As winter approaches, so does cold and flu season. Cold often slows down work productivity and ruins weekend plans. No matter what’s on your schedule, you definitely can’t let cold get in your way of working efficiently and enjoying with your pals. Prevention is better than cure, so get a flu vaccination at the beginning of the season.
Cold and flu are medically referred to as viral upper respiratory tract infection. Consult a doctor if you notice any symptoms of common cold and flu such as a cough, sore throat, nasal congestion, runny nose and sneezing. There are plenty of home remedies that can diminish the symptoms and can help you get back to normal.
Garlic has been used for centuries as an ingredient and a medicine. Garlic contains allicin which reduces the risk of falling sick in the first place. It also helps fight cold and the flu and it also helps a person recover from an illness faster. Here are some ways you can extract the full benefits of garlic:
- Let the garlic stand for 10-15 minutes before cooking
- Slice or crush the garlic before eating
- Use more cloves of garlic
Ginger is the best cold cure and it is easily available. You can either chop it or put it in a tea. It’s anti-inflammatory shaogals and gingerols helps to relieve a sore throat quickly. You should drink three to four cups daily until you are unwell. For children, reduce the concentration of the tea a bit to not let it feel so spicy.
To curb cold and cough, you need to stay hydrated. Drinking fluids at room temperature can alleviate the symptoms of common cold and flu. People suffering from a severe cold or high fever can warm the liquid and drink. Warm water can help fight a sore throat, fatigue and other flu symptoms.
Vitamin C is important for your overall health. Leafy greens, grapefruits, oranges, tomatoes, green and red peppers, lemons, and many other fruits and vegetables are some great source of vitamin C. You can drink lemonade (hot or cold) or add lemon to your tea to get rid of phlegm.
The antibacterial and antimicrobial properties of honey can ease the throat pain and act as an effective cough suppressant. A research on treatments for coughing in children showed that honey can significantly provide relief from coughing. But it shouldn’t be given to a child younger than 1-year-old.
Mix 2 tablespoons of honey with warm water to treat a cough. Drink this mixture once or twice daily.
Also read: Honey and its amazing benefits in winter
Tips to Help Prevent Common Cold and Flu
- Remove bacteria by washing your hands regularly
- Avoid contact with a sick person
- Clean your house, especially your kitchen and bathroom with a disinfectant
- Do not take stress as it can affect your immune system and increase the risk of getting sick
- Get enough sleep for at least 8-9 hours to stay fit and healthy
- Wash your vegetables (especially green) carefully before eating
There are a plethora of home remedies that can help you get rid of cold and flu in no time, but if you think that the condition is serious, then you must consult a doctor.
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