You know that moment when your nose is running, a mild headache bothers you and you lack appetite?
The weakness inside your body beats up the willingness of doing anything that day. Your presence at work, for example, is useless and you might need to take a few days off until you get better.
But what if you can’t?
What if you can’t be absent tomorrow from work, you can postpone a meeting or you can’t miss a flight? Should you let common colds break your plans of attending the events that you were waiting for so much time?
The truth is that avoiding colds when you feel it coming with your own forces is possible. No doctors or medicine required. All you need to do is to take immediate action before symptoms start worsening and help your body rest to gain its healing forces back.
The common cold symptoms and their meaning
Here is a list of cold symptoms:
- Lack of appetite
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
- Slight fever
Though the list of cold and flu symptoms is very similar there is still one major difference between them. Flu symptoms are much more severe than cold symptoms and rarely can be treated in one day. On the other side, common cold symptoms are milder and that’s why there is a chance to prevent its worsening very quickly.
So, as long as you noticed some symptoms from the above list you can easily state that you caught a cold. This means that your immunity is weak and it requires action on your part to help its recovery.
Whenever you deal with mild symptoms of cold always try to combat the virus using some natural home remedies. If the natural methods are of no help or the virus gets worse make sure to take some pills to stop the worsening of the situation.
Here is what you need to do once you feel that common cold is coming.
How to prevent cold naturally: home remedies
Drink more liquids
If you want to recover fast from cold, drink as much liquid as you can. This will remove the toxins by promoting a be better circulation of water inside your body. The more you pee and sweat the fewer virus elements will remain in your body and thus you’ll get well faster.
For an effective recovery, it’s recommended to drink warm teas and juices at room temperature. For example, green and chamomile teas are very soothing and that’s exactly what your body needs. Additionally, green teas are rich in antioxidants which helps the immune system to recover faster. And avoid cold drinks to maintain the warmth of the body.
You can also drink simple water, but this is not the best option as your main type of liquid intake during colds.
And of course, avoid drinking all kinds of carbohydrate drinks and coffee.
Warm up your body inside out
Common colds are a result of freezing. It may happen when you expose your skin to cool weather, go outside into the freezing cold without a jacket or when you are hot and sweaty after a workout.
If you caught a cold the first thing to do is to keep the warmth inside your body. You can take a hot shower or bath your feet in hot water to warm up your feet. After that wear wool socks and lie down under a blanket to maintain your body warm as long as possible.
In case, you have a fever taking hot showers are not indicated. It may worsen the situation.
Feed your body with more vitamins
In order to help your body to recover faster you need vitamins. The best way to fulfill the vitamins deficiency in your body is by eating fruits and vegetables.
Here are some fruits and foods that will help you recover faster from a cold:
- Lemon is rich in vitamin C. There are many ways to consume lemon, but the most common methods is to slice a piece of lemon into a cup of tea or eat slices of lemon covered with honey.
- Ginger is another wonderful natural product that can reduce the duration of a cold. Cut a fresh ginger root and add it to your tea or a cup of hot water. Add a little maple syrup, honey or stevia to sweeten it up and drink this mixture 3 to 4 times a day, until you feel better.
- Garlic is one of the most powerful fighters against colds. It boosts your immunity and helps your body fight the virus. Eat a piece or two during your meal.
- Onion – if you can’t resist the strong taste and smell of garlic you can eat onion instead.
- Soup – any homemade hot soup is the best meal of the day, especially garlic or chicken soup.
Your body needs to rest in silence
The best pill for cold treatment is a good rest.
If you feel a little bit unwell try to stay at home for at least one day. Though, common colds are not as severe as flu taking a day off is a much better option for preventing colds. In this way, you’ll be able to recover and be back on track faster.
But don’t treat common colds on your feet. Taking a day off for home treatment doesn’t mean you need to do household work. Staying at home is, of course, a better option than going to work or school, but the treatment won’t be at its fullest. During your home treatment, you need to spend most of your time in bed under a blanket wearing a pajama and wool sock to maintain the warmth in the body. Otherwise, there is not much sense from such a home treatment.
Make sure to ventilate the room every 2 to 3 hours to let fresh air in your room. This will promote better sleeping.
If you are living with your family ask somebody to take care of you during these days. Let them bring you teas and fruits. You should spend most of your time in bed if you want an effective treatment, at least the 1st day of home treatment.
A common cold is not a verdict. You can treat it with your own forces. You just need to pay attention to its symptoms at an early stage and take imediate action to prevent the worsening of the cold.
This means taking a day off from all your daily activities to stay at home and entirely focus the needs of your body. Drink more liquids, keep your body warm by doing hot showers and feet baths, eat more vitamins and spend most of your time in bed, preferably sleeping.
If you do these things first after feeling that cold is coming there is a great chance you’ll prevent the worsening of these symptoms. That means you won’t need to go to a doctor, take pills and probably spend more time at home.
Now, you know how to prevent colds when you feel it coming and you know how to recover yourself fast. Pay close attention to your body and take adequate action to maintain your health at its healthiest level.