Though spring is officially here, the unseasonable weather we're having recently may contribute to the lingering of the viruses that more typically cause wintertime's sneezes, sniffles and colds. There are a number of ways to help speed them on their way. Foods high in Vitamin C are great for helping to fight off a virus and chicken soup is also high on the list. It actually does help - it's a comfort food that's good for the soul and for making you feel better when you have a cold. It also contains nourishment in the form of protein and vegetables to fuel your body's immune system and replenish your resources.
Plenty of fluids (water is first on the list, and orange juice and green or herbal teas are also good choices) help to thin secretions and make them easier to expel. If you're experiencing fever as well, it's very important to drink large amounts of fluids to avoid becoming dehydrated.
Regardless of whether you have a cold or a fever, rest is the order of the day until it has run it's course - and make sure you wash your hands frequently to keep germs from spreading.
Copyright © Christine Hammerlund – 2011. Christine Hammerlund is a registered nurse and the owner of Assured Healthcare, a healthcare staffing service headquartered in Gurnee, Illinois.