How Can You Fight Colds?

Wednesday, 02. December 2015

How Can You Fight Colds?

In winter, colds are not uncommon. Many people complain of headaches, runny noses and sore throats. Colds are very troublesome and exhausting, so it is best to avoid catching them to begin with. To prevent colds, you can boost your immune system's strength. Here are some tips on surviving cold season. 

No one enjoys being sick. Therefore, it is best to prevent colds. This is not as difficult as it seems. Here are some steps:

  1. Eat healthy. That's most important. A balanced diet with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables strengthens the immune system and blocks colds and viruses.

  2. Drink tea. Ginger, lime blossom and elder tea especially stimulate the body's defenses.

  3. Cold-warm contrast showers help stimulate the circulation and also activate the immune system. An important thing to note is: always finish with cold water.

  4. Keep yourself as far away as possible from sick people. Colds are usually caused by viruses. No virus, no cold!

  5. Do sports regularly. Exercise strengthens the immune system and you will be less sick.

  6. Make sure that your immune system is not slowed down. This happens when you get too little sleep or experience too much stress. So, do ​​sleep and relax. Your body will thank you.

  7. Support the body with zinc and vitamin C.

Should you catch a cold, the symptoms can be alleviated with a few simple measures.

  1. Support your immune system with the necessary minerals and vitamins. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Thus, the body's needs can be filled. 

  2. Drink a lot of liquids. That's always good anyway. In colds, liquids ensure that mucous is loosened. Still water or herbal teas are best recommended.

  3. Air out your rooms often and do not overheat your room. Dry and hot air dries out the mucous membranes. Alternatively, you can also add humidity to your room using a humidifier or allowing a cup of hot water to slowly evaporate.

For this purpose, the following measures may be helpful:

  1. For a sore throat, a proven home remedy is to gargle with chamomile or sage tea. These herbs contain many disinfecting substances, thereby supporting the healing process.

  2. Stay in bed and rest up to recover faster.

  3. Refrain from smoking or alcohol. Both would only burden the strained body anyway.

  4. Regular nasal irrigation with salt water helps reduce mucous and relieve a stuffy nose. You can also inhale saltwater. It all depends on how much air you are still getting.

Should the cold persist longer than a week without improvement, or if you have severe pain, or fever, seek professional help and go to a doctor or a physician. You might not just have a simple cold so it is better to be safe than sorry.