It may not be a life threatening illness, but the common cold wreaks havoc in the lives of people the world over, particularly during the winter months. Who doesn’t dread those all-to-familiar first symptoms, the scratchy throat accompanied by aching muscles, sneezing, headache and congestion? Unfortunately, there is no magic pill or type of hypnotherapy you can take to cure a cold, but there are many natural remedies that can prevent the onset of a cold, reduce the severity of the symptoms and shorten the duration of the illness.
The common cold is a viral infection of the upper-respiratory tract that can leave you vulnerable to other viral or bacterial infections such a bronchitis or ear and sinus infections. There are actually over two hundred viruses that cause colds and it usually takes between four to ten days for the symptoms to subside. Natural remedies are most effective when taken at the first signs of a cold and can often prevent further symptoms from developing.
A combination of the herbs Echinacea and Goldenseal probably come closest to being a cure for the common cold. Echinacea boosts the immune system, increasing the activity and number of virus attacking cells while Goldenseal has powerful anti-viral, anti-inflammatory and astringent properties. Taken together they have a synergistic effect enhancing their overall effectiveness. The combination can nip a cold in the bud or at the very least help you recover quickly.
Another powerful natural remedy is garlic. A British study in 2001 found that garlic supplements taken regularly reduced the incidence of colds by almost two thirds and the study participants who did develop a cold had a much speedier recovery. Other cold-fighting herbs are Umcka, Elderberry, Ginger, Ginseng, Licorice and Eucalyptus taken as a supplement, a tea, or in the case of Eucalyptus, inhaled. When it comes to minerals, Zinc can help you combat a cold. It helps regulate the immune system and in numerous clinical trials has been shown to be effective in preventing and treating the common cold.
Homemade chicken soup has long been one of the mainstays of folk medicine when it comes to treating the common cold. A 1993 study conducted by the University of Nebraska confirmed the efficacy of this age old remedy. However, the magic ingredient in the soup is not the chicken, as the researchers achieved the same results with a vegetable soup. The key ingredient is likely onion, which is high in antiviral sulphuric compounds and reduces inflammation. You can also achieve relief from cold symptoms by consuming one tablespoon of onion juice, mixed with a little honey, three times a day.
As with most illness, prevention is the best cure. Anything that weakens your immune system like stress, sleep deprivation or poor nutrition, makes you more susceptible to cold viruses. Learning to become stress resistant, getting all the sleep your body needs and eating a nutritious diet rich in immune boosting vitamins, minerals and herbs, can often help you avoid coming down with a cold, even when everyone else around you is ill.
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How to Compare Cable TV Providers in Your Area with Technical Knowledge hms technologies
The cable providers in my area are permanently trying to come up with novel ways to do each other out of some business. For anyone who has an existing cable package, looking at the latest round of umissable new offers can be a pain – but for the household thinking of switching, all this fighting for your attention is a very good thing.
The best advice I can give you on how to choose, or even how to compare, the cable TV providers in your area, is this: ignore them all and think instead about what you want. I’ll explain that in some detail in a moment. For now, just empty your mind of all the warring offers and remember why it is that you want cable TV provision in the first place.
Cable providers in my area supply internet and phone as well. Are you looking for a triple play package, or do you just want cable? If it is simply cable TV you are after, why don’t you need the net or a home phone? Is it because you already have one? Or is it because you don’t want or use them?
Once you have defined exactly what it is you want from a cable providers, you can start looking at packages. If you start looking at packages before you know what you want, your head will be turned every five minutes by a new promotion offering you a ton of stuff you may not need, or want or even understand. The cable providers in my area, quite naturally, will try and sell you everything under the sun if they think they can get away with it: but if you go to them already knowing what you want then they’ll deliver the best package for your needs, rather than the best package for their annual turnover.
Different cable packages have different attributes – and like most service provision, you have to pay the big bucks to get the top packages. Most cable companies are clever enough to withhold a commonly wanted channel or service from their lower priced packages, leaving you no alternative but to head for a mid range or high price option.
Anyone who has ever bought a free view box knows exactly what that is like: you can see all the good channels but when you try to watch them, a box pops up informing you that you need to subscribe in order to view that channel. And you sit there thinking “if only I’d gone for a monthly payment plan”….
Now, about the claim I made earlier. Comparison of the cable providers in my area is essentially pointless because they all give me the same service. So all I need to know is – what do I want, and how much am I prepared to pay for it? I’ll make a list of all the channels that are a must-have; and all the extra services that I want for sure. Then I look at every cable provider, ticking off the channels, the services and the price. The most ticks against the lowest price wins.
And that’s how to compare cable service provision in your area. Good luck!