Developing colds and the flu is common among people of all ages, particularly in the winter. In addition to drinking lots of fluids, eating healthy foods, getting rest and avoiding excessive sugar, you can recover from colds and flu by taking natural cold and flu remedies.

While colds can come and go quickly, the flu tends to linger for a longer time and leave you exhausted and depleted. Having the flu can also be dangerous if you are unhealthy or elderly. The flu has been known to result in death and many areas advise taking a regular flu shot annually. 

Eating enough protein is also important to ward off colds, flu and sickness in general. Protein deficiency can lead to poor immunity because antibodies and immune system cells not only rely on protein to help facilitate the repair of body tissue but to fight off viral and bacterial infections as well. Vitamin A is important for a healthy immune system that can fight off colds and the flu. Consume enough vitamin A through foods such as sweet potatoes, carrots, kale, spinach, red peppers, apricots, and egg yolk but avoid taking too much as overdosing on vitamin A through supplement can cause sickness. 

Ingredients to look for in cold and flu supplements include zinc for colds (most often as zinc lozenges), vitamin C for colds, echinacea for colds, elderberry for the flu, garlic for colds and immunity; ginseng for cold and flu; Andrographis for colds and immunity; and supplements that contain ingredients to combat both colds and flu. 

It is important to note that taking the proper dosage is most effective.