There's no cure for the common cold. But what about cold remedies that claim to make you feel better faster? Find out what's effective — and what's not.
Best way to fight cold symptoms is to reduce food intake and let your body fight with it. Fasting is one of the most powerful rebooting way to fight with any illness. When we do not feel well our appetite usually reduces. Having heavy meals and eating lots of carbohydrates may slow down your recovery. Your immune system will kick off when you support it with vitamins and nutrients. Fasting has been associated with a wide array of potential health benefits including weight loss and blood sugar control.
2. High dose of vitamin C
Get plenty of vitamin C, it may make you feel better and help you get rid of a cold faster. Vitamin C is necessary for development and repair of all body tissues. It is involved in the proper functioning of the immune system. Good source of vitamin C are oranges and orange juice, peppers, blackcurrants, broccoli, brussels sprouts.
3. Try natural supplements from the hive such as propolis, bee pollen and beebread
Natural bee products such as propolis, pollen and beebread are called “vitamin bombs”.
Pollen finds application particularly in convalescence, lack of appetite, vitamin deficiency. Pollen treatment improves general feeling of well being, enhances fitness and boosts immunity.
Beebread has a large variety of minerals and it has high quantities of iron, cobalt,phosphorus, calcium. It is one of the richest natural foods containing selenium.Beebread is also an excellent source of potassium and B-group vitamins. Aminoacids, which are pre-digested for easy assimilation in the ratio that the human bodyneeds, constitute about 15% of the dry substance in beebread.
Propolis is composed of a number of biologically active substances showing very strong bactericidal and analgesic effects. It also has an anti-inflammatory effect that may help your cold symptoms. It accelerates cell metabolism and has a general detoxication effect.
4. Importance of balanced diet
Kale, broccoli, cranberries, green tea, red onions, blueberries have an antioxidant called quercetin that may help you fight the common cold. Eating fruits and vegetables is essential especially during periods when we are exposed to cold and wet weather. Balanced diet supports immune system and guaranine an overall well-being.
5. Ginger & Lemon
A cup of fresh, hot ginger and lemon tea may seem to be just the thing you need when you feel under the weather and are nursing a cold. It helps clear congestion and soothe your throat. And some studies show ginger root may help prevent the common cold by blocking the virus. We made it easier at the Honey Lovers and have developed an amazing HONEYBOOST Ginger & Lemon Honey.
Just add a spoon of it to warm water and make a healthy and delicious drink which will smooth your throat and warm up your body.
What DOESN’T help to fight with COLD?
Milk, cheese, yogurts, ice cream. Overall try to avoid dairy when dealing with cold symptoms. gets a bad rap. Dairy products will make you create more mucus. You may feel congested for much longer when your diet is not moderated.
Evidence suggests that high-sugar diets can lead to obesity, inflammation and high blood sugar and blood pressure levels. When your immune system is compromised and fights cold symptoms eating sweets which contains a lot of sugar may cause further infection. Your body needs alkaline food and easy to digest diet full of nutrition which support the immune system. Sugar acts as vitamin and mineral thief in our body making it feel tired and slow.
7. Lack of sleep
Sleeping is very important. Our body needs minimum 7 hours to recover during a night. When you fight an illness you definitely need to allow your body to rest. Sleeping is the most natural way to recover and if you constantly tire your body out it will increase the symptoms. Your body recovers best during a night.