10 Healing Foods To Fight Common Cold

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10 Healing Foods To Fight Common Cold
« on: November 24, 2013, 01:19:50 PM »
10 Healing Foods To Fight Common Cold

A common cold is also known as acute coryza, is an inflammation of the upper respiratory tract caused by infection with common cold viruses.Person may suffer from a common cold several times in a year.A cold usually lasts from 3 to 10 days.


Symptoms:

    Soreness of the throat.
    Congestion of the nasal passages.
    Running nose,sneezing
    Rise in body temperature
    Aches and pains in the body
    Headache

Causes:

    Exposure to the viruses and cold
    Low vitality
    Lack of sleep
    Mental depression
    Fatigue
    Dust
    Sudden change in temperature
    Irritating inhalations

Healing Foods To Fight Common Cold:


Lemon: Lemon is beneficial in all types of cold with fever.Vitamin -c rich lemon juice increases body resistance,decreases toxicity and reduce the duration of the illness.One lemon should be diluted in a glass of warm water and teaspoon of honey to it.Drink this once or twice daily.

Garlic: The oil contained in this vegetable helps to open up the respiratory passage.Take 3 to 4 cloves of garlic and boil them in a cup of water.In soup form ,it flushes out all toxins from the system and does help bring down fever.You can add teaspoon of onion juices in 5 drops of garlic oil.Drink this mix three times in a day.

Ginger: Ginger tea also found beneficial in the treatment of common cold.About ten grams of ginger should be cut into pieces and boiled in a cup of water.It should be then strained and half teaspoon of sugar added to it.This decoction should be drunk when hot.

Lady's finger: Lady's finger are highly valuable in treating irritation of the throat and a persistent dry cough.It act as a drug to allay irritation,swelling and pain.Add some pieces of lady's finger in water and boiled down to make a decoction.The steam issuing from this decoction may also be inhaled once or twice a day to relieve throat irritation and a dry cough.

Bitter gourd roots:
The roots of the bitter gourd plant are used in folk medicine to cure a cold.A teaspoon of the root paste,mixed with an equal quantity of honey,given once every night for few days act as an excellent medicine for common colds.

Turmeric: Turmeric is an effective remedy for cold and throat irritations.A teaspoon of fresh turmeric powder mixed in 75 ml of warm milk and taken twice a day for noticeable results.

Chicken soup: Chicken soup contains natural penicillin that will helps to fight common cold and clear clogged airways.

Vitamin C foods: Foods which contain good source vitamin c will be beneficial to cure common cold.Foods that contain vitamin c are potato,citrus fruits,pineapple,strawberries etc..

Watercress: Watercress is good source of nutrients,even less in calories it contains truckload of vitamin C.It is very helpful to heal runny nose and coughs.

Cinnamon: It has a huge history in the treatment of cold and flu.Add cinnamon to your breakfast,tea/coffee it works as a anti-cold and anti-flu food.
Farhana Israt Jahan
Assistant Professor
Dept. of Pharmacy