It’s that time of year again. You have three deadlines at work, a dinner date on Thursday, and this weekend you’re supposed to go enjoy fall with your friends. And, oh yeah, your throat feels scratchy, your nose starts to run, and you've got an annoying cough. A lot of times we're so busy that we simply can’t afford the major time suck that getting sick entails. While watching a days-long marathon of The Wire in your jammies can be tempting, we all want to get back on our feet ASAP.
The common cold has a general life span of seven to ten days (14 if you’re especially unlucky). There is no cure for the common winter cold, but there are things you can do and items you can take to get your body back on track. But, there are a lot of old wive’s tales and myths floating around: Is vitamin C really the Holy Grail of healing? Should you starve a fever? Is mom’s chicken soup recipe worth it?
We tapped two physicians who specialize in natural remedies for the answers to our winter cold worries. Dr. Benjamin Asher is a New York City-based physician specializing in ear, nose, and throat disorders. While he has been a highly regarded conventional MD for over thirty years, Dr. Asher also applies groundbreaking alternative practices in his approach. Dr. Donielle Wilson, ND is the president of the New York Association of Naturopathic Physicians and a leading wellness health expert. They offered us some of their tried and true natural remedies and well-living practices to help kick winter colds to the curb — trust us, you've never heard of some of these.