Thursday, February 21, 2008

Sweating a cold out ~ Yes or No?

Does sweating a cold out really work? Here are some suggestions I have found ~

"hot toddy" was a mixture of hot tea, lemon, and a shot of whiskey or rum.

drinks 4oz. of warmed up whisky (seriously), then bundles up in several layers of PJs and socks, lots of blankets, and sweats like crazy all night. He swears he wakes up healthy every time.

if you Keep yourself hot it helps your body work on that and when you sweat at night its the body releasing the bad germs out of your body.

Over Proof Rum and I will always have a big swig before going to bed if I have a bad cold or flu and it seems to feel better in the morning. It works for me
Q: Is it possible to sweat out a cold?

A: You can’t starve a cold to death. Neither can you drown it, blast it with pills, or sweat it out. A cold can take one or two weeks to run its course, and the only way to get rid of it is to take care of yourself. But sweating isn’t harmful when you’re sick, as long as you replenish your body with fluids, change your clothes, and avoid sweating in the cold. You also can’t excercise out a cold. Your body needs to conserve energy to fight it. Exercising is a good way to keep your immune system strong when you’re well, but skip your workout if you’re feeling run down. Exercise can be a stress on a body that is trying to fight an illness.

Q: What about the old wives’ tale, Starve a fever, feed a cold?

A: This popular saying—which some people remember backwards as "feed a fever, starve a cold"—is wrong on both accounts. It may be based on the mistaken belief that food acts like kindling to your temperature: if you have caught a chill, you need to fan the flames, but if you have a fever, you need to remove the fuel to lower the blaze. Pay this Old Wives’ Tale no heed. When your body is fighting infection, it needs plenty of nutrients, fluids, and rest. If you don’t eat, your body will not have the energy it needs to fight. As annoying as a fever is, it is not harmful in and of itself. It just means your body is fighting back. The best thing you can do against illness is try and prevent it. Eat well, get plenty of rest and exercise, and wash your hands frequently during cold season.

1 comment:

Misty said...

my mom always gave me the whiskey tea when I was little and it certainly helped my chest but I think that was more for viral stuff than colds. This was a great informational post!

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