Quick Tips to Beat Winter Colds

Quick Tips to Beat Winter Colds

Winter weather is in full effect, now bringing with it all the cold weather sniffles and body aches we dread. Changes in temperature any more than ten degrees can make it hard for the body to keep up its homeostasis, which is why people experience cold seasons far more regularly. We are exposed to the same cold and flu viruses all year, but it never really becomes a problem for most people until the wet and cold winter months when our immune systems can no longer keep up with the changing weather and the viruses around us all the time.

Being sick is never fun - especially when productivity around the home or workplace is being reduced. Here are some great tips for kicking those winter colds sooner, rather than later.

Hydration, Hydration, Hydration

Did you know that at least 60% of the human body is made of up water? Getting even a little dehydrated is relatively easy, especially when combating a cold or flu. Water is one of the best allies in the battle for health. Increasing your water intake can help improve energy and thin respiratory mucus.[1] If you aren't a big fan of plain water, try adding in some lemon or orange slices. Lemon and orange have their healing benefits, too.[2] When it comes down to hydration - drink water until you have had enough - and then, keep drinking. In addition to water, green tea can be a great way to get soothing lemon and honey with additional benefits for your immune system, since green tea can act as an antiviral.[3] VitaCup's Green Tea is also infused with matcha, moringa, and B & D vitamins for an extra boost to get your body feeling good again. 

Suffer No Stuffed Up Noses

Hot showers are great when you are feeling under the weather - if you can find enough energy to indulge in one. Not only can the warm water help soothe aching and sore muscles, but it also aids in circulation. If you are suffering from a stuffed nose, spend some time in the shower as the steam will help alleviate sinus pressure. Post-shower if you are still suffering from a blocked up nose, try sleeping on an extra pillow. Being propped up a little higher can promote sinus draining.

Get more Probiotics and Antioxidants

Many doctors will agree that a good immune system starts with good gut health. Taking regular probiotics have been shown to shorten the duration of the common cold. Remembering to take Probiotics can be difficult; but not when they are already infused into your morning cup. Antioxidants can also be used to stave off the common cold, shorten a cold's duration, and neutralize free radicals. VitaCup's Probiotic Blend coffee and Probiotic Blend tea also contain immune-boosting properties and are infused with essential B vitamins, so you can do one-stop shopping with your favorite daily cup.

Stir Up Some Salt

Salt is not only a great seasoning; it also has some noticeable cold-fighting properties. Gargling with warm salt water does have preventative properties as well as helping with sore throat relief. Gargling with warm salt water pulls a lot of fluids from the throat helping to combat the virus and providing temporary relief.[4]

Give it Up for Garlic and Onion

European countries have historically relied on commonly used plants and herbs in treated sickness. Garlic and onion have been used since ancient Egypt due to their medicinal properties. Both garlic and onion contain allicin (which contains sulfur), meaning it can help fight inflammation and may help kill bacteria and viruses.[4,5]

Enjoy Essential Oils

Many essential oils contain antiseptic properties that combat bacterias, viruses, and fungus. Essential oils can also fight inflammation as well. Eucalyptus oil, when diffused into the air or applied topically, can act as a decongestant.[6] Oregano oil is also a sickness sufferer's best friend. Oregano oil inhibits the growth of bacteria that can cause Pneumonia and help ease Bronchitis.[7]

Beef it up with Bone Broth

Bone Broth is an excellent food when you are feeling under the weather. It is one of the best sources of Calcium, Collagen, and Magnesium. It can also aid in the thinning of the mucus in the chest.[8]

Reign in Some Rays

Vitamin D is essential for a healthy immune system, and most people don't get enough of it in the winter months. Here is a good guideline to go by to check if you are getting all the sun you need:

Light Skinned: 15-20 minutes per day

Medium Skinned: 25-30 minutes per day

Dark Skinned: 35-40 minutes per day

If the winter months don't allow you to soak up the sun, you may need to supplement your vitamin D intake. One of the simplest ways to supplement your vitamin D levels is with fortified food or beverages you already consume, like coffee or tea - if it's already part of your routine, there's a much better chance you'll remember to do it (as opposed to adding a step, like taking additional vitamin pills or gummies). Many of VitaCup's vitamin-infused coffees and teas are fortified with vitamin D3, the best form of the vitamin for your body, as it is the same form your body absorbs naturally from the sun.

Looking for a tasty way to up your vitamins and superfoods to fight off infection? VitaCup's bestselling Genius Blend coffee and Genius Blend tea are infused with vitamin D3, as well as cinnamon and turmeric, which have powerful antioxidant benefits for the body. 

If coffee or tea isn’t your favorite way to suck up the sun, here are some great ways to get more sunlight on your rainy days. Being sick is never fun, but these quiet and easy tips can help you suffer less from your sick days. Add in some extra sleep, and you'll be on your way to feeling better.





[1] https://www.cdc.gov/features/rhinoviruses/

[2] https://www.healthline.com/health/cold-flu/home-remedies

[3] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16137775

[4] https://www.healthline.com/health/cold-flu/home-remedies

[5] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4103721/

[6] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18423004

[7] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23484421

[8] https://idmprogram.com/bone-broth-broth-can-cure-cold-idm-6-2/


I hope the infused green tea will be in 12 oz bags instead of the pods i recieved my ground infused coffee genius blend today .I have my own reuseable pods

Renee Hainer

Another great reason to drink Vita Cup coffee.. I’ve tried all of the Vita Cup coffees and Love them all.. I really do feel so much better since drinking Vita Cup.. My favorites are Probiotic Blend French Vanilla Beauty Blend and The Genius Blend is truly a miracle ( I swear the turmeric in it helps with my pain) .. just tried the slim blend today and yep it’s another favorite.. The French Roast Breakfast Blend and House Blend are all exceptional too

Coleen J Piazza

This was an amazing blog with helpful solutions that I needed a refresher course . Thank you !!!

Irene Hairston

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