cold remedies http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/11401/all en-US The High Cost of Catching a Cold or the Flu http://www.wisebread.com/the-high-cost-of-catching-a-cold-or-the-flu <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-high-cost-of-catching-a-cold-or-the-flu" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-510574486.jpg" alt="getting the flu is expensive" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Nobody wants to get a cold or the flu. It can be a miserable experience for you, your family, and your coworkers. Even worse, it can be a very costly affair, if you don't take preventive measures.</p> <h2>The Sickening Statistics</h2> <p>Each year, about <a href="http://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/flu-statistics" target="_blank">5%&ndash;20% of Americans</a> contract the flu. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about <a href="http://www.cdcfoundation.org/businesspulse/flu-prevention-infographic" target="_blank">200,000 people are hospitalized</a> and between 3,000&ndash;49,000 deaths are associated with the flu each year.</p> <p>While a cold may not seem like a big deal at first, the treatment can be costly and it may just be a symptom of a flu that hasn't peaked yet. Along with a cold, the flu can also cause symptoms like lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, headaches, body aches, and confusion. It can also just suck the fun out of life and make it difficult to work and function like normal.</p> <h2>The Cost of Treatment</h2> <p>The average person with health insurance will pay over $130 for flu treatment. The average person without insurance will pay more than $100 to see a physician and about $100 for prescription medication. Once you've made it to the doctor, you will also need to consider the cost of tests, medications, room fees, and physician services &mdash; which can quickly add up.</p> <h2>The Cost of Medicine</h2> <p>More than <a href="http://healthcare.utah.edu/healthfeed/postings/2014/09/09-11-14_flu.cost.php" target="_blank">$10 billion is spent each year</a> on hospitalizations and outpatient doctor visits related to the flu and about one-third of flu sufferers <a href="http://www.investopedia.com/financial-edge/1012/the-cost-of-getting-the-flu.aspx" target="_blank">spend $250&ndash;$1,000 on treatment</a>.</p> <p>If the flu is caught and treated within the first 48 hours, you may be prescribed antiviral medication like Tamiflu or Relenza, which costs over $100 for the 10-day dose for patients without insurance. For insured patients, you can expect to spend around $20 for prescription medicine.</p> <h2>The Cost of Over-the-Counter Medications</h2> <p>The average person also spends about $10 on <a href="https://www.quickenloans.com/blog/cost-catching-flu-infographic" target="_blank">over-the-counter cough and flu medicine</a> like Tylenol, DayQuil, and NyQuil. Tissues, Lozenges, Vicks, and cough drops are also essentials when you're sick.&nbsp;Of course, these costs will vary based on where you shop. There are also ways to save money on these medications, such as buying generics, avoiding duplicates, and looking for coupons or store circulars. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-frugal-ways-to-treat-the-common-cold?ref=seealso" target="_blank">9 Frugal Ways to Treat the Common Cold</a>)</p> <h2>Lost Earnings</h2> <p>The average person loses $92 of earnings each year thanks to sick days. However, in most cases, it takes three to seven days for a regular case of the flu to go away. You might still have a cough and fatigue for as long as three or four weeks, so you will need to consider this when calculating your potential lost wages, especially if you own your own business and don't get paid for taking sick days.</p> <h2>Treating Your Child</h2> <p>While treatment may be expensive for adults, it is usually even more drastic if your child contracts a cold or the flu. The CDC found that <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/flu/spotlights/childrens-flu-costly.htm" target="_blank">parents spend $300 to $4,000</a>, and miss between 11&ndash;73 hours of work, to help their child recover from the flu. If your child is treated in an emergency room, you can expect to spend an average of $3,990 in medical costs. If you have insurance, it may cover some of these costs, but you still need to account for co-payments, over-the-counter medication, lost earnings, and travel costs.</p> <h2>Preventive Measures</h2> <p>The best way to fight a cold or the flu is to prevent a problem in the first place by taking advantage of simple preventative measures. Some popular <a href="http://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/how-to-prevent-infections" target="_blank">preventive measures</a> include:</p> <ul> <li>Avoid contact with people who have the flu;</li> <li>Wash your hands frequently;</li> <li>Eat healthy foods;</li> <li>Drink plenty of liquids;</li> <li>Exercise daily;</li> <li>Reduce stress and laugh more often;</li> <li>Get an adequate amount of sleep each night;</li> <li>Take a daily multivitamin;</li> <li>Increase your vitamin C intake;</li> <li>Take antiviral medications if you are exposed to the flu.