The cold and flu season is quickly approaching. And with it comes those downright miserable symptoms: congestion, sneezing, sore throat, coughing and fever. There is no cure for a cold or flu, but take comfort in knowing there are many simple, natural, effective home remedies to provide relief and speed-up recovery. Below are five of them.

1. Sip Green Tea Daily

A recent Japanese study found that green tea drinkers were less likely to catch the flu. Why? The organic compounds in green tea have antiviral properties that can help fend off many strains of influenza; and consuming hot liquids in general while nursing a cold also provides temporarily relief for nasal congestion.

More good news from the Japanese study showed that green tea drinkers were able to cut their cold and flu recovery time by up to 70%!

2. Exercise Regularly

Leading an active lifestyle is a great way to boost one’s immune system. Research conducted at Appalachian State University reported adults who were battling the cold or flu and who exercised five days a week, reduced their cold and flu symptoms (and duration) by half.

The study also showed that moderate—not intense—activity is best. Activities as simple as a brisk morning walk, a daily bike ride, or low-impact aerobic classes will get the job done.

3. Drink Chicken Soup

You may have heard your mother or grandmother say that chicken soup is ‘the very thing’ for a cold and/or flu… and they were right! Hot chicken soup thins mucus and prevents large amounts of it from being produced because chicken soup stops certain white blood cells from congregating. You can add even more punch to this tried-and-true remedy by adding freshly chopped garlic that kills germs and stimulates the release of natural killer cells from your immune system.

4. Sleep With An Extra Pillow

“How on earth can sleeping with an extra pillow help me recover from a cold?!” you ask. The answer is: elevating one’s head is a terrific way of relieving nasal congestion. If stacking two pillows is uncomfortable, try putting one pillow between the mattress and box spring to make the slope of the pillow more gradual.

5. Load Up on MD Ultimate Green Capsules

Your body requires vital nutrition to recover from any illness. MD Ultimate Green supplements offer 16 all-natural nutrients. These vegetable-based supplements are suitable for adults, teenagers, children and even pets! Great for busy people on the go, they are the ultimate fast food. Take them with water, juice, or blend them into your favorite smoothie. Learn more about MD Utimate Green Supplements by clicking here.

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