Thursday, August 20, 2009

Got a Cold? Try Some Natural Ways To Fight It!

Sadly enough I have become one of the many people that've come down with a common cold this summer. It's kind of funny, because it seems like a lot of friends I've been emailing and chatting with on the Internet have a cold too. Guess I caught the bug off he web. (HAHAHA ahahaha...ha ha.....ahem.)

Anyway, I decided to look up some ways I can help my body fight this thing off, and here's what I found in an article off of Associated Content. It recommended all the things I've heard to do and backed them up with reasonable, well, reasons. And yes, they do work (I know from personal experience).

1. Sleep! Your body right now is in overdrive fighting off the cold and you will need extra rest. More so than normal. That extra added rest will give you a quicker recovery time. You'll be tired anyway from the cold so why not sleep?

2. Drink plenty of fluids. These fluids can include soup, water, juice (for that vitamin c we all need) or tea. No dairy here like milk. This can increase the thickness of your mucus and you do not want that. Keep glass of water always next to your bed. You will need to replenish those fluids that are lost and keep your body constantly hydrated.

3. Eat foods that are spicy! This is my personal favorite and I don't need a cold as an excuse to eat them. What does this do? This forces out the mucus which is a good thing.

4. Now this falls under the fluids category but in particular you should drink ginger tea. I'm not a big fan of it but it does work. It will calm that itchy and scratchy throat that has you up at all hours of the night which can be a nightmare to deal with. It will also help to clear out your nose. Ah relief! You can actually breathe, maybe not smell yet but that will come back in due time, I promise.

5. Eat garlic. Chop up a couple of cloves and put it in your food. If you don't like garlic, you can always take a capsule. It helps to clear things up, gets rid of fluids and is antiviral along with antibacterial. Not bad huh?


I know we have garlic and spices (which I'll put into tonight's dinner), and I think we have some ginger tea waaaay back on our tea shelf, so it looks like I'm well on my way to getting better. Sleep is of course a welcome thing too! And besides, whoever said that DayQuil was the only thing that could help ya feel better?


Paulina said...

I love natural remedies for when you get sick. In fact, when I was little, I used to want to become an herbalist or a chinese medicine practitioner.

I hope you feel better soon!

In Him,

LocaChica said...

That was a wonderful post! Our whole, ENTIRE family just got over the stomach flu, and now I have a minor cold as well. I'll keep these tips in mind :)

The Author said...

Great post, very informative. We do these things when we are isck. Your going up on my "Favorite posts around the blogiverse this week"!

Michelle said...

Thanks for sharing, and I pray you are feeling better soon!

Anonymous said...

If you want ginger tea, I would recommend taking fresh ginger and letting it steep in your hot water, then add honey (which will not only soothe your throat, but will give it a better taste). I also use a tea with a touch of cayenne (just a few grains) to help break things up too. But we also take cayenne capsules every day now, so we don't have to take it in our tea.