This past winter was an especially rough one when it came to our immune systems. The common cold, flu, and sore-throats were out in droves! We hate to say it, but with the seasonal shift it seems like they’re making a come-back.
We all know that when it comes to the cold and flu our doctor’s can’t do much to cure the symptoms: it’s one of those things you have to ride out until you’re feeling better and back to your old self. However, we did do a bit of research to find that there are some remedies to ease symptoms and, the best part is, these tips may even cut a cold short! If you feel like a cold is brewing check out these tips below and knock your cold to the curb!
When you feel a cold starting to hit now is the time to go heavy on the garlic. Garlic is a powerful antioxidant with antimicrobial, antiviral, and antibiotic properties. It also helps with de-congestion associated with colds and flus. Aim for eating one small clove every three to four hours. If the thought of popping a clove is too much to bear, try smearing it on toast with a bit of olive oil or honey. Our tip: Have breath mints at the ready.
Eat Chicken Soup
Before you roll your eyes at this piece of advice hear us out on this one, because there’s science behind why it works: Cysteine is a powerful antioxidant found in chicken soup (it’s released from chicken during cooking) and chemically resembles the bronchitis medication acetylcysteine. The protein and minerals from the chicken (white meat—dark is a bit too fatty) also help boost your immune system while the salty broth helps to thin mucus. It’s truly a healing miracle food—no wonder bone broth is so on trend.
Wear Wet Socks (Seriously)
This method, also known as “warming socks,” works with your body’s natural physiology to heal everything from colds to headaches to trouble sleeping. Essentially, when you place the wet socks on your feet, the cool temperature causes blood to flow away from the skin and back into the feet to warm them up. This form of “microcirculation” performs what regular blood flow does, bringing nutrients in and toxins out. However, doing this in a small area in such a quick amount of time, rather than getting your heart rate up, pulls blood into the skin and away from areas of pain and swelling (like stuffed sinuses).
In order to do this, warm up your feet (placing them in a hot bath works), wring out a pair of cold, wet socks in the sink, and immediately place them on your feet. Put dry socks (or plastic baggies) on over the wet socks so you can cuddle up in bed, and then wake up in the morning feeling better.
Aside from just fueling your body with water to stay hydrated, drinking plenty of fluids keeps your throat and passages lubricated.
Add some hot drinks to your hydration-rotation too. Drinks like hot tea, relieve nasal congestion and can soothe the inflamed tissue that lines your nose and throat. If you’re feeling queasy, add some grated fresh ginger to help calm an upset stomach.” Inhaling the steam from the drink also stimulates your cilia (the little hair-like structures in your nose and trachea) to sweep germs out.
Try Some ACV
In addition to relieving bloating, boosting energy, and clearing acne, apple cider vinegar also helps get rid of sore throats. Germs hate acid, so taking a swig of this potent liquid will help ward them off.
Do you have any go-to cold remedies? Please share with us below!