How To Beat A Cold Naturally

October 19, 2011 Updated Oct 19, 2011 at 8:31 PM EDT

By WKBW News

October 19, 2011 Updated Oct 19, 2011 at 8:31 PM EDT

(WKBW/Cleveland Clinic) Fighting a cold is never fun, but you do have a couple of attack options.

Some of us prefer to use medications to control symptoms, but others may want to attack naturally.

Doctors say if you'd rather keep your cold capsules in the medicine chest, vitamin C may help sideline some of the

Doctors say taking 250 to 500 milligrams of vitamin C a
couple of times a day at the onset of the cold or the flu can help decrease the intensity of the symptoms as well as the
length of the symptoms.

Studies have shown a little bit of honey and lemon can
help, too.

Doctors say honey has anti-bacterial and anti-viral effects and the lemon breaks up phlegm caused by the cold. Chicken soup has some of the same effects.

They also say a humidifier or a hot shower will keep the air around you moist, which doctors say will soothe your respiratory passages.

Even a little exercise can help decrease the severity of your cold symptoms, but when it comes to keeping a cold from developing in the first place, doctors say make sure your vitamin D level is good.

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