Common Cold

Everyone will catch several colds throughout the course of a lifetime. The common cold is caused by viruses and is characterised by a runny nose, coughing, watery eyes and hoarseness. If there is also fever and body aches, it may be termed as flu. Resistance to colds and flu is measured by the body’s own defence mechanism – our immune system. Mental wellbeing and physical health both play an important role in boosting our immunity.

A cold is a contagious viral disease that infects the soft lining (mucous membrane) of the nose. There are more than 100 different viruses that can result in a cold and the characteristic symptom of the common cold is a runny nose, with other symptoms including a sore throat, sneezing, headache, coughing, and high temperature.



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There are some natural remedies you can try for conquering the common cold. These natural remedies activate the body’s own resistance and help to alleviate cold and flu symptoms. Colds are usually self-limiting, but a neglected cold may develop into a chest infection such as bronchitis, or the infection may spread to the ears, sinuses, throat, or larynx. Good rest and plenty of fluids, especially hot water mixed with fresh lemon juice, half a spoonful of turmeric powder and a little honey, are the best approach.

Vitamin D is one of the most effective treatments for the common cold, but works better as a preventive regimen. Apple cider vinegar, a powerful alkalising food, will help not only kill a cold but also squash its miserable symptoms. Vitamin C, an effective immune booster, is a go-to remedy for both preventing and treating colds. Honey, a soothing and healing agent, can go a long way in boosting immunity and treating cold symptoms. Its diverse array of antioxidant, antiviral, and antibacterial nutrients make it an excellent cold medicine that mixes well with other cold remedies such as apple cider vinegar or lemon.

Ginger root is a powerful healer with amazing anti-inflammatory properties. Zinc has been scientifically proven to help combat the sniffing, sneezing, and coughing symptoms typically associated with colds. Echinacea is an excellent cold remedy as it stimulates the immune system and promotes the activation of T-cells.

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