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So what do you do when you're sick, congested, and snot nosed?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 09, 2012 at 4:40 PM

I've been sick a couple of days. I was wondering if it's a bad idea to use Benadryl, Tylenol and cough drop in terms of health. Are there better ways of powering through the sickness? I'm also drinking tons of water and sleeping a lot. Oddly enough, I haven't been sick for a long time while paleo. I did try some bread and untamed tabasco recently.

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on November 08, 2013
at 05:19 AM

Yes, some kind of chicken broth, usually Thai.

Ffc7e0ecad8e8831b528c5d4921377cc

(942)

on November 08, 2013
at 05:17 AM

+1. Same here since going Primal three years ago.

782d92f4127823bdfb2ddfcbcf961d0e

(5231)

on October 30, 2013
at 07:33 PM

Well, I did catch a cold a couple of months ago...the first in nearly two years. I didn't do anything special beyond sleeping a little more and it was pretty mild. When the sinuses started to fill I found that using a heating pad really helped them drain. After they drained my cold completely resolved without the usual coughing/hacking for an extra two weeks. Total length of time sick was less than one week.

Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

(5043)

on August 15, 2012
at 05:55 AM

In that case, don't run. I once got pneumonia when I insisted on running through a bad cold that had gone into my chest. If you're coughing, take some serious cough syrup at night and try to get a lot of sleep! And if you have a fever, definitely get it checked out.

C4f1a0c70c4e0dea507c2e346c036bbd

on August 14, 2012
at 09:16 PM

Been watching trashy movies, hope that helps help. Been craving orange juice too.

C4f1a0c70c4e0dea507c2e346c036bbd

on August 14, 2012
at 09:15 PM

Its been more than a week. Its week but still congesting the lungs. I hoping its not bronchitis again. I haven't had that in a decade or more but I had a bad case than.

785efa3950951957e65fa17efb25b078

(452)

on August 10, 2012
at 07:48 PM

Well, Lynn summed it up. It's the root that helps.

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on August 09, 2012
at 11:47 PM

depends on how sick you are. If it's just a cold, it should be fine. If it's the flu, or something more serious, probably not. I assumed from the OP it was just a cold.

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(505)

on August 09, 2012
at 10:32 PM

Further, that link is actually suggesting the root, not the leaves where the stinging parts are anyway. Now root I haven't tried, sounds interesting.

E40b2fc9ddcf702bab9d61d28b8c8440

(505)

on August 09, 2012
at 10:31 PM

Primallykosher, the handling & dehydration process renders it unitchy, there's info on the web about it but I was shocked to learn it could be consumed too, growing up in BC and Washington State I was all too familiar with the consequences of touching it. Now I drink nettle tea all the time, it's great.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on August 09, 2012
at 10:03 PM

Anecdotal stories I read on marksdailyapple.com a couple of years ago & then my own n=1 experience.

C4f1a0c70c4e0dea507c2e346c036bbd

on August 09, 2012
at 09:47 PM

I have seen stinging nettle at vitamin shoppe. Doesn't that stuff cause allergic reaction when you touch it? Why would it be safe to consume?

785efa3950951957e65fa17efb25b078

(452)

on August 09, 2012
at 09:34 PM

Based on what are you taking 40K?

C4f1a0c70c4e0dea507c2e346c036bbd

on August 09, 2012
at 09:13 PM

Is it wise to raise your heart rate when sick?

C4f1a0c70c4e0dea507c2e346c036bbd

on August 09, 2012
at 09:12 PM

I did have some kombatcha, however I bloated up like I was preganant and had some blockage that had to be passed. That was quite painful, but feel a lot better now.

A97b68379a576dfa764a4828304d2efb

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on August 09, 2012
at 07:59 PM

Solid advice. I used to do the soup trick pre-paleo days when I would get sick (which was every time I visited family with young children). I think the soup described above is so packed with anti-inflammatory goodies that it decreases the swelling in the nasal tissue and provides some relief. Thank goodness, I haven't been sick once since going paleo, but I would stay away from the OTC meds if I did get sick. Hope you feel better, primallykosher!

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on August 09, 2012
at 05:13 PM

Yeah, my maintenance dose is 6,000 IUs these days, but sometimes the system needs a boost. Dr. Cannell of the Vitamin D Council speculates that D3 has an "antibiotic" effect at high doses. Whatever works!

C4f1a0c70c4e0dea507c2e346c036bbd

on August 09, 2012
at 05:02 PM

I just took some drops directly. They don't burn as much tabasaco does, so not a big deal. Hopefully that will burn the virusi out.

