Liquids are important when you have a cold, especially during dry times of the year. They keep your throat moist, which can help reduce the scratchy irritation. You may want to drink warm fluids like broth and herbal tea. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, teas may bring comfort when you have a cough or related symptoms like a sore throat.

Limit or avoid caffeinated drinks — such as black tea, coffee and energy drinks — which can make getting enough rest difficult. As an alternative to drinking tea or broth, consider drinking plenty of water or eating fruits and vegetables to stay hydrated.