</li> </ul> <p>Annual flu vaccinations offer protection from the most likely influenza virus strains. The flu immunization can also help reduce the rate of respiratory illnesses and the number of doctor visits each year. However, it is not a guarantee that you won't get the flu.</p> <p>Flu vaccines cost $35 per person, on average, which is covered by health insurance, as required by the Affordable Care Act. You can get the vaccine at a physician's office, senior center, free or low-cost clinics, or at certain drugstores. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-places-to-get-vaccinated-for-cheap-or-free?ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 Places to Get Vaccinated for Cheap or Free</a>)</p> <p>Many employers are also now offering free or reduced rate vaccinations onsite for their employees. When you consider that the average cost is over $130 for treatment (with insurance), it may be a good idea to take advantage of the vaccine as a precaution.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-high-cost-of-catching-a-cold-or-the-flu">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/germs-dirt-bacteria-infection-immune-system-antibiotics-disease">Are we too clean for our own good?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-41-frugal-ways-to-battle-a-cold-or-flu">Flashback Friday: 41 Frugal Ways to Battle a Cold or Flu</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-95-best-ways-to-get-fit-for-free">Flashback Friday: The 95 Best Ways to Get Fit for Free</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-important-reasons-to-always-call-in-sick-when-youre-sick">8 Important Reasons to Always Call In Sick When You&#039;re Sick</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-frugal-ways-to-treat-the-common-cold">9 Frugal Ways to Treat the Common Cold</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Health and Beauty cold cold remedies common cold flu flu season germs high cost saving money sickness Wed, 18 Jan 2017 10:30:27 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1876055 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: DIY Cold Remedies From Around the World http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-diy-cold-remedies-from-around-the-world <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-diy-cold-remedies-from-around-the-world" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_tissue_mug_185711581.jpg" alt="Woman learning DIY cold remedies from around the world" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found articles on DIY cold remedies from around the world, simple money challenges to beef up your savings, and ways to hack your KitchenAid stand mixer.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.cheapism.com/blog/diy-common-cold-cures-15290/">14 DIY Cold Remedies From Around the World</a> &mdash; Ginger and turmeric tea is effective against colds and stomach ailments. [Cheapism]</p> <p><a href="http://www.everybodylovesyourmoney.com/2016/12/21/simple-money-challenges.html">8 Simple Money Challenges That Will Beef Up Your Savings</a> &mdash; These simple money challenges can propel you to financial freedom. Read up on each of them to find the one that works best for you! [Everybody Loves Your Money]</p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Saving-Money/2016/1220/Fifteen-ways-to-hack-your-KitchenAid-stand-mixer">Fifteen ways to hack your KitchenAid stand mixer</a> &mdash; Use the flat beater attachment to mash your fruits and vegetables for foods like guacamole, roasted pumpkin, and chunky apple sauce. [The Monitor]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Holiday-Hero-42818198">How to Go From Zero to Holiday Hero</a> &mdash; Lend a hand at your local food shelter. They'll need the help during the busy holiday season. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.cleverdude.com/content/money-saving-uses-for-used-pantyhose/">Money Saving Uses for Used Pantyhose</a> &mdash; Ball up old pantyhose and attach it to the end of your broom to make a duster with extra reach. [Clever Dude]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.moneyspruce.com/take-advantage-5-free-things-always-pay/">Take Advantage of 5 Free Things You Always Had to Pay For</a> &mdash; Thanks to streaming services like Spotify, Pandora, and YouTube, you can listen to virtually any song you want for free. [Money Spruce]</p> <p><a href="http://moneyqanda.com/make-money-on-fiverr/">Top 15 Easy Ways You Can Make Money on Fiverr</a> &mdash; There is always a demand for greeting cards. You can sell customized cards on Fiverr and possibly turn this into a passive income