Things to avoid when you have a cold or flu:
- Caffeinated drinks ( both tend to promote water loss)
- Zinc-based nasal sprays and gels. * Research has shown these products can harm your sense of smell, the damage can be permanent. (National Geographic Complete Guide to Natural Home Remedies)
Upper Respiratory Relief:
- Hydrate: This is crucial, your body needs plenty of fluids. While water is best, clear broth green and herbal teas and diluted juices are good choices as well.
- Chicken noodle soup: Especially recipes rich with onions and garlic they provide more than just comfort. (this is backed by research). Some ingredients also fight inflammation or thin mucus secrection to help relieve congestion.
- Rinse your sinuses: Even just spritzing your nasal passages with saline several times a day can make a difference. It relieves congestion cause by colds and flu.
- Suck on Zinc: May help shorten the duration of colds by several days. (sucking on lozenges that contain zinc).
- Go Herbal: Always check with your doctor first before using herbs if you suffer with other ailments or on medication.
When should you call the doctor? If you have a fever (100-101 degrees) that persists for more than 3 days or a fever over 103 degrees for any length of time. Cough that produces a bloody brownish or greenish phlegm. If you have difficulty breathing, severe pain, congestion that lasts more than 10 days with brown or green discharge.