9 Drinks That May Help to Curb Your Cold Symptoms
October 27, 2015
These 9 drinks may help to curb your cold symptoms when you’re feeling stuffed up and exhausted
Dr. Rebecca Niloff simply recommends there’s nothing better for a sore throat than hot tea. The warm water will reduce swelling of the glands in your throat and an added benefit is the steam that will help to break up nose congestion. Adding a little honey not only adds sweetness but also coats the throat to help with painful swallowing.
Believe it or not, Dr. Niloff recommends lots of water. Water is the number one drink that doctors recommend to help cure the common cold. A constant flushing of the system might be one of the reasons why doctors love to prescribe a healthy dose of water. Another might be that constant hydration helps aid your immune system, which is working in overdrive when you have any kind of illness.
Dietician Sheela Prakash says, "Coconut water is filled with electrolytes that can help if you're dehydrated and need fluids (which you need when you're sick)." Coconut water is also easily accessible and doesn’t have the added sugar of most energy and juice drinks that are found in stores.
Prakash shares that citruses are great for colds. Grapefruit is another citrus on our list that is high in vitamin C. The juice from this fruit is helpful in staving off the common cold if you’re not a fan of the old-fashioned orange juice cure. The great thing about citrus juices is that you can get the benefits of them easily — simply eat a grapefruit for your morning meal or drink a glass of fresh-squeezed juice.
Fox News reports that "the anti-inflammatory gingerols and shaogals in ginger root will help to relieve a sore throat quickly, and they also kill rhinoviruses, which cause colds in the first place." Ginger can be juiced to drink on the go or put in a tea that will help to soothe the throat and sinuses.
The go-to water-enhancer is recommended by nutritionist Carly Feigan, who says, "Emergen-C,, buffered vitamin C packets in different flavors [are] great to ward off a cold or sore throat." Emergen-C is a small packet that can be poured into hot water to make a tea, or cold water to create a drinkable fizzy concoction. Emergen-C has 24 nutrients, including 1,000 milligrams of immune-supporting vitamin C, seven B vitamins to enhance energy naturally, and electrolytes to refuel and replenish.