It’s been a while since you’ve caught a cold thanks to Covid restrictions, but now the “worst cold ever found” …
So how can you fight the bug while encouraging it to get out of your system as soon as possible?
A cold is a mild viral infection of the nose, throat, and sinuses.
It can cause a sore throat, a blocked or runny nose, sneezing, coughing, and pain, and a fever.
Symptoms usually go away on their own in a week or two and can be helped with acetaminophen and ibuprofen.
However, it takes a while for the cold that brings down thousands of British people to change in most people, and many complain that it is the worst they have ever had.
This is partly because, thanks to social distancing and bans, we haven’t been sharing germs so easily in a while.
So we’ve forgotten what it feels like to have a cold, and so has our bodies – with immunity from practice in the fight against the winter beetles.
Keep in mind, however, that Covid can cause cold-like symptoms even in double-hit people – so make sure you are tested for safety while you are resting and try not to infect others.
If it’s just the classic cold, there are a few key things you can do to help out the nasty winter virus.
You’ve probably heard this before and it’s an old woman’s tale, but eating more garlic can help you stay fit.
Nutritionist Cassandra Barns said that garlic can help protect your immune system and relieve a cold once you catch it.
“Garlic is known for its protective properties and has been used for centuries to boost your immunity,” she said.
“As a powerful immune supporter, garlic increases the activity of natural killer cells and increases the efficiency of antibody production.
“If you don’t like its taste, you can also try taking a dietary supplement.”
It doesn’t have to be much, and it depends on how you feel if you’ve already been infected – you will know your body best.
But just a little movement can strengthen your immune system.
Dr. Marilyn Glenville, nutritionist and author of The Natural Health Bible for Women, said, “Exercise reduces the effects of the stress hormones that make us more susceptible to colds and flu.
“Usually when these hormones are released we are in ‘fight or flight’ mode and we become active.
“So when we are active, it actually helps to break down the stress hormones instead of building them up and destroying immune function.”
This might be more difficult now that we are all doing the best we can to get around properly but where to try and cut down on the amount you drink.
It can help prevent you from ingesting germs as your body is better prepared to fight them.
“Alcohol, like too much sugar, can have a depressant effect on your immune system,” said Cassandra.
“That doesn’t mean you have to give it up altogether – not much fun over the holiday season – but think twice about how much you’re drinking if you want to stay away from colds and flu in winter.”
When you’re stressed, it becomes harder for your body to fight bugs or infections.
Cassandra said, “Stress suppresses your immune system.