Salt Water - Amazing Cold Remedy (With a Little Common Sense)
A friend of mine turned me on to this: feel like you are getting a cold? Gargle with warm salt water. It seems too simple to work, yet it does. The idea is not devoid of science. The cold virus does not like salt water. Salt water inhibits its capacity to breed. If it can't breed, it dies. Goodbye, cold.
To maximize the effectiveness of your application of warm salt water, you've got to get it to where the virus lives: the mucous membrane. It is relatively easy to get the salt water to the mucous membrane at the back of your throat. All you have to do is gargle. So... gargle! Twice a day, religiously, if you think you have the remotest hint that a cold is coming on. Nip it in the bud.
You also have lots of mucous membrane up your nose, in your nasal passages. To reduce nasal congestion, snort some warm salt water up your nose. Don't be squeamish! Don't you want to feel better? Get some salt water up there and loosen everything up. It may seem nasty and gross while you're doing it, but afterwards you feel great.
In addition to gargling (and perhaps snorting) warm salt water, get ten hours of sleep, take a multi-vitamin, and lay off the alcohol. You heard me! No alcohol. Alcohol weakens your immune system. When you are sleeping is when your body does most of its healing and virus-fighting. And vitamins help your body be strong, and it takes a strong body to fight off the cold virus.
While you are doing this regimen for your well being, visualize yourself healthy, feeling good. Visualization is also a powerful tool - I'll have to write a Hub about it!
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