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Zinc, the immunity booster

Help reduce the length of colds by taking 15-30 milligrams in lozenge form at the first sign of a sniffle. By sucking on a lozenge you'll get the benefits of attacking the cold where it hurts: the mouth and nose.


Keep that nose clean

Endless blowing can get painful, but don't be tempted to sniff the mucus back in. Instead blow your nose regularly and gently and think about cleaning your nostrils with a saline solution -- try  a nasal irrigation kit available in pharmacies.



The herb from the coneflower family is pretty powerful in preventing coughs and sneezes. Take a few weeks before the cold and flu season to boost your immune system. Seek advice from your pharmacist about the right dose for you.


Vitamin C

This go-to vitamin is not only good for the immune system, but also helps keep us more youthful. It's most effective when taken regularly before the cold and flu season. (Ask your doc or pharmacist about dosage.)




Get your dose of vitamin C in its most natural form by squeezing a whole lemon in warm water every morning on waking up. Not only does it start your day with a kick, it can help reduce your appetite if you seek to lose weight. (Just be sure not to brush your teeth for one hour afterwards because lemon juice can be abrasive to your enamel.)


Ginger tea

Steep 2 teaspoons of shredded ginger in a cup of warm water and drink regularly to help reduce inflammation. The gingerols from the plant also help to reduce pain and germs. A perfect remedy for those who love the taste of ginger!


A spoonful of raw honey

Full of antioxidants, antiviral, and antibacterial properties, this natural remedy is great for relieving sore throats. Add 2 teaspoons to warm water with a dose of lemon and feel the effects. (Don't give honey to children younger than one as it may cause infant botulism.)


Grandma's chicken soup

The combination of a warm soup full of nourishing chicken, carrots, and onions prevents the bronchial tubes from inflammation. Even better, the healthy, tasty remedy can be eaten long after your cold has disappeared.



Steam is a great way to unblock those sinuses. Try covering your head with a towel and lean over a bowl of hot water, or take a hot shower with doors and windows firmly closed -- if you're feeling weak just sit by the shower and let the steam clear your nostrils.


Indulge in a curry

Many of the delicious spices used in making a curry also happen to have anti-inflammatory properties. The mix of ginger, turmeric, and hot peppers helps both runny and blocked noses, while garlic is a great virus killer.




If you don't want to cough it up (pun intended!) for pricey pills, grab some quality yogurt or a probiotic supplement to give your immune system a boost. Probiotics help your digestive system, and with other conditions, too.


Rest up!

With your body busy fighting all those winter germs, give it a helping hand by staying warm and getting lots of rest. But be sure to open the windows and let some fresh air in from time to time.