Five ways to fight a coldWinter is the perfect time of the year to think of your family, go out scouting for the perfect Christmas presents and allow the cheerful mood of the holidays to sweep you over. However, winter is also the time to remember the best ways to keep away from catching a cold. Everyone seems to have some “miracle cure” at hand once the season starts, some effective, some odd, some curious.

Here are our five ways to fight a cold:

Heaps of vitamin C. Taking vitamin C pills over the winter or when you feel a cold coming on always helps. The vitamin has antioxidant properties, stimulates the immune system and prevents allergies and asthma attacks.

Outdoor activity, hydration and rest. Performing outdoor activities during winter helps the body adjust to the lower temperatures, stimulates the immune system and helps your heart maintain a normal rhythm. Keeping your body well hydrated is always recommended, but when you have a cold it becomes vital. During winter, the best way to stay hydrated is to drink warm liquids, like hot tea, hot chocolate, or even soup. You can add ginger to your tea to help calm your stomach, or Echinacea to help boost your immune system. Having some hot chicken soup helps your respiratory system and reduces mucus. Resting soothes the symptoms and provides the proper environment for the cold treatment to take effect as well as allows the body to focus its energy for healing purposes.

 Natural foods, fresh colorful veggies and supplements. During winter, the intake of raw vegetables and fruits diminishes while the consumption of processed foods rises. As such, it is recommendable that you either scout your local stores for fresh veggies and fruits or use supplements to make up for the loss in vitamins and antioxidants. Zinc, vitamin C and Echinacea are the best suited cold fighting supplements alongside garlic capsules thar have antimicrobial and antiviral properties.

Oscillococcinum. Oscillococcinum is a homeopathic remedy that works best if used when you first become ill. Even though it cannot cure the cold, the remedy can reduce the symptoms and shorten their duration.

Coating your feet with Vicks Vapor Rub and wearing a pair of socks overnight. If you are fighting a cold associated cough, then a good remedy for it can be rubbing Vicks Vapor Rub on the bottom of your feet and getting some socks on before going to bed.