18. Cold remedy
What is it?
A virus causes a cold. The most common virus that causes a cold is caused the rhinovirus. A cold’s symptoms include a blocked or a runny nose, sore throat, coughing, and sneezing. Colds are unavoidable as the virus is airborne and easily passed. That’s why children are prone to them when they are in a daycare or school environment. Colds are common during the fall and winter.
What’s the remedy?
Believe it or not, the myth that chicken soup helps a cold isn’t a myth at all. A bowl or two of steaming hot chicken soup can alleviate many cold symptoms.
Why does it work?
Rich chicken soup with lots of pepper and spices can act as a mucus thinner, allowing for the drainage of excess mucus. The amino acid cysteine in chicken is similar to acetylcysteine. This substance is used to make medicines for treating respiratory infections.