We have four recommendations for you to help you reduce the duration of your cold:
Take Vitamin C
We always associated Vitamin C with protection against diseases. It’s one of the most effective nutrients you can give to your body. Vitamin C strengthens your immune system, improves wound healing, and reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases. You can get vitamin C from fruits and vegetables like oranges, cantaloupe, red cabbage, and green pepper. You could also get vitamin C supplements.
A 2017 review of studies concluded that zinc could speed up the recovery process from the common cold by up to 33%. However, the doses in these studies were higher than the 92 mg/day that the NIH recommends. Nevertheless, it won’t harm you if you take zinc supplements. Note, however, that, unlike VItamin C, zinc could reduce the effectiveness of some medications. It’s better to consult your doctor before taking zinc.
Honey is a fantastic home remedy that will never harm and will always help. A 2012 study found that honey reduces coughing and improves sleeping. Honey also relieves the most annoying symptom of the common cold; sore throat. Take one large spoon of honey before bed and watch the magic happen.
Drink Plenty of Liquids
Drinking liquids can do wonders against a cold to reduce fever and congestion. The more liquids you consume, the faster your body can cool down from its fight with the cold virus. Liquids also reduce the congestion in your chest and nose so you can breathe a little easier. Of course, water comes on top of our liquid recommendations, followed by warm beverages like tea, chicken soup, and bone broth.