C4f1a0c70c4e0dea507c2e346c036bbd

on August 09, 2012
at 05:01 PM

Whoa. I just have the 2500 iu tablets. Take 7500 daily. And some vitamin c.

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Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on August 09, 2012
at 04:49 PM

I take 40,000 IUs of Vitamin D3 at the first sign of any respiratory illness. I do this for 2-3 days & seem to never get very sick, if at all.

C4f1a0c70c4e0dea507c2e346c036bbd

on August 09, 2012
at 05:01 PM

Whoa. I just have the 2500 iu tablets. Take 7500 daily. And some vitamin c.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on August 09, 2012
at 10:03 PM

Anecdotal stories I read on marksdailyapple.com a couple of years ago & then my own n=1 experience.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on August 09, 2012
at 05:13 PM

Yeah, my maintenance dose is 6,000 IUs these days, but sometimes the system needs a boost. Dr. Cannell of the Vitamin D Council speculates that D3 has an "antibiotic" effect at high doses. Whatever works!

785efa3950951957e65fa17efb25b078

(452)

on August 09, 2012
at 09:34 PM

Based on what are you taking 40K?

Ffc7e0ecad8e8831b528c5d4921377cc

(942)

on November 08, 2013
at 05:17 AM

+1. Same here since going Primal three years ago.

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on August 09, 2012
at 05:45 PM

I kind of mainline bone broth, often made into a hot and sour soup thingy with garlic, ginger, hot chilies, and some veggies and meat or whisked eggs thrown in.

I also take a ton of vit C when I start feeling sick, and usually try to drink some kombucha.

Other than that I just rest and hope for the best.

(Feel better!)

A97b68379a576dfa764a4828304d2efb

(4181)

on August 09, 2012
at 07:59 PM

Solid advice. I used to do the soup trick pre-paleo days when I would get sick (which was every time I visited family with young children). I think the soup described above is so packed with anti-inflammatory goodies that it decreases the swelling in the nasal tissue and provides some relief. Thank goodness, I haven't been sick once since going paleo, but I would stay away from the OTC meds if I did get sick. Hope you feel better, primallykosher!

C4f1a0c70c4e0dea507c2e346c036bbd

on August 09, 2012
at 09:12 PM

I did have some kombatcha, however I bloated up like I was preganant and had some blockage that had to be passed. That was quite painful, but feel a lot better now.

Ffc7e0ecad8e8831b528c5d4921377cc

(942)

on November 08, 2013
at 05:19 AM

Yes, some kind of chicken broth, usually Thai.

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782d92f4127823bdfb2ddfcbcf961d0e

on August 09, 2012
at 05:50 PM

I haven't had a cold in a long time but when I do have a cold I usually take zinc lozenges (Cold Eeze) at the first sign. I'm pretty sure it isn't paleo and prolly has sugar or, gawww, hfcs, but it usually decreases duration and severity of symptoms. A trade-off, I guess, just to get thru it. I have found that if I don't use this, then I go on to get a sinus infection because I have a deviated septum :(

Since starting this diet I haven't had a cold, though have been exposed. I've been attributing it to an increase in Vit D3. If you don't take it then I recommend doing so. I think it's been great for me.

In the meantime, drinking plenty of fluids will keep your secretions thin. I've heard good things about chicken soup.

782d92f4127823bdfb2ddfcbcf961d0e

(5231)

on October 30, 2013
at 07:33 PM

Well, I did catch a cold a couple of months ago...the first in nearly two years. I didn't do anything special beyond sleeping a little more and it was pretty mild. When the sinuses started to fill I found that using a heating pad really helped them drain. After they drained my cold completely resolved without the usual coughing/hacking for an extra two weeks. Total length of time sick was less than one week.

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on August 09, 2012
at 04:59 PM

Oil of Oregano works wonders. If you can stand it, put a few drops in a big glass of water and drink it. I put a few drops under my nostrils (burns like heck, but is harmless) and breathe it in. It tends to clear things out. But you'll smell like a pizza, so do it when you're home for the night.

C4f1a0c70c4e0dea507c2e346c036bbd

on August 09, 2012
at 05:02 PM

I just took some drops directly. They don't burn as much tabasaco does, so not a big deal. Hopefully that will burn the virusi out.

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on August 10, 2012
at 03:04 PM

Not to jinx myself or be one of those people but I honestly haven't been sick since starting Paleo (8 months ago). If I did, I'd try to overdose on Vitamin D and broth.

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on August 09, 2012
at 05:15 PM

Snort (insufflate) salt water.

