Kick Your Cold
We've all heard there is no cure for the common cold, but
studies suggest there are effective ways to snap out of the
sniffles faster. Keep these five tips in mind.
Get plenty of rest.
The more you try to trudge through daily activities, the longer
your cold can last. So take it easy, plant yourself in bed and get
some serious ZZZs.
Water, juice, clear broth or warm lemon water with honey helps
loosen congestion and prevents dehydration. Avoid alcohol, coffee
and caffeinated sodas.
Soothe with saline.
Over-the-counter saline nasal drops and sprays combat stuffiness
and congestion. Unlike medicinal nasal decongestants, saline drops
and sprays don't lead to a rebound effect-a worsening of symptoms
when you stop using them. Gargling saltwater will also soothe a
Ditch dry air.
Cold viruses thrive in dry conditions, making them most common
in winter. Fight the accompanying stu y nose and parched throat by
bringing home a humidifier. Be sure to change the water daily and
clean it properly.
Listen to your grandma.
There may be some truth to the adage that chicken soup can help
relieve cold symptoms. This bowl of yummy goodness acts as an
anti-inflammatory and temporarily speeds up the movement of mucus,
helping to relieve congestion.