The Best Ways To Slay A Cold
You sneeze, sniffle, then reach for a tissue. That’s when it hits you: you have a cold, and it’s only going to get worse.
There is no magic pill to destroy a cold before it starts. All you can do is help your body fight off the virus as quickly as possible. That’s why we’ve put together this list of immune system hacks to shorten the lifespan of your cold.
Lemon juice is an acidic liquid, which will thin the mucus in your throat and make it easier to breathe. Combined with the antimicrobial properties of the lemon juice, this makes your throat a less habitable place for the cold virus, and more habitable for the white blood cells that are trying to fight it off.
Emergen-C is a line of supplements designed to give your body super-concentrated amounts of essential nutrients that guard against infection. The two main ingredients are vitamin C and zinc. The vitamin C makes your cells more efficient and able to process through the zinc. Zinc has been shown to dramatically shorten the lifespan of a cold and is more effective the earlier you take it.
Turns out that chicken soup is good for the soul and the body. An ingredient in chicken broth called carnosine works to help your immune system beat back a cold before it gets going. The steam and soothing liquid of chicken soup also clears your sinuses and thin mucus in the respiratory system.
When you have a cold, chances are you’re exhausted and want to do nothing but sleep. Listen to your body! Sleep shuts down non-essential processes so your body can focus only on fighting the cold virus. Plus you don’t have to deal with the sniffing and sneezing when you’re asleep.
Your body needs water in order to constantly flush out the viruses attacking your system. Like clearing out leaves from your gutters with a hose, staying hydrated means your body has a clean pipeline to flush water through the liver and kidneys—and the better these organs work, the more quickly you’ll be able to kill that cold virus.
It’s important to listen to your body: sleep when you’re tired, drink when you’re thirsty, and stay up on essential vitamins to stop a cold dead in its tracks. You can find all of these supplies and more at your local Family Pharmacy.