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.”
3. Wash your hands
Regular hand washing is one of the best ways to protect yourself from cold viruses. Get into the habit of washing yours whenever you arrive at a new destination, and when you get home. Try moisturising with naturally anti-viral coconut oil afterwards as an added defence.
4. Make your own Turmeric Milk
Turmeric is well known for its anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, and anti-oxidant properties. Therefore, sipping turmeric milk can sooth a sore throat, ease nasal congestion, and reduce the duration and severity of your cold. Below is a recipe that you can try at home, with none of the side effects of regular over the counter medication.
2 cups organic full-fat coconut milk
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger (or 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger)
2 black peppercorns, crushed
1/4 tsp cinnamon
Raw honey to taste (optional)
Place all ingredients in a saucepan on medium heat, stirring frequently. Sweeten to taste. Pour through a strainer into a mug and drink hot.
5. Brew a pot of Ginger Tea
Another delicious home made remedy is ginger tea. Again, ginger is famed for its anti-viral properties. Honey, ginger and lemon is a panacea that many a grandmother has passed on to family, but the key is in the amount of ginger to make this effective.
Start by finely grating or juicing 1-2 lbs of ginger and keep covered in your refrigerator, and then follow the recipe below.
3-6 tablespoons of the prepared ginger
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 tablespoon of raw honey
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Fill with hot water
Drink 2 -6 cups per day to alleviate your symptoms and clear up your cold quickly.
6. Put your feet up!
Life is often hectic and fast paced in our world today, and we under estimate the value of rest. Keep in mind that fighting a viral infection is exhausting for your body, depleting your energy reserves. Try to support your immune system by at least incorporating short break periods into your day, and aim to get your full 8 hours of sleep at night.
These tips should help to keep you strong and resilient against the seasonal viruses that are around, particularly at these time of year. They will help you to get back on your feet as quickly as possible. Are there any other that we have not mentioned here? Which weapons are in your natural cold defines arsenal?
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