Hacks to Help You Get Rid of a Stubborn Cold

Cold and flu season can be brutal, especially if you have a stubborn cold that won’t leave. Here are some of the best hacks for getting rid of a cold;

Get Plenty of Rest

Your body needs plenty of energy to fight off illnesses like the cold. A good night’s rest when you start to get a sore throat may even be enough to fight off a cold before it fully takes its toll.

Drink Fluids

You may not even realise, but when you have a cold you can lose a lot of fluids from sweating, blowing your nose and coughing. This can make your body dehydrated, which just ends up making you more ill for longer. Make sure you drink plenty fluids, whether that’s water, juice, soup, tea or even water-heavy fruits and vegetables.

Get Plenty Vitamin C

Vitamin C is extremely good for fighting off a cold, whether it be at the first sign of symptoms or for shortening the duration of the cold. Ensure you drink orange juice or eat foods such as strawberries, kiwis and leafy green vegetables (all of which are high in vitamin C.) Although it is better to get your vitamins from food and drinks, supplements can work as well.

Gargle Salt Water

Gargling salt water is a great way for calming a sore throat. It’s less harsh than mouthwashes and easy to make as you will more than likely have both salt and water in your home already. Mix half a teaspoon of salt to a glass of warm water and gargle every six to eight hours.

Use a Steam Treatment

This may sound like a luxurious spa treatment, but you can do it in the comfort of your own bathroom. Simply turn on the shower to hot and close the bathroom door (extractor fan off of course.) Once it’s steamed up sit in the bathroom and breathe in deeply, inhaling the steam. This will help loosen mucus from your nasal passages, making it easier to breathe and it won’t dry out your nose.

If the heat makes you start to feel dizzy or overheated, then it’s important to take a break!

Similarly, if you have a humidifier follow the instructions.

Take Elderberry Syrup

If you prefer natural healing methods over medication, then this is a good one for you. Elderberry syrup is a natural immune system booster which makes it great for treating colds. You should take it every morning by either taking a teaspoon of syrup, adding it to water or juice or drinking elderberry tea.

Eat Raw Honey

Honey can also give your immune system a natural boost, not only that but it contains anti-viral properties. Manuka honey is the best but can be expensive, so just ensure that the honey you get is “raw” or natural. You can have a teaspoon of raw honey or mix it into a mug of warm water or tea.

Eat Garlic

Garlic has antiviral, antibiotic and antimicrobial properties and has been shown to relieve cold systems, shorten the duration of a cold and boost your immune system. Crush up a clove of garlic and let it sit out for 15 minutes, this allows for the allicin (a potent anti-bacterial agent) to develop. Garlic is most effective when eaten raw, but not everyone can stomach that, so add it to your meal or mix it with honey or olive oil and put it on a cracker.

How to Stay Healthy This Winter

Winter has engulfed us once more in freezing showers, grey clouds and dark days. Although there are a lot of festivities to be had and social occasions to enjoy this time of year, a lot of it is grim with wild weather. Unfortunately illness comes hand in hand with colder months. There are lots of bugs and germs being exchanged every day and it is far too easy to catch a cold or worse the flu. There are a few sure ways to avoid coming down with the weather. Follow this guide help stay well this winter.


Get the flu jag

In the UK the NHS are very good, usually, at keeping a record of all patients who have chronic health conditions or immunity issues that could make them more susceptible to getting the flu. You should be called to your GP at some point in the lead up to Christmas to get your flu jag. However if you are not registered with a GP or perhaps you have a new condition you should head to the local doctor to get your jag organised.


If you work in an office or any working environment that might involve using a pen at some point, you should always carry your own pen with you. Germs are spread through things that pass through many hands. As well as avoiding touching handles and bannisters you should try to use only your own pen as you will be much less likely to catch germs.


Hand Sanitizer

Obviously it is impossible to avoid touching anything with your hands all day. In the winter try to avoid touching your face until you have used some hand sanitizer. This is especially important for public transport or lifts, elevators and stairs and when using money. Money is the biggest culprit for carrying germs.

Join a club

Friendship can improve your antibody production. Happiness from bonding with other humans help battle the effects of stress hormones therefore you should try to socialise as much as possible in the winter months to help your immune system fight back.

Take multivitamins

We take in vitamins from the foods that we eat however depending on your diet you might not be getting the full amount of vitamins you need. This becomes more serious in the winter when there are lots of bugs going around, plus you don’t get as much sun. Take a multivitamin that has 100% of the recommended vitamin A, B, C and D. This could help build up your immune system just enough to fight off bad bugs.



This might prove a bit more difficult in winter as its dark, cold and wet outside. You probably don’t feel like leaving the house after you get home from work and there’s no chance you’ll be going for a run if there’s a full blown blizzard outside. Try to do some exercises in your home every day. On days that it is dry try and go for a walk on your lunch break or take a short walk when you can.

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For a fitness plan to work it is vital that you give your 100% best during your time at the gym. Whether your goal is to run faster, lift heavier or to tone up, the effort will be the key to your success. Continue reading “Improving Your Fitness & Wellbeing Will Make You More Successful” »