Getting plenty of rest and drinking lots of fluids are the basics of combating colds and flues. Vitamin C is another basic requirement of staying healthy. You can know all of the basics of staying healthy but when you get sick all you want is to get some relief from your symptoms. This need for quick relief is what sends so many people flocking to the pharmacy. Over the counter meds can offer fast relief from most of the symptoms you might be feeling. But what they can also do is simply stretch out your symptoms-too much medication can actually lengthen your illness! Why would you choose a longer cold with temporary spells of relief over a shorter cold with longer periods of relief?
Pure water is the way to go. Everybody knows they need between six and eight glasses of water each day but you can use water as more than something to quench your thirst. When you have a headache, try drinking some water instead of heading for the aspirin or Advil bottle. A lot of people get headaches because they are not properly hydrated. Simply drinking some water can cause that headache to fade. Water can be used for more than simple hydration. Hot baths, for example, are great for helping people break fevers (just remember to keep a cold compress on your head so you don’t get dangerously overheated). The heat of the water in a hot bath will make you start sweating, which is what will help break your fever (and it will relax your muscles as well). Sweating is one of the ways your body regulates its temperature and reduces fevers. For hundreds of years, ginger has been a favorite cure for the common flu. Ginger is really easy to come by-it is used in almost every kitchen in the world and many people swear by ginger tea when they have a cold or the flu. Adding some ginger to your food is a good idea when you start to feel sick is a great way to help fight off the germs. It’s easier for you to heal when you’ve had some ginger. Regularly eating ginger foods or drinking ginger tea can help you strengthen your immune system which can help you keep from getting sick at all.
You have no doubt heard about the way that Echinacea can boost your immune system. If you want Echinacea to work properly, it needs to be taken as soon as you feel the cold start to set in. As soon as you feel those symptoms start, take a capsule or two of Echinacea and you might be able to ward off the flu completely. If you’re already in the throes of a cold or the flu, taking some Echinacea can help the healing process along and lessen your symptoms. Taking approximately 1200 mgs a day while you’re ill will help you heal. Don’t try to take all 1200 mgs at once; in order to get the right dosage take 400mgs three times a day.
In order to avoid illness altogether, use natural health methods to make your immune system as strong as possible. If you know how to treat your symptoms the right way you can help yourself get better faster and keep yourself from relapse. Be practical and use the natural cold remedies you have on hand instead of spending money on chemicals that don’t really cure what ails you.