Winter is coming – how to quickly cure a cold so you can get back to 100 per cent

PUBLISHED18 October 2021

There’s nothing worse than catching a cold when you have lots of classes and studying to do. Suddenly, your energy goes down and all you want to do is curl up in bed with a blanket and tissues, when you really should be hitting the books. Fortunately, there are a few tried and tested ways to quickly cure a cold so you can get back to being 100 per cent.

  1. Stay hydrated. Drinking lots of fluids will prevent dehydration and warm water with lemon and honey will help loosen congestion. Try having a hot chicken soup for something with more substance to help soothe you. Drinking freshly squeezed orange juice will give you that much needed extra vitamin C boost. Be sure to avoid alcohol and caffeinated drinks, however, as these will leave you more dehydrated.
  2. Steam treatment. A steam treatment will loosen the mucus in your nose so you’ll be able to breathe easy. Try taking a steaming hot shower or putting your head over a bowl of steaming hot water and breathing it in. If you feel up to it, a session in the steamer may help clear your airways and sweat out any toxins, but make sure you stay hydrated.
  3. Gargle with salt water. If you’ve got a sore throat along with your cold, a gargle will help a lot and can help prevent further infection. Mix half a teaspoon of salt with a glass of warm water and gargle every few hours as you feel you need to. However, if you still have a sore throat after a few days, it is time to see a doctor.
  4. Eat cold-fighting foods. Some of the best foods to eat include raw honey, garlic, anything that will boost your immune system and something spicy. Honey will soothe a sore throat and contains anti-viral properties. Garlic has antiviral, antibiotic, and antimicrobial properties. It has been shown to relieve cold symptoms, shorten a cold’s duration, and naturally boost the immune system. Other immune system boosters are orange which contain vitamin C and elderberries which have a natural immune system booster. Zinc and Echinacea are also great supplements that will help shorten a cold. Eating something spicy will clear your sinuses and the spices such as garlic, ginger and chilli peppers can help get rid of germs.
  5. Go for a gentle stroll outside. This can improve your mood and exercise is proven to boost your immune system. However, if you’re normally a gym junkie, you should avoid any intense exercise sessions. You may be prone to injury if you’re not feeling your best, and there’s the risk you might pass on the cold virus to others.
  6. Get lots of rest. Your body needs time to heal and sleep has healing properties. A good night’s sleep will help you get your strength back as quickly as possible and replenishes your energy so your body can fight off the cold. Hopefully you will wake up feeling refreshed and back to 100 percent!

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