When many people initially realize they probably have a cold or the flu, one of the first things they often rush to do is obtain prescription antibiotics. Colds and the flu are both virus-based illnesses. This means that antibiotics are not only an ineffective treatment, butthey can actually reduce the amount of healthy gut bacteria that your body needs to fight back and get you feeling great again.

Since there is no actual “cure” for the common cold or flu, taking a natural approach is typically a far superior option. Drink plenty of fluids, don’t forget the chicken soup, and if your throat is sore, try gargling with saltwater. You can learn more about what works and doesn’t work by taking a look at this helpful infographic.
Cold & Flu Remedies: Fact vs. Fiction
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