The flu season a.k.a the winter season, makes us desperately seek out easy home remedies. We are ready to try anything to clean up the blocked nose and harsh throat, but are all these remedies actually effective or just a myth? We will bust some home remedy myths in this blog.
Don’t Put Garlic In Your Nose
A lot of people on tik-tok have been putting garlic in their noses, to clear up the nose. This trend can cause a severe burning sensation and stink up your nose, without any guarantee of cleaning up the congestion. Garlic, although anti-bacterial, isn’t meant to be stuck up the nose. If done incorrectly it can also become a health hazard. Instead, you can use a humidifier to clear up the congestion or a saline nasal spray.
Chicken Soup Will Chase Away The Cold
Chicken soup can help soothe the pain and ease up the symptoms, but chicken soup alone cannot be a solution. Matter of fact any soup can help soothe the symptoms a little bit, as the soup is hydrating and nutritious. If you’re vegetarian you can always go for vegetable broth soup, it has the same benefits as chicken soup.
Vitamin C Can Be Dangerous
Vitamin C is known for increasing immunity and curing common cold symptoms, but too much Vitamin C can actually cause issues. Excess Vitamin C can lead to dehydration and dryness. Ask your medical practitioner about the correct dosage for Vitamin C supplement, and avoid overdoing it. You can get Vitamin C from natural sources too like gooseberries, oranges or any citrus fruits.
Don’t Flower It Up
Many people believe that Echinacea Flower can help boost immunity. But, there is not enough evidence to back it up and it can be really dangerous for people with pollen allergies, any other kind of allergies and/or going through pregnancy. It is best not to rely on this floral herb and instead start including more antioxidants and prebiotics in your daily diet.
Feed A Cold, Starve A Fever
It might be true when it comes to a cold, but it is completely false in the case of a fever. You should take care of yourself with the utmost care during cold infections, eat a proper diet and stay hydrated. Both proper nutrition and proper hydration are equally important. Don’t skip out on meals and constantly keep drinking water, juice or even soup. If at times you don’t feel hungry, then no need to force yourself into eating instead you can keep yourself constantly hydrated.
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