Skip Nav
Yoga
When Stress = Headaches, Hop on Your Yoga Mat
Healthy Snacks
The Store-Bought Weight-Loss Snack You Should Be Eating but Aren't
Beginner Fitness Tips
This 1 Bodyweight Move Will Help You Be a Better Runner

What to Do at the First Signs of a Cold

Feeling Sick? Do These 3 Things Stat

It starts with a few sniffles, a scratchy throat, or a nagging cough. Many times you don't think twice about it, either because you're too busy or you just hope it goes away soon. As soon as those telltale signs of an oncoming cold appear, follow these tips to encourage a speedy recovery.

  1. Take zinc: When the sniffles strike, take zinc; it's been proven to shorten the life span of colds, as well as make symptoms less severe. The studies found that zinc only works when taken as soon as your cold symptoms begin, so hit the cold aisle as soon as you notice any rundown feelings.
  2. Make rest a priority: You don't have to quarantine yourself, but you do have to rest. If you feel a cold coming on, don't just ignore it; revamp your schedule so your day includes plenty of rest. Whether that means canceling evening plans or foregoing the DVR for an earlier bedtime, make rest a priority.
  3. Drink water and tea: Staying hydrated should be your top priority, but that doesn't mean you should reach for sugary sodas or dehydrating cocktails. Keep your water bottle full and drink some warming tea (try our recipes for cold-fighting ginger tea and sage tea for a cough) to hydrate and feel better.

Besides these three things, don't forget to exercise regularly (but not if you're too sick!); it helps build your immunity so you can cut colds short or prevent them from happening in the first place.

Image Source: Thinkstock
Around The Web
Join The Conversation
Antz14747045 Antz14747045 3 years
Drinking Coffee Be Ok Instead Of Tea.
Budget-Friendly, High-Protein Recipes
Chocolate Bacon Brownies Recipe
Nutritional Information of Nut Butters
8 Things to Eat Now Before Summer Ends
What Is the 80/20 Rule?
Can I Work Out With a Cold?
Best Desserts For Weight Loss

POPSUGAR, the #1 independent media and technology company for women. Where more than 75 million women go for original, inspirational content that feeds their passions and interests.

From Our Partners
Latest Fitness
X