Just when you thought you made it through the winter without getting sick, you get hit with a bad common cold. Hey, we’ve all been there. It sucks and it takes a toll on you. And the worse thing is that it takes you away valuable time and energy. But by following a few simple tricks, you might be able to speed up your healing and recovery.
1. Get enough rest
From the day you were a toddler, you were probably reminded by your parents how important sleep is for your growth and health. And they couldn’t be more right. Sleeping is a particular metabolic state that lets your body regulate its temperature, blood pressure, hormones, digestion and all other functions. Also, by getting enough sleep, you give your nose, your lungs, and your throat some time to recover, thus reducing inflammation and irritation.
2. Stay warm
When you have a cold, you start to get headaches and muscle cramps. This is because your body gets exhausted by fighting germs, and has a hard time maintaining and repairing your musculature. Your blood circulation also drops, slowing everything down. Therefore, you need to warm up your body to enhance its metabolism and let it focus solely on fighting germs. This will also help you ease your pain and irritation.
3. Get some fresh air
Staying in bed for too long can make your cold prolong and make you feel exhausted and miserable. Also, if you don’t vent your room from time to time, the air in it will become full of germs, making your nose even more irritated. So whenever you can, leave your windows open for a few minutes and let fresh air come inside. Also, every day or two, force yourself to take a short stroll around the block. This will speed up your blood circulation and also freshen up your whole body.
4. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables
When feeling sick, people tend to forget to take care of their digestion. This makes things even worse, because eating the right food can help you even more than the best medication. Fruits and vegetables contain all the elements your body needs to fight cold. Vitamins, antioxidants, amino acids… all of them can be found in vegetables. Also, when cooking a meal, add some garlic. Garlic is a powerful tool in fighting Rhinitis, as it helps lower your blood pressure, loosening that tight feeling you get in your nose and sinuses.
5. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!
You probably heard this one a thousand times and you’re getting tired of it. But drinking water during cold really is the most important thing you can do to help yourself. See, when you have a cold, your body is facing an investation of bacteria that are generating toxic and harmful substances in your mouth, nose, sinuses, throat and lungs. In order to speed up the fight, and your recovery, your body needs water. Your body uses water to rinse itself. Also, water is a key element in thermoregulation. Your brain knows this very well, since it uses water to cool itself down. So if you want to help your body purge bacteria and reduce your body temperature, start by drinking at least 10 cups of water per day.
So there you have it. By following these five simple steps, you won’t make your cold disappear right away. But you will speed up your recovery and reduce your suffering. Just be patient and stay positive. Within days, you will feel great again.