Eat Chicken Soup It's true, chicken soup is a legitimate remedy for cold and flu symptoms: Chicken soup mildly reduces congestion. In Chinese medicine, spicy hot soups are recommended to treat upper respiratory infections to promote mucus drainage.
Get Some Rest A cold or the flu can make you feel miserable, miss work and put your life into disarray. Stop stressing about it and instead, sleep it off. Rest is one of the best ways to combat either illness.
Stay Hydrated Colds and the flu usually bring on dehydration, so drinking water is a crucial part of your recovery. Juice, broth, lemon water and herbal teas also help.
Drink Hot Tea Warm, non-caffeinated beverages, like tea, fight dehydration, soothe a sore throat and break up congestion. Hot liquids help to loosen secretions in the chest and sinuses, making them easier to expel.
Don't Overdose on Vitamins The jury is out on whether vitamin C can help cure a cold, but experts agree that it can help reduce inflammation, which will help you feel better faster. Most vitamins, including C, promote an overall healthy immune system.
Go Gargle Have a sore throat? No need to run to the drug store -- instead, add 1/2 teaspoon of salt to a 1 cup of warm water and gargle. While it doesn’t taste great, it helps soothe a sore throat and should make it easier to swallow.
Steam It Out Congested? Breathing in steam is a quick way for relief: Steam helps decrease congestion of nasal passages.