Classic Tips for Getting Over a Fall Cold That Actually Work

There’s no cure for the common cold—there, we said it. There are so many articles and resources out there that are all promising to cure your cold faster as long as you use their patented remedies, or products, or follow their helpful advice. The truth is, there are some things that will help you get relief from the pain and frustration of symptoms, but there’s not much that you can do to get rid of a cold once it’s taken hold.

Today, we’re here to give you a few tips on things that will make you feel better this cold season. These tips will help alleviate your physical pain and can help you rest easier, hopefully leading to a less-unpleasant bout of sickness, and a shorter period before you’re well again.

Stay hydrated as much as possible

Every doctor and health practitioner out there will tell you that the best thing to do when you’ve got a cold is to stay hydrated as much as you can. The best things to drink are water, tea, clear broth, or juice—ideally, a brand without too much added sugar. These liquids help break up congestion and prevent the body from becoming dehydrated, which is a danger when your body is constantly expelling fluids through mucus and sweat. It may be tempting to drink coffee or soda to help perk yourself up when you’re feeling crappy, but these will only exacerbate dehydration.

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Use warm liquids to encourage mucus flow

Even though avoiding dehydration is one of the key reasons why you should be drinking plenty of water while you’re sick, fluids also have the benefit of loosening up mucus in the lungs, especially if you’re drinking warm liquids. Some of the best warm drinks that you can have while you’re sick are herbal teas, warm water with lemon, or you can whip up a pot of ginger tea made with fresh sliced ginger. Add a spoonful of honey to soothe a sore throat, and a squeeze of lemon to help clear sinuses, and you’ve got a great sore throat soother that tastes delicious, too.

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