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Chicken Soup for the Common Cold

Chicken soup has been exalted through the ages as a universal panacea for the common cold. Modern-day researchers attribute this to essential fatty acids and vitamins in the soup that boost the immune system. The hot soup’s warm vapor raises the temperature of the respiratory passages and loosens thick secretions, making the easier to unclog. The same principle is behind steam inhalation, which also unclogs the nasal passages. If both soup and steam fail, a few drops of saline water into the nostrils will dilute the thick mucus blocking the nasal passages.