You already know that the best way to fight off a cold is to get plenty of rest and fluids. Vitamin C is another basic requirement of staying healthy. Knowing those things is one thing but putting it into practice is quite another, especially when all you really want is relief from your cold symptoms. This is why so many people spend so much money on over the counter drugs. Offering fast relief is why medications are so popular. What really happens is that the medication sort of puts the symptoms ‘on hold’ which is why the flu seems to last so much longer, according to Sam Awada, MD. Longer than when you’re taking medications. Why would you choose a longer cold with temporary spells of relief over a shorter cold with longer periods of relief?
There are elements in chicken soup that make it a good cure for the common cold even scientists will admit it! Chicken soup is full of ingredients that are natural and contain vitamins and nutrients that the body needs to stay healthy, the vegetables and chicken really do contain healing properties, which is why opening the can of chicken soup is better for you than running for the Nyquil when you feel sick. Ginger has been used for centuries to combat the common cold. Even when you aren’t sick, ginger is something that you probably keep in your kitchen for cooking and for making tea. It certainly can’t hurt to increase your ginger intake if you start to feel like you’re getting a cold or coming down with the flu. The healing properties of the ginger will start helping you get over your cold or flu. Drinking ginger tea regularly can help your immune system become strong enough to fight off any colds or flues that might try to take hold.
Learn to like steam. Instead of spending lots of dollars on sinus medication, take a long hot shower or bath. The inhaled steam will loosen up your sinuses which make it easier for you to breathe. To get better you need to get lots of rest and the heat from the water will relax your muscles which will make it easier to rest. If you don’t feel like taking a bath or shower, heat up some water on the stove in a pot and then (after moving the pot of water to a table) put your face over the water and drape a towel over your head. You place a towel over your head because the sides of the towel will help direct the steam toward your face instead of simply out into the air (it also helps the water retain its heat). Steam, however you get it, relaxes your sinuses, makes it easier for you to breathe and makes blowing your nose more productive.
Natural health remedies to help you feel better are everywhere. Before you head to the pharmacy aisle, look around at what you already have on hand at home. There are those who insist that using natural remedies to cure your cold will work faster than using western medicine.
Why not give it a try, your body will thank you for it!