How To Get Rid of a Cold... Fast!

As the weather starts getting colder, we're more prone to catching a cold (I bet there are some people already sniffing and coughing around you, right?!) and we all know the dreaded sore throat and blocked nose that signals the beginning of getting sick...

The thing about colds is that, usually, they never develop into anything more (see below on the difference between a cold and the flu), which means you're left feeling tired and run down for a while until the symptoms clear. But what if you could get rid of your cold QUICKLY? 

Common Cold Symptoms

  • A blocked or running nose
  • Sneezing
  • Sore throat
  • Coughing
  • Headache
  • Fatigue

Common Flu Symptoms

  • Fever, or a temperature of 38 degrees or higher
  • Body chills
  • Muscle aches, joint pain, and fatigue
  • Nausea or vomiting

 

How To Get Immediate Relief

Even though colds are one of those illnesses that aren’t bad enough to stop you from getting out of bed, most of us still suffer for a few days with the annoyance of a blocked nose, coughs, headaches and tiredness. Having a cold might not seem enough to visit the doctor, but it’s still a virus in your body that your immune system has to fight and kill, and this takes time.

The most important things you can do when you first get a cold is to relieve the symptoms until the virus is out of your system, by using nasal sprays, taking paracetamol, and staying hydrated throughout.

Having lemon & ginger tea with honey will also help by soothing your throat, and making sure you get enough sleep will also help speed recovery up. As Mom always said, "rest and fluids, rest and fluids!"...

How To Get Rid Of A Blocked Nose

One of the worst parts of having a cold is struggling with a blocked nose and not being able to sleep because of it. Here are a few simple tips that can help clear your nasal passage...

1. Take a hot shower to relieve a stuffy nose temporarily, the steam will help clear your nose. So if you’re struggling to sleep, a hot shower before bed will work wonders to decongest you.

2. Place a flannel in warm (but not boiling) water, apply it to the face and leave it there for as long as it’s comfortable.

3. Drink lots of water. Staying hydrated will help replace the lost fluids (from fever, for example) and it will loosen mucus.

4. Use a jade roller to give yourself a face massage (or just use your hands) to get everything moving. Most of the time, our nasal passage becomes inflamed due to infection, so a massage will loosen up any blocked areas. 

5. Eat spicy food that will make your eyes and your nose run! You’ll be all clear in no time! 

How To Get Rid Of A Sore Throat

The best way to cope with a sore throat is by taking paracetamol or ibuprofen to help reduce the inflammation and ease the pain. 

For a more natural remedy, gargle salt water (1/4 to ½ a teaspoon of salt to 4-8 ounces of warm water), and drink lots of warms liquids like tea, warm water with honey or broth. Hot water with lemon and honey is a fail-safe beverage, as the lemon acts as an anti-inflammatory, while the honey coats and soothes the throat. 

How To Speed Up Recovery

Soups

It's no surprise that Grandma's Chicken Soup is synonymous with recovery! Hot soups are not only going to soothe your sore throat but will help replace any lost fluids, too. Make sure you have one packed full of vegetables and herbs so you can stock up on vitamins and minerals at the same time. 

Garlic

Garlic is an anti-bacterial and works wonders for a cold. Eaten raw, baked, in foods, or as a supplement, garlic is an age-old remedy for coughs and colds. 

Hot Bath

A hot and steamy bath (or shower) will help ease nasal congestion and will relax your body. If you’re having a bath, put a few drops of peppermint oil in to help with your blocked sinuses and headaches. 

Raw Honey

Honey has antibacterial benefits, so it should be your first port of call when you feel a cold coming on. Use it in hot water, with lemon, or just eat a spoonful raw from the jar! 

Vitamin C

It’s true what they say, vitamin C can help fight a cold! A study by the University of Helsinki showed that taking 8g of vitamin C daily can shorten a cold by 19%. Opt for a glass of OJ each morning, or try the effervescing vitamin C tablets you can drop into a glass of water for a more intense boost! 

How To Prevent A Cold

So it’s fall, and you may not have caught a cold yet, but everyone around you seems to have the sniffles? Here’s how to keep yourself cold-free and your immune system in tip-top shape! 

1. Make sure you’re having your recommended 10mg of vitamin D a day throughout the year, whether through supplements or through your food such as mushrooms, which are naturally high in vitamin D.

2. Fill your body with nutritional foods and good quality calories (fresh fruit and vegetables) which will help support your immune system.

3. If you’re feeling stressed it’s also a time to really take time to prioritize your sleep and de-stress, as your immune system weakens when you’re worried or anxious. 

4. Always wash your hands and carry hand sanitizer around with you.


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