Scientifically Proven Home Remedies To Fight A Cold

December 26, 2017

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The cold and flu season is here and while the cold weather doesn’t literally make you sick, the fact that we're inside more often without the AC on to circulate and filter the air and the drop in temperature leaves your mucus membranes dry, irritated, and more vulnerable to infection, means your chances of catching a cold or flu increases.  But that's not here or there especially when you catch the bug. Now how do you treat it? First and foremost, you need rest!  That means you need to stay home and by staying home it doesn't mean working from home!  The most effective remedy in beating the cold is simple rest as your body is working overtime fighting off the virus. If you absolutely must go into the workplace (or to a family gathering for the holidays) bring some hand sanitizer with you. You usually want to avoid killing off the microbes that live on your skin. But if you’re exposing innocent bystanders to your cold or flu, the least you can do is give yourself a good Purell rubdown after any contact between your hands and your mucus-y bits.  Avoid alcohol as it dehydrates you and your body needs fluids to flush out the poison! What you really want is a hot drink. Some research suggests that a hot cup of tea or lemon water will help decongest you with its steam. Speaking of hot liquids, soup is a winner as it too has the ability to warm up your congested regions and potentially help dislodge some mucus in the process. Gargling salt water (roughly 1/4 to 1/2 a teaspoon in a glass of warm water) can soothe the inflammation in your throat, improving symptoms like cough, pain, and post-nasal drip. Some folks swear that gargling with (or drinking) apple cider vinegar is the way to go, but that acid isn't going to kill off viruses for you, and it might actually irritate your delicate throat in the process. So stick with warm, salty water instead. Finally stay away from antibiotics as they will not kill the cold, flu or any virus or viral infection.

SOURCE: Popular Science

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