Sometimes despite your best efforts, you still end up with a mild cold, or a full-blown flu with fever and the chills. While there are countless remedies out there to try and combat these illnesses, there are alternative ways to reduce the symptoms.
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Remember, if your fever won’t break or you find the illness is dragging on for longer than usual, then you should consult a doctor – especially if you have breathing difficulties, a rapid heartbeat, or feel faint, reminds Healthline. Here are seven home remedies for colds and flu to try first…
1. Chow Down on Chicken Soup
This is good on any given day, but especially comforting when you’re feeling under the weather. And it’s more than just the warmth and deliciousness of the soup that makes you feel better – Healthline says there’s some science behind it.
It says research has shown that chicken soup with vegetables can slow the movement of neutrophils in your body, which the source describes as a common type of white blood cell that fights infection. Because the cells are moving slower, they tend to concentrate in “areas of your body that require the most healing,” it adds.