Sometimes, you can help yourself when you are feeling under the weather, with simple cold and flu home remedies. Your cold flu kit is right in your kitchen.
Here are several tips to keep you and the whole family well this cold and flu season.
Eat Foods That Help to Fight Infections – When you eat right, you feel better. When you are suffering from a cold or flu, it is even more important to eat the right foods and the right combinations of foods so that you heal faster.
Here is a list of some of the foods that help fight infections and they will help you get over your cold faster. Foods that help the common cold are;
Bananas – Eating a banana will help with your upset stomach.
Blueberries – These are an antioxidant that some experts say will help to lower fevers and ease some of your aches and pains. Blueberries are considered a natural aspirin.
Brown Rice – If you are suffering from diarrhea, the brown rice will add some bulk to ease the symptoms.
Carrots – These are loaded with beta-carotene
Chili Peppers – The peppers will help to break up mucus in your lungs and your sinuses will be opened. The hotter the pepper the better the effect.
Cranberries – Bacteria that usually sticks to your urinary tract and your bladder have an enemy in cranberries. They can keep the bacteria from sticking and this makes a healthier you.
Horseradish – Helps to break up mucus in your lungs.
Mustard – Helps to break up mucus in your lungs.
Onion – Bronchitis and some other infections that make you feel horrible do not have a chance when you eat more onions. The phytochemicals that are naturally found in onions help to clear your body of these infections.
Tea – Non-herbal teas contain catechin, another phytochemical that is said to also aid natural healing of the body. There are natural antibiotics and teas are antidiarrheal.
Get a Vaporizer – The vapor will help your nasal passages relax and it will keep the air moist to help keep your throat, skin and nasal passages from drying out.
Use a Hot Or cold Compress Between Your Your Eyes – A bag of frozen peas or a warmed wash cloth will help to make your congested sinuses feel a lot better, fast.
Drink Plenty of Hot and Cold Beverages – Drinking hot beverages will help to relieve your nasal congestion, hydrate your body and the now inflamed membranes that line your nose and throat will be soothed. A great remedy that goes back for several generations is a Hot Toddy. Everyone has a Grandmother or Great Grandmother who used this natural remedy to help ease the discomfort of a cold or flu.
Keep Your Nose Clean – Don’t sniff. Blow. Blow often and blow correctly. Hold one finger over one nostril and blow gently, but thoroughly.
When you sniff, you are sniffing mucus back into your body. When you blow too hard, you take the chance of blowing phlegm into your eardrums.
The phlegm carries germs that can give you a splitting earache. This is not a good idea. To keep your nose from blistering and to open your breathing passages, keep a small amount of mentholated rub all around it.
Keep Yourself Warm – Keeping yourself warm is a must – but not overly heated, this can cause discomfort. When you are chilled during a cold or flu, you are taking energy away from the healing process and it may take you longer to heal.
Get Enough Rest – Staying well rested is very important if you want to heal properly and if you want to heal in due time. Don’t try to go back to work too soon and don’t jump right into strenuous exercise. Relax.
Don’t Let Your Throat Get Dry – Gargle Often – A nice warm gargle can keep your achy and irritated throat moistened and it can give you a load of relief – albeit, temporary relief. When you gargle, put a teaspoon of sea salt in the water.
A tea made from honey and lemon juice has worked for many generations, it is used to tighten membranes in your throat. If you are getting ready to sing, stay away from the lemon.
Keep Your Head Elevated – When your head is elevated, you can breathe easier and you will feel less stuffed up.
Stay Off Of Airplanes – Flying adds pressure to your upper respiratory system and your cold or flu has already taxed this area. Because of the problems that you are already experiencing, you may end up with damaged ear drums, to boot.
Dry cough pneumonia, flu or cold can all be serious illnesses, consult your physician and get advice from a Doctor. This cold and flu prevention treatment is not meant to replace medical advice.
You cannot catch cold by going out in the cold, but the cold weather can surly seem like a contributing factor.
Garlic and the Common Cold – In 2007 a study showed that garlic, also known as Allium sativum, may help to fight as well as prevent the common cold. This report, from BBC news, has plenty of evidence to back up this study. Garlic has been used for hoarseness, coughs, croup and as an expectorant – for generations.
Stay dry and warm this Winter season.