Natural Remedies for Cold and Flu

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Hydration

“When you’re hydrated, your body has a natural ability to flush germs out of your system,” she says.

It’s recommended 64 ounces of fluid a day but talk to your doctor about your specific needs. Some people, such as those with congestive heart failure, should drink less water.

Vitamin C

While vitamin C hasn’t been proven to prevent cold symptoms, some studies have indicated it can shorten the lifespan of a cold. Plus, it boosts your overall health, including your immune system.

Getting the vitamin through your diet. The fresher the food, the better. Think oranges, rather than orange juice or supplements. Overdoing it on vitamin C supplements (not dietary vitamin C) can lead to upset stomach and kidney stones.

Sleep

It’s so important to get plenty of rest during cold and flu season.

Sleep helps your immune system function at its best to ward off nasty viruses and bacteria.

Honey and tea

Honey is fanatic and It has natural antiviral and antimicrobial properties.”

Add the natural sweetener (opt for a local variety when possible) to a cup of ginger or cinnamon tea to relieve a scratchy throat and stay hydrated.

Chicken soup

Sometimes mom really does know best! Hot liquids, such as soup, help reduce mucus buildup and keep you hydrated. A study from the University of Nebraska Medical Center found chicken soup has anti-inflammatory properties, which help reduce a cold’s unpleasant side effects.  

Aromatherapy

Break up mucus by rubbing a bit of camphor or menthol salve around – not in! – your nose. You can also reduce congestion by breathing in aromatherapy oils, such as peppermint and eucalyptus.

A steamy shower

A steamy shower or sauna is a great decongestant. One caveat: If you are dizzy or weak from the flu, sit in a chair in your bathroom while you run a hot shower.

Gargling warm salt water

Dissolve 1/2 a teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water, then gargle to relieve a sore throat.

Sleep with an extra pillow

To help your sinuses drain, sleep with an extra pillow under your head.

These Home Remedies are Natural and Beneficial to The Body to Control the Cold and Flu. 🙂 🙂

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