What is called the common cold is in many ways just a way to refer to failures in the body’s mechanisms for defense against invasion by foreign intruders. You can’t cure the common cold yet; or at least so goes the aphorism. (But, really, ask yourself a question: how often do you ever see a billionaire with cold? Food for thought; perhaps the idea that there is no cure for the common cold only applies these days to those not rich enough to gain access to the Secret.)
One thing that seems fairly obvious yet is quite easily overlooked is that not everybody responds equally to the effects of coming down with a cold. Could this be because there is something in their lifestyle that is helping to create a stronger immune defense against certain effects of the cold? Could be. Could most definitely be. You won’t find a guarantee that the following step will make your next cold less of a comprehensive strain on your body, but it could happen. It is all about maintaining a moist respiratory tract.
The effects of a viral infection that is often part of the common cold likely won’t be obstructed completely, but you could be one of those whose breathing is not entirely affected by the onset of the cold. There is a reason that you are told to drink copious amounts of liquid when the common cold puts you down, but you usually aren’t told exactly what those reasons are. One biggie is that a proper intake of liquids will keep your respiratory tract nice and moist. The wetter you can maintain that tract, the stronger your fight against developing or worsening a viral infection. A cold is bad enough that you don’t want to make things worse when it is not that difficult to put up a solid front.
When you keep your respiratory tract nice and moist, what you are effectively accomplishing is putting up a great big shiny red STOP sign to viral infection. Of course, you must keep in mind all those times you have personally run a real stop sign. Or those times you have cursed another driver for putting your danger at risk by running a stop sign. The point is: not everybody minds the stop sign. And neither can you expect a viral infection to mind the stop sign that a moist respiratory tract puts up.
You can’t ensure that your common cold won’t worsen into a viral infection simply by keeping the respiratory tract moist, but you most definitely make it more difficult. While you are consuming fluids and liquids to maintain that moist quality, however, stick with beverages low on caffeine and, for god’s sake, stay away from alcohol. Caffeinated drinks can actually have the reverse effect of what you are looking for. Drinks high in caffeine can result in dehydration which quite obviously means that your attempt to maintain a moistened respiratory tract is doomed to failure. You could be looking at a situation where the more liquids you take in equals less positive results than you would get from drinking half the amount in pure water. So stick with water or broth to ensure your respiratory tract is kept moistened enough to increase the odds of beating back a viral infection.