6 Natural Ways to Stop A Cold In Its Tracks: Flu Season Remedies
Have you ever had one of those days where you felt off? The back of your throat is a little scratchy and you start to sound a bit froggy. What about when one nostril begins to close or when your occasional morning sneeze turns into an nonstop sneeze-a-thon germ festival. If you are paying attention, you might catch on to the hint that your body is throwing you to tell you that you are coming down with a cold and if you take action you might be able to stop it in its tracks.
Feeling sick can slow down everything. You’ll begin to have trouble keeping up with chores around the house, you won’t feel like having fun with friends, and you will miss out on time with family. All of your energy goes away and your plans to be productive goes with it. Fortunately, you can mitigate the damages of a cold when you feel the symptoms coming on. I often feel sick a few days after taking care of my young son. When he has a virus, here are a few things that I usually do to ensure that I recover from the germs he passed on to me quickly or skip his cold altogether.
1. Wash Your Hands Frequently. Germs are everywhere, especially if you have young children. Aside from making sure you disinfect your house, make sure you are continuously washing your hands. Warm water and soap should do the trick but I always keep an anti-bacterial solution in my bag. Anytime you cough, sneeze, or are caring for a person who is infected, be sure to wash your hands and moisturize them. Spreading germs can prolong your illness and that is not what you want.
2. Increase Your Fluids. Staying hydrated is the single thing that will speed up your recovery faster than anything else. Drinking lots of liquids when you are sick will reduce your congestion and allow your body to flush out the illness quicker. It also prevents you from becoming dehydrated, which will make things a lot worse for you. Try Juice, water, broth from your chicken or vegetable soup, even fruit sorbet is great to keeping the fluids in. Green tea is one of my favorites.
3. Boost Your Vitamin Intake. You probably already know that healing starts from the inside. When you feel the symptoms coming on increase your Vitamin C. Studies have shown that Vitamin C reduces the lengths of colds and There are a number of over the counter options that you can grab at your local pharmacy to get in an extra dose of Vitamin C. You can also eat fruits and drink juices that contain a bit more Vitamin C.
4. Take A Hot Shower. A nice, long, hot shower on any given day always makes me feel better but it especially does your body good when you are coming down with a bug. The steam from a hot shower works wonders with loosening up the congestions in your head and chest. You will be able to clear out the mucus much quicker after a hot shower. If you don’t have time for a shower, a humidifier or just sitting in a closed bathroom with the hot water running will have similar benefits.
5. Get In A Good Workout. As soon as you feel cold symptoms coming on, schedule an easy but effective workout. Exercise not only releases endorphins so that you can feel better, it also speeds up your heart rate and causes you to pump larger amounts of blood which makes you sweat a little more. Aerobic exercise (the kind that requires you to use your oxygen) has healing and virus-killing super powers. Try it.
6. Rest A Bit More. When you start to see symptoms of a cold, your body is actually telling you something. It’s beneficial to slow down and listen. If you want to quickly recover from a cold, getting a bit more rest. Go to sleep earlier, take a few naps, let your body work it’s magic by relieving some of the day-to-day stress so that it can heal itself.
Of course, no one knows you better than you know you, so if you feel the need to see a doctor make sure you schedule an appointment and commit to doing these 6 natural remedies in addition to what your doctor recommends.
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