Some of my first lines of defense include:
Drinking Emergen-C ( I drink only 1/2 a serving at a time)
Warm baths with epsom salts and essential oils
Gargling with sea salt and a small splash of white vinegar (3-5 times a day)
Drinking Green Drink
Staying away from refined sugars ( I do miss my chocolate chip cookies)
I also like to drink a lot of hot tea. My favorite is Traditional Medicinals Organic Echinacea Plus. I try to drink at least two cups of this a day if I am feeling run down.
Eating foods that are rich in vitamin C (like grapefruit & kiwi).
If the above measures aren't quite cutting it, I have to pull out some big guns:
Some herbal remedies I use:
I have used Goldenseal Root and Olive Leaf before for various bacterial infections. These are powerful! If you do decide to use herbal remedies, make sure to follow all directions, read up about each herb from various reliable sources, know about any contra-indications, and speak with your physician before using them (as some herbs inhibit medications you may be taking).
I always take probiotics after Goldenseal and/or Olive Leaf. This helps rebuild any good flora/bacteria that may have been damaged when the herb was fighting the bad bacteria.