Why do our immune systems always seem to take a hit when our lives are at their busiest, leaving behind a cold that makes us want to curl up in a ball on the couch despite looming deadlines and family or friend commitments?
If you are stuck with a cold but need to get back to real life fast, here are some at-home remedies you can try to relieve your sneezes, sniffles, and other cold-related symptoms.
At-Home Cold Remedies
It’s important to drink liquids throughout the day, but especially when you’re dealing with a cold. A small study published in CHEST found that hot liquids may actually help more than cold liquids when it comes to loosening mucus.
Start your day with a warm and soothing cup of Theraflu (either in the form of a Theraflu PowerPod or Hot Liquid Powder) for powerful symptom relief.
Make some chicken soup.
A separate study published in CHEST found that chicken soup in particular is the comfort food go-to for helping alleviate cold symptoms. That’s because homemade chicken soup can slow down white blood cell movement, so they stay concentrated in the area of infection in the body, helping it to recover more quickly.
Increase your vitamin C.
Research published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews found while daily vitamin C intake can’t prevent a cold, increasing vitamin C intake at the beginning of experiencing cold symptoms may help treat it and is more likely to do so for someone under physical stress — such as athletes and those living in very cold climates. There are many foods that have high vitamin C levels aside from oranges, such as peppers, guava, kiwi, broccoli, and kale.
Add some honey to your hot beverage.
Honey has been shown to have antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties, and studies suggest certain kinds of honey may even act as a cough suppressant for some people.
Gargle salt water.
Take some time before or after brushing your teeth to gargle one teaspoon of salt dissolved in a glass of water. Research published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that making your own salt water gargle at home can prevent upper respiratory tract infections including colds and can alleviate symptoms like sore throat and nasal congestion in those who have come down with a cold.