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Fighting Colds and Flu

Tuesday, November 15, 2016


It’s cold and flu season, and once the symptoms hit, you feel listless, hoping that the disease will pass quickly, and run to the pharmacy to get medicine and a box of Kleenex. Even a cold that lasts just a few days can leave you weak for a week or more after the symptoms are gone, interfering with your activities. Fortunately, you might be able to relieve a cold in as little as 24 hours by following this guide.

Take a Hot Shower or a Long Warm Bath
It may be difficult to get out of bed, especially if you’re feeling sick, but the steam in the shower will help clear up your sinuses, making it easier to breathe. A long very warm bath is healing for the whole body and soul, preferably with soft candlelight and classical music.

Try Elderberry
Elderberry concentrate or syrup is available in most health stores. Elderberry is high in vitamin C and its antioxidants disrupt viral bonding with the cell lining, thus slowing down and even blocking the spread of viral infections. Furthermore, elderberries have been found to ease cold and flu symptoms, as well as throat infections and sinus infections. It’s important to note that elderberries should not be eaten raw, but instead taken as a concentrate or syrup. Take one or two teaspoons three times a day to ease your symptoms and shorten the lifespan of the disease.

Eggs and Hot Tea
Eggs are packed full of proteins and essential amino acids, all of which strengthen the body and helps combat viral infection, so hard or soft boil an egg, or—fry if you need to.  Make a hot cup of tea with honey and fresh lemon juice. Remember to add the honey to your tea–it’s far more effective than most cough syrups.  

Drink More Water
When you’re sick, the body requires a lot of fluids to fight the inflammation, because as body temperature starts to spike, it increases water evaporation in the body, which can lead to dehydration. The body needs liquids to help flush out the congestion that accumulates in the nose and throat, so make sure to add an extra two cups of water on top of your usual consumption.
 
Take a Walk Outside
You’ll be amazed how much a 30 minute walk outside can boost your energy level and reduce your aches and pains. Walking outside also helps by making it easier to breath. Studies have also shown that exercise stimulates the immune system and shortens the length of colds and flu.

Chicken Soup
It’s not a myth that chicken soup does the body wonders in times of illness, as the cooked chicken contains the amino acid cysteine, which works like a bronchitis cure. If you want to boost the flavor and healing abilities of your soup, add some garlic, which is known as a powerful anti-inflammatory, as well as some red pepper that contains capsaicin to ease congestion.

Gargle to Clear Your Sinuses
A congested nose and throat can turn from a discomfort into a severe inflammation, and that is why it is important to clear your sinuses before you go to bed. All you have to do is add a teaspoon of salt to a glass of warm water, and gargle the salt-water for 30 seconds at a time, until you’ve finished the glass. This is great for your gums too.

Get to Bed Early
When fighting a cold, watching TV until the middle of the night is not a good idea, because your body needs at least 7 hours of sleep in order to beat the disease. Add an extra pillow to prop up your head. This will help keep your sinuses and airways clear, meaning that you’ll enjoy a significantly higher quality of sleep, something you’ll be thankful for the following day.


Spencer Thornton, MD, and the Biosyntrx staff