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Gargling with salt water eases symptoms of cold and flu because of the way that saline works. Saline draws excess fluid out of inflamed tissues (and loosens mucus!).
A recent study by the American Journal of Preventive Medicine suggested gargling with salt water decreases the chance of an upper respiratory infection by 40%. This is cheap, easy to do, AND effective method to combat a common winter cold symptom.
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