Tips to get rid of a cold quickly

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Nov 08, 2016

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Quick Bites

  • Gargling with hot fluids is beneficial in killing off the bacteria.
  • Vitamin C is a natural antihistamine and will alleviate your strain.
  • By resting in bed, you are prioritising your recovery.
  • Your body will ultimately decide how quickly it can rid itself of the cold.

You need to rid yourself of that cold quickly? Well, the first thing you should know is that there is no discernible cure for the common cold, so in effect this will be an article on how to ease the symptoms of a cold quickly, or how to function normally during a cold. Your body will ultimately decide how quickly it can rid itself of the cold.


Tips to get rid of a cold quickly


One of the reasons it’s so hard to shake off a cold is because you are continually reinfecting yourself every time you breathe; the germs in your mouth, throat and lungs are proliferating all the time. Effectively you need to slow down this rampant proliferation and give your body a chance to eventually overcome the infection.


Gargling hot water

Getting piping hot fluids down your throat is beneficial in killing off the bacteria which are using your respiratory system as their playground. Sipping cups of hot tea is good, but even this isn’t enough as its temperature drops and it doesn’t stay in the throat for a long enough period to have a meaningful effect.


Put a tea-spoon of salt into a cup of boiling water and gargle a mouthful of it for 4-5 seconds. You will need to wait until it comes to a suitable temperature, but you can gauge this by continually sipping it until you feel you can hold it in your throat. It might help to swallow a cup of cold water in between gargles. The hot water and salt will kill off the bacteria and slow down the proliferation.


How to cure soar throat.


When you are not gargling or slowly drinking hot fluids, drink pints of water. Toxins can complement the symptoms of a cold and slow down your recovery time. A continuous stream of water flowing through your body will flush these toxins out of your system, helping you to rid yourself of that cold quickly.


Increasing Vitamin C intake

Increasing your intake of vitamin C will charge your immune system and afford your body extra resources in negating the symptoms of the cold and finally getting rid of it. Vitamin C is a natural antihistamine and will alleviate your strain. Good sources of the vitamin are oranges, kiwis, tomatoes and broccoli. You can also purchase supplements which can be diluted into a glass of hot water.

Vitamin C can reduce diabetes.


Rest & relaxation

Use your poor condition as a chance to get some meaningful rest, especially if you are dispensable at work. As long as you are putting your body under extra strain, you are slowing down the recovery time. By resting in bed, drinking hot fluids and eating easily digestible foods, you are prioritising your recovery. This is all you can do; the rest depends on how your body copes with the strain of virus it has contracted, but these tips should help you rid yourself of that annoying cold in a timely fashion.

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  • Nitish12 Feb 2013

    Very useful tips to get rid of common cold.

  • Mohan10 Nov 2011

    Want to advise Mr.Amit(06 Nov 2011 on his comments, not to use such abusive language. This reflects his standard badly. Comment in a decent way.

  • omnitya jha17 Oct 2011

    One of the most informative website I have ever visited. Thank you onlymyhealh.

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