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How to stop a cold

Written by Paula

Catching a cold can be really bothersome, sometimes making us feel so lethargic, all we want to do is to spend the day in bed.

But what happens if you catch your cold just as you are about to take a trip? If you start feeling under the weather as you are about to travel or during your trip, there are a couple of tricks you can use to make yourself feel better and stop the cold from developing.

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So you can fully enjoy your trip to Barcelona, here are ShBarcelona’s tips to stop a cold.

stop coldStart drinking

As soon as you exhibit any one of the cold symptoms like an itchy throat or aching body, start having fluids. Drinking water, tea or juice will help you stay hydrated, which helps reduce the symptoms of stuffy nose and sore throat. Make sure to have your beverages with the least amount of sugar as possible, since sugar tends to lower your immunity. You can add one or two tablespoons of honey directly to your tea.

Gargle, gargle, gargle

There are several ways to soothe a scratchy throat. One of the most effective ones it to gargle with salt water. Add half to one teaspoon of salt to a glass of warm water and gargle for a couple of seconds. The salt helps reduce the inflammation by draining the excess water in your throat’s tissues and by clearing mucous and irritants. This method also helps to flush out bacteria and viruses, helping to prevent the cold from developing.

Eat well

One of the most important things you can do to fight a cold is to eat well. Due to its high water content and the presence of vegetables, a chicken or vegetable soup will help your body fight the cold. Avoid processed foods, sweets, and fried food.

Take a hot shower

Besides being deeply enjoyable, a hot shower will help clear your nasal passages from mucus. It is very important to keep your nose clear, so as soon as you start experiencing cold symptoms, start using a saline nasal spray.

Go to the pharmacy

Don’t go for the antibiotics. They may be effective but they take a heavy toll on your body, which means they should only be taking when prescribed. Explain your symptoms to the pharmacist and he or she will help you choose the best way to tackle the incoming cold.

stop coldMove, slowly

It is true that you should rest when you have a cold, but it is also true that practicing a light form of exercise can help boost your immune system. If you feel up to it, practice something light like Yoga or Tai Chi. Whatever form of exercise you decide on, just try to keep your heart rate under 100.

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Paula is an experienced content writer, translator and editor.

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