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Q: What are some simple, inexpensive ways to beat the cold and flu?

A: You know that the common cold can be one of the most fatiguing features of winter, often lasting weeks. The flu is another debilitating infection, often more serious and accompanied by a high fever, body aches, and chills. Here are some tried-and-true ways to help you shorten the life of a cold or flu and get you back on your feet:

  • Stay hydratedóNoncaffeinated drinks, including water and low-sugar juices, may help loosen and clear out mucus, soothe a sore throat, and replace fluid loss due to a fever or runny nose. Warm liquids, like herbal teas or soups, not only hydrate but their heat may also help fight off the infection and relieve congestion.
  • Take it easyóLie down, stay warm, and sleep if you feel tired. This keeps all the body's energy available for combating the virus. If you have trouble relaxing, dim the lights, watch your favorite movie, or take a bath.
  • Donít dry outóBecause the cold and flu thrive in cold, dry environments, you can help boot out the virus infection by staying warm and raising humidity levels. Also, at very low levels of humidity, the nose mucus dries up and isnít able to defend as well against harmful viruses and bacteria. Try using a nasal mist to keep your nose mucus moist. Or try this comforting stand-by: warm your hands and put your face over the rising steam as you sip your herbal tea.


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