The following few home remedies to relieve cold would certainly rev up your recovery process, if not completely cure your cold overnight. Try the following tips to recover faster from cold and flu:
1. Drop The Bottle
You may have to take a break from alcohol until you recover. It interferes with sleep quality and you are much more likely to get sick when you’re sleep-deprived. So slow down the alcohol intake and press start the recovery mode.
2. Tea For Total Recovery
Drink hot black or green tea with lemon and honey or cinnamon. Drinking this concoction of aromas and spices and breathing in its warm steam will stimulate the hair follicles in the nose and will move out germs and bacteria more efficiently. Moreover, lemon thins mucus, cinnamon is warming and honey is antibacterial.
3. Have more protein
Research shows that diets high in good quality protein can boost your immune system so you can fight cold and flu more efficiently and diets that are too low in protein can deplete the immune system. So make sure to incorporate protein-rich foods in your diet throughout the day, especially lean protein like fish, eggs and yogurt.
4. Wipe It Out
Gyms and health clubs are crawling with sweaty towels, dirty sneakers and other contaminated items. Instead of coming in contact with them, place a clean towel first. Make sure you are hygienic at home as well clean contaminated items before using them with antibacterial wipes or dispose them off, if possible.
Sanitize your office space and drawers, keys and door knobs to prevent the infection from spreading further.
5. A Juicy Start
You never know what germs you’ll be encountering so make sure to drink water constantly to flush toxins out through the lymph system. During the cold and flu season, try to live on fruit juices. Use kale, broccoli, apple, parsley, carrots, lemon, oranges, grapefruit and mint to prepare juice at home. These juices contain concentrated amounts of minerals and cold fighting enzymes.
6. Breathe In Or Out?
Try to avoid breathing in contaminated air around you. It’s not so easy but if a person standing close to you sneezes, hold your breath and move away to take fresh breath if you want to save yourself the trauma of a running nose.
7. You Knead Help
Get a massage once a month to increase blood circulation. It boosts immunity by nourishing cells with more oxygen and blood. It makes you relaxed and less stressed, and you are no longer a germ magnet when you’re less stressed.
8. Zinc About It
If you get a scratchy throat or probably just an ongoing itching in your throat and think there’s a slight chance that you might be catching a cold, just pop in a few strepsils or cough relieving throat medicines with zinc. They relieve symptoms and can get you better faster.
9. Relieve Your Nose
Do a daily nasal rinse to prevent blockage and concentration germs and also to facilitate deep breathing. You can use a bulb syringe to flush out infected mucus and viruses and help clear secretions. This age old technique of cleaning your nasal passage is the best way to stay away from infection and preventing it from spreading.
10. Call It A Day
Take that cup of hot tea and that box of tissues to the bed and forget about the rest. The best and the easiest way to recover is to rest.