With more cold weather on the way, it might be a great time to gather a few homemade cold and influenza remedies that relatives believe make a difference. These remedies can help minimize cold or flu symptoms at home.
Drinking fluids such as water, sports drinks, herbal teas, fruit drinks or aloe vera can help battle illness.
Limit the intake of soda, coffee and other drinks with caffeine as these dehydrate the body.
“Apple juice apparently helps with normal bowel movements as well. Water helps flush your system of whatever is in it. The gin- ger ale settles your stomach,” said Brittany Watkins, graduate student in counseling psychology.
From a congested nose to a sore throat there are many ways to help alleviate the pain and symptoms.
“Gargling with warm salt water for your sore throat, will essentially helps to kill bacteria and soothes pain,” said Dr. Nicole Cloutier, doctor of osteopathic medicine.
Cloutier said it has been proven that a tablespoon of honey can suppress coughing and throat discomfort.
A majority of cold and flu symptoms include a congested chest and nose. Many simple remedies are available to help alleviate these problems.
“Taking a hot shower is also great for clearing up your congestion,” said Cassielyn Dwyer, senior nursing major.
Cloutier said humidifiers can help relieve sinus issues by alleviating nasal congestion, such as pressure and clogging.
Sleep is necessary to maintain a healthy, functioning immune system. It will help keep your body well-rested and fit.
“Chicken noodle (soup), orange juice and getting lots of sleep are key steps in feeling better,” said Audrey Miller, junior nursing major.
Cloutier said adequate sleep is essential when ill, and some people try to use Emergen-C but there are no proven benefits.
Emergen-C is a vitamin drink mix, which contains 24 nutrients including 1,000 milligrams of vitamin C and seven naturally energy enhancing B vitamins.
Since flu and colds are virus-based, neither are curable through taking antibiotics. Instead flu and colds must run their course.
Although these illnesses are not 100 percent preventable, there are ways to decrease the chances of contracting the cold or flu.
Germs are everywhere and airborne diseases are spread with a simple touch. By washing hands consistently it aids in preventing the spread of germs further.
Cloutier recommends getting the flu shot to prevent contracting a full-blown case of the flu.
“A balanced diet, getting exercise, effectively hand-washing and good sleep are the ways to ultimately prevent cold and flu,” Cloutier said.