Pretty straightforward — I'm assuming most paleofriends don't huff Afrin and sudafed, but what do you do? Tea? Nettypots? Beef?
Neti Pot is awesome (a little weird to get used to - but it really works like a charm)
I make a big pot of chicken soup (I go the asian grocery store and buy a couple of chicken carcasses and boil the bejesus out of them and add loads of garlic, ginger etc) with loads of spice to it - And then I eat a big bowl of it!
I drink lots of ginger tea with fresh lemon (and if I have a sore throat, I'll put some honey in there)
I try to sleep often - I dramatically up my vitamin D also.
BUT if I have to go to work I will take a tylenol cold daytime pill so that I can function at work for a couple of hours. I don't like to take the pills; but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do.
You can kill a virus in a single day if you do it properly.
You must start treatment as soon as possible. If you are not sure, its better to cure fake common cold, then not to cure real common cold.
Zinc-Gluconate, 3x50mg, helps with common cold a lot. During winter you need to preload yourself. Take each day 50mg.
Ehinacea drops. Add to your vitamin C water, every few hours.
Multivitamin, you will do calorie restriction and you need to prevent acute phase induced deficiencies. Actually, this argument is true for all vitamin related steps.
Coenzime Q10 - your immune system is raging, it needs energy. 3x100mg.
Vitamin D - 10000 IU. Vitamin A 10000 IU if you didn't get it via multivitamin (usually all contain such amounts).
Zero carb diet. Glucose competes with vitamin C. Calorie restriction, anorexic response is what your body does anyway. You need to promote autophagy as viruses are intracelular creatures and you need to prevent energy waste to digestion.Chicken soup, it has that anti-viral fatty acid and its easily digestible, and mildly anti-inflamatory. Coconut oil for fast energy and as anti-viral [its even used with AIDS virus] and easy digestion. Try not to move if you don't have to. Cats sleep all the time when have a virus.
Do not take any drugs. Your system knows the best, do not interfere, give it resources. Standard medicine doesn't have anything for viruses yet, and drugs will reduce symptoms and immunity.
All steps are mandatory.
Tomorrow, you will not have a virus any more. You will continue to take lots of vitamin C (every 3-4 hours 4g) for the next 2 days and all other vitamins in similar doses until your body heals properly but you will generally feel good.
The hardest thing is to properly dose vitamin C and you will need some experience with this, it probably can't be done correctly until you experience it few times and know how to recognize specific markers. As you can see from the graph, its very easy to make error in dosing of vitamin C, because symptoms do not reduce until you are very close to the bowel tolerance. One of the points of extra supplements is to make this error margin higher then 10% which is what graph shows for ascorbate alone.
The point is not only to kill the virus but to prevent opportunistic infections from taking over your gums, joints, ears etc... i.e. chronic life long infections.
The protocol needs the name so... let it be
Dr Rambo Protocol (thx Grover :)
Sleep, water, tea, bone broth, extra zinc, vitamin d and vitamin c, repeat until I feel well again.
I'm going to echo a few folks here - started feeling like cold was imminent yesterday afternoon, started sneezing uncontrollably. Got very congested, complete with itchy throat, head & sinus throbbing bit as well.
Took 1000 mgs of C right before leaving for mandatory dinner w/kids, drank tea & water all through dinner (mongolian stir-fry, no rice/noodles), came home to take another 1000 mgs of C and a 2nd 10K dose of D (that's what I regularly take in the AM, doubled up yesterday) & crawled right into bed. At 8 pm.
Was out cold until midnight, then up to use the restroom & take another 1000 mgs of C. Back to sleep until 6:00 am.
Today? I feel: fine. Completely fine. (Still repeated the C twice this AM already, though...)
(I do regularly do sinus irrigation each morning in the shower with the NeilMed system to deal with allergies/prevent sinus issues; that's another tool in my arsenal to add in a 2nd rinse in the evening. Crashed out before I could do that last night, though!)
So glad to find this asked, on my sick day no less.
My key instruments of battle were rest (laying around the house basically all day) and hydration: hot water with ginger or lemon juices added.
I actually consumed a lot of coconut products, as I seemed to have a craving. After reading through this page, maybe my body knew best and was craving it for its antiviral properties. So I ate a lot of coconut cream and oil. I do think getting sick is pretty natural though, so I don't get too aggressive with supplementation and medication (even herbal). Plus I'm lazy.
I learned the other day that bitters (the kind used in cocktails) are medicinal and at one point could be bought in pharmacies to cure a lot. They're usually made from herbs and lemon, lime, and orange peels, and some brands were even created by physicians. A bartender told me to put a few drops in gingerale for health. I'll probably start fermenting my own paleo gingerbeer/ale/thing soon anyway, and I think that would be great to drink with some bitters when one has a cold.
When I feel a cold coming on, I eat a clove of raw garlic with a spoonful of honey several times a day. (It doesn't taste bad with honey.)
It works far better than anything from a drug store I've ever tried.
I try to stay well-fed and un-stressed. My take is that you want your body to be in tip-top shape to heal itself and avoid opportunistic bacterial infections that may follow an initial viral infection. I was exposed to a common cold a couple weeks back and was hoping that I'd avoid it. No luck, but I never really progressed too much past a stuffy nose for a couple days, whereas I'd usually get a sore throat for 2-3 days which would progress into 5-7 days of nasal congestion. My first cold after being paleo, certainly easier than any cold in recent memory.
For the sore throat, put about 1/4 to 1/2 a teaspoon of salt in room temperature water and gargle with it (use a smallish mouthful for each gargle). You can do this several times a day. I do it at least once an hour.
It REALLY worked on the sore throats I USED to get.