Let’s start with some antiquated health advice in the form of an idiom and then move on to an anecdote.
Starve a cold and feed a fever has also been written as Feed a cold a starve a fever.
That gives a pretty wide open treatment window.
Here is a science snack.
I’ve been feeling pretty cruddy for a few days. Sore throat, tired, some sniffles, general aches and pains, and not wanting to get out of bed in the morning. I know, sounds like a man-cold. This is serious.
I use the word cruddy in a hopefully learn-ed manner. I feel/felt internally coagulated.
So I ate a rib eye steak. Then fasted for 32 hours. The following morning I had a RAT* for breakfast. The result was negative. At about the 28 hour point of the fast I suddenly felt much better. Like a switch flip. The sore throat had disappeared, the lymph nodes had settled, and swallowing was easier, general joint and muscle aches and pains resolved, and brain fog cleared. I felt bright and alert. General grumpiness and pitifulness followed the other symptoms out into the ether. My blood ketones were 1.0 mmol/L, (interestingly my fasting blood glucose was 6.5mmol/L).
I was in nutritional ketosis by taking the fast(ing) track. So, I feel better and symptoms have gone for now.
The key here is that having been in nutritional ketosis and having experienced the hunger control the thought of fasting while unwell was no great hurdle, as lack of hunger is a natural consequence of nutritional ketosis for many.
I know I said it was an idiom but does the old adage of fasting a cold hold true?
What is your experience?
(*Rapid Antigen Test for COVID)