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What are the best paleo foods to eat during a cold?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 23, 2012 at 7:30 PM

Is it best to eat regularly when sick - fat, meat, etc - or should we be focusing our diets on anything specific?

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on October 24, 2012
at 12:55 AM

Yes, the garlic! Extra extra garlic, minced up raw.

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on October 24, 2012
at 12:54 AM

That's what I was going to say :) (I just made an awesome batch that gelled up the nicest I've had yet!)

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on October 23, 2012
at 07:31 PM

You mortals and your sicknesses...but from what I hear one should starve a cold and feed a fever.

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on October 24, 2012
at 10:26 AM

There are some really good answers here, sources of Zinc, Vitamin C, probiotics, and bone broth are all beneficial. However, viruses don't much care about that, so those are wonderful as a general guideline to get all the nutrients you need to support your immune system.

Two things I've found are effective (n=1 and all that): elderberry extract (aka Sambucus) whch is available as both a syrup and as a pill. This stuff is a potent antiviral. The other is good old coconut oil as it also happens to be an anti-viral.

Now that said, it's possible to have a bacterial lung infection that looks like a cold, but is more along the lines of bronchitis, rather than a viral one, so if it doesn't seem to work, go the other way.

Things like oregano oil, olive leaf extract, and again, coconut oil which is also an anti-bacterial. As usual, the oregano and olive leaf extracts are the bacteriological equivalent of tactical nukes, and they can and will take out your gut flora and cause Herxheimer reactions, so limit them to just a drop or two and a few hours later follow up with lots of good probiotics (say home made kraut, kombucha, kefier, etc.)

For bronchitis like infections, it's also helpful to inhale some steam. So maybe heat up bone broth nice and hot and breathe in the steam.

Optionally throw a towel over your head covering the bowl and inhale, or do the standard shower sauna thing where you run your shower hot and inhale for as long as you can - this helps break up mucus inside your lungs and expel it. (You'd probably want to use a shower filter to take out chlorine before you do this.)

That, and lots and lots of sleep.

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on October 23, 2012
at 08:46 PM

Bone broth, Bone broth, Bone broth, Bone broth, Bone broth, Bone broth, Bone broth, and MORE bone broth!

Drown it out!

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on October 23, 2012
at 08:39 PM

I go for chicken soup, broth really. Other bone broths work well too. For clearing sinuses I put Cayenne pepper into warm water. a little brutal but my sinuses clear out quickly.

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on October 23, 2012
at 08:02 PM

Chicken broth with garlic, carrots and onions. Tons of it. THE WHOLE CHICKEN.

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on October 23, 2012
at 07:39 PM

Eat whatever you feel like. Personally if I feel congestion coming on I like to drink a big mug of bone broth.

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on October 24, 2012
at 12:54 AM

That's what I was going to say :) (I just made an awesome batch that gelled up the nicest I've had yet!)

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on October 23, 2012
at 09:21 PM

Bone broth with loads of ginger and garlic, lots of rest and fluids. As everyone else said.

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on October 24, 2012
at 12:55 AM

Yes, the garlic! Extra extra garlic, minced up raw.

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on October 23, 2012
at 07:49 PM

Zinc is extremely important. So I would go for seafood, especially oysters. The iodine and selenium content of fish shouldn't be too bad either.

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on October 23, 2012
at 07:33 PM

I'm not sure that those cold viruses are going to care about how you tweak your macro ratios. Just drink a lot of water, get your micronutrients, and get a lot of rest!

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on October 23, 2012
at 08:52 PM

I make sure I eat extra vegetables with vitamin C (like red peppers, cauliflower, etc), and one serving of full fat greek yogurt for the probiotics when I get sick (which is rare these days). You can always take these in supplement form, but they're not as tasty that way.

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