When I had corporate health insurance; I went to the doctor over a sniffle. I loved getting prescription medicine for $5, I loved being able to have all kinds of tests run and I frequently looked through my health plan to see if there was a specialist I might need to see.
As always; I am aware that I have issues. Moving right along...
I haven't had good health insurance for awhile now, so it's made me more diligent about proper health and nutrition. I'm constantly researching alternative treatments and vitamins to off-set the winter onslaught of mucus and infections. These are, through personal experience, what I've found to be the most effective:
Zinc: In swabs and drops. As soon as I feel a cold coming on, I swab up my nose and suck on those drops throughout the day.
Vitamin D & C: I try to take triple the daily amount recommended. I also buy the "Emergen-C" packs and drink them. I put a little in my toddler's juice when he's getting a cold, as well. He thinks it's "nummy!"
Throat Coat: This herbal tea is a miracle for sore throats. But it immediately!
Jim Beam: Cause I think hot toddies are fun. They seem to help me sleep better, too...
Now, I want to talk to you about my secret weapon: pot.
The Neti Pot. Gah, people!
The tea kettle thing in the picture is the reason I have not had a serious cold all fall or winter. As someone who usually does 3 rounds of antibiotics every cold season, this little contraption has saved my immune system. It's just warm saline water, and you pour it in one nostril and the gunk comes out the other. The genius of it is that you are keeping all 4 pairs of sinuses sterile, preventing infection from ever occurring.
It works. Seriously. I don't want to hear about your cold until you've tried the pot.