Struck down by a stinking cold? Our resident pharmacist Rita Ghelani recommends the best natural remedies for fighting off the sniffles.
What is the best cold and flu remedy?
There is no cure for the common cold, but there are a few steps you can take to boost your immune system to help fight off the coughs and colds and even shorten their duration.
One of the simplest things you can do to help your body to fight infection is to rest. You are more likely to pick up an infection when you are stressed or overtired. Stress has an impact on the immune system because it pumps out cortisol, which in turn dampens the immune system.
Drinking plenty of fluid can help flush out the germs as well as soothe a sore throat. Squeezing the juice of a lemon into hot water then adding a spoonful of honey is a good natural remedy.