The cold and flu season is fast approaching. It is only prudent that it finds us prepared and in combative mode. Common cold and influenza are contagious respiratory viral infections. There is a slight difference between the two infections. Flu is the more severe version. In addition to the common cold symptoms which include sore throat, runny nose and congestion, flu is also characterized by headache, fever and symptoms last for over a week.
These two infections can make you feel like you are about to die but worry not. With these remedies you will be up and running in no time.
How To Get Over A Cold or Flu Fast
Rest and Fluids
This should rank high on your cold management. The running nose and the sweating will drain your body of fluids. It is important that your immune cells are well hydrated to fight off the offending viruses. Therefore drink up lots of hot fluids and get plenty of rest.
Shower or Face Steam
Nasal congestion may leave you struggling to breathe. Simply jump into your shower and turn up the heat knob for a hot steamy shower. I find this so relieving. You can also steam up your face to loosen up the clogging mucus. To be more effective add essential oils such as eucalyptus into the steaming water bowl, drape a towel over your head and inhale the rising steam. For more steam inhalation methods read Steam Inhalation With Eucalyptus Oil.
Congested nasal passages with crusting can be cleared using saline sprays and Neti pot– a nasal irrigation device. The liquid thins the thick mucus and you can then comfortably blow it out. To use a Neti pot simply follow the instructions on the insert.
There are numerous herbal remedies are available to ease cold/flu symptoms.
- Lemon and honey – This combination is of great help when you have a sore throat. Both honey and lemon have anti-microbial properties which help clear the bacteria. Honey also has a soothing effect.
- Ginger– Ginger has been hailed for its myriad health benefits. To get rid of congestion, infuse a fresh root in your cup of tea. Ginger also improves the taste of tea.
- Garlic– To boost your immune system, add garlic in your diet. You may chew raw garlic. This is not for the faint-hearted though as the taste and smell can be overpowering.
- Nettle leaf – I like to thick the stinging nettle attacks the flu pathogens as it stings the skin. Boil the leaves and drink up.
- Elderberry – The healing abilities of elderberries cannot be disputed. Its extract has been used for centuries as natural remedy for colds and flu.
- Echinacea – This plant has also been used for relief of several ailments including cold and flu. Its leaves, flowers and roots are used to makes extract and oils for use as medicine.
Minerals and Vitamins
Eat more vitamin C enriched foods or use supplemental vitamin C to strengthen your immune system in order that it may shorten cold/flu duration and relieve cold/flu related symptoms. According to research the recommended daily dose for a female over the age of 18 is 75 milligrams per day.
As research has it, Zinc is considered most effective in the form of lozenges because it acts directly on your throat where the virus lives. As a result, Zinc helps stop the replication of the rhinovirus infection.
If all of these remedies fail, your cold gets worse or you have any health concerns in the midst of your cold visit your doctor for a treatment plan specialized just for you.