The common cold is caused by a virus that cannot be killed by any antibiotic out there. The good news is the body’s very own immune system is capable of killing off the cold virus. However, it may take 7 to 10 days — in some instances up to 2 weeks — before the symptoms clear up and you feel so much better.

Even though waiting until the common cold’s reign is over is something that we all have to do each time we’re down with it, there are certain things that may be done to make the recovery process a speedier one.

So without further ado, here are some tips on recovering from the common cold faster:

Take Plenty of Rest

As your own immune system is trying to zap the cold virus, what you can do to help is give your body plenty of rest. Your immune cells need all the energy they can get in order to come up victorious. Try to avoid taxing mental and physical activities that can wait. And also, don’t forget to get a good night’s sleep each and every time.

Stay Hydrated

Casualties (i.e. cold viruses killed off by your immune system) have to be flushed out of your body for healing without delay. It’s for this reason why you should drink plenty of fluids — about 8 glasses or 2 liters per day. Properly hydrating your body also helps relieve some of the symptoms of the common cold.

Have Chicken Soup

One more way to attain relief from the dreaded symptoms of the common cold as well as speed up the recovery is by having chicken soup. That’s because it supplies everything your body needs during a time of infection, from fluids, protein to the vitamins and minerals supplied by the various vegetable ingredients.

Load Up on Vitamin C

Consuming vitamin C-rich foods is a great way to keep the common cold at bay. But if it’s already around, just keep on having oranges, kiwis, guavas, red bell peppers, broccoli, cabbage and others containing vitamin C — doing so will help keep your immune system running efficiently, thus allowing you to bounce back much faster.

Inhale Steam

Filling a basin with hot water, placing your face about a foot above it, draping a large towel over your head and inhaling the steam is a great way to attain much-needed relief from the common cold symptoms. After doing all of the steps mentioned, you will feel so much better and this will make the road to recovery a less bumpy one.

Gargle With Salt Water

Last but not least, it’s also a good idea for you to regularly gargle with lukewarm salt water — about twice or thrice a day. This will help get rid of some of the nastiest symptoms of the common cold. By having the symptoms lessened, taking plenty of rest (the number 1 tip on this article) should be no problem.

Have you heard or read about any other way of accelerating one’s recovery from the common cold? Feel free to share it in the comments section below to let others give it a try, too!

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