Top 10 tips to get rid of a cold or flu fast

WITH temperatures starting to drop on the Gold Coast, the dreaded cold and flu season is making a return.

Caught the bug and looking for some fast relief?

The following 10 tips will help you get over that cold or flu faster, so you can get on with your life:


[signoff icon=”icon-pin”]Drink more H2O
Stay well-hydrated by drinking at least 2 litres of water each day. Water keeps your respiratory system hydrated, which helps to liquefy thick mucus that builds up with a respiratory infection. Avoid coffee, tea with caffeine, or alcoholic beverages as these liquids can make you dehydrated. [/signoff]

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[signoff icon=”icon-pin”]Eat Spicy Food
If you have a sore throat and like spicy foods, eat up. Spicy foods promote airway secretions, which calm an inflamed throat.[/signoff]

[signoff icon=”icon-pin”]Gargle warm salt water
Gargling warm salt water will help relieve a sore through. It helps by washing away the mucus lining and killing the nasty germs lodged in your throat. [/signoff]

[signoff icon=”icon-pin”]Eat raw garlic and onion
Both garlic and onion have anti-inflammatory properties. Garlic is also a proven antibacterial and antiviral. Don’t like the taste of raw garlic? Try crushing a few cloves into mashed sweet potato.[/signoff]
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[signoff icon=”icon-pin”]Take a deep inhalation
Make a tent with a towel over your head, over a pot of boiling water. The steam will clear your airways and make your sinuses feel better. If you have eucalyptus, lavender or peppermint oil at home, add a few drops to the boiling water. Eucalyptus is an antiviral and lavender alleviates congestion, especially when combined with peppermint oil. [/signoff]

[signoff icon=”icon-pin”]Have a cuppa of green tea
Green Tea is known to have many properties that can help keep you in tip-top health. Sip down 3-4 cups per day to give your body’s defenses an extra jolt.[/signoff]

[signoff icon=”icon-pin”]Add some lemon juice
Lemon (and lime) juice is reported to decrease the strength of the cold and flu virus in the body and reduce phlegm. Add it to tea with honey to build resistance to cold and flu and speed up healing.[/signoff]

[signoff icon=”icon-pin”]Sip some chicken soup
Chicken soup has been found to have healing properties. A 2012 US study showed a compound called carnosine found in chicken soup helps the immune system fight the early stages of flu.[/signoff]

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[signoff icon=”icon-pin”]Get lots of sleep
If you are suffering from a cold or flu, get plenty of snooze time to help you get well fast. At least 8 hours is recommended.[/signoff]

[signoff icon=”icon-pin”]Take a warm shower
A steamy warm shower will help to open your airways and moisten and thin the mucus in your sinuses.[/signoff]