When you start to feel a cold coming on, the best you can do is try to stop it in its tracks. The tickle in your throat, headache, and your runny nose can be tackled. Increase your chances of shortening the cold by taking action.
Hydrate straight away. An increase in fluids can make your nose less stuffy and reduce other symptoms. It can also moisten a dry throat and reduce congestion.
Bathe in epsom salts for relief from aches and pains and to ease nasal congestion as you inhale the vapor. If you want an alternative, add a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil to your bath. Prefer showers? Mix a little essential oil with sweet almond oil and rub it on your chest. Your condition will still improve if steam’s in the air.
Put a pinch of sea salt into half a mug of boiled water. When it’s a comfortable temperature, gargle to lessen inflammation and mucus in your throat. Also, kill off viruses and decrease your cold’s lifespan by swishing the mixture in the morning and before you go to bed.
Honey and lemon for a dry cough
Studies show over-the-counter cough mixtures don’t work, plus they are pure sugar. Try adding honey and lemon to a cup of hot water or tea instead. Drink the mixture several times a day.
Reduce activity, but not too much
Can you take a day off work? Great. If not, aim to do less than normal. Additionally, skip gym sessions, heavy lifting, and your usual jog around the park. Light exercise is valuable, however, so don’t vegetate on the couch all day. Gentle stretching or non-strenuous housework will boost your immunity.
Eat healthy foods while you’ve got a cold to strengthen your immune system. Leafy vegetables, lean protein, and dense carbohydrates will provide energy without detracting from your health. Processed foods, including sugar, will do the opposite, so stay clear of them. Your grandmother’s idea of using chicken soup as a cure can help. While you’re under-the-weather, eat lots of soup to hydrate rather than big meals. As a result, your digestive system won’t be overtaxed, and your body can put more energy into fighting off your cold. Also, you could try eating raw garlic, a natural remedy for fighting colds. It has antiviral properties to help kill germs. You can almost feel it working as soon as you start eating it.
Even if you rest most of the day, you need adequate shut-eye to kick your condition to the curb. People who slumber eight hours a night or more get fewer colds than those who sleep less, so get plenty of duvet-time to help you get rid of your cold.
You can stop a cold from getting worse with positive actions. Hydrate, steam, gargle and drink honey with lemon and hot water. Engage in a little light exercise, and eat and sleep well too, and your cold will diminish fast.