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Get Rid of Colds Naturally

Colds are a frequent sickness culprit in the fall and winter when the temperatures turn cooler. The common cold is an upper respiratory tract infection that is caused by a virus. Prevention is key to avoiding the cold as the only way to cure it is to simply wait it out. Most remedies are aimed at helping to alleviate the nasty symptoms that can sometimes be so frustrating they bring children and adults to tears.

 

How do I know if I have a cold?

  • Runny nose
  • Stuffy nose
  • Sneezing
  • Watery eyes
  • Sore throat
  • Hoarse throat
  • Cough with or without phlegm
  • Low-grade fever
  • Headache
  • Body ache
  • Fatigue
  • Chills

 

How do I prevent a cold?

  • Wash your hands often, especially in public places during cold and flu season.
  • Exercise regularly to improve general health and well-being.
  • Work at reducing your stress levels. High stress levels mean low resistance levels.
  • Don’t share food, drinks, utensils or bath towels.
  • Get plenty of sleep so your body is well-rested and better able to fight off infection.
  • Up your intake of garlic and onion as both help to keep viruses and bacteria at bay naturally.
  • Avoid smoking.

 

How can I treat a cold?

  • Echinacea has been shown to help reduce the risk of getting a cold and the duration of your cold by boosting your immune system.
  • Eucalyptus oil in a neti pot can help to drain the sinuses and provide releief.
  • Enjoy peppermints, or put a few drops of peppermint oil in your shower and breathe.
  • Gargle with a half-teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water to relieve a sore throat.
  • Drink ginger tea to help relieve congestion and reduce general body air.
  • Heat a cup of milk with a pinch of turmeric and a tablespoon of honey to help combat the cold, sooth a sore throat, and relieve a host of other symptoms.
  • Eat foods high in antioxidants and vitamin C to help boost your immune system.
  • Foods high in vitamin B’s will help alleviate symptoms.
  • Avoid anything heavily processed or deep fried as these slow down digestion and prevent the body from healing quickly.
  • Zinc will help reduce the severity of your cold symptoms.
  • Lemon mixed with honey and water is a great way to kill off the cold virus.
  • Keep your body well hydrated so that it functions well.
  • Stay away from diuretics such as alcohol and coffee.
  • Eat foods that help your nose run like mustard and pepper.
  • Hot, steamy foods such as soups also help to relieve congestion.
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