Hot Drinks for ColdsDecember 10, 2008 Written by JP [Font too small?]
Sometimes the best remedies are the simplest remedies. Today’s topic is certainly an illustration of just that.
There’s a special center at Cardiff University that focuses on all things related to the common cold. Earlier today, The Common Cold Centre released a statement touting the benefits of drinking hot drinks. Hot drinks? Yes, hot drinks!
They based their statement on a brand new study published in the clinical journal Rhinology (a journal dedicated to the study of the nose). In the study, they compared the effects of a fruit drink served either hot or at room temperature.
The researchers reported that 30 cold sufferers found sustained relief of common cold symptoms like cough, chills, runny nose, sneezing, sore throat and fatigue simply by drinking the hot version of the beverage.
Professor Ron Eccles, the director of the Cold Centre, provided the following analysis: “It is surprising that this is the first scientific research on the benefit of a hot drink for treating cold and flu symptoms.” He went on to add, “The big advantage of this type of treatment is that it is cheap as well as safe and effective.”
What could be simpler than having a hot beverage when you’re battling a cold or flu? But, I’d like to add a little something to Professor Eccles’ advice . If you’re going to drink something hot, why not choose something that also helps to combat the viruses that are at the root of these illnesses?
Drink an Anti-Viral Tea
Ginger tea has been scientifically shown to possess anti-inflammatory, immune boosting and natural anti-viral activity. All of these actions can help soothe a cold or flu and speed their departure.
Whenever I get sick, be it with a cold, the flu or an intestinal bug, I brew up a cup of strong ginger tea. I think it tastes great and it really seems to speed up my healing process.
Tags: Cold, Ginger, Tea
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