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Want To Ditch Your Cold In 24 Hours? Here's How!

October 13, 2015 3 min read

Like it or not, cold and flu season is here again! When a cold strikes, wrapping yourself in blankets, popping some decongestants and sleeping it off seem like the only options. But waiting for the cold to work its way through your system can lead to weeks of feeling terrible. It is time to combat that beast FAST! If you follow these doctor approved steps, you will be feeling better in no time! 7 a.m. Step into a hot shower. It is hard to get out of bed when you are feeling the sniffles but a hot shower can clear you right up. The mist, steam and humidity help to loosen mucus and clear your sinuses so you can breathe a little easier according E. Neil Schachter, M.D. 8 a.m. Take two teaspoons of elderberry syrup. Found in health food stores, this syrup has antiviral properties and can boost the immune system says Heather Jeney, an integrated pediatrician in Oradell, NJ. Take 2 teaspoons of the syrup up to 3 times a day and it will lessen the intensity and duration of your illness. This can also work as a preventative measure if you've been exposed to sick people. 9 a.m. Skip cereal and coffee in favor of eggs and tea. Egg are complete protein, containing all nine essential amino acids. Have your eggs with a cup of tea with lemon. "Honey works better than a prescription cough syrup at easing a cough by coating the back of the throat," says Zeyed Baker, M.D., chief pediatric officer at Riverside Medical Group in Secaucus, NJ. inpost-cold-tea 12:30 p.m. Sprinkle your salad with chickpeas and pumpkin seeds. Chickpeas and pumpkin seeds are both great sources of zinc. Zinc helps to boost your body's response to infection and reduces inflammation. Evidence suggests that taking zinc within 24 hour of getting a cold can shorten the duration and intensity. If you want, you can pop into the drug store and grab some zinc lozenges. Suck on two a day until the cold goes away. 2 p.m. Refill your water bottle. When you are fighting illness, hydration is essential. A low grade fever can increase the amount of water that evaporates from the body, which puts you at a greater risk for dehydration. Getting enough fluids can help wash away the mucus that pools in your nose and throat over the course of the day. Try to drink 2 more cups than you would normally consume in a day. If you are looking for a real bonus, tea and soup count toward your fluid intake! inpost-cold-water 3 p.m. Take a walk. I know it doesn't seem like it, but taking a 20 minute walk can give you the energy you need to get through your day. Moderate exercise, like walking, can encourage deep breathing which will open your nasal passages making it easier to breathe. A study published in the journal Gut found that exercise can increase the number of beneficial bacteria in your intestines which can help control your immune system. 6:30 p.m. Sip on chicken soup. The vapor and ingredients in chicken soup can suppress chemicals that cause inflammation in the body, Schachter says. If you can't get your hands on a good ol' fashioned homemade variety, a store bought canned one will work just as well. 9 p.m. Clear your nose and throat. Mucus that doesn't drain over night can cause infection so it is important to get rid of it before you go to sleep. Use a saline rinse or salt water gargle to draw out fluid and bacteria, Schachter says. 10 p.m. Hit the sack. When you are fighting a cold, a good night's sleep is more important than ever. To fight the illness, your body needs at least 7 hours. If you find it hard to sleep when you are all stuffed up, add an extra pillow under your head. This will help drain your sinuses and keep your airways clear. inpost-cold Colds and flu are no joke but by giving yourself a little TLC and following this advice, you'll be on your feet again before you know it! Source: Shape  Do you follow us on Instagram? [caption id="attachment_113133" align="alignnone" width="100"]snapchat code @BodyRockTV[/caption]

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