6 Immunity-Boosting Practices to Quickly Banish Cough and Cold

6 Immunity-Boosting Practices to Quickly Banish Cough and Cold

Cough and colds are common illnesses because they are highly contagious. Just ask any school teacher — once the cold season hits, it’s just a matter of time before half the class starts calling in sick. (Then again, children can be such germ magnets — you never know where their hands have been, and if they are not consistent with hygiene, it makes them more prone to getting sick.)

So, if you are dreading the cold season and you want to do everything you can to prevent taking days off from school or work because you’re a contagious sniffing, sneezing, and coughing mess, start boosting your immunity now.

Here are six effective practices to boost your immunity and ward off cough and colds.

1. Drink hot/warm green tea with honey and lemon.

Green tea is packed with vitamins and minerals that strengthen the immune system. When you drink it hot, especially during cold and damp weather, it’s even more beneficial to health. Cold weather is known to arrest the immune system, and hot tea can work against that.

Add a squeeze of lemon to green tea to make your body alkaline, and a spoonful of honey to help kill the cold virus.

2. Take a warm bath daily and always clean your hands.

When the cold virus is circulating all over your school or workplace, do not risk long-term exposure to it. When you get home, take a warm bath and use antibacterial soap or body wash to get rid of cold-causing germs. Do consider a soak in warm water as well. Add some Epsom salts and essential oils to detoxify and relax your body.

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As for your hands, keep them clean. Avoid touching anything that a lot of people touch. But if you cannot avoid this, make sure you always have hand sanitizer or antibacterial wet wipes with you if you cannot wash your hands.

3. Once you notice tickling in your throat, eat cough pastilles and gargle with salty water.

Cough pastilles will not just alleviate the discomfort, but can also keep bacteria and germs in the mouth at bay.

To complement the relief from eating cough pastilles, gargle with warm water and salt. This will disinfect your mouth, reduce the inflammation of the throat (which often happens when one is developing a cold), and loosen mucus as well.

4. Follow a soup-and-salad diet.

When there’s a cold epidemic, you need to be more conscientious of your diet. You want to make sure that you eat healthy servings of leafy greens, citrus fruits, and hot soup often to support your immunity.

Loading up on essential nutrients from raw foods can do wonders for your immune system. Likewise, hot soup (vegetable or chicken) is effective in decongesting the nose and throat and relieving headache. Just season the soup with a bit of salt and opt out of certain herbs and spices, which may actually aggravate the symptoms.

5. Get better quality sleep.

This is one immunity-boosting practice that everybody should observe even without the goal of preventing a cold. Getting quality sleep powers up the body from the cellular level. It allows healthy hormones to be released at the optimum time. At the same time, sleep makes way for the regeneration of cells, which happens at night.

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However, if sleep does not come easily for you, try a few sleep aids such as lavender spray for your bed and even melatonin, which is a health supplement that is safe even for little kids to take to induce sleep.

6. Treat yourself to a cold-busting smoothie.

If you’re getting tired of drinking the same green tea every day to thwart off the cold virus, opt for a green smoothie instead. Just mix one banana, an apple, a small cucumber, a tablespoon of grated ginger or turmeric, 1/2 cup kale, 1/2 cup celery, and one cup of soy milk in a blender.

This makes for a creamy smoothie to power up your immune system against the cough-and-cold combo.

There you go — five immunity-boosting practices that work effectively in preventing or banishing cough and colds.

If, for some reason, you follow these and still get sick, just continue with these practices and take the appropriate cold and cough medicine for you. There’s nothing like combining healthy practices and the right medication to banish illness and get your back on your feet in no time.

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