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What's your Paleo power food for when you have a cold?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 29, 2011 at 5:01 PM

We just got back from a trip overseas.

Flying with a baby on a long flight is incredibly stressful and difficult, and despite trying to take extra good care of myself, I'm now run down and sick with a brutal head cold.

I am taking naps during the day when the baby naps to try to get some extra rest now, but what foods/drinks should I be taking in now to rid myself of this nasty bug?

Any favorite "sick Paleo" foods to try?

Thanks!

Sarah

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on September 30, 2011
at 11:28 AM

I am sleeping as much as possible with a baby in the house. (The house looks like it, too! It's so messy...)

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on September 30, 2011
at 10:33 AM

Garlic is great, @Nemesis - you'll be stinky but the benefits are worth it for sure! Burn the germs @Eric, burn them!

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on September 30, 2011
at 09:17 AM

with a hammer :)

93ae9f2d376e5426e891a9b58d8302fa

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on September 30, 2011
at 08:22 AM

Vicks, not Vicksburg! How do you disable this damn spelling software on an iPad?

93ae9f2d376e5426e891a9b58d8302fa

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on September 30, 2011
at 08:21 AM

I take it Vicksburg Vap-o-Rub is not paleo?

1a98a40ba8ffdc5aa28d1324d01c6c9f

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on September 30, 2011
at 05:24 AM

Love the spiciest Thai Food!

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

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on September 30, 2011
at 01:23 AM

Hot liquids like tea and broth. I find about half a lime's worth of fresh squeezed lime juice in my morning glass of water makes me feel good.

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on September 30, 2011
at 12:33 AM

good question. I haven't been sick at all since switching to paleo so I can't help you here.

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

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on September 30, 2011
at 12:26 AM

Aside from food poisoning back in April and seasonal allergies, I haven't managed to catch either the cold or the flu since going Paleo :)

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on September 30, 2011
at 12:25 AM

Peppermint/ginger tea FTW! Great suggestions, haven't thought about the garlic before, will try that when/if I get sick (it's been awhile, lol).

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on September 30, 2011
at 12:06 AM

Thanks! I am planning on making a SUPER hot and spicy paleo (ish) hot and sour soup in my crockpot tomorrow... hoping that red chili paste helps! :-)

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on September 30, 2011
at 12:05 AM

Yes, thank you for the link! I've read much of this before... I just still get worried about things like this. I took a LOT of vitamin D today and am feeling better.

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on September 29, 2011
at 10:35 PM

vdh~ That is a stellar link--so many great links to studies in the comments!

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on September 29, 2011
at 06:18 PM

I should add, you can make hot tea out of red pepper flakes, which can help your sinuses, but if you are prone to migraines, be careful with this method; I've triggered migraines before by doing this.

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on September 29, 2011
at 05:44 PM

For supplements, I've found that Rhodiola has been incredibly effective in helping me adapt to stress and the like. I believe I stumbled across it through Mark Sisson's recommendation. I got the Now brand through Amazon, I believe.

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on September 29, 2011
at 05:35 PM

Sarah, check this link out on VitaminD. http://www.trackyourplaque.com/blog/2010/01/getting-vitamin-d-right.html

6229cd9a7ca9882590259fae022e2647

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on September 29, 2011
at 05:33 PM

I agree with Ms. Dragonfly. Vitamin D is absolutely awesome.

Aa69579f867333b08158c70e25f7daf1

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on September 29, 2011
at 05:11 PM

(I get nervous taking that much of a fat soluble vitamin...)

Aa69579f867333b08158c70e25f7daf1

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on September 29, 2011
at 05:10 PM

Thanks for the tip! Do you take other supplements to round out all the Vitamin D intake?

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Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on September 29, 2011
at 05:46 PM

Here you go, feel better!

  • The spiciest Thai food that I can barely handle while wrapped in a blanket at home on the couch to sweat that bug out

  • Double time Vitamin C

  • A mug of hot water with a smashed piece of ginger, lemon juice, squeeze of honey, big fat splash of whiskey - homemade Nyquil. Works on the nose, soothes the throat. Is good with or without the booze.

  • Peppermint and/or ginger tea

  • Staying away from dairy

  • Chicken soup and chicken broth

  • Tons of water

  • Extra garlic in my food-

  • Kiwi cold from the fridge, frozen berries that I snack on slowly-


1a98a40ba8ffdc5aa28d1324d01c6c9f

(20378)

on September 30, 2011
at 05:24 AM

Love the spiciest Thai Food!

