12 NATURAL REMEDIES FOR COLD AND FLU

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Building a healthy lifestyle is like forging a sense of self which has a way of reducing unfathomed mystery, the risk of illness or dying early and above all, magnifying your physical, mental and social well-being.

In this series, the spotlight is beamed on the following remedies, natural enough to help you grab your health back from colds and flu. These include:

  • Echinacea

  • Zinc

  • Vitamins

  • Chicken Soup

  • Hot Tea

  • Hot Toddy

  • Garlic

  • Humidifiers and Steam

  • Saline Drops

  • Menthol Ointment

  • Saline Drops

  • Bed Rest

 

  • Echinacea

Image result for ‫النبتة القنفذية‬‎This is a traditional medicine (herb, been in use for over 400 years), used by some Native American tribes for a variety of ailments, including scarlet fever and syphilis. Well, the fact was proven by archaeological evidence but its effectiveness is still being worked upon by health organisations.

Before embarking on using this herb, consulting your doctor is strongly advised as it was warned against by National Institute of Health (America) that Echinacea seemed to increase the risk of allergic rashes in children.

 

  • Zinc

Image result for zinc for coldsYes, Zinc is very popular when thinking about a natural method of getting rid of colds and flu. It comes in supplements and as such, caution should be taken when using this. Its uses could reduce a cold at a fast rate, Zinc has an antiviral effect, which certainly sounds impressive. Hold on a while before you give in to this tip! Zinc comes in two basic forms – oral (Lozenge, syrup, or tablet) and intranasal Zinc (swabbed in the nose). The second form (intranasal Zinc) is highly discouraged because it can damage your sense of smelling, potentially permanently – The Food and Drug Administration.

Also, oral use of Zinc should not overdose because it may cause copper deficiency, reduce HDL (good) cholesterol from the bloodstream, increase the risk of prostate cancer, and interact with other medications in potentially dangerous ways. Also, high dose of Zinc may lead to kidney failure.

 

  • Vitamins

r3 - 12 NATURAL REMEDIES FOR COLD AND FLUThere are two vitamins that work perfectly for colds and flu. Vitamin C and Vitamin D are potentially preventive treatments for these diseases. Vitamin C is a necessary nutrient for the body which is found in our regular foods. Food like; oranges (orange juice), red bell peppers, kale, and broccoli for starters. Oranges (orange juice) are good and gentle food that help when having digestive discomfort. Thus, high doses do not cure the ailments (colds and flu) as scientific evidence showed but could help people with severe physical exercise and frigid environments. When taking Vitamin C, ensure that you do not overdose because it may lead to diarrhoea and nausea.

Vitamin D, on the other hand, is essential nutrient but you need it to work a little harder to find natural food sources for your daily D, even for the fact that some diets are fortified with this nutrient. These foods include; milk and some oranges juices, fatty fish like mackerel and tuna, and swordfish and salmon. Note that the fishes mentioned also contain high levels of mercury.

  • Chicken Soup

Image result for benefits of chicken noodle soupDon’t be overwhelmed. Chicken soup has potential health benefits that span comfort. Sipping the hot nutritious broth, it opens up your nasal passage and eases congestion, which keeps your energy up and staves off dehydration. Discovery shows that chicken soup also eases inflammation. Its anti-inflammatory properties haven’t been proven in human subjects, though.

 

 

  • Hot Tea

Image result for Hot toddyUnlike the steamed chicken soup, tea can also unclog congested nasal passages. It also soothes a sore throat, which is a relief therapy for a nagging cough, and dehydration. When it is the black and green tea you take, then you’re in the best way to fight diseases.

 

 

  • Hot Toddy

Image result for ‫فواید پاکسازی برای پوست‬‎Hot Toddy is a cocktail that helps people fall asleep fast while sick or something. It is made up of hot tea (either black or green), lemon, a teaspoon of honey, and a shot of whiskey or bourbon. Its magic is in its taste as it helps to reduce congestions and soothe a sore throat and cough. Though it is good for sleep remember that too much alcohol actually harms the quality of your sleep.

 

  • Garlic

Is garlic an effective remedy to treat cold and flu symptoms? Research is ongoingAs smelly as it may tend, there is need to research more on the effectiveness of garlic. Note here that Garlic can interact with anticoagulant drugs, meaning anyone on these drugs ought to discuss the use of garlic with a doctor first.

 

 

 

  • Humidifiers and Steam

Medicinenet sat it thus: This one’s a winner for your health. Steam works its way into clogged nasal passages, easing congestion and relieving dry, irritated sinuses. For a whole-room solution, try using a humidifier. Older humidifiers could cause dangerous burns for anyone who got too close, but more modem models feature cool steam for sinus relief that’s safer.

 

  • Saline Drops

Image result for does eating tide pods get skid marksThis method is safe for use during the ailment of colds and flu. It can easily be gotten at the drug store or you can make them at home. To make your own saline drops: mix 8 ounces of warm water with a ¼ teaspoon of salt and a ¼ teaspoon of baking soda. To squirt the mixture into your nostrils: use a bulb syringe while you hold the other nostril closed. You can repeat the process two (2) to three (3) times moving on to the other nostril.

 

  • Menthol Ointment

Image result for MentholMenthol is an extract of mint. As cool as it may seem, it helps relieve symptom associated with colds and flu. Like the normal menthol you see around, in drug stores, it is good for decongestant – breaking up phlegm, freeing you of any impending mucus in the lungs. It is also good for solving the problem of sore throats and dry coughs. Menthol and peppermint is good for infants, but should not be administered or taken daily.

 

  • Nasal Strips

Image result for nasal stripMedicinenet: sometimes a stuffy nose is what keeps you from getting the sleep you need while your immune system fights a virus. If that’s true, you may want to consider nasal strips. Nasal strips are essentially tape placed across the bridge of the nose. The idea is to the nasal passage to make breathing through a congested nose a little easier. They may not be able to unclog the nose themselves, but the nasal strips to make it easier to breathe.

 

 

 

  • Bed Rest

There is no better way to overcome the challenge of colds and flu if, after using all prescribed medications, you do not have a proper bed rest. Sleep is good for the body as it ensures that your body metabolism function effectively, and as a result unclog your head of any kind of congestion which is good for your fast recovery. Bed rest plays a significant role in ensuring that your tendons are relaxed and the muscles expended during the period of the flu and colds are at a state of rest (relaxation).

During this time of inactivity, most of your body’s systems are in an anabolic state, helping to restore the immune, nervous, skeletal and muscular systems which are essential process that maintain mood, memory and cognitive performance, and as well as play a significantly crucial role in the function of the endocrine and immune systems. With sound rest, your sensory threshold increases.

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However, there are various remedies, apart from the ones stated in this article. Therefore, it is sacrosanct to encourage to adopt a healthy lifestyle, whether you are faced with colds and flu or not, as it tends to provide a more positive role model to other people in the family, particularly children and the society.

Did I miss anything in the post, please be kind enough to drop your comment(s) below? Shalom!

Source: MedicineNet

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