"Feed a Cold and Starve a Fever"?
Chef Jem posts comment at Wiki Answers.
Date: 5/15/2012 2:04:09 AM ( 19 mon ) ... viewed 917 times
What is the purpose of a cold?
"What was lousy in (one's) life a week before those 'cold' symptoms manifested?":
There may be many purposes for a "cold". Many think that the purpose is to create an internal cleanse in the body. If you think that your body wants a cleanse then the next question to ask yourself may be "what can you do to support the cleansing process"?
However, before or during the physical cleansing process one can also ask whether their emotions need discharging. Did something recently happen that "stunk"? Did you stuff your feelings/emotions about an experience?
There are innumerable "toxins" that can come into one's environment on both a physical and / or a mental/emotional level. First see if you can determine what the body is responding/reacting to.
On the physical level:
If the body starts eliminating toxins, that have been consumed from one's diet, then does one need to continue feeding the body the same "foods" that created the toxins? If not then the question becomes how do I properly "feed" this cold. Keep in mind at this point that this feeding is to support the cleansing, not to satisfy your cravings for your favorite foods. Otherwise, if the cleansing function of a cold is suppressed then the next stage of cleaning becomes the fever which many people in this conversation (linked) acknowledge can be more serious than the cold stage.
When the symptoms of the cold first appear that is a great opportunity to become acutely aware that a cleaning process is being launched and that is the opportune moment to choose to support it - "feed it" with cleaning foods and in other cleaning ways. You may ask what are cleaning foods? Liquids will generally be more cleansing that the other foods. Herbal teas and broths can be cleansing. Bone broths can be both cleansing and nourishing (if you think you need to be nourishing your body during the cleanse). Liquids are among the most easily digestible foods which means that energy that is needed for elimination is conserved for that purpose rather than directed into digesting a heavy meal.
Whenever I had access to a sauna several times a week I never got a cold. This would go on for years! Then when I didn't have access to the sauna I would on very rare occasion get a cold. But I knew what was gong on and I supported the cleanse and that only lasted several days. However if I took warm baths as often as I took the sauna then I would never have colds as well! What I was doing was deliberately inducing a very mild fever and that was a cleanse by my choice. Much more manageable and actually more pleasant than having the body unexpectedly launch a cleanse program!
The fever is an advanced cleanse that typically comes when the lower grade cleanse of a cold has been suppressed. Therefore, I do no recommend taking symptom-suppressing medications. Suppressing cold symptoms most likely will only require the higher cleansing agents in the form of viruses that appear with "flu" symptoms.
If you "feed" a cold properly then you can avoid the fever. With proper "feeding" you will be starving the fever agents by not giving them anything to cleanse. But if you feed a cold like you typically feed yourself then you may be at risk for suffering a more intensive viral cleanse and fever.
"The common cold (so called because year in, year out there are one billion cases of it) can make you uncommonly uncomfortable. Symptoms include (but are not limited to) head and nasal congestion, sore throat, coughing, sneezing, watery eyes, aches and pains, and fatigue, and a slight fever is also a possibility. The window of opportunity for getting or escaping a cold is also slight. The virus
gains entry to your body usually by attaching itself to the back of the adenoid area.":
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