11 Drinks to Fight Your Cold

Last week our whole family had a terrible cold. My son was out of school and my husband and I tried to care for him while stumbling in a feverish haze doing our own jobs. Lucky for me I work from home and can show up to my little home office in my jammies with a hot cup of tea. My husband and I hardly ever go to the doctor when we get viruses like the one we got last week, unless of course on the rare occasion it turns into a sinus infection or pneumonia. Instead, I opt for home remedies like grandma’s favorite penicillin, homemade chicken noodle soup and healthy drinks to keep us hydrated.

I think the key to fighting a cold is to get as much rest as you can and a ton of fluids. Staying super hydrated helps keep your mucous thin and your nose de-congested too. I think it also wards off infection because the mucous is thin and moving, instead of thick and setting in your sinuses and chest. Okay enough talk about mucous, I know it’s gross.

I’ve got 10 healthy drinks to help keep you hydrated when trying to fight off a cold. Remember to stay away from dairy milk though when warding off a cold, milk makes mucous thick. However almond, soy or rice milk would be a good milk option. I’ve got lots of warm drinks here, plus several other healthy options courtesy of The Daily Meal.

  • Chicken Broth 1 of 11
    This one has been a favorite for generations. Chicken broth is good on it's own or made into chicken noodle soup. Make sure to buy low sodium broth though.
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  • Echinacea 2 of 11
    Echinacea is something many people still swear by, although science says it's not really effective anymore. I think if there's a chance it might help, I'll try it. Add a few drops of echinacea tincture to water, tea or juice.
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  • Whey Protein-Enhanced Juices and Smoothies 3 of 11
    Protein is not only good for building and repairing muscles, but it's also been shown to boost the immune system. Try adding a little whey protein to any healthy fruit or vegetable juice or smoothie.
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  • Orange, Grapefruit, and Other Vitamin C-Rich Juices 4 of 11
    Vitamin C rich juices like Orange Juice are perfect when your trying to fight off a cold. Fresh or 100% natural juice is best.
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  • Wheatgrass 5 of 11
    Wheatgrass is a very nutritious drink to help fight off colds. It is loaded with many vitamins and minerals as well as antioxidants.
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  • Hot Spiced Ginger Lemonade 6 of 11
    Hot drinks are very soothing when you have a cold. This spiced hot lemonade is very aromatic and delicious.
    Find the recipe here at Family Kitchen
  • Classic Mulled Apple Cider 7 of 11
    This warm spiced apple cider is so fragrant and delicious even a stuffy nose can smell it.
    Find the recipe here at Family Kitchen
  • Kid-Friendly Wassail 8 of 11
    This non-alcoholic wassail is a delicious and aromatic warm orange juice, a perfect treat when you feel under the weather.
    Find the recipe here at Family Kitchen
  • Fresh Mint Tea 9 of 11
    This warm mint tea is just wonderful. Actually any hot tea is a great drink when you get a virus.
    Find the recipe here at Gourmande in the Kitchen
  • Cranberry Tea infused with Cinnamon and Cloves 10 of 11
    Here's another hot tea recipe perfect for the fall and winter season.
    Find the recipe here at Wishful Chef
  • Water with Lemon 11 of 11
    Water is a perfect way to stay hydrated and help fight a cold. It's one of the best things to drink while your sick and very economical too. Add a slice of lemon to your water for a little flavor and to add a new nutrients.
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