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Treating Colds Naturally

Updated on March 12, 2011

Alternative treatments are very poplar today and some people even feel that they are safer than both prescription and over-the-counter medicine. Recent research regarding popular over-the-counter cold and cough remedies supports this idea. These studies have shown that many cough medications are virtually ineffective for treating cold symptoms. However, the symptoms of a cold can be very uncomfortable, and many are left wondering where to find relief. Alternative treatments such as herbs can have side effects as well as medicine, so it’s always best to talk to your doctor before you decide to use an alternative. It is possible to treat a cold naturally, and it’s even better to boost the immune system ahead of time with the use of supplements in order to prevent colds and flu.

A cold is also known as an upper respiratory infection. The cold is made up of viruses, and simple hand-washing can save those prone to cold symptoms a lot of suffering later. Taking supplements of vitamin C, or eating daily doses of fresh citrus fruits have also been shown to provide immune system support and protection against the common cold. Vitamin C supplements, as well as zinc lozenges can also be beneficial after a cold has started. Zinc has been proven to reduce the duration of a cold, in some studies. Symptoms of a cold include runny nose, difficulty breathing, coughing, increased mucous production, congestion, and fever.

The Egyptians believe that garlic had strengthening powers, but what they did not know was that it contained anti-bacterial properties and boosted the immune system. A combination of garlic and Echinacea on a daily basis offers a potent level of protection against infection and other types of illnesses, including the common cold. During periods of illness, junk food and heavy meals laden with carbohydrates can impair the immune system, cause fatigue, and increase the duration of sickness. This is because these types of foods take a lot of energy to digest. The best thing to do when sick is take in a lot of liquid such as soups and water. Water actually helps carry the toxin outside of your body and keeps cells hydrated.

When your body is run down, so is your immune system. Supplements that help boost the immune system offer protection from many kinds of illnesses on a regular basis. Some good supplements for this are goldenseal, acidophilus, and Echinacea. Garlic, ginger, cayenne, and ginkgo biloba also offer immune system protection against many kinds of infections. For sore throats and chest pain, licorice has been used for several centuries as a natural cure. Hot sage with apple cider vinegar and honey mixed together is another beneficial natural remedy for the cold or a sore throat. Peppermint is a natural fever-reducer, and can also help improve breathing and reduce congestion.


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