The common cold — that cursed bug going around plucking coworkers and friends one by one — is powerful enough to send you to bed to sleep, if you’re lucky, for hours. Although it doesn’t make your body feel battered the way flu does, the chest congestion, sore throat and stuffy nose alone is enough to make your feel miserable and even take away your appetite.
Regardless of whether you are able to let the cold run its course and stay in bed resting or have to resort to over-the-counter medicine to keep you going at work (not everyone can stay home, folks), it’s not a good idea to starve your cold. You have to keep your strength up.
A spoonful of raw honey every few hours will help soothe your throat if it’s sore. Of course, hot beverages and room-temperature water are essential as well to keep you hydrated — especially if you’re also dealing with icky tummy. Avoid dairy because it tends to congest you more.
The last thing you want to do when you want to crawl into bed and sleep away the yuck is cook. But a hot bowl of soup will go a long way toward making you feel like you’re getting your strength back. Think of it as a bowl of antibiotics. And you know what? This recipe for garlic soup is surprisingly tasty, if we do say so ourselves.