6 ways to get rid of a cold overnight
Cold season is here and that means we need to protect our body and the immune system from getting ill. But if you’re already got sick, don’t worry – these tips will help you to get rid of a cold literally overnight.
1. Eat garlic
If you feel a cold coming in, go heavy on the garlic. Garlic is a powerful antioxidant with antimicrobial, antiviral, and antibiotic properties. It also helps with decongestion associated with colds and flus. You should eat one small clove every 3-4 hours. Grater garlic and put it on toast with a bit of olive oil or honey if you can’t stomach it straight. And don’t forget about breath mints unless you’re planning to stay home all the time.
2. Take supplements
You need about 500 to 1000 mg of vitamin C per day while fighting off sniffles. If you’re allergic to citrus fruits or just don’t like them, consider taking a vitamin C–rich supplement. You know that vitamin C and zinc are cold fighters, but you probably didn’t know about the same properties of beta-glucan. In a 2008 study, one group that took a supplement with beta-glucan had 23% fewer upper respiratory infections than the other group that took a placebo.
3. Eat chicken soup
Our mothers and grandmothers always used to make a bowl of delicious chicken soup for us when we were sick. And it worked! But it’s not just about soup filled with love and care. There’s actually science behind why it works. There is a powerful antioxidant found in chicken soup called cysteine, it’s released from chicken during cooking. It actually chemically resembles the bronchitis medication acetylcysteine. The protein and minerals from the chicken (white meat, dark is too fatty) also help boost your immune system while the salty broth helps to thin mucus. It’s truly a healing miracle food.
4. Wear wet socks
This method, also known as “warming socks,” works with your body’s natural physiology to heal everything from colds and headaches to trouble sleeping. Essentially, when you place the wet socks on your feet, the cool temperature causes blood to flow away from the skin and back into the feet to warm them up. This form of “microcirculation” performs exactly what regular blood flow does, bringing nutrients in and toxins out. However, doing this in a small area in such a quick amount of time rather than getting your heart rate up pulls blood into the skin and away from areas of pain and swelling (like stuffed sinuses). So first warm your feet by placing them in a hot bath, wring out a pair of cold wet socks in the sink and immediately place them on your feet. Put dry socks (or plastic bags) on over the wet socks so you can cuddle up in bed, and you’ll wake up in the morning feeling better.
You need to stay hydrated all the time, and especially when you’re sick and your body fights with infection. Also drinking enough fluids keeps your throat and passages lubricated. Hot drinks are also a must because inhaling the steam stimulates your cilia (the little hair-like structures in your nose and trachea) to sweep germs out.
6. Try some Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has many health benefits: it helps relieve bloating, boost energy, and clear acne. It also helps get rid of sore throats. Germs hate acid, so when you drink this powerful liquid, it helps ward them off. Of course, you need to dilute ACV with water before drinking.