneezing: the common cold. There’s no good time to come down with a case of the sniffles. Although there’s certainly some that are worse than others—anyone who has been unlucky enough to catch a cold the week of the big job interview or on a Caribbean cruise can attest to that. . .


Well hopefully I can help. It’s my plan to gather as much information as possible from around the web to help determine the quickest, easiest ways to get rid of a cold. Fast! That’s what I’m talking about. In the process, I’ll hopefully be able to inform some of you on some of the different ways to protect your immune system from illnesses and how to respond in those moments where you find yourself feeling under the weather.


So welcome friends in all state of health! Hopefully the information here can help you find some sort of relief.


Stay Healthy!


(OR get well soon!)