There are many ways we can support our bodies naturally during a cold, and this post will discuss some useful tips for how we can care for ourselves while sick. With plenty of rest and self care, getting extra sleep, eating nourishing foods, drinking plenty of liquids, taking vitamins or supplements, using essential oils and other homeopathic treatments, and avoiding intentionally reducing a low grade to moderate fever can all support someone during their recovery from an illness.
Rest, Self Care, and Sleep
We all catch colds from time to time, and some people choose to take cold medicine to minimize their symptoms and go about their lives. However, instead of taking pharmaceutical medication or going to see a doctor, there are many natural ways we can support our bodies while we are healing. When we get colds, our bodies want us to slow down and recover, not take medicine that dampens our symptoms so we can push through our illnesses by working long hours. Not taking the time to rest and enduring increased stress can prolong an illness, making our bodies work harder than they need to. This is why it is crucial for us to take a break when we have a cold if our lifestyles allow for it. If we can take off work or relinquish some of our household duties onto our partners or other family members, we will be better able to support our bodies’ processes of healing by resting, getting extra sleep, and caring for ourselves.
While many of us may want to eat something quick from the pantry while sick, eating nourishing foods can be very beneficial in our processes of healing. It can be useful to avoid added processed sugars when possible, and eat foods that are nourishing, comforting, and easy for the body to process. Foods like soup, applesauce, and toast can be comforting, nutritious, and filling. Soup is one of the best foods to eat during a cold, especially when it is made with either bone or alkaline broth. Bone broth is one of the most nutritious liquids, and makes a great base for many soups. Alkaline broth is a great substitute for people who do not eat meat. There are many recipes online for bone and alkaline broth recipes, and below are links to a couple recipes. These broths do take time to make; therefore, it can be useful to have a batch on hand in the freezer for the next time you catch a cold.
Drinking plenty of water is important while recovering from a cold and should not be ignored, but there are also other liquids that are useful to