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Can Detox Cleanses Help with a Cold?

Whether it's cold and flu season or the dog days of summer, it’s easier to catch a cold than you might think.

Colds are usually caused by viruses introduced to our bodies through our mouths, noses and eyes as we encounter droplets, toxins and germs throughout our daily lives. What you may not know is that detoxing can help you get over your cold faster.

Causes of the Common Cold

Somehow we never know how we caught a cold until we’re buried in a pile of kleenex, eyeing that bottle of NyQuil on the counter like it was liquid gold. The common cold has a variety of causes:

  • Droplets in the air when someone sneezes, coughs or talks. Or, one of the leading culprits, bodily fluid transmission introduced by someone else’s cold or flu.

  • Being tired. When your body is tired, it doesn’t have the resources or energy to fight off the causes of colds, flu and other health issues. 

  • Weakened Immune System. If your immune system is compromised or you've been diagnosed with a condition that affects this system, your body will be more susceptible to viruses in the surrounding environment. 

  • Airborne pollution and germs. As with droplets transferred through the air, airborne pollutants and germs are constantly surrounding us and can take a toll on our overall health. 

  • Impure water. Dirty water is a well-known culprit when it comes to getting sick. Waterborne germs and pollutants can do just as much damage to your system as their airborne brethren.

  • Toxins from skincare, soaps, shampoos. While the soap or shampoo you are using may not be the direct cause of your sickness, the heavy metals and chemicals used in these products likely aren’t helping your body fight off whatever has you under the weather. 

  • Hand-to-hand contact. We touch our mouths, scratch our noses, itch our eyes and use our hands all day for a variety of activities. If you aren’t washing your hands often and correctly, your hands may be carrying all of the germs you never wanted to learn about. 

  • Shared utensils, towels, toys and phones. Your cell phone is dirty. Like, really dirty. Everyday items like your phone come into contact with countless surfaces all day. Whether it's touching the skin on your face while you talk, absorbing the oils from your fingers while texting or simply picking up crumbs and remnants when you set your phone down on the lunch table, your phone is one of the dirtiest items you use. Additionally, even reaching for an already used towel or cleaning up your child's playroom contributes to the communal “pool” of germs.

How Detoxifying Can Help

Regularly detoxing your body of germs, toxins and everything in between can help you avoid catching something, and, when you’re already sick, it can help your body flush out the cause of your symptoms. 

  • Detox cleanses flush your entire body. Detox products work by turbocharging your body’s cleansing systems, expediting and enhancing these efforts to rid your body of toxins and harmful viruses, germs and contaminants. 

  • Restoring your body to health is just as important as expelling whatever is causing the sickness. Cleanses like Mighty Clean have restorative components that are rich in ingredients like Aloe Vera, known for soothing both internal and external discomfort. 

  • Detox cleanses are designed to work the very same day. Multi-day cleanses are great at helping keep your body healthy, but when you’ve gone through your fifth box of tissues, you don’t care that you’ll feel better a week from now. A same-day flush like those provided by products like Green Clean can expedite and enhance your body’s ability to get you healthier right then and there. No wait required! 

  • Cleanses contain herbs that are known to have beneficial healing properties. Vitamins, herbs and minerals like Uva Ursi, potassium, magnesium and the whole suite of vitamins can help give you body the fuel it needs to rid itself of whatever is weighing you down. 

The Super Cleanse Combo

One of our go-to tips has always been to combine Vitamin C and rest with our intensive Green Clean herbal cleanse. This combo ups the ante to help you get back to checking off your to-do list.

  • Vitamin C - At least 1000 mg of Vitamin C per day. You can use products like Emergen-C or take Vitamin C supplements. Vitamin C is also found in many of Detoxify’s products. 

  • Lots of Water - Staying hydrated will make a significant difference in how fast you recover. The more fluids you put in your body, the more fluids your body has to flush whatever is causing your sickness. 

  • Green Clean or Mighty Clean - Our go-to herbal cleanses for battling the symptoms of a cold include Green Clean and the always-intense Mighty Clean.

  • Spicy foods help you get better faster. We love chips and salsa, but anything with a kick should help clear out nasal congestion, improve blood flow and help support better breathing.

Next time your're under-the-weather, grab a glass of ice water, chase it with Green Clean or Mighty Clean and finish it with a hefty helping of chips and salsa.

Resources

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/common-cold/symptoms-causes/syc-20351605

https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/when-how-handwashing.html

https://www.rochesterregional.org/news/2020/02/spicy-food-health

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