Despite all of the cold fighting remedies and flu warding vitamins one can take, there is actually a very simple trick to avoiding getting sick all together. Research suggests that those who gargle with water will reduce their chance of getting sick by 36 percent. They’re not entirely sure why it works, but one theory suggests that the water breaks up existing mucous membranes in the chest and throat.
- Subjects who gargled water three times a day had a 36% decrease in developing upper respiratory infections.
- Gargling water is a totally free and effective remedy.
- Gargling a glass of warm water is more effective when combined with 1/2 teaspoon of salt
“Gargle the water for a few seconds before spitting it out, and repeat this every couple of hours. You can also try warm water with lemon and honey (which you don’t need to spit out!).”