10 Ways to Fend Off Cold and Flu

By:Meenakshi Chaudhary, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Jan 24, 2014

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Winter brings pleasant season and relief from scorching heat but it also brings common ailments like cold and flu. Let's see how we can avoid catching cold and flu. These solutions help improve the immunity and reduce the production of mucus.
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    Cold and Flu

    Winter brings pleasant season and relief from scorching heat but it also brings common ailments like cold and flu. Let's see how we can avoid catching cold and flu. These solutions help improve the immunity and reduce the production of mucus.

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    Ginger Tea

    Drinking tea is one of the most common and easiest way to treat cold. Ginger has stimulating, digestive, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory abilities to act as an antidote against flu and cold. A cup of ginger tea provides quick relief from cold.

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    Take Steam

    Steam can be very effective in treating your cold. Bend your head over a bucket or pot of boiling water and slowly breathe steam through your nose. It will help you with your cold and dripping nose. Make sure that you don’t breathe in too fast as steam may burn your nose.

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    Glass of Warm Water

    Drink a glass of warm water to ease your cold. It reduces the inflation of the throat and provides instant relief. You can sip on several glasses of warm water throughout the day.

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    Turmeric

    Turmeric contains a wide range of antioxidant, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties that can help you with your cold and flu. Cure your cold with a glass of warm milk with a teaspoon of turmeric powder added to it.

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    Herbal Tea

    A cup of herbal tea now and then can help you get through the winter season without catching cold or flu. Even if you get cold or flu, it can help the body expels the phlegm from the respiratory tract.

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    Lemon Honey Syrup

    Add few drops of honey to a cup of lemon juice to prepare a syrup that can help you get rid of your cold. Sip on to the syrup a couple of time daily to ease the cold and flu problem.

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    Spiced Tea

    Tea with basil leaves or black pepper can offer potent germicidal, fungicidal, anti-bacterial and anti-biotic properties. You can expect quick relief from cold, cough and flu  after sipping on few cups of spiced tea.

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    Salt Water Spray

    Cold and flu brings common problems like nasal congestion. A nasal spray can be an easy way to treat such nasal congestion. Add a small teaspoon of salt and baking soda to around 300 ml of previously boiled water and use the solution as a nasal spray to cleanse your nose and break the congestion.

     

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    Stay Warm

    Exposure to cold temperature can worsen your flu. Best way to avoid such problems is to stay warm. Stay in your blanket for as long as you can to let your body easily cure the problems.

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    Gargle

    Gargling few times a day with warm water can moisten a sore throat to bring temporary but quick relief from cold and flu. Add some salt to glass of warm water for even better results. Try these simple ways to fend off your cold and flu.

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