Myke Thomas

Do We Still Have to Feed a Cold Starve a Fever?


There are over 200 different cold viruses currently known, resulting in two to four colds on average each year per adult. While colds may seem to have been around forever, there's some advice pertaining to them that needs updating. For example, the old adage feed a cold starve a fever, may not be as accurate as it once was.

If you or your loved one is facing an uncomfortable cold or fever, read on for more advice on what does and doesn't help.

Feed a Cold Starve a Fever

"Feed a cold starve a fever" is medical folklore that can be traced back to the early 1500s. During this time doctors linked our metabolism to having a healthy immune system. While this is partially true, it doesn't play as large of a role as you may think when it comes to fending off a cold.

What Really Helps Colds and Fevers

The good news is there is a number of pharmaceutical and natural treatments that can be used to help fight the common cold and fevers.

The treatment option that's best for you will depend on what your normal daily routine is like, and how quickly you need to get better.

Bone Broth

By now you may have heard of the multiple health benefits that come from some hearty and delicious bone broth. This collagen filled dish has been known to be the ultimate detox elixir, providing individuals with clear skin and fat burning properties.

However, one of the bone broth benefits you may not be familiar with is the ability to help dramatically reduce the lifespan of the common cold. We suggest trying this flavorful dinner the next time you're feeling a little under the weather.

Apple Cider

A number of parents claim that apple cider is actually a remedy that can help draw out fevers within children. You can either drink the apple cider vinegar in a shot form directly or add apple cider vinegar to a warm bath.

While natural treatments tend to help it's important to immediately seek medical care if you are childish and dangerous fever signs.

Future Preventive Measures

While you may no longer be able to turn to "feed a cold starve a fever" as a potential treatment, it's always wise to look into preventive measures to help reduce your chance of developing colds and fevers in the future.

By maintaining a healthy and balanced diet with plenty of vitamin C and vitamin D you can greatly enhance the strength of your immune system. Look for foods with rich green colors (such as leafy vegetables like kale and spinach) as a great way to provide your body with the nutrients that it needs.

Regularly exercising and getting your sweat on is another way to help your body detox in a smooth and natural way. In fact, for those suffering from mild cold symptoms, a quick run may be all you need to temporarily clear up congestion and a stuffy nose.

For more information on how to have a healthy mind, body, and soul all year round check out our blog for more information.

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