These six natural cold and flu remedies will help your body heal naturally without the use of over-the-counter drugs. Whether you stick to all six or you only pick one, remember to remain consistent and be kind to your body. Stress can induce and lengthen an illness so don’t forget to relax and slow down.
Here are six tried and true ways to naturally help your body get over a cold or flu:
Your body uses a lot of energy to fight a cold or flu virus, so it’s important to let your body rest so your immune system can function at its best. If you’re having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, try sleeping near a humidifier and see number 4 and 5 below.
Staying hydrated will help you recover faster by helping your body flush germs out of your system. Your body tends to lose fluids while sick with a cold or the flu so it’s very important you replenish with plenty of water.
3. Saltwater gargle
Gargling with saltwater may help prevent upper respiratory infections. It may also decrease the severity of cold symptoms like sore throat pain and nasal congestion. Gargling with saltwater reduces and loosens mucus, which contains bacteria and allergens. Simply dissolve ¼ to ½ of a teaspoon of salt in an 8 oz. cup of warm water. Swish it around your mouth and gargle as long as possible.
4. Tea with honey and lemon
Honey has a variety of antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, herbal tea offers immune support and aids a sore throat, and lemon is packed with vitamin C. In addition, drinking hot fluids like tea or soup reduces mucus buildup and keeps you hydrated. Drinking honey in tea with lemon is one of the best natural things you can do during a cold or flu.
5. Sleep with an extra pillow
If you have a cough or you notice your nose gets stuffy while you sleep, you can help your sinuses drain by adding an extra pillow or two under your head and upper back.
6. Eat foods with natural aspirin
Aspirin helps with fevers, aches and pains. If you want to avoid taking any medications, there are many foods that contain natural aspirin like blueberries, blackberries, avocadoes, broccoli, cauliflower, apples and apricots that may be able to give you some natural relief. For a full list of foods containing aspirin, click here.
BY: Dr. Friedman
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