NATURAL COLD AND FLU REMEDIES
Know When Not to Treat Symptoms
Believe it or not, those annoying symptoms you're experiencing are part of the natural healing process - evidence that the immune system is battling illness. For instance, a fever is your body's way of trying to kill viruses by creating a hotter-than-normal environment. Also, a fever's hot environment makes germ-killing proteins in your blood circulate more quickly and effectively. Thus, if you endure a moderate fever for a day or two, you may actually get well faster. Coughing is another productive symptom; it clears your breathing passages of thick mucus that can carry germs to your lungs and the rest of your body. Even that stuffy nose is best treated mildly or not at all. A decongestant, like Sudafed, restricts flow to the blood vessels in your nose and throat. But often you want the increase blood flow because it warms the infected area and helps secretions carry germs out of your body.
Eat Infection-Fighting Foods
Here are some good foods to eat when you're battling a cold or flu:
Always remember, serious conditions such as sinus infections, bronchitis, meningitis, strep throat, and asthma can look like the common cold. If you have severe symptoms, or don't seem to be getting better, call your doctor.