That is mainly because of the common cold attribute to a virus. There are actually over 200 known viral strains of the common cold. Viruses are tricky because they learn and mutate, making them nearly impossible to treat. When somebody catches a cold, the virus will attach itself to the throat and nose's mucous membranes. The virus then hijacks the cells in the mucous membranes and forces them to replicate more virus cells. The symptoms of the common cold, sneezing, coughing, sore throat, congestion, and fatigue are just the defensive attacks the immune system mounts when trying to fend off the cold.
If there is no “cure” for the common cold, how do we deal with it? Well, there are a lot of natural choices out there for fighting the common cold. Some are age-old, tried and true, while others are a little less utilised. We will examine three of the most widely known and frequently used ways to alleviate the common cold—methods we all can use to bring some relief from the suffering hopefully.
1. Chicken Soup
Ever heard the saying “feed a cold, starve a fever”? Well, this has some validity to it. When the body is fighting off an infection, there may be a fever involved. However, typically with most colds, this is not the case. When a cold occurs, the body needs nourishment to fight off the attack. This is why chicken soup is an excellent remedy for the common cold. Hot liquids and bland foods like chicken soup will help keep the body hydrated and nourished. With proper nourishment, the body can return to a harmonious balance, and the cold will diminish. And chicken soup is full of essential vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants are known to speed up the healing process. Homemade organic chicken soup is the best option.
Ginger is an excellent plant with lots of healing properties. Ginger can help fight off the common cold due to its antiviral, anti-inflammatory and expectorant properties. Eating raw ginger or adding it to tea several times a day, can significantly improve cold symptoms. And to enhance the power of ginger, add some lemon and honey, both powerful herbs in their own right. The anti-inflammatory property in ginger makes it great to help relieve a sore throat. Ginger also helps the body sweat out the toxins associated with the common cold. It is recommended to keep ginger handy at all times of the year and use it as preventive medicine, even when not feeling sick.
3. Get Plenty of Rest
This one seems like a no-brainer. But in today’s society, we don’t take this as seriously as we should. When fighting off an illness, proper rest is pertinent. Several studies have found sleep deprivation leads to poor immune function. Having good sleeping habits will not only help somebody recover from a cold, but it also helps prevent getting sick, to begin with. The rest itself should be quality though, not restless. And this can sometimes be difficult with a cold. This is where a lot of people turn to over-the-counter cold medications that contain alcohol. Alcohol will induce sleep, but it won’t allow for quality sleep. So try to steer clear of these if possible. And take time off from the everyday grind when needed.
Dealing with the common cold can be difficult, but incorporating these important habits may be what is needed to kick that cold to the curb. So give them a try next time that nasty cold tries to take control.