Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Relieve Cold Symptoms

I came across these tips to help relieve cold symptoms in January's issue of Fitness magazine.
Since it is prime cold season I thought this could help a few of us out. Let me know if you try any of these and how they work out for you :)

Soothe a sore throat with Zinc lozenges.
Zinc stimulates the activity of immune cells and can prevent viruses from infecting them." says Lise Alschuler, president of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians. She recommends taking a lozenge about every two hours, depending on the zinc content. "The dose should never exceed 150 milligrams a day, because too much zinc can impair immune function."

Unplug ears by gargling with salt water
"There is a connection at the back of the throat to the inner ear, which is why gargling can help," says Mark Moyad M.D., author of Dr. Moyad's No BS Health Advise.
"Salt is an anti-inflammatory, and it can relieve the swelling that's causing the stuffed-up feeling in your ears."
To Do: Mix one teaspoon of salt in four to eight ounces of warm water; gargle as needed.

Stop coughs with honey
Coughing is the body's way of cleaning the upper chest and throat and ideally shouldn't be suppressed. But when it's keeping you up at night or is dry and spasmodic, two teaspoons of honey will help. "It works in three ways - it soothes the throat, it contains a compound that blocks the cough reflex in the brain, and its acidity kills bugs," Dr. Moyad says. When shopping for honey remember that the darker the color is, the more effective it is.


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