February 17, 2018

Home Remedies to Blow Away Colds from your body

Sometimes despite your best efforts, you still end up with a mild cold, or a full-blown flu with fever and the chills. While there are countless remedies out there to try and combat these illnesses, there are alternative ways to reduce the symptoms.

Remember, if your fever won’t break or you find the illness is dragging on for longer than usual, then you should consult a doctor – especially if you have breathing difficulties, a rapid heartbeat, or feel faint, reminds Healthline.com. Here are seven home remedies for colds and flu to try first…

1. Chow Down on Chicken Soup

This is good on any given day, but especially comforting when you’re feeling under the weather. And it’s more than just the warmth and deliciousness of the soup that makes you feel better – Healthline says there’s some science behind it.

It says research has shown that chicken soup with vegetables can slow the movement of neutrophils in your body, which the source describes as a common type of white blood cell that fights infection. Because the cells are moving slower, they tend to concentrate in “areas of your body that require the most healing,” it adds.

2. Wear Wet Socks to Bed

This seems like a very strange and counterintuitive way to battle a cold – in fact, having wet socks after coming in from the cold is commonly thought of as a risk factor for getting sick in the first place.

However, Best Health magazine suggests wearing wet socks to bed can ease a fever and clear congestion by attracting blood in the feet, “which dramatically increases blood circulation.” It says the best method is to first warm your feet in warm water, then soak thin, cotton socks in cold water and wring them out. Slip them on (or roll them on, we know how wet socks can be) and then put a dry pair of wool socks over top of the damp ones, it adds

3. Breathe in Steam

WebMD says creating a little steam fort can help clear away congestion. First, fill the bathroom or kitchen sink with steamy water, then drape a towel over your head and breathe deep.

The source says you can add elements to the water to possibly make the exercise more effective – including 2-teaspoons of chopped fresh ginger, 1-teaspoon of non-prescription menthol ointment, or a “few drops” of eucalyptus oil.

4. Drink More

No, not alcohol… just plain water (or another beverage like juice, ginger ale, or herbal tea), suggests Virtual Medical Center. “Drinking plenty of fluids is one of the most important things you can do when you have a cold or flu,” it explains.

The reason is that colds and flu can cause runny noses and sweating (especially if there’s fever), which can deplete your body’s reserves and put you at risk of dehydration. The source adds that fluid intake will help loosen mucus in your sinuses (to ease congestion) and help your body more effectively fight off infections. If you’re caring for a child that’s older than 1-year, ensure they drink 90 to 120-ml (about 4-fluid ounces) of fluid per hour, it adds.

5. Try Salt Rinses

WebMD says picking up a saline spray from a store can go a long way to thin out mucus and ease postnasal drip (when excess mucus runs down the back of your throat). As an added bonus, these saline rinses can also clear away some bacterial/viral particles from your nose, it adds.

The source says the rinses are safe for kids and adults. While the instructions most definitely will be on the box, you can spray the rinse into one nostril at a time and gently blow out after each squirt. Repeat until the mucus has disappeared, adds WebMD.

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