Battle Your Cold This Winter With These 5 Easy Steps
Coming down with a cold is the worst. Just when you think you're on top of the world, you wake up with that scratchy throat and stuffy nose. But hey, it happens to the best of us.
I don't know of anyone who enjoys being sick. So, over the years, I've found some tried and true ways to help ease the misery. These are all things you can do within your own home. Let me share with you my tips for battling a cold.
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This one might be a no-brainer, but it's important. When I'm down with a cold, I make sure to drink plenty of fluids. Water, Gatorade, and clear broths are my favorites. They help in keeping the throat moist, which is a lifesaver when you're dealing with a cough or sore throat.
Your body needs more rest when you're sick. I listen to my body and rest whenever I feel tired. This might mean taking a break from my routine or even taking a day off work. Believe me, a little extra sleep can work wonders.
When I have a cold, my appetite almost always takes a hit. But I make it a point to eat nutritious foods that can help my body fight off the virus. Soups, especially chicken soup, are great for this. They're comforting but also packed with nutrients that you need when you're sick.
Gargle with Salt Water
If a sore throat is the trouble, I gargle with warm salt water. It's old school, but it helps with swelling and discomfort. Just mix a teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water and gargle a few times a day.
Use a Humidifier
Dry air can aggravate cold symptoms, so I use a humidifier in my room. It adds moisture to the air, which can help soothe a dry throat. Plus, it makes my breathing easier when I'm trying to get a good night's sleep.
Remember, while these tips can help ease the symptoms, they're not a substitute for professional medical advice. If your cold symptoms persist or get worse, it's a good idea to consult with your doctor. In the meantime, take care of yourself, and feel better soon.
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