10 Easy Ways to Fight off a Cold
It’s happened and there's a chance the world might come to a standstill. No, I'm not being overly dramatic. My husband came down with a man cold. If you've got a man in your life, you know that the man cold is one of the most catastrophic things that can happen in a person's life. And by a person, I mean not the one who is sick, but the person who has to care of the sickling.
My husband's nose is stuffed up and runny at the same time and his eyes are itching. Jay is tired and cold and whiny and miserable and so is every single other person in this house. Nobody likes to come down with a cold, but a man cold is torture for anyone who lives with him.
Whether the man in your life has developed a man cold, or if you're the person who's been slammed by one, here are ten things you can can do to help get rid of it faster than if you do nothing at all which is my husband's favorite thing to do. We have a rule in our house- a man isn't allowed to moan and groan about his man cold unless he's taken steps to fight it.
Steam helps loosen mucus. So, by getting into a really nice hot shower, you'll allow the steam to get inside your body and work its magic. After getting out of the shower, bundle up, lay down and put a warm washcloth over your eyes.
This one is hard for most guys. I mean, I have an easier time getting my toddler to take his medicine than I do getting my husband to drink tea because he's not a tea drinker, but trust me- you should be drinking it if you're sick. I mean, there's a reason that everyone tells you suck down tea and everyone isn't wrong. Tea has very strong antibacterial and antiviral properties. The warm liquid will soothe your throat and loosen excess mucus.
If you're not already taking a daily vitamin that has vitamin C, you should be. Taking vitamin C can cut the number of days you're plagued with a cold. I'm not saying it's the end all, be all miracle, but it'll help.
This is tough for me because whenever I'm sick, I crave homemade French onion soup, topped with loads of gooey cheese, but you should stay away from stuff like that. Dairy will just make the phlegm in your throat worse. By the way, check out my homemade French onion soup recipe here, but if you're sick, don't add the cheese.
I had the worst sinus problems my entire pregnancy and nothing (and I literally mean nothing) worked...until I started eating hot and sour soup. And then, it was like the floodgates opened and everything started flowing the way it was supposed to. Spicy foods increase blood flow in your body and helps clear up your sinuses.
Ice cream makes everything better, right? Nope. When you're sick you should stay away from sugar because it can decrease the activity of your immune system. That's bad. You want an active immune system. Also- ice cream is packed with dairy. Sugar and dairy are two no-no's when you're sick.
Exercise? I'm insane, right? When you're sick, you want to camp out in bed and watch every episode of Sons of Anarchy, but hitting the gym is really what you should be doing. When you exercise, it boosts your immune function and removes toxins from your body.
When I'm sick, one of my best friends is Cool Touch tissues, made by Kleenex. I mean, you already feel awful, so why make it worse by using tissues that feel like sandpaper on your face? Indulge yourself in tissues that are soft and that have a moisturizing lotion.
Have you ever noticed when your stick that you breathe better when you're sitting up? Well, then, why are you laying down flat in bed? Prop yourself up with an extra pillow or two. If you lay as propped up as possible, your nasal passages will drain better.
It's said that sleep is the best medicine, and that's the truth. Shut the world off for a bit and rest, it'll still be there when you wake up.