What Works and What Doesn't: The Verdict on Cold Remedies

Unsure what to do when the sneezing starts? Read on to get the real scoop (10 Photos)

Madelyn Fernstrom on Jan 9, 2012 at 11:26PM

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What Works and What Doesn't: The Verdict on Cold Remedies

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Should you really feed a cold and starve a fever to heal faster?

Sorry, but there’s no scientific data to support either statement. Your best bet to kicking a cold or flu: Drink plenty of fluids to replace liquids lost from sweating (your body’s natural way to lower your body temperature when you have a fever and flush out toxins). Not sure how much to sip? Let your thirst be your guide. You’ll know you've sipped enough when your urine color is pale yellow, a sign of solid hydration. And be sure to nab plenty of rest (at least 8 to 10 hours each night as well as a nap or two) since sleep has also been shown to spur a smoother recovery.

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