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The holiday season can be stressful enough without adding the extra discomfort and inconvenience of having a cold. In the event that you DO “catch” cold, or maybe one of your kiddos or even your significant other, here are 5 tips to help you survive your way through it.
1) Zap it with Zinc
Zinc lozenges and sprays work by targeting cold viruses at the back of the throat and the nose. A recent study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that people who sucked on a zinc lozenge every two to three hours recovered nearly twice as fast as those taking a placebo. According to Woodson Merrell, M.D., chairman of the Department of Integrative Medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City, “Zinc lozenges may shorten colds by a day, plus they taste good.” Note: Avoid zinc nasal gels, which have been associated with a serious side effect: anosmia, loss of the sense of smell.
2) Cuddle Up with Some Vitamin C
This is not just hearsay. According to Bruce Barrett, M.D., Ph.D., an expert in herbal remedies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, “More than 40 studies with a total of 30,000 participants have been done on vitamin C”. While it may or may not prevent the onset of a cold some studies show it can reduce the severity and duration of symptoms by as as much as 22 percent by goosing the immune system. I have personally seen this in action. In fact, whenever my husband feels the onset of a cold, he flushes himself with a gallon of OJ and within the next day or 2 he is back to normal—better even.
3) Answer Your Cold with Andrographis
What is andrographis? Andrographis is a plant that is native to South Asian countries such as India and Sri Lanka. The leaf and underground stem are used to make medicine. While this herbal remedy is already a blockbuster cold remedy in Europe, Americans are only now getting hip it. According to Barrett, “There is reasonable preliminary evidence on andrographis.” Wondering where to purchase? Click here for a list of sellers!
4) Wear Wet Socks to Bed
I know this goes against everything you believe about curing the common cold but it works. Just before bedtime, soak a pair of cute cotton ankle socks in cold water and squeeze them out. Okay, the socks don’t have to be cute but there is certainly no harm in wearing a pair of cute socks to bed huh? Click here for some super cute ones for just a buck each. Back to the subject. Warm your feet for ten to 15 minutes in hot water, put on the damp socks, then a pair of dry thermal or woolen socks, and go to bed. I know you are wondering how this works, right? Well, according to Ronald Stram, M.D., director and founder of the Center for Integrative Health and Healing in Delmar, N.Y, “It stimulates your body to produce more beneficial bacteria, which can reduce the number of days you’re sick.”
5) Take A Bath
I know your mama told you that cleanliness is next to Godliness. Well, it turns out that cleansing you body by way of a nice, warm bath helps stimulate blood and lymph circulation and , according to Mario Roxas, N.D., a naturo- path in Sandpoint, Idaho, “can help clear toxins”. Don’t want to sit in the tub? No worries. According to Dr. Roxas, you can take a shower alternating three minutes of hot water with 30 to 60 seconds of cold water. Do this three times, ending with cold, to jumpstart lymph circulation.
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