The Perfect Cocktail

It’s a cold snowy evening, you just get home from work and you sit on the couch to rest before you start making dinner. As you lie on your back, another coughing fit starts up. I know what you’re thinking, “Is this ever going to go away”? Colds can run rampant through communities in the winter. We are in close quarters, windows closed, exercise less and eat to keep warm. If you feel like there is no end in sight, head over to Healthy Living Market and grab these supplements to get you back on your feet.

  • ZINC

Zinc has been known to shorten the duration and severity of the common cold specifically cough.1 15-30mg of zinc daily will help to prevent colds, but if you suspect a cold developing, increase that dosage to 60-90mg a day in 15mg increments throughout the day. Zinc is most effective in the form of a lozenge that dissolves slowly. Healthy Living Market carries a zinc lozenge with Echinacea (another immune supporting supplement).

  • VITAMIN C

Growing up my parents always had orange juice in the house. Whenever we were sick, they would do two things, increase orange juice and eliminate refined sugar to help us get over the cold. To prevent a cold, take 250-500mg per day. If you already have cold symptoms, take 1,000mg (1g) to help reduce severity and duration.2

  • N-ACETYLCYSTEINE (NAC)

NAC is a sleeper in my opinion. It is not highly recognized as a cold and flu treatment, but there is some great research about its use in helping HIV and AIDS patients. One study explains NAC inhibits virus replication and expression of pro-inflammatory molecules when tested against the H5N1 influenza A virus. 3 I’ve taken it every time I have a cold and it resolves in a couple days.

 

These three supplements are among my favorites, but nothing replaces clean eating. Cooking with garlic (a natural antibacterial food), adding honey (antibacterial) to tea and eliminating refined sugar are other great ways to help kick a cold or prevent one from starting. In the office, we also recommend patients get adjusted as soon as a cold comes on. Some studies suggest getting adjusted can increase T-cell (sickness fighting cells) production in the body. I just say, “you’ve been coughing and your back is tight, let’s loosen that up”. No matter what has you down, I hope you get back on your feet and feeling better soon. Here’s to a happy and healthy spring!

 

  1. http://annals.org/aim/article/713795/duration-symptoms-plasma-cytokine-levels-patients-common-cold-treated-zinc
  2. http://www.nature.com/ejcn/journal/v60/n1/abs/1602261a.html
  3. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S000629520900728X

 

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Sore Throat Remedy

Do you ever wake up and your throat is itching, burning and it hurts to swallow? If you’re old enough to read this article, I am sure you have experienced a sore throat. You quickly find yourself in a predicament. You want to drink fluids because it feels so good, but the pain of swallowing is terrifying. I found myself in this very situation and was determined to figure out the origin of the “sore throat” and some ways to get through it.

First, why the heck does this happen? Most commonly it is the result of bacteria in the back of the throat. The bacteria make the skin angry and puts those pain nerves on high alert. When we swallow, the muscles in the throat contract and irritate the surrounding tissue.   There are more serious causes of a sore throat, but for the purpose of this article, we’ll stick to the simple bacteria cause.

Enough is Enough

Local Honey at Healthy Living

So, I bundled up to head out to Healthy Living Market in search of something fun to try to remove the razor blades in my throat. I know from some previous research; local honey is antibacterial and can help speed things up. If you’ve been to Healthy Living before, you know, the tea isle is on the way to the honey isle. That’s right, I name the isles by what’s in them!

Anyway, everyone knows tea and honey go together like pizza and wine, which may be the reason I got this sore throat in the first place. Sugar in wine can be irritating and cause inflammation while cheese increases mucus production. I walk to the tea isle and sit down crisscross-apple-sauce, like a child, in front of the great wall of tea and start to read through my favorite brand: Traditional Medicinals. This California-based company is from one of my favorite towns just North of San Francisco.

Throat TeaI gravitated to a tea called Throat Coat that has lemon Echinacea in it.  After 30 seconds of reading and browsing other teas, I headed to check out: tea in one hand, honey in the other.  My decision to buy this tea was solidified when the woman who cashed me out confirmed this tea was incredible.

Finally, Relief!

Fast forward 15 minutes to when I was sitting on the couch in amazement at how good I felt. Before I started researching new homemade pizza recipes, I needed to learn a little more about this Echinacea stuff. To my amazement, I found that Echinacea has been found to increase white blood cells. White blood cells help to fight bacteria and infection in the body.

Finally, I was feeling better. Local honey and Echinacea to help fight bacteria. Tea helps soothe the sore skin in the throat. With each sip of tea becoming easier to swallow, I took some time to write about my experience in case you find yourself in the same predicament.

 

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