Whenever a cold or flu occurs, there seems to be no cure available that can help you feel better fast enough, especially when it comes to medicines. When it comes to purchasing over-the-counter treatments, for instance, unfortunately, there is no quick fix to getting better, which might even leave you feeling a bit weak and frustrated for a few days.
If you’re an all-natural foodie like me, you probably have a lot of resistance when it comes to consuming medications. If you’re always aware of what you’re putting in your body, then a prescribed medication might not be the best route to go for you. Unfortunately, in the case of conditions such as bronchitis or pneumonia, which are conditions that have escalated from regular colds and flu, you can’t just rely on holistic medicines and methods to help you recover. You can, however, implement a few tips and tricks to help you feel better and ultimately even heal your case of the flu altogether.
5 Tips for Recovering from Colds and Flus
Get a lot of rest.
Not just the standard 7 or 8 hours of sleep kind, but the actual, switch off from the world kind. Don’t think about work, or anything else other than getting better. Some people think that staying in bed makes you feel worse and that you should but your makeup on and stay as energised as you can, but when your body feels run down, the last thing you want to do is put a strain on it.
When you have a common case of the cold or flu, your immune system is broken down and weak, which requires you to rest, so tuck yourself under a blanket and try to get as much sleep possible.
Blow your nose on the regular
It might not make any sense at all, but sniffling doesn’t help at all. All it does is sends the mucus back to your head, resulting in you feeling stuffy.
Blowing your nose too hard, however, might cause an earache. Try blowing your nose gently and often, switching from one nostril to the other.
Consume hot drinks
Whether it’s hot water with lemon, ginger tea or any tea for that matter, it will help soothe your inflamed membranes, as well as your throat and nose.
The act of gargling will relieve and moisten a sore throat. You can dissolve a teaspoon of salt in hot water and gargle it four times a day. You can also try to gargle one tablespoon of lemon juice, honey and two cups of hot water mixed.
Let the steam rise
If you’re feeling dizzy, run a hot shower while you take a bath. It will allow your nasal passages to open and your body to relax.