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on September 30, 2011
at 12:25 AM

Peppermint/ginger tea FTW! Great suggestions, haven't thought about the garlic before, will try that when/if I get sick (it's been awhile, lol).

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on September 30, 2011
at 10:33 AM

Garlic is great, @Nemesis - you'll be stinky but the benefits are worth it for sure! Burn the germs @Eric, burn them!

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C4ed6ba382aed2eefc18e7877999a5de

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on September 29, 2011
at 05:08 PM

Chicken soup with homemade bone broth! Lots of nutrients and the warm broth is so nice when you have a cold.

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Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on September 29, 2011
at 05:05 PM

Not food exactly, but 40,000 IUs of Vitamin D for 1-2 days kicks out any cold virus for me.

6229cd9a7ca9882590259fae022e2647

(3209)

on September 29, 2011
at 05:35 PM

Sarah, check this link out on VitaminD. http://www.trackyourplaque.com/blog/2010/01/getting-vitamin-d-right.html

Aa69579f867333b08158c70e25f7daf1

(1826)

on September 29, 2011
at 05:11 PM

(I get nervous taking that much of a fat soluble vitamin...)

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on September 29, 2011
at 10:35 PM

vdh~ That is a stellar link--so many great links to studies in the comments!

6229cd9a7ca9882590259fae022e2647

(3209)

on September 29, 2011
at 05:33 PM

I agree with Ms. Dragonfly. Vitamin D is absolutely awesome.

Aa69579f867333b08158c70e25f7daf1

(1826)

on September 29, 2011
at 05:10 PM

Thanks for the tip! Do you take other supplements to round out all the Vitamin D intake?

1586db0f16b2cef51ee4e71ab08ad1a2

(965)

on September 29, 2011
at 05:44 PM

For supplements, I've found that Rhodiola has been incredibly effective in helping me adapt to stress and the like. I believe I stumbled across it through Mark Sisson's recommendation. I got the Now brand through Amazon, I believe.

Aa69579f867333b08158c70e25f7daf1

(1826)

on September 30, 2011
at 12:05 AM

Yes, thank you for the link! I've read much of this before... I just still get worried about things like this. I took a LOT of vitamin D today and am feeling better.

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C56baa1b4f39839c018180bf63226f7d

on September 29, 2011
at 05:27 PM

Attack it from all sides. Take 1000mg+ C and 20000IU+ D per day. Drink echinacea and elder flower teas with honey and lemon. Pick up some Umcka Cold Care (Pelargonium sidoides extract) from your local Vitamin Shoppe or Whole Foods and take it 4x-5x daily. Finally, make sure you keep getting that rest you're talking about.

C56baa1b4f39839c018180bf63226f7d

(3499)

on September 29, 2011
at 06:18 PM

I should add, you can make hot tea out of red pepper flakes, which can help your sinuses, but if you are prone to migraines, be careful with this method; I've triggered migraines before by doing this.

Aa69579f867333b08158c70e25f7daf1

(1826)

on September 30, 2011
at 12:06 AM

Thanks! I am planning on making a SUPER hot and spicy paleo (ish) hot and sour soup in my crockpot tomorrow... hoping that red chili paste helps! :-)

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1a98a40ba8ffdc5aa28d1324d01c6c9f

(20378)

on September 30, 2011
at 05:25 AM

Lay down and sleep. Not a food but it works for me.

Aa69579f867333b08158c70e25f7daf1

(1826)

on September 30, 2011
at 11:28 AM

I am sleeping as much as possible with a baby in the house. (The house looks like it, too! It's so messy...)

0
E286e6ba6ef6c4c4a31a749e59aa57e1

on September 29, 2011
at 11:24 PM

I have yet to be sick since starting Paleo, which is odd because I used to average 2-4 cold per year. If I did though, it would be plenty of vitamin D either via supplement or sunlight.

Whenever animals get sick one of the ways you can tell is that they wont eat, so Id probably fast for a decent amount of time.

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on September 30, 2011
at 12:26 AM

Aside from food poisoning back in April and seasonal allergies, I haven't managed to catch either the cold or the flu since going Paleo :)

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66974b2cb291799dcd661b7dec99a9e2

(11121)

on September 29, 2011
at 11:12 PM

Home made ginger-kombucha, home made bone broth, extra vit C & D (I also eat raw liver but that may be pushing it for a lot of people lol)

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D72e9d21977363ea1850fa00555f151a

on September 29, 2011
at 05:10 PM

Cut up a 1/4 of a lemon in hot water. Drink the water, eat the lemon. Works for me!

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