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Last Updated : May 16,2018
COMMON COLD AND COUGH
What's a Common Cold and Cough?
A common cold is called so because it's the commonest of all ailments and affects most of us more frequently than any other ailment.
Throat irritation and blockage of the nasal passage usually accompanies a cold. It may also be accompanied by a cough which is the secretion of mucus due to infection of the lungs.
What causes Cold and Cough?
There is no exact reason for the cold and cough. Its causes can vary from an allergy,influenza, sinusitis or a viral infection.
However the most common reasons are:
• Low immunity
• Exposure to cold or dust
• Other irritating inhalations
Symptoms of Cold and Cough
• Runny nose
• Secretion of mucus
• Throat irritation
Here are some soothing natural remedies that will help keep you smiling through the cold.
1. Vitamin C rich fruits: Vitamin C rich fruits such as oranges, sweet limes, strawberries, lemons etc. are extremely effective in treating and keeping cold and cough away. The high amount of vitamin C in these fruits increases the body's resistance to virus and decreases the duration of the illness.An easy way to enhance your intake of vitamin C is to squeeze a lemon in a glass of warm water, sweeten it with a tsp of honey and drink it twice daily for at least 3 days.
2. Garlic (Lehsun) :
Garlic is a real immunity booster. Finely chop 2 to 3 cloves of garlic and swallow it like any other medicine. It can also be used raw into salad dressings. Crushing a clove of garlic into soups, stews etc. is also effective and greatly enhances their flavour.
3. Ginger (Adrak) :
Cut about 10 grams of ginger into small pieces and boil in a cup of water. Strain, add a tsp of sugar and drink it while hot. You can add finely chopped ginger and garlic to soups like we have done in Mixed Vegetable Clear Soup.
4. Turmeric powder (Haldi) :
Turmeric is most effective in curing throat irritation during colds. Fresh turmeric powder and ajwain (carom seeds) mixed in a glass of warm milk taken once or twice a day is the most useful curative measure.
Foods to be Avoided
• Cold beverages, aerated drinks and ice-creams
• Deep-fried foods
• Confectionery and mithai
• Pickles, canned and preserved foods
Easy Pointers to Fight Cold and Cough
1. Consume plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables as they abound in nutrients which strengthen the immune system. Try not to cook the vegetables for a long period as it results in loss of volatile nutrients like vitamins B and C.
2. Drink plenty of fluids (water, vegetable soups and fruit juices) as they help to replenish the fluids lost during the illness.
3. Eat hot and spicy foods. Eating these foods will make your nose run and the mucus will begin to clear. Spicy foods work just like a natural decongestant without any side effects. Try out the Cold Reliever and the spicy soup, Mixed Vegetable Clear Soup
4. Avoid smoking as it aggravates the throat and interferes with the infection-fighting activity of the cells.
5. Take rest as it gives your body a better chance to fight the virus.
6. Stay away from a dusty environment as that can aggravate the situation.
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