The Four H’s to Avoid the Cold Season

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The Four H’s to Avoid the Cold Season

It’s about that time of year again, it seems that everyone is getting sick. Whether you are home alone or trying to protect yourself from the sniffles of that co-worker at work or classmate or dorm mate. Here are a few things you?could try.

1. Humidity

Cold viruses thrive in dry weather.

If you do have a humidifier then you could use it but they are pricey so if you don’t we’ve got you covered!?All you need is a sink, hot water and a towel.

Fill your sink with the hottest water possible from the tap or if you like you can boil it and place it in a large bowl. Then place a towel over your head?to keep the steam from escaping and then breathe the steam. This?should help clear up congestion and open the sinuses.

2. Honey

I’m sure you’ve heard of drinking honey with tea to soothe a sore throat. I find it very effective to easy a scratchy throat especially when mixing lemon, lime or kabosu with it.?Mixing a couple of teaspoons (or tablespoons, if you like) into hot tea or hot water or hot water and lemon and
ginger is probably of the easiest cold remedies there is.

Some even say that 2 teaspoons of honey before sleep was as effective of a cough suppressant as some over the counter medications. Hey it is even cheaper and better tasting so why not give it a try?

3. Hit the Sac

I realize that this is easier said than done for some busy people but getting that extra sleep gives your immune system some more time to recover. Try to get as close to the recommended daily allowance for adults – seven to nine hours.

4. Healthy Food

There has been numerous research on the effects of vitamin C and zinc in cold relief. While vitamin C seems to be best for yourself for keeping that cold off you from the one next to you it certainly doesn’t hurt to add a little more vitamin C into your diet. Zinc, on the other hand, might help with actual cold symptom relief.

Surprisingly enough the only food that contains both vitamin C and zinc happens to be those spiky artichokes. Or you will just have to settle on a combination of foods to get the required vitamin C and zinc.

For Vitamin C:
Citrus fruits: Oranges, lemons, limes, kiwi, grapefruit, strawberries
Sweet red and green peppers, for more foods high in Vitamin C click here.

For Zinc:
Sesame seeds
Pumpkin seeds
Dark chocolate

I am a big fan of my Kabosu and Honey remedy for boasting immune system, ginger tea for  sore throats and Goji and Honey for colds. Everyone has their remedy to fend off the cold of the one next to you at work or school. What’s yours? Tweet us at @fbliangcha.

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