1. Chicken Soup
We know that feeling of having a horrible cold and all we need is something hot and warm and easy to eat. As it turns out, soup does help you get better, it stops the movement of a certain type of white blood cell, called neutrophils which cause that groggy heavy feeling on the lungs. so keep up with that soup for helping relieve that congested feeling.
2. Feed a Cold, Starve a Fever
While this isn’t exactly 100% true, it’s always worth a mention, we should be eating more during a cold and more things like soups to combat the virus that is infecting out bodies, but eating nutrient rich food for both types of illness is essential for increasing gamma interferon, which in turn increases your immunity to both bacteria and viral infections.
3. An Apple a Day Keeps The Doctor Away
Apples are simply amazing. 100 grams of apple contains the same power that in found in the antioxidant properties of 1500 mg of vitamin C. That’s a lot of vitamins which all work together to decrease the risks of many illnesses like colon cancer. Their peels also play a crucial role in reducing the risks of coronary heart disease, son keep eating those apples and it will pay off.
4. Vitamin C Helps Cold Go Faster
A double-blind scientific study on the effects of vitamin have proven that people who have lemons or vitamin C pills while they have a cold seriously reduce the length of time they have that colds for. Surprisingly the same study showed that having it regularly doesn’t reduce how often we catch a cold, but it’s still worth it.
Honey is used in many so called miracle cures for colds and respiratory infections, and there’s a reason for that. It has a very high rate of antibacterial activity and increases the amount of a hormone known as cytokines, which basically tell cells to fix themselves.
Garlic is used to flavour most foods but consuming it while treating a cold can have massively beneficial effects.Garlic activates certain cells that pick up and kill invading pathogens, which again helps control and reduce symptoms of illnesses and helps you recover much faster.
Similar to most other remedies on here, echinacea helps to reduce swelling and improve out immune systems. Studies have shown that having this regularly can reduce the chances of developing a cold by up to 60%! It also reduces the amount of time you spend with one.
The most surprising remedy on this list is perhaps alcohol. Don’t get ahead of yourselves though, people who have lots and often have significantly weaker immune systems but having small amounts can actually have the opposite effect and help to boost the immune system. Small doses only though, we don’t want anyone drinking themselves ill.