It’s that time of year again; the time when people start dropping like flies to cold bugs invading their bodies. Even the healthiest among us can fall victim to nasopharyngitis, otherwise known as the common cold.
I’m not a huge fan of putting a bunch of chemicals in my body, so I prefer more natural remedies. If you are like me, then read on to find out how to battle your next cold without drugs.
Colds thrive in dry conditions, not humid ones. That’s why there are more outbreaks during the winter months when people are locked inside with the furnace running. Next time you have a cold, take a shower and leave your fan off and bathroom door closed. When you are done getting sudsy, get steamy by spending five to 10 minutes breathing in the humid air.
Make a cup of hot peppermint herbal tea. Doctors say that common colds require an increased fluid intake, and the good-for-you phytochemicals found in herbal teas are a great way to hydrate while reaping extra benefits. The peppermint can help naturally clear up some congestion. Add a little bit of honey to soothe your throat as well.
I remember being sick when I was little and going over to Grandma’s house, where I would promptly get stuffed with (delicious) chicken noodle soup. I never thought to question why her methods worked to make me feel better, I was just always happy they did. Turns out that new studies have shown that an increased intake of zinc during colds can help shorten the duration of symptoms. Chicken is a great source of the mineral. The warmth of the soup helps sore throats, and the vitamins and minerals from the carrots, celery and onions don’t hurt either.
It’s important to stay away from dairy products when you have a cold. Everyone knows the horrible feeling of thick, sticky mucus clinging to their throat, which is also referred to as phlegm. (Yes, that is a medical term and not just a made-up word!) Dairy products like milk can cause phlegm to be even thicker, stickier and generally more annoying for a longer period of time. Instead of grabbing some ice cream to soothe a scratchy throat, reach for a 100-percent fruit, grape juice-pop. The high levels of antioxidants in grapes might just help your immune system battle those germs while calming your throat.
People often get sick when their bodies are rundown and tired because their immune systems can’t perform at their best. Doesn’t it make sense that to feel better we must slow ourselves down and rest? Either go to bed an hour early at night, or try and get a nap in during the day. Your germ-fighting cells will thank you for it by getting rid of the bug invasion more quickly and efficiently!