Seven Natural Ways To Fight A Cold
Every year most Americans catch at least one cold (for a staggering total of over a billion colds altogether) and most of them happen during the fall and winter months. Although it won’t kill us, colds certainly drag us down. But there are steps you can take to rid yourself of the common cold sooner than later – and without taking any drugs.
Get extra sleep. Colds make us feel tired anyway, so listen to your body and indulge in naps or go to bed earlier than usual. Make sure there’s plenty of fresh air circulating in the room by keeping a window slightly open.
Drink lots of hot liquids. Heated drinks have a more intense taste, which stimulates the flow of saliva and mucus. That in turn lubricates and soothes the nose and throat. They may also help clear bacteria and viruses.
Eat a water-rich diet. Fruits, vegetables and soups are helpful. But keep your intake light and easy on the stomach so those fresh nutrients can help fight off foreign particles in your body that are causing the cold. Steamed vegetables may be especially beneficial. Avoid highly cooked, spicy and processed foods.
De-stress. Stress can compromise our immune system, making colds linger longer. Try to take your mind off issues that may be worrying you. De-stress by listening to relaxing music, reading, or watching a movie, preferably a light-hearted one.