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5 Easy Ways to Beat a Cold

Flu? Not you! Check out some research-backed strategies 11 instructors swear by when cold season arrives… 



GRAB SOME EMERGEN-C
JB BERTOLLINI
I OD (right away!) on Emergen-C IMMUNE+. I take one packet every few hours — the cold never has a chance, and I’m usually fine in a day.

AYA MURAMATSU
I head to Whole Foods and purchase elderberry syrup. I take two spoonfuls twice per day, and it works wonders as an immune booster. I'll also sleep more than I normally do and drink LOTS of water (with Emergen-C)!


WHY IT WORKS
Emergen-C supplements are packed with vitamins and minerals — including vitamin C, which research from the University of Helsinki has shown lessens the severity and length of colds (especially in people who exercise) as well as electrolytes, which help keep the body hydrated and speed up recovery. 

STOCK UP ON SUPPLEMENTS
MARVIN FOSTER, JR. 
I pop a Zicam and keep riding! 

MARK FORKOS
When I feel a cold coming on, I make sure I get a large dose of vitamin C to stop the cold in its tracks. Taking 1000 mg of vitamin C with a glass of orange juice each morning for three days will usually do the trick. More importantly, I make sure I get several good nights of sleep to allow my body to fight off the cold. 

TIFF DANIELS
I take oil of oregano drops! It tastes a little gross, but it works!

WHY IT WORKS 
Zinc can help zap a cold in its tracks. Studies show that if you can take a dose within 24 hours of experiencing symptoms — particularly in lozenge form — the duration of your cold will be cut short. Adding a few drops of oil of oregano in a glass of water or tea can help, too. Research indicated that oregano possesses antiviral properties, according to a study the International Journal of Food Properties

HAVE A TEA PARTY
LEAH LIFE
When I feel a cold coming on, I usually drink hot tea with lemon and honey and try to get a good night's sleep!

JUSTINE SCHWARTZ
When I start to feel under the weather, I start taking echinacea right away, warm tea & honey, and lots of movies and sleep!

WHY IT WORKS
Drinking herbal tea with honey can soothe sore throats, but for best results consider echinacea tea: Research from the Institute of General Practice in Munich, Germany has shown that using echinacea at the onset of illness reduces symptoms in adults. And a study from Cardiff University Common Cold Centre also determined that echinacea is safe to take long term.

FEED YOUR SOUL
RICH MARTINO
I make a giant pot of Chicken Soup (Mom’s recipe!)

KELLEN TOWNSEND
I usually take a shot of lemon, ginger and oil of oregano with a sprinkle of cayenne pepper! Also, I also make sure to drink a green smoothie as well to get some vitamins in my system. Collard greens are great for keeping off cold/flu. 

WHY IT WORKS
Eating a healthy, antioxidant-packed diet is especially essential when your body is down for the count. Citrus fruits are chockablock with vitamin C, and leafy greens such as swiss chard, kale and spinach are loaded with vitamin K, vitamin A and even more vitamin C. And yup, sipping soup is a smart strategy, too: A study from Nebraska Medical Center found that eating homemade chicken noodle soup can reduce respiratory inflammation, and it delivers protein, vitamins, hydration, and some homemade comfort to boot. 

COMBINE YOUR REMEDIES
STEPHANIE PEARL
Sleep plus a steady stream of hot herbal tea and emergency packets. I've also been loving the ginger, lemon and cayenne shots they offer at most juice shops.

MADELEINE STARKEY
When I feel a cold coming on, I do three things, like clockwork:
1. Run, don't walk, to Liquiteria for a Hot Killer, a mix of apple, lemon, and ginger juices plus a dash of cayenne pepper that work together to boost the immune system, fight any virus or infection, and help to temporarily relieve sinus congestion. I have one to two a day — and if I'm really feeling it, I'll even make this juice at home. Just add boiling water and you're good to go!
2. Figure out when I can get horizontal. So often, colds creep up when we're running ourselves ragged and a simple pause in our daily chaos can do wonders when it comes to healing.
3. Call my mother. She always makes me feel better!

WHY IT WORKS
Shut-eye can fight and even prevent a cold: A new study published in the journal Sleep determined that people who clocked in five or six hours of zzzs are four times more likely to catch a cold than people who slept at least seven hours per night. So turn in early to stay healthy all season long!

Questions or comments? Email blog@soul-cycle.com! Want to ride at SOUL? To book a bike, grab a series HERE then book a bike! 

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