5 Healthy Home Remedies for Colds

Fact: eating two to four cloves of raw garlic for the first few days of an illness boosts your immune system, helping you to feel better faster. (Image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

Fact: eating two to four cloves of raw garlic for the first few days of an illness boosts your immune system, helping you to feel better faster. (Image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

If you’re feeling, sneezy, achy and congested, these five recipes can offer relief (via Care2.com):

  1. For congestion: cayenne pepper drink. Heat one-half cup water in a tea kettle, then add one-fourth cup apple cider vinegar, one teaspoon maple syrup, three-fourths to one teaspoon dried cayenne pepper (depending on your ability to handle heat), and one to two tablespoons of lemon juice. Mix ingredients together well, and let them heat up, breathing in the steam as they do so. Take the kettle off the heat, and drink when it’s cool enough. Words to the wise: this is NOT a sipping drink, so wait for it to get cool enough that you can down it in a few gulps.
  2. For a sore throat or post-nasal drip: salt water gargle. Heat one-half cup water in a tea kettle, then stir in one-half teaspoon sea salt. When the mixture is cool enough, gargle about one tablespoon of it. Repeat every one to two hours.Continue Reading …
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How to Recover From Colds and Flu Faster

When you've got a bad cold or flu, taking time off to rest helps your body to recover faster. (Image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

When you’ve got a bad cold or flu, taking time off to rest helps your body to recover faster. (Image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

Colds and flu don’t have a cure, but there are things you can do to get over them more quickly. Here are 10 of them (via Prevention.com):

  1. Determine which virus you have. While cold symptoms are mostly respiratory, flu can be accompanied by fever, aches, chills and fatigue. If you think you have the flu, your doctor can write a prescription for an antiviral medication like Tamiflu, which can shave days off of your illness if you take it within the first 48 hours of symptoms.
  2. Rest and hydrate. Drinking water will thin the mucus secretions in your lungs, and rest helps your body fight off illness more effectively.
  3. Drink hot tea. All kinds of tea contain¬†theophylline, which dilates the bronchi and bronchioles, reducing resistance in your airways. For an extra boost, add a teaspoon of honey. Honey soothes scratchy throats, and its antioxidants help fight off infections.Continue Reading …
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How to Survive Cold and Flu Season

When you have a cold or the flu, drink extra fluids. This will thin your mucus, allowing your sinuses to drain more easily. (Image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

Cold and flu season is upon us. Here are 11 things you can do to stay healthier and feel better faster (via WebMD):

  1. Wash your hands. Many viruses are spread through germs that congregate on your hands, then get into your nose, mouth or eyes. Use real soap and warm water, and wash as often as you can, especially before eating.
  2. Get your flu shot. It’s a myth that the flu shot can give you the flu. Getting it each year can prevent you and your family from getting sick.
  3. Stock up. Make sure you are prepared in the event that you do get sick, so you don’t have to run to the store when you’re not feeling well. Keep any medications you use, like decongestants and pain relievers, on hand, make sure your thermometer’s battery still works, and stock up on tissues and soap.Continue Reading …
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