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Effective Remedies For Cold

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14 September, 2011

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Common cold is an ailment afflicting many of us almost throughout the year. Although there are multiple medications to treat the ailment, more often the relief provided is just short-term and within no time you are again fighting the same symptoms of running nose and a sore throat.

Apart from these symptoms, some of the severe signs of cold also include nasal congestion, cough, sneezing as well as mild headache. Despite the fact that the common cold becomes more prevalent with the onset of winter, you can expect to encounter the symptoms almost at any time of the year. So, if common cold has actually become a recurring ailment for you, read on as here is a list of the best remedies for keeping common cold at bay.

Drink Plenty Of Fluids

Good amount of fluid intake during common cold would be instrumental in breaking the congestion while also keeping your throat moist. Apart from drinking plenty of water, it is also recommended that you consume juices, herbal teas, ginger ales while a bowl of hot chicken soup would also work wonders. However, stay away from aerated drinks such as cola, sodas as well as coffee as these might result in dehydration.

Eat Well

Another common symptom of cold is loss appetite. With your nose all congested and a sore throat, it is natural that you just don’t feel like eating anything. As your body is already ill, you certainly cannot do without some nourishing food and so, eating small but balanced meals throughout the day is a must. Meanwhile, if you are into cold prevention then the basic rule is to have a balanced diet with loads of fruits and vegetables while cutting down on oily, junk or processed foods.

Rest And Stay Warm

After you encounter a bout of common cold or flu, one of the basic steps is to take plenty of rest while wearing warm clothes to keep the body heat. This facilitates the immune system and makes the body better-equipped to fight the symptoms of common cold.

Inhale Steam

Inhaling steam from a pot of boiling water can be very effective breaking the congestion and helping you get rid of the running nose. Carefully breathe in the steam slowly or you could also use a saline nasal spray in order to get relieved from the nose congestion.

Include Garlic In Your Diet

Garlic is one of the most popular remedies for common cold as it has a specific compound allicin in it which is known to have anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. Fresh garlic is very helpful in providing relief from common cold and to maximize its effects, it needs to be crushed or chopped and can also be taken as a drink.

Gargle With Warm Water

Gargling is another effective remedy to cure common cold although it is only on a temporary basis. Gargling with warm water would make your sore throat moist resulting in temporary relief. Add a little amount of salt in the warm water and gargle at least four to five times a day to get some respite.

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