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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
- 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.