Try these 8 things when you start to feel sick. (Because science!)
Feeling icky? Not for long.
We've all been there.
Your head aches. Everything aches. There aren't enough tissues in the world. "Does my forehead feel hot?" You don't even have energy to open up Netflix! You couldn't fake this if you tried. How did you deserve this life?
You. are. sick.
It's the worst. Maybe you take medicine. Maybe you go to the doctor or rely on your best friend named Google. Maybe you just sit on the couch and ask, "Why me? Why now?" repeatedly. Maybe you have some sick remedies that work for you.
The video above breaks down eight of the best scientifically-proven things you can do at home to feel better. You should totally watch it! I'll break them down even further.
Here are 8 sick remedies that work (because science):
1. Chicken soup, yo!
It's like the oldest trick in the book but probably because they knew what they were talking about. It may actually have an anti-inflammatory effect that prevents white blood cells from congregating in the lung area, which helps to relieve congestion. Now take a deep breath.
2. But soup *isn't* everything.
It's the mom advice heard around the world — "Feed a cold, starve a fever" — and it's very questionable. Regardless if it's a cold or a fever, your body still needs nutrient-rich foods. So sometimes that is soup, and sometimes it's actual food. Listening to your body is probably the key on this one.
3. An apple a day, huh.
Apples have such a good reputation, it's almost like nothing can make them look bad. But while research shows that apples may be associated with staying healthy in general, their effect on the common cold is still debated. Soooooo ... apples, we should talk. You could probably be doing even more.
4. About that Vitamin C...
AsapSCIENCE found that taking lots of Vitamin C doesn't actually reduce the incidence of the common cold. BUT it does reduce how long it sticks around once it shows up, so it's definitely worth loading up on.
5. Honey is the bee's knees. (Get it?)
More honey, please. Honey provides immediate relief for a cough, or your throat in general, because it increases the release of inflammatory cytokines (what?) that tell your cells to heal themselves. And your cells will listen to cytokines.
6. Garlic: It's not just for vampires.
Garlic has been shown to decrease the length of colds and flu symptoms as well as the severity of them. And side note: That's just one benefit of using garlic. It is amazing.
7. Echinacea is kinda hard to spell but REALLY IMPORTANT.
Get to know e-c-h-i-n-a-c-e-a. It's a very popular herbal supplement out there, and considering it decreased the odds of developing a cold by 58% in a meta-analysis of 14 studies, it's no wonder why. Also, here is how to pronounce it.
8. Drink ... alcohol.
This one sort of caught me off guard, but some studies found that moderate amounts of booze can boost your immune system. Cheers? Cheers.