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Home Remedies For The Cold Season « Mark Freeman, DDS

Home Remedies For The Cold Season

This time of year, Doctor’s offices are filled with cold and flu patients.  Here at the offices of Dr. Mark Freeman & Associates, we get calls daily from patients who need to change appointments due to illness.  As the temperatures bounce from winter cold to spring time warmth, our immune systems tend to weaken and can not handle the start of cold and flu season adequately.  To ward off sickness, many people use home remedies.  Though home remedies are generally inexpensive and safe when used appropriately, it is important to be careful.  Something as simple as taking the wrong dosage of a certain vitamin can lead to harmful interactions.  It is the best course of action to have a discussion with your doctor to ensure that your efforts will benefit and not hurt your health.

That being said, here are a few of the more popular home remedies that really seem to help!

shower with steamSTEAM  –  A steam shower can be effective in calming coughs.  The moist heat from the shower can provide relief to muscles strained from coughing.  The steam provides warm moisture to the respiratory system, helping to break up mucous and remove it from your system.





HOT SOUP  –  A warm bowl of soup, particularly chicken noodle or onion soup, can help with decongestion, providing moisture to the chest and sinuses while the warmth of the soup sooths the throat.  Soup provides a tasty means of staying hydrated, and ingredients like onion and garlic have antiseptic qualities, potentially helping the body repair itself faster.  At the same time, the sodium found in carrots and celery can help the body metabolize and absorb nutrients.




HOT TEA  –  Drinking hot green tea can also provide some similar benefits as soup.  The heat of the tea soothes the throat, and it is full of antioxidants which helps to strengthen the immune system.






ORANGE JUICE AND VITAMIN C  –  Orange juice is known for boosting the immune system.  A daily dose of Vitamin C as a preventive measure is important because the body does not naturally produce Vitamin C.  A 1000 milligrams dose of vitamin C  is recommended daily as a good preventive measure.





SALINE RINSES  –  Saline rinses are an effective way to reduce congestion symptoms.  Neti pots and saline mists physically remove debris and help you breathe better.  The body’s natural defense  is to flush it out any impurities.  This is why it creates mucus.  Rinsing out mucus and debris can help alleviate allergy and cold symptoms.





HONEY  –  Ingesting local honey every day to reduce allergies is a great help as long as you are not diabetic!  As bees gather nectar from plants to make honey, they are creating a homeopathic remedy for allergies.  This  provides a small doses of the allergen to the patient and builds up their resistance.  Mixing honey into hot tea, however, actually breaks down the enzymes.  It is recommended to eat honey directly from the spoon.

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