For most of us, the occasional cold seems normal. Personal philosophies vary from letting it run its course to running out to the local pharmacy and taking various over the counter medicine to alleviate symptoms. What many people do not realize is that a cold doesn’t have to last for seven to ten days. And we don’t have to suffer through a half-dozen or more colds in a year either! There are some very simple measures anyone can take to boost immunity and reduce the onset or length of a cold.
Even something as simple as a little runny nose can be a sign your body is struggling. Take it to heart, increase fluids and do your best to get an extra hour or so of sleep for several days. Cancel appointments or obligations that can wait until you feel better. Pure water provides support to organs and assists in flushing out toxins. Hot fluids, such as herbal teas can break up mucus, soothe the throat and stomach lining, and penetrate into the lungs. Teas that include eucalyptus, peppermint, lemon, and marshmallow root are especially helpful in supporting immune-system defenses and warding off the “bugs” that form more common symptoms.