8 Easy Ways to Recover From a Cold As Soon As Possible

by Yuen Yi Ying
HEALTH  |  February 12, 2018
  • Take a break from exercise
    1 / 8 Take a break from exercise

    Your body needs all the energy it can get to recuperate, so put those vigorous workouts on hold for now. If achy muscles are bothering you, some gentle stretches should suffice.

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  • Think about zinc
    2 / 8 Think about zinc

    One popular study from 1984 found that zinc could curb the duration of a cold if taken within 24 hours of the earliest symptoms. However, some recent research has been on the fence, with some proving this theory one way or the other. To be sure, speak to a trusted doctor to get advice on whether zinc is right for you.

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  • Have a hot shower or steam bath
    3 / 8 Have a hot shower or steam bath

    When you’re feeling achy and congested, a hot shower will aid in relaxing tense muscles while the steam may help with decongesting your sinuses. For better results, a minty shower gel or shampoo could provide even more speedy relief.

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  • Try facial massage
    4 / 8 Try facial massage

    When you’re feeling all clogged up and a headache might be coming on, give yourself a few minutes of acupressure facial massage to assist with clearing your nasal cavity. Using the tips of your fingers, apply gentle pressure to the sides of your nose, the area between your nose and cheekbones, and also push up against your inner brow, where your eye socket meets your nasal bone.

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  • Buck tradition and sip a smoothie
    5 / 8 Buck tradition and sip a smoothie

    Even though most people believe cold drinks are bad when you have a cold, sometimes a cool sip could help soothe a sore throat. A tasty blend of veggies and fruit will also keep your nutrition and hydration levels up even when you have no appetite.

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  • Sit in the sun
    6 / 8 Sit in the sun

    While it may be tempting to just stay curled up in bed all day, try to step out of your stuffy, germy room for a bit. Some fresh air and warm sun will do you good. A nice stroll will also help with blood circulation to speed up your recovery process.

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  • Have some garlic
    7 / 8 Have some garlic

    Not only is garlic a tasty addition to most dishes, it’s been proven to help boost immunity and fight viruses. It does have the downside of stubbornly lingering on your breath the whole day, but if that’s going to be an issue, there are also garlic supplements you can take that promise to limit the noxious odours produced.

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  • Nix the alcohol and cigarettes
    8 / 8 Nix the alcohol and cigarettes

    Your body has enough to deal with at the moment, adding toxins to your system right now is probably not the best idea. If it’s too hard to quit cold turkey, at least limit your intake.

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