I remember when I first went raw back in 2007. Sure, I went through a long initial detox period but after that I generally felt like a rockstar. So it shocked the hell out of me when I still got colds. "What?!?!" I thought, "I am one of those super healthy people now, this shouldn't happen to me!" And then came the looks from some people who were thinking, "I thought she was some health guru, why is she sick?" and "Maybe she's scarfing pizza when nobody's looking." Yes, I still get sick. And yes, it's a good thing. Even the healthiest bodies need to clean house every once in awhile. In fact, it happened to me last week. I was so looking forward to my weekend- I was modeling in a live art performance on Friday and then was attending the wedding of one of my actor friends on Saturday. At least I was playing a ghost from the Otherworld in the show- an easy look to pull off when you're under the weather :-) I went to the movies Thursday night so excited about my jam-packed weekend when suddenly I felt that scratchiness at the back of my throat. You know the one- the feeling that makes you say, "Oh no, not now- I have too much going on to get sick!" If you're like me, you immediately enter into the 5 stages of grief, with extra helpings of denial and bargaining. But what I have learned since entering the world of natural health is that you gotta let the body do its thing if you want to heal as fast as possible. So here are my top tips for getting over a cold fast: Rest it up- I know this sounds simple but it is the key to a speedy recovery- get as much sleep and rest as possible! Now, if you're like me and work from home, awesome. Turn off the alarm, sleep in as late as possible and take cat naps if you can. Curl up with a good book and try to take a mental rest as well as a physical one. If you work in an office, see if you can work from home or take in a pillow so you can rest during your lunch hour. The more quiet time you can carve out for yourself, the better. And recruit family members to help out around the house. The more you rest in the first few days of a cold, the faster you heal and the quicker you will be back to full capacity. Liquids, liquids, liquids- Your mom was right- water, fresh juices, tea and bone broth are keys to a speedy recovery. Your system is trying to clean something out and keeping well-hydrated will help that process along. Sweat it out- My dear friend in Chinese Medical School taught me this trick: Take a hot bath for 30 minutes while drinking hot tea. Then lay a towel down on your bed, lay down on it and place another one on top of you before pulling the covers up. Lie there until your sweating stops and you start to cool off naturally. This gets everything moving and stops those chills dead in their tracks. Fast a bit- Now I'm not talking a full blown fast here but try eating a bit lighter when you are healing. How about liquids until lunch? This will allow your body to use its energy for healing rather than digesting. For the last few days, I replaced my breakfast with a mixture of apple cider vinegar, honey and spring water. I tend to think there's some serious wisdom behind "old wives' tales" and my favorite is "Feed a fever, starve a cold." Accept it- This was the biggest challenge for me. I am a Midwestern gal who always believed that if it was M-F 9-5, I should be working. To shift that belief to allow myself the time and space to heal without the guilt was a huge game-changer. I found I healed faster, felt better and could actually find some enjoyment in slowing down. All the health practices in the world won't do much good if you're beating yourself up for being a lazy bum. So chill out, accept that your body needs this time-out and that you will have plenty of time and energy to get whatever needs to be done finished when you're feeling better. Of course, there are things you can take to help with symptoms but I would keep those to a minimum and stay away from pharmaceuticals and drugstore remedies as much as possible. Your body has an innate wisdom and knows what it's doing. If you follow the main guidelines above, it will do the rest. I promise. To your health, Emily PS- What are your favorite go-to natural remedies for the common cold? Please share over on our Facebook page. Let the healing begin!!!