Top 10 home remedies for the common cold

The answer to soothing the common cold might be a spoon of chicken soup away! Or as easy as gargling some salt water. Try these cold remedies in the comfort of your home.

1. Drink lots of fluids. Drinking eight glasses of water or juice can be challenging for some, however, beneficial when trying to get rid of a common cold. Keeping hydrated is key, it moisturises the lining of the nose and throat which makes it easier to clear mucus. Drinking lots of fluids does not include caffeinated or alcoholic drinks, as they cause dehydration.

2. Use an air humidifier. An air humidifier can be handy to keep nasal and throat passages moist, especially in the winter times when your heater dries out the air in your home.

3. Try a neti pot. In addition to the above mentioned point, another way to prevent nasal dryness is with a neti pot. This device is used to rinse the nasal passages.

It is done by 2 easy steps:

  • Filling the pot with a saltwater solution.
  • Insert into one nostril while tilting your head to the side to allow the solution to flow up the nasal passage and out the other nostril.

4. Eat chicken soup. The old adage about chicken soup is as old as the common cold itself. According to Norman Edelman of the American Lung Association, drinking chicken soup for a cold is good for loosening up mucus. So grab some soup and a blanket and beat the cold.

5. Be a couch potato. Listen to your body. If it’s telling you not to exercise, don’t. If it’s urging you to spend all day in bed, do. Don't press on with daily chores in the face of severe cold or flu symptoms. Rest is a way of supporting the body’s ability to fight infection.

6. Reach for some zinc lozenges. There has been some talk among medical professionals and researchers about zinc for colds. There is some evidence that intranasal zinc [zinc nasal sprays] or zinc in the form of lozenges can decrease the symptoms of a common cold.

7. Take vitamin C. Like the chicken soup legend, there might be some truth to drinking your vitamins. Beat the big C (cold) with some good old vitamin C. Some evidence point out that it can reduce the duration and severity of a common cold.

8. Give your nose a massage. Almost every part of your body has a pressure point, even your nose. The pressure point is located at the lower border of the nostril and giving it a massage can provide relief from nasal congestion.

9. Gargle with water. One strange suggestion is to gargle with water three times a day. According to a recent study the ritual can help prevent upper respiratory tract infections. Three gargles a day can keep the cold away.

10. Stock your medicine cabinet. Although this point is not seen as a remedy in a traditional sense, it is always important to keep your medicine cabinet stocked up. Stock it up with over-the-counter cold remedies that can provide temporary relief. Prevention is always the best cure, so make sure you eat correctly and receive enough rest at night to keep those colds at bay.



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