By Daisy Jing
The change in temperature and humidity can cause people's immune system to weaken, and that is why we end up getting a cold. Once a cold hits, there's nothing that we can do really than to wait it out until your body fights off the cold virus since it is a virus and not a bacterial infection. What I like to do is I like to find a more natural approach to fight off the cold.
Hot liquids help relieve congestion, prevent you from getting dehydrated, and soothes the inflamed membranes around your nose and throat.
Chicken soup contains ingredients that inhibit the migration of neutrophils, which are the immune system cells that can cause inflammation. Chicken soup also helps speed up the movement of mucus through your nose to relieve congestion and lessen the time the virus is in contact with your mucous membranes. You can also substitute with a vegetable soup full of plenty of garlic too. You'll receive plenty of antioxidants and minerals from all the vegetables to help reduce inflammation and support your immune system.
Now, I've been doing this for so long because I always get a sore throat and it works better than any other home remedy I've tried. I know it tastes unpleasant, but take the temporary salty gargle over a painful sore throat for a few days. To make the salt water mixture, mix a teaspoon of salt and eight ounces of warm water and gargle four times daily.
Warm and moist air can help loosen mucus and will also keep your nasal membranes moisturized. To do this, take a steamy shower or hold your head over some steamy water and breathe in the steam, but be careful not to burn yourself because I had definitely done that and it really sucks.
This is probably a no brainer, but you really do need that rest. Plenty of studies have shown that you need rest so your body can concentrate. It's energy on your immune system to fight off that cold virus, so not having enough sleepcan cause your immune system to function poorly, so stay home and rest.
First, you should stay away from other people who are sick and then also wash your hands frequently. When you're already fighting a virus, the last thing you need is another sickness invading your body. If you aren't going to be around a sink, then carry some hand sanitizer with you or wet ones or some wet towelettes, and make sure to wash your hands thoroughly later.
Sleep with an extra pillow under your head so you can tilt your body upwards. This will let your nasal passages strain more easily, which will prevent your cold symptoms from getting worse.
Garlic has a natural antifungal, antibacterial, and immune boosting properties. They help you fight a cold. Garlic boosts the function of T-cells, which are the cells in your immune system responsible for killing all viruses. What you can do is try to mince some fresh garlic and add it to your soups.
Honestly, when doing this research, I had no idea that there's a correct way to blow your nose. If you blow your nose too hard or suck it back inside, you can cause an infection because too much pressure can build up inside your nasal passages. To blow your nose correctly, get a tissue. Hold one nostril shut while gently blowing out the other one and then repeat for the other steps. I had no idea this was like a two step process of blowing nose.
I hope these tips will help you in getting rid of your cold. I hope all of you beauties stay very safe and healthy!
Have you tried any of these tips and did it work for you? Comment below!