stream by charging for downloading rights to your existing designs. [Money Q&amp;A]</p> <p><a href="http://www.cultofmoney.com/2016/12/21/save-500-living-paycheck-paycheck/">How to Save $500 While Living Paycheck to Paycheck</a> &mdash; Pick up a side job or two and aim to earn an extra $100 each week. [Cult of Money]</p> <p><a href="http://www.getorganizedwizard.com/blog/2016/12/4-easy-ways-establish-family-routines/">4 Easy Ways To Establish Family Routines</a> &mdash; Get the whole family involved! It'll foster bonds within the family as well as a sense of responsibility for the home. [Get Organized Wizard]</p> <p><a href="http://www.bestkeptself.com/5-quick-and-healthy-breakfast-ideas-to-power-you-through-your-day/">Five quick and healthy breakfast ideas to power you through your day</a> &mdash; Avocado toast is an easy and delicious breakfast. For an extra dose of protein, add a fried egg or hemp seeds. [Best Kept Self]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-diy-cold-remedies-from-around-the-world">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-frugal-ways-to-treat-the-common-cold">9 Frugal Ways to Treat the Common Cold</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-high-cost-of-catching-a-cold-or-the-flu">The High Cost of Catching a Cold or the Flu</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-cheap-and-natural-ways-to-fight-the-cold-and-flu">7 Cheap and Natural Ways to Fight the Cold and Flu</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cheap-and-simple-sunburn-remedies-that-really-work">Cheap and Simple Sunburn Remedies That Really Work</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-cheap-ways-to-lower-your-blood-sugar">13 Natural and Easy Ways to Lower Your Blood Sugar</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty best money tips cold remedies Fri, 23 Dec 2016 10:30:24 +0000 Amy Lu 1859511 at http://www.wisebread.com 9 Frugal Ways to Treat the Common Cold http://www.wisebread.com/9-frugal-ways-to-treat-the-common-cold <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-frugal-ways-to-treat-the-common-cold" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/369210589_7e28e4eed3_z.jpg" alt="resting" title="resting" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's winter again, and the common cold will be very, well, common. Fortunately, frugal ways to <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/getsmart/antibiotic-use/symptom-relief.html" target="_blank">treat the common cold</a> are readily available so you don't have to spend a fortune on doctor visits and over-the-counter medication.</p> <p>Many frugal cold remedies are healthier than cold medicines that only cover up symptoms instead of actually curing your cold. Plus, many cold medications have unwelcome side effects, and they're rarely inexpensive.</p> <p>The next time a cold lays you low, try one or more of these nine frugal remedies to put you back on your feet again. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-ways-to-feel-better-fast">25 Ways to Feel Better Fast</a>)</p> <h2>1. Steam</h2> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/common-cold-000038.htm">Steam</a> can ease sore throats and clear nasal congestion. Indoor heating systems frequently make indoor air too dry, which is probably a factor in spreading winter colds. Put a humidifier in your bedroom overnight or living room during the day. Or, if you don't want to spend money on a humidifier, sit in the bathroom with the door closed while running a hot shower or stand over a pot of boiling water.</p> <h2>2. Saline Nasal Drops and Sprays</h2> <p>Frequent drops or sprays of <a target="_blank" href="http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/cold-remedies/ID00036">saline solution</a> in the nose can help encourage decongestion. Saline drops are cheap and available over the counter, and they're different from medicated <a target="_blank" href="http://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/cold-guide/nasal-sprays-cold-relief">nasal drops or sprays</a>, which can prompt cold symptoms to worsen if used more than several days. You can also make your own saline solution with a teaspoon of salt and a pinch of baking soda in a pint of warm water, and apply it with a child-size medicine dropper.</p> <h2>3. Salt Water Gargle</h2> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/28/health/28real.html?_r=0">Gargle </a>with a quarter- to half-a-teaspoon of salt dissolved in an eight-ounce glass of warm water. Gargle for several seconds, then spit it out. It can soothe sore throats by drawing out excess fluid from inflamed tissue and loosening mucus. If you disdain salt water, you can gargle with warm water spiked with lemon and honey instead.</p> <h2>4. Rest</h2> <p>And plenty of it. <a target="_blank" href="http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/cold-remedies/ID00036">Resting </a>helps restore your energy and strengthens your body's immune defenses, helping avoid complications like bronchitis and pneumonia.