Everyone suffers from the common cold from time to time. While there is no cure for this bothersome illness, there are things that can be done to ease the symptoms, such as taking over the counter medications and yoga poses (asanas). Yoga is a great solution for the cold because it is all natural and does not have side effects that come along with some medicines. One of the many reasons I enjoy and appreciate yoga is that it can benefit the body and mind in so many ways. Continue reading to find out how asanas can help prevent you from becoming sick and tame symptoms of the common cold once you are already sick.
Signs and symptoms of the common cold may include the following:
A nose that is either runny and/or stuffy
Mild body aches, including a headache
Eyes that water
Yoga may prevent sickness and improve the immune system
Some studies have shown that yoga strengthens the immune system, and this may be because performing this exercise has the ability to reduce the levels of cortisol, a stress hormone. Those with a strong immune system usually suffer less illnesses than those with weaker ones, especially those with auto immune disorders and the like.
Yoga practices that can aid in easing symptoms of the common cold
Several yoga practices can help calm symptoms of the common cold. The following are some actions that can be taken:
Use a neti pot: A neti pot cleanses the nasal passages with a solution of warm water and salt. This helps one to breathe easier since it removes mucus build up. To use a neti pot you should fill it up with a solution of 8-ounces of warm water and a quarter teaspoon of non-iodized salt. As you place the tip of the pot in one nostril, lean your head to the other side so the liquid comes out the other nostril. Be sure to use it in both the left and right nostril, one at a time. Those with high blood pressure or others conditions that limit salt consumption should use the neti pot without the use of salt. If you have any questions, be sure to contact your healthcare provider.
Chant: A study done in Sweden concluded that humming is a very powerful way to open the sinus passages. In addition, chanting helps to calm the body and mind, and it is an excellent way to begin a yoga session. To learn how to chant, watch an instructional video of a woman chanting om, which is a word means the sound of the universe.
Remember to rest when you are sick and drink plenty of fluids, such as water. Allow your body time to heal, and don't engage in high impact activities, such as jogging with a fever.
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Rebecca completed courses in Medical Terminology, Administrative Medical Assisting, and Coding and Billing. She is recognized by the National Healthcareer Association as a Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS) and Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA). In addition, Rebecca is a former gymnast and is avid about yoga, swimming and other athletic activities. Follow her on Twitter @RebeccaBardelli.