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Health 20 November 2018
By: Natasha Tanga

How to Treat Common Cold Naturally

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As one of the common illness that attack people of various age range, common cold and flu are caused by viruses and could not be treated using antibiotics. Prolonged usage of over-the-counter medicines can also weaken your ability to fight the virus, thus extending the time you suffer from a cold. That is why, effective flu treatment consists of a combination of lifestyle choices, herbal remedies and vitamin intake to fight the virus and strengthen your immune system to defend yourself against viral attacks. On this week's journal, we will be explaining about some steps you can take to treat common cold naturally.

1. Get enough rest for the night

Getting seven to nine hours of sleep every night is key to a properly functioning immune system. Good immune levels help fight off existing cold and defends you against a new one. Lack of sleep has been linked to a laundry list of medical disorders from a negative impact on your immune system to dementia.

2. Keep on exercising

Breaking out in a sweat during flu is generally considered safe as long as you physically feel fine. Exercising regularly improves your immune system functions and also acts as a good preventive measure. However, keep in mind while exercise may help you feel better, it may not shorten the length of your cold. If you are involved in strenuous exercises, it depletes the energy needed to fight the virus and can actually make your symptoms worse.

3. Consume fermented foods

Good digestive system promotes good immune system which can keep diseases at bay. Fermented foods provide your intestines with a good variety of bacteria to nurture good gut flora. However, it often does not work fast enough to help reduce the length of your current cold. It is more of a preventive measure to keep you healthy and prevent a lot of illnesses.

4. Manage stress

Practicing meditation, yoga or other stress management techniques are simple and effective practices to support your immune system and prevent other damage caused by stress. Not only making your prone to cold & flu, various diseases linked to stress include obesity, Alzheimer's disease, depression, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and gastrointestinal problems. Therefore, managing your stress and picking your emotional battles everyday can help majorly in treating illnesses.

5. Washing hands regularly

Hand washing is a simple habit to prevent infection by viruses and against further infection if you are sick. It will also prevent and reduce the spread of the virus to other people. However, you shouldn't wash your hands too much either, as frequent washing may strip your skin of protective oils and making it prone to dryness.

6. Cut back on processed food and consume more natural produce

Eating real food and avoiding processed foods will give your body the necessary tools to fight a viral infection. It will also reduce the potential you'll suffer a quick recurrence of the infection. Real foods are best described as those found in the outside aisles of the grocery store that require refrigeration to remain fresh.

A few examples of food that may help you fend off and treat common cold are garlic, turmeric, green leafy vegetables, beef, and salmon. Garlic, which contains antimicrobial and antibacterial properties, helps promote healthy gut flora and gets rid of toxins, bacteria and viruses inside the body. Turmeric is known to be high in antioxidants and contains anti-inflammatory properties. Vegetables can be a good source of vitamins and minerals, while beef and salmon contain zinc and protein.

7. Take natural medication

While over-the-counter medication may help you lose cold & flu symptoms quickly, prolonged use of these remedy can obstruct the body's natural ability to fend off the illness in the long run. Therefore, Herbana now provides you with a herbal formulation that is safe to consume. As one of out Balance Madia line, Cold Ease combines red ginger, ginseng and royal jelly extract to treat cold & flu, as well as strengthening your immunity from the inside out.

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