</p> <h2>5. Drinking Liquids</h2> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/cold-guide/cold-remedies">Drinking</a> water, juice, clear broth, or warm lemon water with honey helps loosen mucus and aids your immune defenses. Warm liquids, like broth or herbal teas, help soothe sore throats and loosen mucus, which eases congestion. Natural herbs can be added to hot water for teas.</p> <h2>6. Chicken Soup</h2> <p>Your grandmother was right. <a target="_blank" href="http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/cold-remedies/ID00036 ">Chicken soup</a> is easily digestible, and its warmth can help loosen mucus and relieve sore throats. It speeds up movement of mucus, possibly helps relieve congestion, and helps reduce inflammation.</p> <h2>7. Vitamin C</h2> <p>Many people swear by <a target="_blank" href="http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/common-cold-000038.htm">vitamin C</a>, although scientific evidence has yet to prove that it cures colds; it's more likely that it can help you avoid catching colds. But if it works for you, placebo effect or not, reasonable doses won't hurt.</p> <h2>8. Healthy Diet</h2> <p>Fruits and vegetables rich in antioxidants and vitamins A and C, such as sweet potatoes, spinach, and broccoli for vitamin A; and oranges, kiwi, and tomatoes for vitamin C, help improve your immune system, although a year-round <a href="http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/common-cold-000038.htm">healthy diet</a> is best before you catch a cold. Avoid caffeine and sugar.</p> <h2>9. Herbs</h2> <p>Elder (also called elderberry), eucalyptus, goldenseal, licorice, and marshmallow are some of the many plants used to treat colds, coughs, and sore throats. You can find these herbs in your local market or health food store; teas made from these herbs are also widely available. If you live in the right area you might be able to grow these herbs in your backyard or find them around your neighborhood.</p> <p>Cold sufferers should research which herbs to use, as the list of <a href="http://davesgarden.com/guides/articles/view/2053/" target="_blank">possible herbal treatments is quite long</a>, and the best options vary by person, symptom, and stage of the cold. Keep in mind that scientific evidence on their effectiveness is inconclusive, and women who are pregnant or breastfeeding and people with health conditions should talk to a doctor before using herbal remedies.</p> <p>The best way to fight colds may be to <a target="_blank" href="http://www.urmc.rochester.edu/encyclopedia/content.aspx?ContentTypeID=1&amp;ContentID=4512">avoid them</a> in the first place. You've probably heard about <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-healthy-changes-you-can-make-today">eating right, exercising, and washing your hands</a> especially after being out of the house and touching doorknobs, shopping cart handles, and shaking hands at parties. You might not have heard that reducing stress through <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/where-to-find-free-or-cheap-yoga-classes">yoga</a>, tai chi, or <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/time-to-get-down-with-your-inner-zen">meditation </a>can also help reduce chances of catching colds, too.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/michael-kling">Michael Kling</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-frugal-ways-to-treat-the-common-cold">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-high-cost-of-catching-a-cold-or-the-flu">The High Cost of Catching a Cold or the Flu</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/low-cost-medical-clinics-that-can-help-boost-your-health">Low Cost Medical Clinics That Can Help Boost Your Health</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-places-to-get-vaccinated-for-cheap-or-free">7 Places to Get Vaccinated for Cheap or Free</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cost-comparison-emergency-rooms-vs-urgent-care">Cost Comparison: Emergency Rooms vs. Urgent Care Centers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-about-a-price-list-at-the-hospital-or-doctor-s-office">How About a Price List at the Hospital or Doctor’s Office?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty alternative medicine cold remedies healthcare sickness Fri, 04 Jan 2013 11:24:30 +0000 Michael Kling 958811 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Cheap and Natural Ways to Fight the Cold and Flu http://www.wisebread.com/7-cheap-and-natural-ways-to-fight-the-cold-and-flu <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-cheap-and-natural-ways-to-fight-the-cold-and-flu" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000005329238XSmall.jpg" alt="sick child" title="sick child" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="165" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Over-the-counter symptom relief is a normal and common reaction for the millions of people who suffer from the cold and flu each year. However, for my family, limiting how much acidic and unnecessary medicine enters our bodies is top on my priority list. In my research, experience and wisdom gained from others, I have found 7 cheap and natural suggestions for beating the common cold or flu.