Natural Cold Cures

By , May 21, 2020 2:05 pm

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The common cold is an all too familiar problem. It has its own season to wreak havoc in communities around the world, which says something dramatic about the way people regard it. The average person catches between two and four colds per calendar year, depending on their health an immune system strength.

The common cold is a sneaky little virus. We come into contact with it on a daily basis, it has a three-day incubation period after we come into contact with it, so we are always curious as to whether the guy behind us in the grocery store sneezed his germ far enough to infect us.

On day three we are blindsided by a runny nose, watery eyes, cough, congestions, and a nagging headache. Sometimes it comes with a low-grade fever, and we begin wondering whether it is a cold, a sinus infection, or the flu. (1)

Steps for Slowing the Common Cold
After coming into contact with someone who has the common cold, it is possible to slow, stop, or eliminate the potential of developing symptoms of a cold. If you are unsuccessful in catching the possibility of contracting it, the steps can still be followed when the initial symptoms rear their ugly head.

The first thing you must do is take time to rest. While resting, the body is able to heal itself faster than if you are up and moving around. It helps boost the immune system, which can help fight the cold virus, and help you feel better faster. If you don’t think you can take the time to rest, consider how many days you will be functioning at less than your best by suffering with the cold. A few days in bed will save you over a week of misery.

Second, you need to consider your current nutrition. Even if it is not cold season, maintaining your nutrition year-round will help you to fight the common cold, and the flu, when their seasons come around. Ensure that you are always taking in the right amount of vitamins and minerals, and that your overall health is good. Eating whole foods, and avoiding processed foods, is the best place to start.

If you already have a cold, or you are trying to prevent developing a cold, blowing your nose regularly can help you to expel viral particles. The evidence surrounding standard saline is still up in the air. However, using saline nasal spray can reduce the viral load trapped in your nose. When you do blow your nose, avoid blowing too hard. Blowing your nose hard not only causes your ears to hurt, it can also cause some of the viral particles to blow back up into your sinuses. (2, 3)

Do you remember when your mom used to tell you that gargling with salt water can provide relief for your sore throat? Scientific research has snow that gargling with salt water can help prevent a cold, and reduce the duration you have a cold by killing off the viral load breeding in the back of your throat.

Herbal Remedies for the Common Cold
If you are a fan of herbal remedies, you will love these little tips. Simple additions to what you are already doing can cut the time you suffer with a cold in half.

Herbal Tea
If your throat is sore, you can add lemon juice and honey to your salt water, it will reduce the tickle that causes you to cough. You can also gargle with a tea containing tannin. Keep in mind, you should never provide honey to a child that is under 1 year of age, it can prove dangerous or even fatal. (4)

Hot Liquids
Consuming hot liquids can help kill the cold virus, and reduce symptoms of the common cold. Hot liquids can reduce congestion, prevent dehydration, soothe your nose, and soothe your throat. If you need further relief, taking a steamy shower can help with these problems as well. It can also help you to relieve the achiness in your muscles.

Avoid Dairy and Sugar
Avoid dairy and sugar when you are not feeling well. Simple sugars can suppress the immune system response for up to six hours after you stop drinking or eating it. Dairy products cause mucus to become thicker, and make it more difficult to expel. (5)

Hot Tea
Drinking hot tea will help relieve most of the symptoms experienced during the common cold. It will also help fight the viral load, and get you back on your feet quicker. If you would like to increase the power of your tea, adding grated ginger, lemon, and hone can provide relief from symptoms, and help fight the viral load in your body.

Garlic and Cayenne Pepper
Adding crushed garlic, or ground cayenne pepper to your tea can also help fight the viral load. Garlic and cayenne pepper both have antiviral and antibacterial components. They both have been proven to reduce the severity of symptoms, including reducing fever.

Zinc Lozenges
Zinc lozenges can be purchased at grocery stores, pharmacies, and online. Sucking on a zinc lozenge as soon as cold symptoms strike can dramatically reduce the duration of your illness. They are effective in preventing the replication of the common cold virus, and they can prevent it from spreading further than it already has. (6, 7)

By propping your head up with an extra pillow, you can assist your nasal passages in draining. It can also keep your nasal passages from becoming impacted while you sleep. If sleeping with an extra pillow is awkward, adding height underneath your mattress, and providing a more gradual slope you may gain more comfort. You do not have to increase the angle by much, but a small slope is enough to help your sinuses drain instead of drying out with mucus in them.

Make sure to drink plenty of water. Staying hydrated, gargling with salt water, and drinking warm beverages will help you fight the uncomfortable symptoms associated with the common cold, and make your illness more bearable.

(1) Common Cold

(2) Archives of Family Medicine: A Clinical Trial of Hypertonic Saline Nasal Spray in Subjects with the Common Cold or Rhinosinusitis

(3) University of Maryland Medical Center: Sinus Headache

(4) American Association of Retired Person: Mom Was Right- Gargling Helps

(5) I’ve heard that you shouldn’t drink milk when you have a cold because it increases phlegm. Is this true?

(6) University of Helsinki: Zinc Lozenges May Shorten Common Cold Duration

(7) Medical Hypotheses: Zinc Lozenges as Cure for the Common Cold – A Review and Hypothesis

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