By Melissa Omolo
With the rains becoming constant of late, we are becoming prone to catching a cold. Most of the times we travel in buses where all the windows are shut and we are forced to breathe in stuffy conditions yet the in-bus air quality is not so good. Some medics say that cold weather also does not cause colds — at least not directly. Despite its name, the common cold is not caused by cold. Other medics claim that cold temperatures make the cells of the mucous layer lining the inside of the nose more sensitive and that causes colds.
Here are 5 simple ways to treat the cold.
- Have sufficient hydration
- Rest for at least 3 days.Your body needs to heal.
- Take more foods that are rich in beta-carotene. If you don’t get enough beta carotene in your diet, you might be more likely to get a cold or the flu. Drink carrot juice. Take a lot of mangoes, squash, oranges and spinach.
- Eating Raw Garlic. Garlic works best when consumed raw, either crushed, diced, or minced.Overcooking garlic may destroy important medicinal compounds and the enzymes necessary for it to be effective.
- Watch indoor air quality
- Keep bedrooms and other rooms well-ventilated
- Remove or frequently vacuum and clean carpets, drapery, rugs, wool blankets, down comforters and other objects that retain dust.
- Do not allow dogs and cats indoors.
Hope you will feel better soon!