</p> <h2>Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)</h2> <p>On <a href="http://backwoodshome.com">Backwoods Home Magazine</a>, Linda Gabris discusses the many valuable uses of ACV. I can personally attest to the MANY benefits of this wondrous creation. (Even when I do not have a cold I drink ACV to aid in detoxifying my body, and to speed up my metabolism.)</p> <p>To fight a cold, Gabris suggests mixing two tablespoons of ACV with one cup of boiling water. She recommends adding honey if you would like to sweeten the taste (ACV is not pleasant tasting to most people, though after a few months of drinking it, I now enjoy the taste). You can drink this as a tea and is said to be good for relieving a cough and breaking up phlegm. Another benefit to the ACV tea is inhaling the steam which can lead to a relief in the painful congestion that builds up.</p> <p><em>It is not recommended to give to children under 2. Cut the dose of ACV in half for kids over two.</em></p> <h2>Garlic</h2> <p>Cheap and effective...and smelly, but, if you can deal with the smell, you have an inexpensive, way to fight off a cold with a powerful punch. Alicin, which gives garlic its odor, also gives garlic its antioxidant compounds to fight the virus, and shorten the duration of the cold. There are different ways to take garlic: supplements, powder, extract, oil, mixing it with food, or eating a clove whole or mixed with food. Garlic is safe for children (mixing it with apple sauce is said to be a tasty way for kids to eat it), though avoid giving children supplements as there is not enough research to know if anything but fresh garlic with kids is safe.</p> <h2>Ginger</h2> <p>Another little guy with a powerful punch! Research on <a href="http://catalog.com">Catalog</a>, by Rita Hutner, states that ginger is a diaphoretic that contains particles active against rhinoviruses (a common group of cold viruses). Basically, ginger raises your body temperature, forcing your body to perspire and sweat out the cold...nice...sweating without working out! If your child does not like the tea, put about 3-5 tablespoons of ginger, wrapped in a cheese cloth, in a warm bath. This will help them sweat out the cold, in a more enjoyable way.</p> <p><em>Ginger is also a blood thinner &mdash; talk to a doctor about taking it if you are taking blood thinning medicine. </em></p> <h2>Green Tea</h2> <p>One of my favorites, even when I do not have a cold. Many &ldquo;A List&rdquo; celebrities drink this to keep healthy, speed up their metabolism, and to detoxify their body...not to mention, it tastes great, especially with a little lemon and honey (which are both helpful for soothing a sore throat). When it comes to shortening the length of a schedule disturbing visit from the cold or flu virus, green tea aids in ridding your body of those nasty toxic viruses that causes the many aches and pains keeping you from tending to your to do list.</p> <p><em>This is not recommended for children.</em></p> <h2>Chicken Soup</h2> <p>Your mother&rsquo;s suggestion of treating your cold with chicken soup was not in vain. Chicken soup contains mucus fighting elements, steam to relieve congestion, carbohydrates to give you energy, and veggies to aid in giving your body the nutrients it needs to stay strong while fighting away the cold. Keep to low sodium though. Some sodium is good for regulating the amount of fluids in your body, but too much will dehydrate you.</p> <h2>Rest</h2> <p>Your body is working overtime to fight this nasty little virus invading your body. Resting gives your body the ability to strengthen itself to fight these toxins, and also gives your body time to repair itself. Even if you are a constant doer like myself, step away from your to do list and rest, it might be painful for a while (believe me, I know), but the recovery for your body will aid in getting you back to your most effective self.</p> <h2>Water</h2> <p>We have all heard that drinking 8 glasses of water a day is imperative to our health. This is even more true when fighting a cold. Water will flush out your system, aid in digestion, and fights fatigue.</p> <p>Follow these five tips, fight that nasty cold, and get back to the many roles you play in your life. Most of these tips are also helpful for ending the agony you and your kids are in when they get hit with cold or flu bug. Feel better soon!</p> <p><strong>I am not a doctor and this should not be considered medical advice. 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