Cases of the flu and common cold spike in the fall and winter. Spending many hours every day in close quarters with many other people will make you more likely to get sick. These illnesses are unpleasant and can result in days away from work and school. Luckily there are several ways that you can manage the troublesome symptoms associated with these illnesses even if you are stuck at home.
Remedies Close at Hand
If you are suffering from a cold or the flu, or if you feel like you are coming down with something, reach for one of these remedies to help relieve symptoms:
· Water: Staying hydrated will thin mucus and relieve congestion. While sick, try to avoid caffeine and alcohol. Caffeine in particular will dehydrate you, which will make expelling mucus from your head and chest more difficult.
· Herbal tea: Delicious herbal teas are a good substitute for a cup of coffee, though you should opt for non-caffeinated varieties. A slice of lemon will add a burst of flavor. Drizzle a bit of honey into your cup, too; this will add sweetness to your drink and sooth an irritated sore throat.
· Hot broth: This time-honored cold remedy makes a pleasant meal even for someone with an upset stomach. Chicken or vegetable broth can be prepared from powder or from pressed bouillon cube. Canned broth and broth in shelf stable aseptic packages are also very convenient. Cook a cup of pasta and add that to your hot broth for a more substantial snack.
· Warm salt water: Add salt to a glass of warm water and use it as a gargle. Salt helps draw out the moisture in your throat, which will reduce inflammation and combat bacteria. Just thirty seconds three times a day will help you feel better.
Boost Your Body’s Healing Ability
Rest is perhaps the most important thing you can do to recover effectively from colds and the flu. All these strategies will have you feeling better in no time.