Raw, aching throat? Check.
Pounding sinus headache? Check.
Winter colds are no fun at all, and for most of us they seem to come around like clockwork this time of year. Just last week, I was merrily going about my Thursday, when all of a sudden during the afternoon, I began to notice the right side of my throat was slightly sore.
Oh no, and so it begins, I thought to myself.
And begin it did. By the time I woke up the next morning, I was sneezing uncontrollably, could barely breathe through my nose, and had one heck of a sore throat.
After calling into work sick, I began my newest regimen for stopping a cold in its tracks. Cold and flu tablets may help reduce a fever or break up mucus (ew!), but honestly, in my totally not professional opinion, the absolute number one trick to stopping a cold in its tracks is ridiculously easy:
Drink a ton of water!
Seriously. H2O is your best friend when you start to feel the inklings of a cold coming on.
Sure, it may mean you’ll take more visits to the bathroom than you otherwise would, but you’ll thank yourself the next day when that would-be cold is retreating into the shadows.
If you get tired of plain water, herbal tea, like Tazo’s Wild Sweet Orange, is a fantastic alternative.
Maybe I’m the only one who never really took mom seriously when she said to hydrate when you get sick, but I seriously doubted how effective lots of water would be at staving off a cold.
Tell me, what are your top strategies for stopping a cold in its tracks?
Until next time,