There could be a number of reasons why people contract colds and start building up a fever. Knowing what to do when one starts noticing an onset is important. There is an age-old adage that says, one must feed a cold and starve a fever and therefore keep it at bay. While some people do not believe in it, others have found much relief by following this simple tip.
However, when you say feed a cold, it does not mean, that you can eat and drink absolutely anything, there are a few foods and drinks that must be avoided, so as to find relief quickly. There is indeed no cure for the common cold as well, but there are ways to make your pain less stressful.
Colds usually tend to last about 7 – 10 days, and if you wish to get rid of it as soon as possible, you must stay away from orange juice and dairy products, as they tend to produce phlegm. Sugars and starches should be avoided as high sugar levels can decrease immunity in one’s body.
When you have a fever, your digestive enzymes tend to work slower after the temperature increases beyond 99.5 degrees. As the temperature increases, these tend to work with lesser efficiency. This leads to stress on your system, as food is not getting digested properly. Yes, it is a known fact that the body increases its temperature to fight infection, but in a normal adult if a temperature of 102 – 103 degrees F lasts for more than a couple of hours, it should be paid attention to.
Temperatures lower than this are all right, however, the person suffering from fever should be kept hydrated and be watched as well, as fever might only be a symptom.
A cold and a fever could lead to other illnesses and therefore, it is essential that one consults their health practitioner to take the right medication. Speaking with a Registered Holistic Nutritionist is a good idea, as it will help you develop a diet that will indeed help stave a fever. You could get in touch with a homeopath too, in order to find out which natural remedies can help you stay in the pink of health.