According to WebMD, between 5 and 20 percent of Americans will get the flu this year, with roughly 200,000 cases so bad that people will require hospitalization.
We all know that flu season is upon us once again. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the time when a person is most likely to get the flu is between December and March.
And while we may try everything we can to prevent getting sick, like getting a flu shot, almost all of us will get a cold or the flu at some point this winter season. Luckily, we don’t have to just sit around and suffer.
Just like there are simple ways to improve blood circulation, there are also easy and effective at-home remedies to help you battle any cold and get better faster.
This exclusive list of natural cold and flu remedies is quite surprising. While I know I’m supposed to get lots of rest and drink plenty of fluids, I had no idea that wearing wet socks to bed could help fight a cold!
Scroll through below to see how you can combat your cold and get back to feeling healthy as soon as possible.
Do you plan to try these extremely easy cold-fighting techniques? Let us know in the comments!
1. Saltwater Nose Rinse
It might seem weird to put liquid into your nose, but this method can be extremely effective in easing nasal congestion and fighting bacteria.
2. Gargle It
We’ve probably all heard that you should gargle with saltwater to battle a sore throat, loosen up mucus, and fight bacteria. But it might come as a surprise that gargling with salt can actually prevent upper respiratory tract infections from ever even developing.
3. Make a Hot Toddy
Alcohol in a drink like a hot toddy might sound like a strange way to battle a cold, but according to WebMD, “Hot liquids relieve nasal congestion, prevent dehydration, and soothe the uncomfortably inflamed membranes that line your nose and throat.”