Colds can be annoying, especially with the non-stop sniffling, frequent use of tissue paper, and general feeling of being unwell. If you’re reading this article and have a cold (or feel that you’re about to have one), stay tuned! We’ve got seven sure-fire ways to knock that cold right out of the ballpark without having to use medicine for cough and cold.
1. H2O. Lots of it.
You’ve probably often heard the saying, “Drink lots of water,” when you’re sick. This is actually one of the best ways to counter a cold. According to Dr. Sandra Fryhofer, former president of the American College of Physicians, staying hydrated keeps the nasal passages moist, helping it get rid of bacteria.
2. Cover up.
When you get the chills with the cold, immediately stay warm. Let the body generate heat. You can do this by wearing a jacket, or layered clothing. Staying under the sheets when sick also helps.
3. Stay in a peaceful place.
Blasting rock music won’t help you get well soon enough. It is best to be in a peaceful state. According to a study done by researchers from the University of Wisconsin, being in a stress-free environment decreases the occurrences of a cold by 35% to 60%.
4. Take warm baths.
The heat from warm baths de-congest mucous and phlegm in the body. Plus, it distresses your body from chills, regulates your inner temperature, and makes you feel relaxed during and after.
Do so with warm water AND salt. Doing so not only loosens phlegm in the throat, but also prevents colds, according to a study done by the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
6. Ingest a lot of warm liquids.
Chicken soup, hot tea, or even warm water are drinks that loosens mucous and phlegm. These liquids make them easier to expel, according to Norman Edelman, chief medical officer of the American Lung Association. And if you’re wondering, no, a warm glass of Coke won’t work. Sugary foods increase phlegm production and only worsens the condition in the throat.
Since colds are only a symptom of an oncoming or already present sickness, all one’s body needs is rest. Sleep more so the body can regenerate and combat the viral/bacterial infection much faster. With lots of proper sleep, you’ll feel better in no time.