We can also catch many colds in our lives because there are many different types of viruses that will result in a common cold. Good thing though is once you contract a particular virus, our bodies will learn the key to overcome it for the next time. So you can only catch the same cold once.
The common cold is a contagious viral infection of the upper respiratory tract characterized by inflammation (swelling and irritation with presence of extra immune cells) of the mucous membranes, sneezing, and sore throat. It is our only effective weapon against the alien attack of War of the Worlds, where all our military strength and nuclear weapons proved useless.
It may not smell nice after you eat it, but there’s no doubt that garlic is one of the best staple food items in your kitchen that brings about a lot of health benefits. This pungent spice helps fight off the common cold by clearing the nasal passage. It also helps lower the risks of heart disease, as well as certain types of cancers.
A constant nasal drip is more common with allergies – feeling like you have to constantly blow your nose is a sure giveaway that something is irritating your sinuses. Headaches associated with a cold usually cause aches above and around the eyes, while allergies create pressure in the sinus cavity, which is to the sides of the nose.
Drink at least 8 large glasses of water per day. One way to remind yourself is to have a 1½ or 2 litre bottle of still mineral water always with you, and finish the bottle before the end of the day. It’s useful to decant some into a small water bottle to carry around with you.
Herb teas are excellent for when you have a cold. Herbs have healing properties that will help get you back on your feet in no time. Drinking fresh fruit juices (not bottled or can) is also very good. Go get yourself an orange squeezer. It’s well worth the investment.
Consuming a big, hearty breakfast can raise blood levels of gamma interferon by 450%. Gamma interferon is the body’s top virus-fighting compound. If you don’t eat any breakfast at all, your gamma interferon will be lowered by as much as 17%.