Most adults get two to four colds per year, and kids can suffer from more than six to eight of them annually. This very common and highly contagious type of sickness is just a natural part of life. But how you handle your colds and care for yourself can have a significant impact on how long they last and how bad your symptoms get.
Here are some tips for taking care of yourself when you’re sick with a cold to speed up your recovery and feel back to normal as soon as possible.
Drink More Water Than Usual
Of course, it’s important to drink plenty of water every day, but it’s even more important when you’re sick. Pure water will help flush out your system and boost your respiratory health. To get more fluids into your body, also try sipping tea and eating warm soup or broth.
Sleep More Than You Usually Do
Your immune system is working in overdrive mode when you have a cold, so give your body extra rest to aid recovery. It’s not possible to keep up with your regular routines when you have a cold, so don’t stress about work or school until your body and mind are in a reasonable place again. Increase your amount of sleep to nine or 10 hours a day, if possible, and take a nap or two per day when you have a cold.
Try Homeopathic Remedies
Rather than pumping your body full of multiple pharmaceutical drugs that may only mask your symptoms at best, consider a more natural approach to cold relief with homeopathic remedies. You can avoid many side effects by sticking to pure and chemical-free cold relief products like Seagate’s Olive Leaf Nasal Spray, Earache Remedy, and Throat Spray. Meanwhile, our Olive Leaf Plus capsules combine six premium immune-support ingredients to help you get healthy again.
Use a Humidifier
Humidifiers help soothe dry nostrils and sore throats, especially while you sleep. They are especially helpful if you live in a dry climate or if your household heating system is drying out your air and making your cold symptoms worse.
Eat Nourishing Foods
Many people don’t have much of an appetite when they have colds, but there’s an opportunity here to boost your body’s immune system with good nutrition. Focus your diet on fruits and vegetables, as well as whole grains and lean proteins, for a balance in every meal. If you are unable to obtain certain foods while you’re sick or eat enough of them, consider supplementing your diet with our natural concentrates.
Keep Exercise Light and Easy
When you have a cold, chances are that you don’t feel much like exercising. Rest is more important than exercise when you are feeling sick and low energy. But if your symptoms are all above the neck (i.e., no body aches or tummy trouble), consider getting outside for a leisurely walk. It could help clear your nasal passages without pushing your body too hard.
Call Your Doctor If You Get Worse
Most common colds go away on their own within a few days and do not require medical attention. But if your symptoms last more than two weeks or get worse, you could have an infection that requires the expertise of a doctor. Also, make sure to call a health professional you trust if you experience shortness of breath, chest pain, or have a fever over 100 degrees for more than three days.