Cold and flu remedies that actually work

Cold weather doesn’t literally make you sick, but the winter season does indeed make you more prone to catching a bad cold. Chilly conditions mean you spend more time indoors, where bacteria and viruses are more likely to linger in the air and on surfaces you touch, and the drop in temperature leaves your mucus membranes dry, irritated, and more vulnerable to infection. Some quick remedy tips. Fevers and mucus production leave you dehydrated, which is why it’s so important to flood your system with fluids when you’re ill. But excessive alcohol will dampen your immune system and dehydrate you, so don’t guzzle wine or beer just because. There isn’t exactly concrete evidence that a bowl of chicken soup can make your cold shorter or less severe, but some studies do support its healing powers. It may have anti-inflammatory properties. When you get sick at an inconvenient time, it can be tempting to rush to urgent care and demand a microbe-murdering wonder drug. But don’t antibiotics just because you’re feeling under the weather. Chances are good you have a cold or flu, which can’t be treated with antibiotics. Antibiotics kill bacteria, but colds and flus are caused by viruses. Some studies have shown vitamin C doesn’t seem to do much, and neither does echinacea. But zinc lozenges may help you get better, if you start taking them regularly within 24 hours of your first symptoms…..Always check with your doctor…..Ed
Source: Rachel Feltman /Photo: Public Domain

Posted in All Stories, Ed McMahon

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