4 Natural Remedies To Battle The Common Cold Feel yourself coming down with a cold? At that first inkling of a sore throat or when you are starting to feel a little run-down, that is the time to get on top of things and take a few steps to help minimize the damage. Depending on how far along that bug is, you may not be able to completely prevent the cold from coming on, but you sure can help minimize the duration as well as the severity. Let’s take a closer peek at four natural remedies that can help you combat the common cold. Go Garlic! If there ever were a time to overdose on garlic, now would be it. Don’t worry about your breathe, at this point, your mission is to simply reduce that cold bug. Garlic can help. Mince a few cloves of garlic up and add them to whatever meal you plan to serve for dinner. Garlic contains compounds that can help to not only minimize the symptoms but could also help prevent colds entirely as well. The more garlic you can eat in your everyday menu, the better. Up Your Dose Of Vitamin C Oranges, grapefruits, bell peppers, and spinach, what do all of these have in common? They’re great for combating the cold blues. Vitamin C plays a key role with strengthening your immune system and keeping your immune system strong is critical to fending off the cold virus. Try adding a few more of these brightly colored fruits and vegetables to your diet to bump up your intake in a hurry. Eat Plenty Of Zinc-Rich Foods Zinc is another mineral that can help to ward off the common cold, which is one reason why some people suck on zinc lozenges at the first sign of a sore throat. Usually it’s recommended to take in around 75 mg – or the equivalent of three or four lozenges per day to minimize the symptoms. If you aren’t big on having zinc lozenges, you could also simply increase your daily quota of zinc-rich foods as well. Great choices include oysters, beef, spinach, pumpkin and squash seeds, as well as cashews. Even serving some hot cocoa made with cocoa powder and unsweetened almond milk will provide a nice dose of zinc that could help ward off the cold while soothing you sore throat. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate Last but not least, remember to hydrate. While not a fancy strategy of any sort, it’s one that needs mentioning. If you are even the slightest bit dehydrated, it can be harder for your body to get past the cold, causing you to continue to feel run down. Drinking plenty of water (or herbal tea if you prefer) will help wash the bacteria and virus from your system, keeping your body running optimally. Hot liquids do tend to sooth a sore throat as well, so that’s an added benefit. Next time you find yourself coming down with the common cold , keep these smart and simple techniques in mind. Fight it naturally and you may just find yourself feeling again just a short while later. About the Author: FHMatch, all-in-one `Business in a Box! If you're a professional this is for you, it’s always FREE to showcase your profile on FHMatch ! Empowering professionals to engage, manage and grow their client base - everything you need to get started in 3 min or less. |Merchant Payments| Unlimited - No Fee Booking, Invoicing & Messaging| Showcase Photos & Videos, Subsidized Insurance| Twitter , Facebook , Instagram , Pinterest , LinkedIn