Overcoming a Cold and Flu Quickly

Overcoming a Cold and Flu Quickly

Posted 23 Aug '18

Do you feel run down, your throat sore, and nose runny? Maybe also have cough, a headache, and fever? You don’t have to suffer and wait until your cold is gone. There are natural ways on how to deal with it so you can feel better faster.

Natural Remedies for a Cold and Flu

Natural medicines, when taken during an infection, not only ease the symptoms, but also give your body’s defense system a boost so that the infection doesn’t come back. Some of the popular ones are:

  • Probiotics. Some speific strains are known to help fight off colds — the lactobacillus rhamnosus, lactobacillus plantarum, and lactobacillus paracasei.
  • Zinc. It helps reduce the duration and the severity of the symptoms; and it decreases the chances of getting sick in the future.
  • Andrographis. It is a potent herbal medicine that stimulates the immune system, reducing the symptoms as well.
  • Medicinal mushrooms. Reishi, shiitake, and coriolus are known to help decrease mucus and congestion, helping the patient to breathe easier.

Other Ways to Relieve Symptoms

The following can be done to ease the symptoms:

  1. Gargle with lukewarm water to ease sore throat. Best if a teaspoon of salt is mixed in the gargle for additional anti-inflammatory and antiseptic actions.
  2. Drink lots of fluids to avoid dehydration during a cold or flu. Avoid sugary drinks which only increase inflammation.
  3. Eat regularly to keep energy up. Go for vegetable-rich foods like soups and stews which also help with hydration. Chicken broth is rich in magnesium, calcium, phosphorous, among others, and also electrolytes. It also helps reduce congestion when warming spices or herbs are added, such as turmeric, ginger, and cayenne. To help reduce the chances of developing a secondary infection that follows a cold or flu, add plenty of garlic, known as nature’s antibiotic.
  4. Decongest by either a salt nasal spray that contains antimicrobial essential oils. A steamy hot bath or shower can also work wonders.
  5. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables to boost the immune system with antioxidants and vitamins, most especially, vitamin C and Zinc.
  6. Take plenty of rest to give your body a chance to recharge.

Most importantly, consult with a Functional Medicine Practitioner for a treatment plan designed especially for you, that will boost your immune system.

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