natural-cold-flu-remediesThe number of people affected with flu is on the rise. Wherever you are, you might be coughing, sneezing, or sniffling. Here are some practical ways to help you feel better:

Eat some chicken soup

Your mother’s mother’s mother might have known this flu and cold remedy but it really works. Chicken soup somehow help reduce congestion of your airways. If you have tried Chinese medicine, they have hot, spicy soups that can help alleviate infections of the upper respiratory tract. You can also try vegetable or fish broth but the chicken soup has been a favorite.

Rest

When you are sick, your body is telling you that you need to slow down and get some rest. Stop stressing that you missed work or cannot go somewhere but give in to the signals of your body. Among the best way to combat any sickness is by resting. You do not have to be bedridden but make sure you are comfortable. Prop up your head to help with the drainage.

Drink a lot of water

Flu and sniffles tend to dehydrate your body so a crucial part of the treatment is drinking a lot of water. Some broth, juice, and tea will also help. Try to avoid alcohol and caffeine since they tend to dehydrate you more.

Do not overdo the vitamins

Supplements and vitamins may help your body get strong and healthy but it will not help you get well fast when you take them just when flu hits you. Overdoing these supplements may also trigger diarrhea that in turn will dehydrate you more.

Gargle

If your throat hurts, you do not have to rush to the drug store. Try some warm water and mix in some salt and gargle this solution. It will not be the best of flavors but it will help soothe your throat. The swelling will decrease and you will be able to drink and eat more comfortably.