Simple and effective natural remedies and methods to treat cough and cold are more popular nowadays. Even if you managed to protect yourself from these nasty virus infections there is high possibility that they will hit you during these winter months. Flu is most common among people at the end of December and beginning of January.
It is very unpleasant condition with a variety of symptoms and it is able to keep you in your bed for a week because there is not a medication that can treat it. Unlike bacterial infections that can be treated with antibiotics, viruses require different treatment.
EASY NATURAL TREATMENTS TO CURE COLDS
Chicken soup or hot cup of tea
We all know that hot chicken soup is your best remedy when viruses attack your respiratory organs and airways. The same effect can have a cup of hot tea and a glass of warm lemonade. The effectiveness comes from the temperature and not from the ingredients. While you swallow the hot soup or hot tea, the heat from the esophagus spreads to the upper air ways and it helps to soften the mucus that is accumulated in the larynx. The softened mucus can be expelled easy by coughing out.
8 glasses of water a day is the amount of liquid we need to provide proper health to our organism. The precise measure is 0.02 dl per kilogram of body mass. If you have cold or fly the recommended amount is 2 liter is liquid. Liquids can prevent the mucus to stick to the walls of the larynx and helps you breathe easy. So if you have a cold any drink can be useful but be careful with coffee and alcohol because they have diuretic effect.
Salty water gargles
Sore throat during colds and flu is inevitable but it can be fixed with gargling salty water. Put a tablespoon of salt in a glass of water and let it dissolve. Drink a sip and gargle 10-20 seconds in your mouth. It will soothe the pain in the throat and ease the swallowing. Repeat this more times during a day.
Make sure you stay in bed for at least two days. Pain in the muscles and weakness will make you do that anyway. Resting is important because in the most chritical period of 2-3 days the streinght of your organism is needed to recover from the virus. It is recommended to spend at least 2-3 days at home in your bed. That will help you recover faster and avoid some of the complication and prevent spreading of the virus to other people.
We all have to follow the basic and well know measures of protection from viruses. Wash often your hands often, use paper napkins, and put a napkin on the mouth when you cough and not a hand. Throw away the napkin after use. A lot of experts are sure that if we follow these protection methods there will be less people affected with flu and colds.