Get Rid of a Cold Overnight

We know that moment all too well: Our throat starts to get scratchy, our nasal cavities tingle, a throbbing pain takes up residence in between our temples—it’s official: A cold is brewing.

Now that we’re in the deep throes of fall, we’re constantly reminded of the impending doom of a cold with each sneeze, sniffle, and dreaded nose-blow that happens around us. And while we do our best to keep our immune systems strong and on the defense, sometimes a cold wiggles its way in and is too big for our britches (er, body) to stave off.

Taryn Forrelli, ND, Olly’s head of innovation and certified naturopath, says to go heavy on the garlic when you feel a cold coming on. “Garlic is a powerful antioxidant with antimicrobial, antiviral, and antibiotic properties. It also helps with decongestion associated with colds and flus. Aim for eating one small clove every three to four hours. Smear it on toast with a bit of olive oil or honey if you can’t stomach it straight.” Our tip: Just be sure to have breath mints at the ready.

Forrelli also says to aim for 500 to 1000 mg of vitamin C per day while fighting off sniffles. “An easy and tasty way to make sure you’re getting enough of this juicy antioxidant is taking a vitamin C–rich supplement like Olly‘s Ultimate Immunity gummy, which is a blend of 700 mg of vitamin C, zinc, and beta glucans for immune system support.” While you may be familiar with vitamin C and zinc as cold-fighting powerhouses, get to know beta-glucan. In a 2008 study, one group that took a supplement with beta-glucan had 23% fewer upper respiratory infections than the other group that took a placebo.