These inexpensive tips will have you healthy in no time.

By Southern Living Editors
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There's never a convenient time to catch a cold, but don't let the sniffles win! Fight those germs fast with these five at-home remedies.

Take a hot shower! Steam can help loosen mucus, allowing you to breathe a little easier. For an extra soothing effect, drop a vapor tablet to the bottom of your shower. The scent will help to defeat your congestion for $4.59. Buy it here.

Take two teaspoons of elderberry syrup. The all-natural product has anti-viral properties that can boost your immune system. Take the syrup three times a day to lessen your cold symptoms for $17. Buy it here.

Be mindful of what you eat and drink! Devouring foods high in protein like chickpeas, eggs or pumpkin seeds can help to boost your body's defense against infections. Hydration is critical when fighting a cold because your body is at a greater risk for dehydration. Make sure to drink two more cups of water than you normally do on a daily basis. Staying hydrated will also help wash away all that congestion in your nose and throat.

Go for a walk. Exercising may be the last thing you want to do when you're feeling dreadful, but moderate exercise can help you to breathe easier, introduce good bacteria to your gut, and even boost your mood. As you strut your stuff for 20 minutes, take deep breaths to reopen your nasal passageways.

Lastly, hit the hay early! Getting seven or more hours of sleep a night gives your body a chance to fight off the bug. If your nose is stuffy, raise your pillow to reduce congestion and drain mucus.

These inexpensive tips will have you healthy in no time.