10 Ways To Rid Yourself of a Cold
1)Â Steam things up:
Steam helps loosen mucus. Get into a nice hot shower and allow the
steam to really get inside your system and soak it in. When you get out,
top it off by putting a warm compress (a washcloth will be fine) over
2)Â Tea time:
Tea has very strong antibacterial and antiviral properties. Like steam
from the shower, the warm liquids soothe the throat and loosen excess
mucus production. Chamomile is a great tea for this (don't add sugar!)
3)Â Up your vitamin C: One study reported that taking .2 grams or more daily of vitamin C shortened the number of days a cold lasts by 8 percent.
4)Â Swear off dairy: Milk and other dairy products (particularly if you have lactose intolerance issues anyway) make phlegm in the throat thicker and possibly more irritating.
5)Â Spice up your life: Spicy foods increase blood flow in the body and, just like a vapor rub, can clear up your sinuses.
6)Â Skip the sweets:Â Sugar
can decrease the activity of the immune system for up to five hours or
so. Say goodbye to chocolate and hello to natural sweeteners like
7)Â Squeeze in some exercise:
I know I know, hitting the gym is the last thing you want to do.
Youwant to lay in your bed for eight hours straight and watch a Friends
marathon. But exercise betters your immune function and removes toxins
from the body.
8)Â Use moisturizing tissues:Â You
already feel like junk, there's no reason to look like it too. Buy the
tissues with moisturizing lotion so that you don't take out your anger
on your nostrils.
9)Â Put an extra pillows under your head: Laying upright will drain the nasal passages correctly.
10)Â Get some sleep!Â Sleep
is the best medicine there is. Take some time for yourself, kick back,
and shut out the world for a bit. Believe me, they'll be happy when
you're back and not spreading your sickness.