treating cold symptoms

5 Ways to Conquer Cold and Flu Symptoms

Health being at the forefront of everyone’s mind in recent months is an understatement. The discussion of COVID-19 continues as we evaluate its impact on our daily lives. Just as we are taking health precautions for the virus, it’s equally important to ensure we are maintaining our health to fight against the common cold and flu! Luckily, treating cold symptoms is often holistic and can make all the difference. We’ve put together some simple tips below to help ease any sniffles you may get during this time of year!

Please note, these tips are not meant to be implemented in place of professional medical advice. Always check with your doctor before taking part in anything that could impact current medications or health conditions.

1. Remain Well-Rested

Getting plenty of rest is always important, but especially so when you start to feel the first cold or flu symptoms. By taking it easy, you’re allowing your body to put its valuable energy towards fighting off germs. In fact, by not getting enough sleep you may even increase vulnerability to germs! Make sure you get a solid 7-8 hours of shut eye each night, and extra when you’re feeling under the weather.

2. Just Add Honey

Honey is one of the most trusted natural remedies for helping to alleviate cold symptoms. A spoonful of honey before bed can help reduce coughing and soothe a sore throat, ultimately helping you sleep better. Plus, it’s incredibly delicious and even aids in boosting immunity!

3. Gargle Regularly

Gargling may seem unnecessary, but it actually offers several benefits to aid in soothing flu or cold symptoms. Not only does it help to loosen mucus and reduce swelling in the throat, it can also moisten the throat to bring you temporary relief.

For a dry throat, gargle 3-4 times per day with a teaspoon of salt in warm water. If you have a tickle, gargle with tea to help tighten the membranes. For a sore throat, mix a tablespoon of lemon juice and a teaspoon of honey in two cups of hot water (just be sure to let it cool to room temperature before gargling).

4. Increase Liquid Intake

This is an age-old trick, and for good reason! Liquids will keep you hydrated when your body is run down, especially if you have a fever. Warm fluids will loosen up congestion in your nasal passages and chest to help you breathe better, too. Water, hot tea and even classic chicken soup are all great methods to stay hydrated.

5. Try a Neti Pot (or a Hot Shower!)

If you’re feeling congested, try reaching for a neti pot! These small, teapot-like vessels have a long spout to pour saline solution through your nasal passages, which flushes the mucus out. 

No neti pot? No problem! Another simple way to help clear your sinuses is by taking a long, steamy shower. If you’re feeling weak or lightheaded, you can also sit in the bathroom with the hot water running and inhale the steam. 

Follow the above tips for treating cold symptoms and we’re sure you’ll be feeling better in no time! At Cumberland Crossing by OceanView, we prioritize the health and wellness of our residents above all else. To learn more about our active retirement living community, contact us today!