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Treating Your Cold or Flu at Home

By Stepy Kamei

Getting sick is such a hassle, but unfortunately, it's a pretty common occurrence most of us face on a somewhat annual basis. Despite our best precautions and preventative measures, it can be easy to catch the common cold or flu, especially in the cold winter months. Illnesses have a knack for zapping all the energy out of you, making it feel difficult to even take care of yourself enough to get through the worst of the symptoms. However, it is possible, and even necessary, to combat your illness at home. You can rely on simple yet extremely effective home remedies in order to start feeling better sooner while also reducing the severity of your symptoms. Read on to learn more about the simple yet helpful remedies you can keep on hand at home to get through the worst of your cold and flu symptoms.

Soothing Liquids

Staying hydrated is one of the most important things you can do in order to improve how you feel while toughing out an illness. Water is the only beverage that will truly hydrate you, so be sure to always have a full glass of water close to your bedside so you can take sips while resting.

However, you may be craving more variety, and a soothing hot beverage can do wonders to improve symptoms such as a stuffy nose and sore throat. Drinking a hot mug of chicken broth can provide nutrients and reduce the severity of your symptoms. Hot green tea with honey can also soothe a scratchy throat and keep you hydrated.

Ginger and Peppermint

One of the more debilitating symptoms of sickness is nausea and queasiness. Fortunately, you can add natural herbs such as ginger and peppermint to your hot beverages for effective and almost immediate relief. Stock up on teas that contain ginger and/or peppermint so you can sip on them and soothe your stomach. Peppermint in particular is known to stop the spasms in the stomach that lead to nausea and vomiting, making it a wise choice to always have in your pantry on days when you're too queasy to leave the house.


Garlic isn't just a delicious nutrient that boosts the flavor of any dish it's in. Garlic can also provide helpful nutrients and minerals to boost your immune system and improve sickness symptoms. That's because garlic is known to contain allicin, which is a compound that has antimicrobial properties.

Even better, studies have shown that people who consume garlic regularly tend to have a lower risk of getting ill. Consider adding more garlic into your favorite dishes, or even taking a garlic supplement every day in order to reap the benefits.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Morrisville, N.C.

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