It is that time of year again. As the air gets colder and colder, our immune systems are compromised and spending time indoors means that the concentration of germs inside has increased.
Now, here we are sniffling, sneezing, coughing and wondering what to do to remedy this cold. Today I will share with you 5 cold remedies that can actually increase your chances of getting well in a shorter time frame. These are not myths but remedies that will help strengthen your immune system, so why not try them?!
I am sure everyone knows that staying hydrated is one of the best ways to ensure that your body has what it needs to be healthy. So, that being said, it is important to cut back on (or avoid) dehydrating beverages like coffee and alcohol while you are sick and make sure that you are drinking a tall glass of water every few hours. This is an easy way to help your body regain the strength it needs to fight your cold.
Honey and Cinnamon
By mixing 1 teaspoon honey and ¼ teaspoon cinnamon, you are creating a throat-soothing concoction. Honey can coat your throat to ease pain while providing advantages to you such as antibacterial and antioxidant properties. The cinnamon has antifungal properties. Together, these two ingredients will help boost your immune system and heal your sore throat!
Take a Hot shower
When taking a hot shower (especially in a closed room), you are exposed to very moist air. This warm, moist air will help break down mucus that has built up in your system. While you are in the shower, you should notice a loosening of this mucus, so take advantage and cough, blow your nose or do whatever you can to expel this mucus from your body. If you want to feel the same effects but do not have the energy for a shower, you can fill a large bowl (or sink) with very hot water, lean over the bowl (not too close!) and drape a towel over your head and the bowl to box in the steam. Breathe.
You may not be aware of this but the majority of your immune system is located in your gut. With this being said, probiotics (good bacteria) can do more than aid digestion – they can aid your immune system! Whether you take a supplement or eat a natural source of probiotics like yogurt, you can ensure that you are doing what you can to help strengthen your immune system to beat your cold.
The Classic Cure
One of the most familiar concoctions to aid with overcoming the common cold is a garlic, lemon and honey tea. There are several advantages to ingesting each ingredient such as antioxidants, antibacterial properties and essential vitamins. You can find a recipe for this tea here.
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