Worst time to get a cold... — Totseans

Worst time to get a cold...

edited August 2011 in Spurious Generalities
A few of you may have noticed that while on Skype, I keep losing my voice and my throat keeps fucking up, let alone sneezing and coughing all the time :facepalm: Basically, I've got a cold and it hasn't really kicked in yet. It's getting there though, slowly but surely. The problem is, I'm going away in a couple of days to some resort with a big swimming pool and other activities, and I NEED this cold to be gone by that time. I have literally until Friday to kick it, but I just don't know how that's going to be possible.

I drunk a carton of OJ yesterday, but now I have none of that left :( Vitamin C is apparently good for colds, but the OJ was my only hope for that. I could try getting a lot of sun as that's also helpful, but it's overcast right now :(

Basically, do any of you guys have any tips for getting rid of a cold in a very short amount of time?

Comments

  • EchidnaEchidna Regular
    edited August 2011
    Multivitamins in near toxic doses, theraflu tea and being active when you are awake and nyquil to sleep through the majority of it.

    I get sick twice a year and this is my method. On the last day of being sick I like to be very active to kick my body into shock. Four days maximum loss.
  • DfgDfg Admin
    edited August 2011
    Forget and just give in. It just doesn't work :(. Sleep helps.
  • Darth BeaverDarth Beaver Meine Ehre heißt Treue
    edited August 2011
    C, Zinc, A, Echinacea.

    Take whatever you can hold of vitamin C. You will know when you have taken all your body can hold because it is water soluble and when you reach your max you will get the runs. Take 50mg of Zinc per day. Take 40,000 I.U. of vitamin A. Take tincture of Echinacea (all health food stores) as per the directions on the package.
  • edited August 2011
    Instead of taking straight up vitamins, can I get these from foods and drinks? I know I can get Vitamin C from orange juice and I've been trying to have as much of that as possible. Which foods contain Zinc and Vitamin A?
  • Darth BeaverDarth Beaver Meine Ehre heißt Treue
    edited August 2011
    Zinc:

    #1: Oysters
    Depending on type and variety oysters provide 16-182mg of zinc per 100g serving. This accounts for 110%-1200% of the RDA for zinc. The food highest in zinc is The Steamed Wild Eastern Oyster which provides 182 mg of zinc per 100g serving, or 76mg (509% RDA) in 6 oysters, and 154mg (1029% RDA) in a 3 ounce serving.
    Click to see complete nutrition facts.

    #2: Toasted Wheat Germ
    Packed in jars and sold toasted, wheat germ is great to sprinkle on top of any food. Try it on salads, rice, or steamed vegetables. Toasted wheat germ provides 17mg (112% RDA) of zinc per 100g serving, which is 19mg (126% RDA) per cup, and 1.2mg (8% RDA) in a single tablespoon. Crude (untoasted) wheat germ provides 12mg (82% RDA) of zinc per 100g serving, 14mg (94% RDA) per cup, and 1mg (6% RDA) per tablespoon. Click to see complete nutrition facts. Buy Wheat Germ from Amazon.com

    #3: Veal Liver
    The liver of any animal is packed with vitamins and minerals and most commonly served as pâté or liverwurst. Veal liver has the most zinc with 12mg per 100g serving accounting for 81% of the RDA, that is 8.98mg of zinc (60% RDA) in a cooked slice of liver (80g). Liver is best prepared steamed or fried with onions and herbs.
    Click to see complete nutrition facts.

    #4: Sesame Seeds and Tahini (Sesame Butter)
    Sesame products contain about 10mg of Zinc per 100g serving (70% RDA). Sesame flour can be used as a substitute for wheat flour in cakes and breads. Tahini is commonly found in hummus (a ground chickpea spread and dip of the Middle East) it will provide 4.6mg (31% RDA) of zinc per 100g serving, 0.7mg (5% RDA) per tablespoon. Whole sesame seeds provide 7.8mg/100g (52% RDA), 11mg (74% RDA) per cup, and 0.7mg (5% RDA) per tablespoon. Click to see complete nutrition facts.

