How to beat the common cold

November 24, 2011 § Leave a comment

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It’s that time of year. Winter is upon us.The temperatures are dropping, people are wrapping up in scarves and hats and gloves, steam issues from your mouth when you dare venture outside and snow is on its way.

Unfortunately, with winter comes an increase in people getting sick, due, in part to more time spent indoors and in close contact with other’s, meaning you are more likely to catch their germs. Yay for socialising, right?

One of the most common illnesses experienced when the weather turns south forcing us inside is the common cold.

Unfortunately, scientists have yet to find a cure for the common cold, and while over-the-counter drugs can help relieve the symptoms, they aren’t able to rid you of your cold completely.

Of course, prevention is always better than cure, so it’s a good time to start remembering common hygiene practices and stocking up on vitamins.

However, if you, like me, are already proceeded to catch a cold (the sniffles, sore throat, pounding headache – do I have to go on?) here are my top tips for beating it (thanks to Google)….

1) Stay at home and keep warm: put your feet up, curl up in PJ’s under the covers and just take it easy for a few days. You are more likely to get over a cold if you rest – so late-night partying and clubbing is out.

2) Fluids: and lots of them. Drink plenty of water and fruit juice.

3) Ginger: linked to the point above, but making yourself a nice hot cup of water with ginger, lemon juice and honey. This is one of my favourite ways to get rid of a cold – it soothes the throat and nose and tastes yummy as well!

4) Take a bath: soak in a nice, long, hot bath infused with a few drops of lavender, eucalyptus or menthol oil. Just remember to wrap up warm once you get out.

5) Chicken soup: It’s a cliché, but clichés exist for a reason. Make yourself a bowl of chicken soup; and if you really want to fight that cold add some garlic (it apparently is really good as boosting the immune system).

6) Vitamin C: In either supplements or natural form. Fruits such as lemons, oranges, kiwifruit (that’s ‘kiwi’ for anyone NOT from New Zealand) and pomegranates.

So, do as the list says and hopefully you’ll be cold-free in no time!

And if you’ve got any other suggestions to add, please feel free to share them 🙂

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