Family & Relationships The six most effective ways to beat the common cold

12:16  12 february  2018
12:16  12 february  2018 Source:   msn.com

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It's February and unless you've got Superman's immune system you've probably already had a battle with a cold this year. Bouts of the flu and the common cold have been running rife since 2018 began and as temperatures continue to plummet, the illness is unlikely to go anywhere soon.

With the average adult coming down with between one and six colds a year, if there's one thing the common cold is, it's, well, common . We consulted with health experts to find out what medication-free steps you can take to beat these ubiquitous illnesses.

a person talking on a cell phone © Provided by Independent Print Limited It's February and unless you've got Superman's immune system you've probably already had a battle with a cold this year.

Bouts of the flu and the common cold have been running rife since 2018 began and as temperatures continue to plummet, the illness is unlikely to go anywhere soon.

By now you're probably aware of all the symptoms: a blocked or a runny nose, sore throat, headache, coughing, sneezing, high temperature, muscle ache, loss of taste and smell.

I think you'll agree that they all of them suck; but fortunately, a cold is relatively easy to overcome and many treatments don't even require you to leave the house.

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Everyone has their own anecdotal evidence proving or disproving home remedies, over-the-counter medicines, and alternative "miracle treatments", but it's hard to tell which so-called remedies are actually the most effective at dealing with the common cold .

Cold and Flu Center. Ways to Beat the Common Cold . One of the most basic ways to avoid contacting the cold virus is through good hygiene. The best way to avoid getting sick or spreading illness is by washing your hands in warm, soapy water.

The NHS recommends that you get plenty of the following:

  • Rest and sleep
  • Keep warm
  • Keep hydrated by drinking plenty of water
  • Gargle salt water

Surprisingly the NHS add that taking vitamin c, garlic or zinc supplements do little to help people recover.

Those methods will help restore your immune system and avoid the spread of infection. However, if those aren't working, here are some additional solutions.

Chicken Soup

The tried and tested chicken soup treatment is great and provides you with a filling meal too.

It's not entirely obvious what chicken soup does for a cold sufferer, but research from Chest found that it helped slow the movement of the white blood cells that spread a cold around the body.

Medication

Paracetamol and ibuprofen will help you feel better and ease the pain but if the aches are getting too much there are others forms of medication available.

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The common cold , also known simply as a cold , is a viral infectious disease of the upper respiratory tract that primarily affects the nose. The throat, sinuses, and larynx may also be affected.

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Over the counter drugs like Advil and Tylenol will help soothe swollen glands and other inflammations with research suggesting that Tylenol provides a more effective form of relief.

However, the NHS advises that you do not take any a cough or cold medicine with pills as it is easy to take too much.

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Because you may not feel like eating much at all when you’re under the weather, we asked two nutritionists about foods and beverages that go down easy and pack the biggest immunity-boosting, symptom-soothing benefits. Here’s what they recommend–based on research and on their own experiences–adding to your sick-day routine.

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Honey

Let's be honest most cough medicines taste gross, so consider taking a spoonful of honey instead.

Honey has been found to be a very effective way of combatting a cough with research from Pediatrics showing that 10 grams of honey before bed lowered the symptoms of a cold in 300 sick children.

It also helped them sleep more soundly, so that's a bonus. Plus, it's tastes delicious.

Decongestants

If you have a badly blocked nose you may have fallen into the trap of thinking menthol rubs will help unclog your airways.

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Cold remedies are almost as common as the common cold , but are they effective ? Nothing can cure a cold , but there are some remedies that might help ease your symptoms and keep you from feeling so miserable.

It seemed only a matter of time before you faced that familiar enemy – the common cold . The tips below – many of them old fashioned and cheap, if not free – will help you manage those symptoms while the cold runs its course.

A recent post from Mayo Clinic suggests that they are nothing more than a placebo which tricks your brain into thinking that you are breathing more easily.

A better solution might to take decongestant tables like Sudafed or even try a nasal spray, which will help reduce the swelling in your nose.

Ginger

All sorts can happen to your body when you have a cold including bloating, indigestion or nausea.

If you are suffering from those conditions then try a little bit of ginger in some hot water.

The qualities of one gram of ginger have been found to reduce gas, indigestion, and sickness.

Watch what you are eating

If you've had a cold for a few days you've probably lost your appetite but it is important to keep eating even a small amount of food.

That being said going back to sandwiches and crisps aren't going to help.

Dr Jockers recommends that you abide by a diet of prebiotic and probiotic foods like citrus fruits, artichokes, leeks and fermented dairy and vegetables.

These will provide your insides with the good bacteria it needs and slowly restore your immune system.

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