We have all suffered from common cold and cough atleast once in our lives. There are different reasons that contribute to it, changing weather, poor lifestyle, dietary habits, excess consumption of processed foods, certain dairy products among others.
All such habits lead to the accumulation of toxins in the body. These toxins, if not flushed out timely can be harmful for our health. Our body usually eliminates these toxins through stool, urine and sweat. However, when the toxic load increases and there is no flushing out, the body opens the mucous memberanes and that's when people commonly get cold.
We are slowly moving to the next season of the year and while this change of weather makes us happy, it brings along a lot of common health issues for all of us.
Common cold is widespread during this time of the year. Though it is not chronic, it is essential to get rid of it as soon as possible to stay healthy and fit.
We spoke to Anchal Kapur, Co-founder and Lifestyle Medicine Coach, Wellcureand asked her to share some home remedies which can help treat common cold.
Warm Water Gargle
Gargling with warm water with some salt in it two times a day helps provide relief from cold.
Drink Lukewarm Water
Avoid drinking cold, refrigerated water when having cold. Sip on lukewarm water through the day.
Consume Fruits And Vegetables
When you have cold, increase the intake of fruits and vegetables which are rich in vitamin C. Vitamin C is a great natural remedy to get rid of cold. Some fruits and vegetables rich in vitamin C are tomatoes, spinach, amla, citrus fruits and broccoli.
Practice Jala Neti
Jala neti is a common practice which helps in cleansing nasal passages. However, make sure you practice it under the guidance of a nature cure practitioner.
Take Facial Steam
To get rid of cold quickly, take facial steam two times a day. Add carom seeds or ajwain in steam water and inhale. It helps in unclogging sinuses quickly. You can also add a few drops of eucalyptus oil in steam water.
Homemade Herbal Tea
Drink homemade herbal tea twice a day. You can make it using some ginger, peppercorns, tulsi leaves and haldi. In some water, add all the ingredients - grated ginger, 2-3 peppercorns, a few Tulsi leaves and grated raw haldi or turmeric. Boil for a few minutes and strain.
Homemade Concoction For Congestion
To get rid of the congestion, you can prepare a concoction using 1 tsp lemon juice, 1 tsp ginger juice, and a pinch of haldi. Consume it 3-4 times a day.
Pranayama is a common yoga practice of focusing on the breath. It can help get rid of cold.
Talking about the food and drinks one should consume while having cold, the expert shared that one should eat only when hungry. Some good food and drink options are:
- Fruit juice (diluted with water in 1:1 ratio)
- Coconut water
- Juicy fruits
- Pulpy fruits
- Steamed vegetables
The expert further shared that one must avoid dairy products, tea, coffee, processed foods, grains and non vegetarian foods when having cold.
Though these natural remedies are mostly effective and have no side effects, it is best you consult your doctor before following any of these if you are under any medication or treatment.
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