Now that cold and flu season is in full swing, so are those uncomfortable symptoms.  Of course, popular cold and flu medications are on the market, but we can kick those symptoms to the curb with some fantastic home remedies that will help us feel better in no time.

Doctor mom used to whip up some chicken noodle soup when we were kids, and once again, mom always knows best. The warm, comforting steam from the soup helps calm inflamed sinuses, and the vegetables in chicken soup provide essential nutrients. Studies show chicken soup does have a mild anti-inflammatory effect. Head into the kitchen to whip up some delicious homemade chicken noodle soup for ample nutrients.


Another idea is to make a nice hot cup of ginger tea to reduce inflammation, muscle pain, and nausea. Consume a spoonful of honey to soothe a sore throat and reduce coughing. You can also use essential oils such as peppermint and eucalyptus to open your nasal passages and allow you to breathe more efficiently. Simply use a diffuser, add a few drops of either essential oil, and let the magic happen. 

Additionally, you can consume Vitamin C and Probiotics to keep your gut and immune system healthy. Increased humidity may help reduce dryness and inflammation in the nose and throat, so placing a humidifier in your bedroom may help you feel more comfortable.

While we have yet to find a cure, we can reduce our risk of cold and flu. Be sure to get a flu shot, wash your hands and face often in warm, soapy water, stay physically active, prioritize sleep, and eat a healthy, balanced diet.


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