Tips for getting rid of your winter cold

You know the old saying: "Treat a cold and get rid of it in seven days. Or do nothing and get rid of it in a week." But there are actually things you can do to get better faster than that. Take a look at how Vitamin C benefits your body too!

1. Wash Your Bedding 
If you are sick, you are coughing and sneezing and sharing your germs with all your bedding and then marinating in it while you convalesce and barely get out of bed. So, the first thing you should do is strip the bed and wash all your bedding. If necessary, do this every couple of days or so until things clear up. If you are prone to getting sick easily and struggle to recover, you might even want to wash the bedding every day until you are better. You may want to do a thorough cleaning of your home generally, especially your bedroom. The practice of spring cleaning seems to have fallen out of favour. Some people never get around to cleaning under and behind things. This is not doing your health any good. 

2. Eat Spicy Foods
Modern medicine actually is rooted in the long human history of using herbs to treat illness. In fact, many commercial medications come from plants. Quinine and aspirin both come from trees. So most of the spices in your food have medicinal uses. Capsaicin, the active ingredient in hot peppers, is known to kill a variety of things, including bacteria, viruses and fungi. In addition to peppers, you may find onions, garlic, olives and even cinnamon helpful in combating your cold. 

3. Eat An Alkaline Diet 
Most modern Americans have an excessively acidic diet. Alkaline diets have long been popular in some circles. These days, there is research that suggests high acidity actually promotes inflammation and infection. Some simple ways to eat a more alkaline diet include cutting out peanut oil, reducing your consumption of meat and eating more lettuce, celery or cucumbers. No, pickles don't count. The vinegar that is used to preserve them makes them acidic. 

3. Take A Hot Bath
Hot and cold treatments have long been used to kill infection. Cold treatments are pretty miserable and most people don't like them. But a hot bath can be a positive experience and may help kill off your cold quicker. Ideally, it should be a bath, not a shower. The point is to raise your body temperature. This is best done by soaking in hot water, not just having it run over you. However, a long, hot shower may also help. If you are fortunate to have access to a sauna, you could also go with that. 

If your cold is stubbornly persistent, you may want to make a doctor's appointment. They usually can't do much about an actual cold, which is a viral infection, but it may not be a cold. You may have developed a bacterial infection, which can be treated with antibiotics with a doctor's prescription.

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