What to Eat & Drink When Having Cold?

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It’s getting cold here in Dubai , finally some relief from the UAE’s scorching heat, I’m I right ?!

But this special season with its festivities and events comes with an unwelcome guest- Cold! This nasty disease is once again upon us and I hope everyone’s already got their flu shots , and for those of us who didn’t , first we’re so sorry. And second, today’s your lucky day as we’re going to provide you with some tips on how to feel ,and get ,better .

Here are some home health care tips for treating your cold :

Eating Well Is Important The Immune System

In order to beat the cold, you have to strengthen your power capabilities -aka your immune system . And as grandma always says: You need to eat something , you look famished!

Eating well and staying hydrated play a very important role in fighting disease and infection , including cold . You should make sure to get enough nutritious foods and consume enough fluids so as to decrease the intensity and duration of your illness.

Proteins are an essential part of a balanced and healthy diet . Chicken soup is a staple among the home remedies used treat cold . Although there’re aren’t enough scientific evidence to support that chicken soup cures cold , just the fact that you get a lot of protein intake from this dish is enough for us to recommend it . You’re immune system needs protein to create new illness-fighting cells and also to help the existent cell perform optimally . If your vegan or don’t consume meat for whatever reason , try having tofu , lentil , beans or chickpeas as these too are rich with proteins, while adding veggies or pasta will help you get extra vitamins and energy .

Staying Hydrated to Power Up Your Defences

Staying hydrated when you have a cold is of vital importance as well to help thin out the mucus and keep your body functioning well. Here are some tips to stay hydrated:

  1. Drink plenty of fluids: Water, herbal teas, clear broths, and warm soups can provide hydration. Warm fluids can also help soothe a sore throat and loosen congestion.
  2. Avoid caffeine and alcohol: These can dehydrate you further, so it’s best to limit or avoid them until you’re feeling better.
  3. Use a humidifier: Adding moisture to the air can help ease congestion and soothe your nasal passages and throat.
  4. Consume fruits and veggies high in water content: Foods like watermelon, cucumber, oranges, and celery can contribute to your hydration.
  5. Try electrolyte-rich drinks: Drinks like sports drinks or coconut water can help replenish electrolytes lost due to fever or mucus production.
  6. Suck on throat lozenges or drink warm liquids with honey: These can soothe a sore throat and provide relief.
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Relieve Symptoms:

  • Saline Nasal Irrigation: Use saline nasal sprays or a neti pot to flush out nasal passages and relieve congestion.
  • Humidifier: Use a humidifier or steam inhalation to moisten the air, making it easier to breathe.
  • Soothe Sore Throat: Gargle with warm salt water or use throat lozenges to ease throat irritation.

Over-the-Counter Medications:

  • Pain and Fever Relief: Take over-the-counter pain relievers like acetaminophen or ibuprofen to reduce fever and ease discomfort.
  • Decongestants and Antihistamines: Consider these under a doctor’s guidance to relieve congestion or manage allergy-related symptoms.
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Good Hygiene:

  • Handwashing: Wash hands frequently to prevent spreading the virus to others or reinfecting yourself.
  • Cover Mouth and Nose: Use tissues when coughing or sneezing and dispose of them properly.

You can also check the article from WebMD about what to drink when having cold Click Here

Also remember, a cold typically resolves on its own within a week or two. However, if symptoms are severe or don’t improve after a reasonable period, consulting a healthcare provider is recommended to rule out other conditions or complications.

If at any any point you feel like you need a little bit of help taking care of your health , we at JPR provide the best home health care services in Dubai , Al ain , Abu dhabi , Sharjah & Ajman , give us a call today on 050-873-8150 or Get A Private Home Nurse Here .

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