Signs Of The Common Cold
The common cold is an infection that invades your nose and throat and is caused by a common virus. Most people catch between two and four colds a year. It depends upon the level of their immune system and how well they’re able to take care of themselves. Symptoms will usually appear one to three days after you are exposed to a cold virus. Those symptoms include a runny nose, cough, nasal congestion, sneezing, watery eyes and a mild headache.
Sometimes individuals will suffer from a low grade fever on the first day of their cold. But this does not mean that they have the flu.
The invasion of viruses in the body which causes the symptoms can be slowed down, stopped or even eliminated with a few simple steps that you can take either before you get a cold or immediately upon discovering the symptoms. The first step that needs to be taken is to allow the body enough rest. Rest will help the body to heal itself, bolster the immune system and even help you feel better. Rest is even free! If you think that you can’t take the time off to stop and just rest imagine how many more days you’ll have to take off if you’re down and out with a bad cold.
Nutrition And Other Remedies
The second step is to always get good nutrition, whether it’s cold and flu season or not. We really are what we eat and when we provide our body with an appropriate amount of vitamins and minerals we are rewarded with overall good health. Your diet should consist mainly of whole foods, meaning raw and unprocessed.
When you have a cold, or even when you’re trying to prevent a cold, it is important to blow your nose regularly, rather than sniffing the mucus back into your head. To prevent the cold you can use normal saline nasal spray and gently blow the spray back out. Use normal saline spray even when you have a cold to help eliminate the viral load in your nose. When you blow hard the extra pressure can cause an ear ache or blow some of the virus back into the head.
Mom Was Right
Mom used to tell you to gargle with salt water when you had a sore throat because it could bring temporary relief. Today researchers know that gargling with salt water can also help to prevent a cold by decreasing the viruses which are multiplying at the back of your throat. If you have a sore throat you can try other gargle remedies such as adding lemon juice and honey to water or reducing the tickle in your throat by gargling with tea that contains tannin. Never give honey to a child less than a year old.
Drinking hot liquids also helps to both prevent a cold by killing the viruses. They relieve nasal congestion, can help prevent dehydration and often suits uncomfortably inflamed membranes in your nose and throat when you already have a cold. A steamy shower can also help to improve the hydration of the nasal membranes while helping you to relax.
Stay away from sugar and dairy products when you’re sick. Sugar suppresses the immune system and dairy products will thicken mucous membranes and make it more difficult for you to remove nasal congestion or cough up chest congestion.
Help For A Sore Throat
Using hot tea to help relieve symptoms is another way of helping your body to overcome the virus. Combining grated ginger root with lemon and honey. It will help your throat feel better and relieve symptoms. You might try a few cloves of crushed garlic as well. It has antiviral and antibacterial properties which can help to cut through the mucus or break up a little fever.
Zinc lozenges are also readily available and can be found in health food stores and online. They help to reduce the duration of cold symptoms. Take them within 24 hours after you first feel the cold symptoms. They work by blocking the replication of the virus in preventing it from spreading around your body.
Sleeping with an extra pillow under your head can help to drain the nasal passages. This can keep them from getting impacted during the night time. If the angle is too awkward for you then add height underneath the mattress to provide a more gradual slope to the bed. The idea is to keep your head a bit more elevated. This will encourage the drainage of your nasal sinuses at night.
Remember to keep yourself from becoming dehydrated, get plenty of rest and gargle several times a day with salt water. Using these simple remedies you’ll be over your cold before you know it!
This natural cold remedy is particularly helpful if your cold is accompanied with a dry cough and a sore throat.
- 1 clove garlic
- juice of 1 lemon
- 1t honey
- tepid water
Crush the garlic clove and and mix it with the juice from the lemon. Add the honey and warm water then stir. Drink this mixture 3 times per day as long as your symptoms exist.
Elderberry syrup can shorten the duration of a cold and keep your immune system in tip top shape. Take 1 or 2 tablespoons per day to lessen your chances of getting sick (1 teaspoon daily for children old enough to tolerate honey). If you already have a cold then take it every 3 – 4 hours until symptoms are gone then revert to the normal dosage.
- 1/2 cup dried elderberries
- 3 cups water
- 1 cup raw honey
Bring water and berries to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for 1 hour. Strain the liquid into a bowl and allow to cool to room temperature. When cooled, add the honey and stir until it is mixed in well. Pour into a mason jar and store in refrigerator for up to 3 months.