We know that moment all too well: Our throat starts to get scratchy, our nasal cavities tingle, a throbbing pain takes up residence in between our temples—it's official: A cold is brewing.
No more. We've discovered some expert tips for how to get rid of a cold virtually overnight so that you can get back to your regularly scheduled programming symptom-free. Check out these tips below.
Go heavy on the garlic when you feel a cold coming on. "Garlic is a powerful antioxidant with antimicrobial, antiviral, and antibiotic properties. It also helps with decongestion associated with colds and flus. Aim for eating one small clove every three to four hours. Smear it on toast with a bit of olive oil or honey if you can't stomach it straight." Our tip: Have breath mints at the ready.
Aim for 500 to 1000 mg of vitamin C per day while fighting off sniffles. "An easy and tasty way to make sure you're getting enough of this juicy antioxidant is taking a vitamin C–rich supplement. " While you may be familiar with vitamin C and zinc as cold-fighting powerhouses, get to know beta-glucan. In a 2008 study, one group that took a supplement with beta-glucan had 23% fewer upper respiratory infections than the other group that took a placebo.
Eat Chicken Soup
Cysteine is a powerful antioxidant found in chicken soup (it's released from chicken during cooking) and chemically resembles the bronchitis medication acetylcysteine. The protein and minerals from the chicken (white meat—dark is a bit too fatty) also help boost your immune system while the salty broth helps to thin mucus. It's truly a healing miracle food—no wonder bone broth is so on trend.
Wear Wet Socks (Seriously)
When a friend suggested the "wet sock" method to cure a cold, I thought she was joking. However, this method, also known as "warming socks," works with your body's natural physiology to heal everything from colds to headaches to trouble sleeping. In order to do this, warm up your feet (placing them in a hot bath works), wring out a pair of cold, wet socks in the sink, and immediately place them on your feet. Put dry socks (or plastic baggies) on over the wet socks so you can cuddle up in bed, and then wake up in the morning feeling better.
Aside from just fueling your body with water to stay hydrated, drinking plenty of fluids keeps your throat and passages lubricated.
Hot drinks are a must, too: "Hot liquids, like tea, relieve nasal congestion and can soothe the inflamed tissue that lines your nose and throat. If you're feeling queasy, add some grated fresh ginger to help calm an upset stomach." Inhaling the steam from the drink also stimulates your cilia (the little hair-like structures in your nose and trachea) to sweep germs out.
Try Some ACV
In addition to relieving bloating, boosting energy, and clearing acne, apple cider vinegar also helps get rid of sore throats. Germs hate acid, so taking a swig of this potent liquid will help ward them off.