10 Ways To Fight The Common Cold...Plus a Bonus Tip Sure To Cure You!
Suffering from the common cold? We would like to share with you 10 ways to ward off this very troublesome ailment to have you feeling better in no time!
Tip #1: Serve up the soup.
That's right, and you've heard it before! Grandma's chicken soup does more than comfort you from aching limbs and a stuffed-up nose. This favorite folklore remedy has true medicinal properties.
Research shows that chicken soup thins mucus in the airways, making it easier to expel.To add extra punch to your brew, throw in congestion-busters like garlic, onions, and hot chili peppers.
Tip #2: Send in the clowns.
It's no joke: A hearty laugh has been shown to boost the immune system. A good chuckle will also increase the body's production of endorphins, those “feel good” chemicals. So slip your favorite movie into the VCR or call up that friend who knows how to get you giggling.
Tip #3: Get steamed.
Here's a surefire way to relieve chest congestion! Bring a pot of water to a boil, remove it from the stove, and add a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil. Holding a towel over your head and the pot, purse your lips and breathe steam though your mouth. Hot, steamy showers are also effective.
Tip #4: The nose knows.
Your nose will bear the brunt of a cold's wrath. Be kind to it by using ultra-soft tissues that contain aloe (always keep a box or package close at hand by your bed, in the kitchen, in your purse, and at your desk.
Tip #5: Get some R&R.
When cold symptoms kick in, your body is saying you need a time out. If possible, park yourself in bed for a day or two, or at least be sure to pack in more sleep at night strive for eight to 10 hours. Rest gives your body a better opportunity
to fight the cold viruses.
Tip #6: Reach for an herb.
Taken at the first sign of symptoms, certain plant extracts and natural supplements can help shorten the duration of a cold. These natural remedies can be found in health-food stores and drugstores in tincture, capsule, tablet, and extract forms. As with any other medication, it's always a good idea to check with your doctor prior to taking a natural supplement.
Tip #7: Drink plenty of fluids.
Viruses associated with the common cold thrive in dried-out environments, so make them feel unwelcome by keeping them lubricated. Hydrate the mucous membranes, lining your respiratory tract with plenty of fluids like water, juices, and decaffeinated herbal teas. Caffeine and alcohol are dehydrating, so steer clear of them. Hot beverages are especially good because they counter congestion as well!
Tip #8: Take time to gargle.
To soothe your sore throat, which often accompanies the common cold, add one-half teaspoon of salt to an eight-ounce glass of warm water and gargle every two to four hours as needed. Lozenges available in a variety of flavors may also offer relief.
Tip #9: Call on that old standby...acetaminophen!
Acetaminophen (or Tylenol) will help relieve the discomfort including aches and pains, chills and fever that can accompany the common cold.
Tip #10: “Write off” stress!
Stress only makes the common cold germs stronger. To release those pent-up feelings and soothe jangled nerves, thus, giving your immune system a boost, try journaling. For 20 minutes, write down all of your feelings on a notepad without editing yourself. You'll be surprised how much this exercise can help you work through your emotions.
We’ve saved the best tip for last! This one always seems to have good results for fighting the common cold!!! Take two weeks off from work...go to Hawaii, drink plenty of liquids, play in the salt water, and take naps on the beach. If this is done correctly, you will feel better when you return to work, and who knows, you may even look forward to your next cold!
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