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Safe Tips for Bouncing Back From a Cold

It is fairly common knowledge that there is no cure for the common cold. You can let the virus run its course and bounce back from it like a champ. Most people recover in seven to 10 days, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Don’t feel under the weather for too long. Get better without risking getting worse first.

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Get as much rest as you can

Get at least eight hours of sleep a night. This is crucial. Your immune system weakens if you don’t get enough sleep. You need restorative sleep to get the body back into disease-fighting shape. Past Sleep in America polls conducted by the National Sleep Foundation indicate that children and the elderly, identified as high-risk populations and first in line for the flu vaccine, are often sleep-deprived. 

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Drink a lot of water

Make sure you also drink a lot of water, which is perhaps the single most powerful substance you can put in your body. Lack of it can wreak havoc on your bodyWater will prevent dehydration and make your throat feel a lot better.

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Have some tea

All teas are great for colds and sore throats because they are warm and hydrating. Stick with herbals, as the caffeinated ones can do the opposite and dehydrate you. Chamomile, Echinacea, and all herbals are also recommended. Hot water dissolves the thick viscous substance secreted by the mucous membranes and helps to remove it from the respiratory tract.

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Eat citrus fruits

Citrus fruits contain high concentrations of vitamin C, which is known to boost your immune system and ward off the common cold. The skin found on lemons, grapefruits, and oranges contain flavonoids, which are great for a quick recovery. Vitamin C is strongly anti-viral and research has shown that it can curb and shorten the severity and length of most colds and flus if taken in sufficient amounts.

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Sip on some chicken soup

Chicken soup will help you stay hydrated. “Research has shown that the hot, vegetable filled liquid is very healing for colds and the flu,” Kimberly Gomer MS, RD, LDN, the Director of Nutrition at Pritikin Longevity Center + Spa, says. “The soup has been shown to block the migration of inflammatory white cells.” Cold symptoms are a response to those cells accumulation in the bronchial tubes, she adds.

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Wash your hands

This is one of the most important ways to prevent the common cold or the flu virus, Harvard-trained, DC-area pain specialist, Dr. Aneesh Singla, says. You become ill when someone coughs or sneezes and you touch the surface on which the germs landed. These include doorknobs, phones, keyboards, and computers. You then end up touching your nose, eyes or mouth, and infect yourself unknowingly.

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Use a nasal spray

Saline spray may be something you want to consider. Saline spays delivers saline solution; it has shown to be affective to helping rid allergy symptoms. WebMD says that there have been studies which have shown saline solution restores moisture to dry nasal passages and sinuses, and curbs inflammation of mucous membranes.

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Exercise

Regular workouts keep the immune system up to par. When it’s in top shape, few bacteria can get in its way. Thirty minutes of exercise a day is not hard to achieve, so make sure you commit to the task. When you move your body your circulation increases. Better blood flow strengthens the immune system, which makes it better able to fight infections and viruses, including the common cold and flu.

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Avoid dairy

Milk can make you feel uncomfortable. The problem is the phlegm, which is the thick viscous substance secreted by the mucous when a person is suffering from a cold. Drinking milk can make it a bit thicker and as a result can be irritating.

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Eat many fresh vegetables

Vegetables are strongly recommended to strengthen your immune system because they provide a lot of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients. You have to know how to cook the veggies. There are some general rules of thumb, according to Nutrition Specialist Marina Rößer. “The shorter the time, the lower the heat and the less the water, the more vitamins and minerals re preserved,” she says.

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Add probiotics

meta-analysis of studies showed there was marginal effect of probiotics on the prevention of the common cold. The results implied that probiotics had a modest effect in common cold reduction. Probiotics are healthy bacteria that your body needs, doctors say. People who are looking to support their immune and digestive health or have recently taken antibiotics should consider a probiotic supplement.

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Gargle with salt water

It may sound strange and may find it a bit disgusting but gargling with warm salt water can really soothe a sore throat. It’s not a permanent solution but who wouldn’t want a two-hour relief from pain? You’re basically washing the virus out of your throat. Don’t drink the water though.

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Take supplements

You need all kids of good things in your body to fight the viral infection you have. If you don’t enough of them through food, consider taking supplements. Zinc is one of the best immune boosters. It interferes with viruses gaining full access to body cells. The vital mineral can reduce the length of a cold by one day, especially when taken within 24 hours of the first signs and symptoms of a cold(which can feel like an eternity), according to studies. Research has also shown that taking zinc regularly might reduce the number of colds each year. Other supplements to consider are Echinacea and Vitamin C.

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Fight stuffiness with steam

Steaming your face can actually help. It helps soothe sinuses and clear the nasal passage. Just boil a few cups of water and pour it into a bowl. Lean over the bowl and breathe in the steam for about 10 minutes. The hot water will do miracles with nasal congestion, especially if you inhale the steam.

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Wear warm clothes

If putting on more clothes and sleeping with three extra comforters will make you feel more comfortable, then you go ahead and cover yourself. Just be aware that this method won’t make your body do much more than sweat. You’ll still have the virus. It takes several days and possibly weeks for your body to get rid of the cold.

Safe Tips for Bouncing Back From a Cold