    #5: Low Fat Roast Beef
    Low fat beef shoulder, shank, and chuck all contain about 10mg (70% RDA) of zinc per 100g serving, 18mg (119% RDA) per pound, and 9mg (59% RDA) in a 3 oz serving. If you buy pre-processed roast beef be sure to consult the nutrition facts about the cut and nutrients. Not all nutrition labels report zinc, so don't worry if you don't see it.
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    #6: Roasted Pumpkin and Squash Seeds
    A popular food in the Middle East and East Asia pumpkin and squash seeds contain about 10mg (70% RDA) of zinc per 100g serving, 6.6mg (59% RDA) per cup, and 3mg (19% RDA) per ounce (~85 seeds). If you can't find these in your local supermarket you will surely find them in Middle Eastern or East Asian specialty stores. Alternatively, you can also save any pumpkin and squash seeds you have and roast them in your oven. The seeds are typically eaten by cracking the outer shell and eating the seed inside.
    Click to see complete nutrition facts. Seeds and Nuts with the Fewest Calories.

    #7: Dried Watermelon Seeds
    Much like the pumpkin and squash, watermelon seeds are popular in the Middle East and East Asia and they should be in specialty stores catering to those cultures. It is also possible to just eat the seeds raw with the watermelon. You can shell them, or just chew them up whole. Dried watermelon seeds provide 10mg (70% RDA) of zinc per 100g serving, 11mg (74 %RDA) per cup, and 3mg (19% RDA) per ounce.
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    #8: Dark Chocolate and Cocoa Powder
    Chocolate is showing more and more health benefits and dark chocolate is coming into vogue. Unsweetened baking chocolate provides 9.6mg (64% RDA) of zinc per 100g serving (most bars are 50-100 grams). Cocoa powder will provide 6.8mg (45% RDA) per 100g, or 5.4mg (39% RDA) per cup, 0.3mg (2% RDA) per tablespoon. Most milk chocolates provide around 2.3mg (15% RDA) per 100g serving or 1mg (7% RDA) per bar. Click to see complete nutrition facts. Buy Dark Chocolate from Amazon.com

    #9: Lamb (Mutton)
    Lamb is a common meat in the Middle East, Mediterranean, and most of Europe, but is increasing in popularity in the Americas. Lamb provides between 4.2-8.7mg of zinc per 100g serving (28%-58% RDA) depending on cut. That is up to 7.4mg (49% RDA) in a 3 ounce serving (85 grams).
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    #10: Peanuts
    Peanuts are a great source of zinc, 100 grams of oil roasted peanuts will provide 6.6mg (44% RDA) of zinc, or 8.8mg (59% RDA) in 1 cup chopped, 1.9mg (12% RDA) per oz (~39 peanuts). Dry roasted peanuts will provide half as much zinc at 3.3mg (22% RDA) per 100 gram serving, or 4.8mg (32% RDA) per cup, and 1mg (6% RDA) per

    Vitamin A:



    Food
    Quantity
    Vitamin A Content International Units (IU)
    Retinol Equivalents (RE)


    Baked sweet potatoes, peeled
    1 medium
    28,805
    2,881


    Pumpkin, canned
    1/2 cup
    27,018
    2,702


    Sweet potatoes, candied
    1 medium
    25,188
    2,519


    Beef liver, cooked
    2 ounces
    20,230
    6,130


    Spinach, canned, drained
    1 cup
    18,781
    1,878


    Sweet potatoes, canned
    1 cup
    15,966
    1,597


    Spinach, cooked, fresh or frozen
    1 cup
    14,790
    1,479


    Carrot, raw
    1 medium
    12,767
    1,277


    Cantaloupe
    1/2 medium
    12,688
    1,269


    Peas and carrots, frozen (boiled, drained)
    1 cup
    12,418
    1,242


  • edited August 2011
    Jesus christ, thanks a shit ton for that information! I will be eating as much of that stuff as I can between now and the next few days, so thanks again :D
  • Darth BeaverDarth Beaver Meine Ehre heißt Treue
    edited August 2011
    The best part is that is all taste good except for the snotty oysters.
  • EchidnaEchidna Regular
    edited August 2011
    Chick peas have a shit load of zinc. My friend did porn and zinc helps in replenishing sperm and he would eat a can with a salad every day.
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