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on October 30, 2013
at 06:03 PM

Cell Salt 7, or what I call kali sulphur, which are homeopathic drops that my Houston ND gave me for my sinus infection. In about 2 weeks I was cleared and and free from infection ever since (knock on wood). I am used to 15 drops in about 6 oz of water, but they usually are taken sub-lingually 2-3 times per day. It's best to take on an empty stomach. I do so first thing in the AM...midday...and at bedtime BEFORE teeth brushing. It DOES work, but you have to be patient. It's better than nasty antibiotics.

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on October 30, 2013
at 05:54 PM

For congestion I've recently been a big fan of peppermint tea; it's been very quick to clear up mucus in my throat and help with the stuffiness. I also will do gargles of warm water with sea salt and vinegar. For nasal congestion, traditionally I'll start with the neti pot, and possibly steam therapy if that doesn't start to clear things up.

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on October 30, 2013
at 09:05 AM

Here's how I get rid of a flu or cold in 24 hours using only home remedies:

http://www.natural-alternative-therapies.com/natural-treatments-for-the-flu

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785efa3950951957e65fa17efb25b078

(452)

on August 09, 2012
at 09:35 PM

E40b2fc9ddcf702bab9d61d28b8c8440

(505)

on August 09, 2012
at 10:31 PM

Primallykosher, the handling & dehydration process renders it unitchy, there's info on the web about it but I was shocked to learn it could be consumed too, growing up in BC and Washington State I was all too familiar with the consequences of touching it. Now I drink nettle tea all the time, it's great.

C4f1a0c70c4e0dea507c2e346c036bbd

on August 09, 2012
at 09:47 PM

I have seen stinging nettle at vitamin shoppe. Doesn't that stuff cause allergic reaction when you touch it? Why would it be safe to consume?

785efa3950951957e65fa17efb25b078

(452)

on August 10, 2012
at 07:48 PM

Well, Lynn summed it up. It's the root that helps.

E40b2fc9ddcf702bab9d61d28b8c8440

(505)

on August 09, 2012
at 10:32 PM

Further, that link is actually suggesting the root, not the leaves where the stinging parts are anyway. Now root I haven't tried, sounds interesting.

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E40b2fc9ddcf702bab9d61d28b8c8440

(505)

on August 09, 2012
at 05:35 PM

I use a neti pot and also do eucalyptus steams (pour boiling water into heat-safe bowl, add a couple of drops of eucalyptus oil and place head directly over steam, covered by towel to retain the steam. If at night, add lavender oil to help sleep). I'll also add some eucalyptus oil when I shower. Sometimes I can get my nose to open up more with alternate nostril breathing, but not if I'm super congested.

I drink lots of bone broth (I crave it when I'm sick), Traditional Medicinals teas, vitamin C, water, etc.

I've also used oil of oregano, I just place it under my tongue then chase with water. If I think I have the flu I swear by oscillococcinum by Boiron. If I have it on hand, I also take some Chinese herbs, Cold Stop or Isatis Gold tablets and some freeze-dried tea, Southern Ban Lan Gen Chong Ji (it's anti-viral and I think it might also be antibiotic).

Then of course, relaxing and not exerting myself and watching cheesy movies or trashy TV (so primal).

C4f1a0c70c4e0dea507c2e346c036bbd

on August 14, 2012
at 09:16 PM

Been watching trashy movies, hope that helps help. Been craving orange juice too.

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Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

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on August 09, 2012
at 05:35 PM

I always go out for a slow run or a walk. Nothing strenuous, of course. Getting outside and exercising, even if you think you don't feel well enough to do it, will accelerate your body's recovery.

Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

(5043)

on August 09, 2012
at 11:47 PM

depends on how sick you are. If it's just a cold, it should be fine. If it's the flu, or something more serious, probably not. I assumed from the OP it was just a cold.

C4f1a0c70c4e0dea507c2e346c036bbd

on August 09, 2012
at 09:13 PM

Is it wise to raise your heart rate when sick?

C4f1a0c70c4e0dea507c2e346c036bbd

on August 14, 2012
at 09:15 PM

Its been more than a week. Its week but still congesting the lungs. I hoping its not bronchitis again. I haven't had that in a decade or more but I had a bad case than.

Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

(5043)

on August 15, 2012
at 05:55 AM

In that case, don't run. I once got pneumonia when I insisted on running through a bad cold that had gone into my chest. If you're coughing, take some serious cough syrup at night and try to get a lot of sleep! And if you have a fever, definitely get it checked out.

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on August 09, 2012
at 05:34 PM

Horseradish helps with congestion, and cognac (in lieu of Nyquil) makes me feel warm and fuzzy and helps me sleep. Sniffing it helps with sinuses also.

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