Very often people who suffer from cold and flu take antibiotic treatment for the same, which is wrong. It is important to understand that cold and flu are caused by viruses. Antibiotic treatment for a viral infection is an ineffective way of dealing with it. Viruses trigger the cold and flu, but they are not the real cause of it.
Research has indicated that catching cold and flu are due to a weak immune system and also due to the deficiency of vitamin D. The best source of vitamin D is direct sunlight. Vitamin D has high anti-microbial properties, which help in killing bacteria, viruses and fungi.Basically, less vitamin D weakens the immune system and makes you more prone to cold and flu.
Some of the common factors for a weak immune system are –
- Less sleep.
- Sedentary lifestyle with no exercise.
- Vitamin D deficiency.
- Eating too much sugar.
- Let us look at 7 Best ways to heal faster from Cold and Flu.
- Try to increase the Vitamin D intake.
- Increase the intake of herbal and natural teas.
- Include super seeds, berries and other high antioxidant foods in your diet.
- Avoid eating fatty and greasy food.
- Drink plenty of water and gargle with salt water.
- Some easy home remedies are:
Let us look at 7 Best ways to heal faster from Cold and Flu.
Try to increase the Vitamin D intake.
The early morning tender sunrays before 8am are good for the body. Vitamin D is important for strengthening the immune system and bones. An appropriate amount of sunlight is a good source of vitamin D for the body and it helps in preventing as well as in healing many diseases, like cancer and heart diseases.
Some of the foods that are high in vitamin D are mushroom, omega 3 fatty fish, egg yolk etc.
Take plenty of rest.
When you are sick, the immune system is weak and the body needs more energy to fight the infection. It’s time to take rest and recover your strength. Take plenty of rest by sleeping. Avoid your daily schedules of going to school, office or any other activity. It is time to relax and take good rest.
Add garlic and ginger in your diet.
Ginger is a natural antiviral, which helps in fighting against bacteria causing cold. It further acts as an antihistamine and decongestant, which helps in relieving cold. Its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties help in boosting the immune system. You can have ginger, lemon or honey with tea.
Garlic has antiseptic and antibacterial properties like allicin, which helps in killing the cold virus. The garlic oil helps in breaking up the mucus and clearing congestion. For e.g., crush one garlic clove and suck
Increase the intake of herbal and natural teas.
Increase the intake of green tea, chamomile tea, oolong tea, peppermint tea etc. Herbal teas are the best options to fortify your body’s immunity levels. Ensure that you use whole leaf teas and not tea bags, which consists of tea dust and pesticides.
Include super seeds, berries and other high antioxidant foods in your diet.
Super seeds like pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, chia seeds, sesame seeds and sunflower seeds are very high in antioxidant properties. Berries like blueberries, blackberries, gooseberries etc., are also extremely good for health.
When you include these super seeds and berries in your diet, it helps to boost the immune system.
Avoid eating fatty and greasy food.
All of us know that we need to eat light and healthy food for quick recovery. Avoid eating sugary, fatty and unhealthy foods. Healthy fermented foods like probiotic yogurt, kimchi (Korean) pickle) and apple cider vinegar are good foods which help to increase immunity levels.
Drink plenty of water and gargle with salt water.
Drink plenty of water and fluids in the form of soups and broths to keep the body hydrated. It will prevent dehydration and fatigue. Further gargling with warm salt water will soothe your sore throat.
You can also try and get some nice hot vegetables and chicken soups or broths, which can be energy boosting and also serve as a full meal. You can also use saline nasal sprays, which will wash away the dried mucus and help you to breathe easier.Having a hot shower helps in better breathing and moisturising the nasal passages.
Some easy home remedies are:
Warm water with garlic, lemon and honey.
Crush 1 garlic clove. Add 2tbsp of lemon juice, 1tbsp of honey and add warm water. Mix it well and have it. Repeat it 3-4 times a day.
Add 1/2 inch of sliced ginger, 1 garlic clove, 2-3 cloves, 2 cardamoms, green tea leaves and honey to taste. Brew the tea and have it for good relief.
Take a pan of hot water. Add dried herbs like thyme, rosemary sage and ginger. Boil it and then put off the gas. Take a towel, cover your head and inhale the steam, till the water becomes cold. It will provide great relief.
Eat raw onions especially white raw onions for relief from a sore throat.
The above are some natural home remedies which can be easily done at home. If you take adequate rest and eat healthy immune building foods, you will recover fast and better.
Please read our earlier article 10 Best Ways to boost your immune system.
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