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7 Treatments for the Common Cold

1. Get plenty of rest.

Fighting the cold virus is a battle for your immune system and your body. Get plenty of rest so you have the energy you need to win the war and recover. Pushing yourself too hard or getting tired and rundown will make your immune system weaker. So listen to your body. Don’t feel guilty about skipping a workout or curling up on the couch for a couple of hours. It’s exactly what your body needs.

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