Coughs, sniffles, sneezes — if not already, chances are the sound of these will soon be playing like an unwanted soundtrack on loop in your everyday life. (Heck, at some point you'll probably join in the chorus.) Yes, the dreaded cold and flu season is upon us. And as much fun as a "sick day" may have sounded when we were little, the truth of the matter is, there's nothing enjoyable about a perfect storm of congestion, sore throat, and fever.
Research tells us that taking in fluids and keeping hydrated is essential when looking to ward off illness. Which begs the question: What exactly should you be drinking to keep a cold at bay (or, at the very least, help you feel better if you do happen to succumb to the symptoms)?
At the first sign of sniffles, most of us probably charge the juice aisle to stock up on value-sized cartons of OJ, or rush over to our favorite local juice bar for an extra-large, fresh-pressed citrus medley. Feeling stuffed up with a scratchy throat? Maybe you've already got a pot of tea brewing, a spoonful of honey at the ready.
While perhaps the more obvious choices, they're certainly not the only options when it comes to drinks that can help give your immune system a boost.