Here’s a checklist:
Does this sound familiar? Chances are, all of these symptoms just crept up on you and caught you by surprise. This is what happens when you are down with the common cold, which is really common!
What exactly is the common cold?
The common cold is a ‘catch-all’ name to describe an infection of the upper respiratory system. The culprit is any virus that entered your body from the outside. This is the reason why you feel feverish, indicating that your body is fighting the virus!
Is it the same as having a flu?
The flu, also an infection of your respiratory system is actually caused by a different kind of virus – the influenza virus.
The flu is typically more serious than the cold. The symptoms also occur suddenly rather than slowly in the case of the cold. You may also get very bad headaches and body aches. High fever is the usual symptom and, apart from everything else, you will simply feel exhausted all the time.
“I really need to get well ASAP!”
Well, having the common flu is not the most pleasant thing to go through. Unfortunately, there is NO immediate remedy for it. Medications merely provide some relief from the unpleasant symptoms of cold.
It takes about 5 to 7 days for your cold to complete it’s natural course and be defeated by your immune system. Hence, it really pays to be already prepared before an episode occurs!
Boosting your immune system
Your immune system can be strengthened by a proper intake of nutrition, plenty of fluid and rest. Other ways include:
Other than that, traditional chicken soup has also been proven to be an effective ‘medicine’ to speed up recovery. And what we’ve always known is this: foods high in Vitamin C, E and beta-carotene and other carotenoids contains antioxidants, which can help repel any invading microbes.
Why do some people catch a cold more often?
If your first line of defence is weak, you are just opening your doors for germs to attack. Your immune system is the only thing that protects your body against attack from viruses!
Therefore, a weak immune system is responsible for making you more vulnerable to colds. You will take a longer time to recover as your body is unable to fight the virus effectively.
Another reason you may be more vulnerable is that you are around people who has caught the cold. Yes, more people tend to fall ill in the hospital.
The reason is that extended or prolonged exposure to infected people makes it easier for any virus to enter your body.
Prevention is better than cure
Build up your fortress if you don’t want to be attacked by your enemy easily!
The best way is to have a strong immune system. So boost your immune system as mentioned above!
Good hygiene is also necessary to prevent yourself from any illnesses.
In fact, if you’re prone to common colds, or if your entire family is going on an overseas trip, you should be increasing your intake of Vitamin C, either through daily meals or through Vitamin C supplements such as Redoxon. After all, being sick while on holiday is nobody’s idea of fun!
Feed a fever, starve a cold?
Or is it “starve a fever and feed a cold”?
The saying most likely arises due to the belief that eating increases the body temperature while starving lowers it. Thus, the misconception that by eating more we might be able to “feed a cold” by fasting we can actually “starve the fever”.
Ultimately, if you are down with either the fever or the cold, you will need good food to keep your immune system strong in order to fight the viruses and bacteria. So a healthy food intake is even more important when you are sick!
So there is no truth to this old wives’ tale!
The chicken soup may include ingredients like chicken, onions, turnips, carrots, celery stems, and parsley.
 Citrus fruits and leafy or green vegetables contains plenty of vitamin c. taking vitamin c supplements will do too if your immune system is slightly weaker than most people.
 Antioxidants your immune system protect your body from the attack of harmful bacteria and viruses.
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