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Fluid Air

12th Oct 2015 | by: Terri Diliberto

Cold season is upon us once again. If you’re suffering from sniffles, sneezes and body aches, you may not welcome the information that colds typically last for one week. And while there is no cure for the common cold, there are no limits to the number of natural “remedies” available. Some, like chicken soup, have been around for ages; others are being developed every day. Some help and some don’t

Here are just a few “remedies” to try if you’re feeling under the weather.

  • Drink plenty of fluids. Your mom’s advice was right. Water can’t wash a cold out of your system, but it–and other clear liquids, like broth and fruit juice–can keep you from becoming dehydrated. Avoid such caffeinated beverages as coffee and sodas.
  • Add water to the air as well. Colds thrive in dry air, which is why they are more common in winter months. Dry air also can irritate your throat and sinuses.
  • A humidifier will add moisture to the air in your home; just be sure to change the water daily to keep it fresh.
  • The chicken soup cure. For centuries, chicken soup has made cold-sufferers feel better. Why? Fluids are lost via runny noses and fever sweats, so drinking soup helps keep the body hydrated. Soup also is nutritious and easy on the stomach; and a well-nourished body is better able to fight infections.