6 Natural Ways to Treat A Common Cold
Catching a cold is a miserable experience that can leave you feeling below par and unable to function efficiently in your day to day life. It will not be a surprise for you to learn that common colds are the leading cause of visits to the doctors’ room in the Western World. They are of course a major contributor to absenteeism from work and school.
Over the counter remedies such as decongestants are very popular, and profitable. But they do not tend to do much more than suppress the symptoms. That in itself comes with it’s own set of concerns. Antibiotics are virtually useless in treating colds, as they do not treat the viral respiratory infections which actually cause the cold in the first place. The overuse of antibiotics is contributing to a potential health crises of super bugs that are immune Western medicine.
Prevention is of course best, but if you do succumb to the seasonal sickness, you will want to aid your road to recovery as quickly as possible. You can help your body to do this by eating a healthy balanced diet, supplemented with some super-foods and keeping hydrated.
Here are 6 natural ways to boost your immune system to prevent a common cold, and if you do catch one, to make sure it does not stick around for long.
1. Drink plenty of water
Keeping hydrated is extremely important to enable your body to function efficiently, and stay in peak health to ward of viruses. When suffering with a cold, increasing your fluid intake will replace fluids lost from fever and respiratory tract evaporation, and also help to loosen mucus.
2. Take some Vitamin C
The role that vitamin C can play in preventing and treating the common cold has been discussed in depth for years. This has enabled a comparative study to incorporate data from many previous trials. It was found that regular vitamin C supplementation of at least 200mg per day “was fairly consistently associated with a small reduction in the duration and severity of common cold symptoms pointing to a definite physiological effect in respiratory defence mechanisms.”
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