Home Remedies for Colds
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Cold season is the worst. The cold virus is great at spreading around school and work, and getting everyone sick! If you find yourself on the receiving end of a nasty cold, don’t worry. Although the cold has no known cure, there are lots of ways you can make your body heal faster, shortening the life of your cold. And the best part? Most of these homemade cures can be found around your house right now!
Water, water, water: On a normal day, you should drink about eight glasses of water to keep your body hydrated. However, when you are down with a cold or flu, you should up the amount of water you drink every day. The extra hydration will help to flush your body’s cells and keep them healthy and happy!
Turn it up: If you normally keep your house a little cool in the winter to save money, turn up the heat a couple of notches. The less energy your body has to expend on keeping warm, the more energy it will have available to get you back into shape.
Mint tea with honey: You’ll need a kettle, a bag of non-caffeinated tea, a mint leaf, and a teaspoon of honey. Brew the tea in the hot water for three to five minutes with the tea leaves, before straining the tea and adding the honey. This miracle cold-cure works in several ways. The honey works as an anti-inflammatory, cutting down the swelling in your nose and throat. The steam from the tea will help to clear the virus-holding mucus from your nose and throat, which will help the virus to clear out of your system faster. The mint also helps to clear mucus, and make you breathe easier. This whopper of a cold-cure is simple, quick, and you can take it as many times a day as you want!
Chicken soup for the soul: Grab some cans of chicken soup for your cold. The broth will help to fight inflammation, warm your insides, and will supply some much-needed vitamins. You can also use straight chicken or vegetable broth as well.
Aspirin regimen: You’ve probably heard of taking aspirin or other painkillers on a regular basis to prevent heart attacks, but an aspirin regimen can also help out when you’re sick. The anti-inflammatory properties of aspirin and other pain medications will help to keep your throat and nose clear, helping you to breathe easier.
Take your vitamins: Boosting your immunity with a few vitamins certainly cannot hurt! So grab an over-the-counter multivitamin and help to boost your body back into health!
Steam and heat: A good, hot shower can help to get rid of your cold, but not for the reasons you may think. It’s partially the warmth of the shower, but it’s mostly the steam from the hot water that makes you feel better. You can also simulate that warm shower feeling by setting up a vaporizer or humidifier in your home to keep your cold-abused nose and throat nice and hydrated!
Extra Zs: Take a few naps when you can during the day, and add a few extra hours of sleep at night. The extra sleep is just what your body needs to start feeling its best!
Sources:http://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/cold-guide/cold-remedies http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/cold-remedies/ID00036 http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/natural-medicine/home-remedies/home-remedies-for-colds.htm