Precaution is better than cure. ~Edward Coke
Swish salt water.
Putting your shaker to work could pay off. In one study, scientists found gargling with a mixture of 8 oz warm water and ½ tsp salt at least 10 seconds twice daily cut a person’s risk of viral infections as much as 34%. The reason: “When we breathe in sickness-causing bacteria or viruses, they can get stuck in the mucus membrane in the back of the throat,” explains Carrie Demers, MD, medical director of the Total Health Center in Honesdale, PA. “Rinsing with a gargle that contains salt—a natural antiseptic—can flush out problematic phlegm and purge illness-producing invaders.”