Tips to help with a cold

Whether you expect it or not, when a cold strikes, you are left with a whole host of unpleasant symptoms. That comes as no surprise that we always take great efforts not to catch a cold, but sometimes no matter how hard we try we still end up suffering from cold and flu symptoms. However, don’t give up fighting off the infection just taking antibiotics immediately, if you come down with a cough or a blocked nose. So, are you tired of endless sneezing, sniffling or nose running? Then act quickly to help speed up your recovery and follow our smart moves that will set you free of sickness almost in no time!

Eat chicken soup

I am going to let you in on a secret on what to eat to recover quickly. You know, factors are great in number and we'll consider some of them. Food is one of your daily routine essentials, so it is worth greater attention. That comes as no surprise at all, that the warmth of the soup is soothing to a sore throat. The steam helps break up mucus in the nasal membranes making it easy to breathe and the heat of the soup is also quite comforting when you’re sick with a cold. It has even been proven medically to help cold sufferers. So, that old advice to eat chicken soup when you have a cold is definitely valid as a treatment for cold symptoms. My personal favorite is instant pot chicken noodle soup, which seems quite plain, but is famous for the method of cooking - instant pot! This traditional soup has always been the hit with the children and served in kindergartens! Then next comes chicken and rice soup, that you can easily vary, depending on the sort of rice. Just keep in mind, that texture of the dish, preparation time and even health benefits change with every kind of rice used. Crockpot potato soup will also satisfy all your cravings for an extremely quick and easy dish. It is absolutely full of flavors, it is creamy, cheesy and invitingly mouthwatering.

Take it easy

Now it is time for you to make up all your deals having to do with books, laptop, newspapers, magazines and so on! You are absolutely allowed and even required to rest as much as it is possible. Your body needs more energy than usual to fight off the disease. So, make staying in your top priority.

Stay in bed

Enjoy your chance to get enough sleep that you are least likely to allow when working. Curling up on the sofa and vegetating in front of the TV is not luxury anymore! That’s a great remedy when you feel sick. Skimping on sleep weakens your immune system and makes it harder to fight germs. So, having a nap during the day and long lie-in are subjects to put in your new daily routine. If the unpleasant symptoms keep you up at night, try one more, two more or any number of pillows. Chances are it will ease sinus pressure and let your sleep, breathing more freely.

Drink up

It goes without saying, that water is the lifeblood of any treatment. It prevents headaches and fatigue, caused by dehydration. Keeping up a steady intake of water, tea, or may be stewed fruit will help you recover faster and ease your symptoms. So, keep a bottle of water within the easy reach and don’t forget to avoid caffeinated sodas, coffee, alcohol that can easily dry you out and worsen your condition.

Gargle with salt water

If you’re suffering from a cough or a sore throat, salt water will help soothe the area. It makes swelling easier, losing mucus. Salt water is easy to prepare: just put one-quarter to one-half teaspoon of salt into a cup of water, stir until dissolved and gargle. Feel free to use also honey and lemon if you are not inclined to an allergy.

Sip a hot beverage

We have already mentioned the advantages of drinking great amounts of water, but hot drinks are also of huge help. Taking out toxins, hot beverage enables sore throat soothing. And, of course, it will warm you up within the comfort of your bed, making you feel relief and relax.

Take a hot shower

A hot shower won’t make your cold or flu disappear, but it can help you treat the uncomfortable symptoms. So, don’t hesitate to take the advantage of having a hot shower that will loosen chest congestion by breathing in steam, clear stuffy nasal passages with moisture, warm you up when you have “the chills”, relieve headaches by dilating blood vessels, wash away germs to avoid spreading, ease muscle aches and pains.

Take over-the-counter remedy

If you don’t feel like enduring the pain without any help, you have a great variety of medicines to choose from. Different painkillers, lozenges for a sore throat, decongestants for stuffiness, expectorants to thin mucus, antihistamines are always available in any pharmacy any time. Take as directed if you tend to, but never forget that sore upon sore is not salve.

Use a saline spray or flush

No one likes to have a runny nose or a stuffed-up head. And for a great number of people congestion is real work and even daily life stopper. Saltwater sprays help you blow your nose as it may loosen things up. Irrigation is like flushing a river of water through your nose and sinuses. At first, you can feel your sinuses getting filled up, but within a few seconds, the water starts to trickle out the opposite nostril.

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