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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