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How To Get Rid Of A Cold (FAST)

Want to know how to get rid of a cold fast? Well, you’ll be surprised that just by doing a few simple little things could dramatically speed up your recovery time. 


Woman with cold natural remedies


Having a cold sucks! Especially when you have things to do, places to be, and little ones to look after. But thankfully there are some things that can really help speed up recovery and get you healthy again faster. 



Go For A Walk


Going for a walk in the cold air might not be the first thing you feel like doing if you have a cold, but getting outdoors for a good 10-15 minute walk can help boost your recovery time.

Taking a stroll in the cold helps the body to release the hormone adrenaline, adrenaline helps to reduce sinus swelling and helps the body to generate more virus-killing cells. 


Garlic Speeds up Recovery


Eating one or two cloves of garlic each day can have a major impact on not only recovery but also prevention. 

Garlic contains high levels of sulfur compounds that boost immunity and stop germs from growing and spreading. 

To get the most out of garlic’s healing properties let the freshly chopped garlic rest for around 10 minutes before consuming.

There are several different ways you can eat garlic even if you’re not the biggest fan. 

  • Grate 2 fresh garlic cloves into some hummus.
  • Finely chop fresh garlic cloves and put on a spoon full of honey. The honey helps to soothe sore throats and makes chomping raw garlic taste really good.
  • Sprinkle raw garlic over avocado toast

note: For maximum benefits eat fresh raw garlic as mentioned above.


Hot Steamy Bath


Help kill off germs with a hot steamy bath. Not only will a bath help relieve aches and pains, but the steam will also help clear your sinuses. 

Add some Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) to the water to really speed up recovery. If your kids are under the weather try one of these kid-friendly immune-boosting baths.


Eat Some Chocolate


Awful cough? eat some chocolate! but not just any old chocolate, dark chocolate. Just 1 oz of dark chocolate can help stop coughing fits up to 6 hours and some studies have shown that eating dark chocolate is up to 33% more effective than prescription cough medicines. 


Sleep and Rest

It’s not easy when you have millions of things to do and kids to look after, but try to get as much sleep and rest as possible. Sleep helps the body to repair, heal and rejuvenate, just what your body needs when your down with a cold. Don’t worry about the dishes in the sink, or giving your kids something quick like cereal for dinner. The most important thing is to get enough rest as possible.


Stay Hydrated

Drinking plenty of water will help you feel better and help the body flush out toxins faster so make sure to drink plenty of H2O. You can also drink green juices and herbal teas.



Elderberries are small little purple berry from the Elderberry shrub. They are bursting with antioxidants and packed with goodness. Eating elderberries or taking elderberry syrup at the first sign of a cold can significantly improve cold and flu symptoms and get you feeling better faster.


So to recap eat a tablespoon of freshly cut garlic and honey and then get out for a quick walk in the cold air, have a hot steamy bath, curl up in your pj’s on the sofa and eat some dark chocolate, drink a big glass of water and get some sleep. You will soon be feeling much better!



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