Going All Natural is Best This Cold Season, According to Suzy Cohen, R.Ph

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Suzy Cohen, R.Ph expert tips to treat your cold naturally.

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Adding moisture to the air in your home may help diminish your cold symptoms by keeping your throat moist and helping to unclog a stuffy nose

With cold season at its peak, it's just a matter of time before you get a runny nose, cough and sore throat. If you're suffering from the common cold, a visit to you doctor for antibiotics won't do you any good. "There are more than 200 cold viruses lurking around at all times, but antibiotics won't be any help in trying to fight them off once they enter your body since a cold is a virus," says Suzy Cohen, R.Ph., noted pharmacist and author of The 24-Hour Pharmacist (HarperCollins, 2007).

Cohen offers her few tips for treating your cold quickly and naturally:

  •     Use a humidifier: Dry air only makes cold symptoms that much more unbearable, but using a humidifier or vaporizer will add moisture to the air and keep your respiratory passages clear. "Adding moisture to the air in your home may help diminish your cold symptoms by keeping your throat moist and helping to unclog a stuffy nose," Cohen advises.
  •     Suck on a cough drop: A sore, dry and itchy throat typically goes hand-in-hand with a cold. Coughing only further irritates an inflamed throat, but sucking on a cough drop made with pectin can help stifle your cough. Cohen suggests trying new Organix Cough and Sore Throat Drops, the first and only certified USDA Organic cough and sore throat drops on the market. "I like Organix because they come in four tasty flavors like Dark Chocolate Mint, and they contain pectin and menthol made from organic peppermint oil to help suppress a cough, soothe a sore throat and cool nasal passages."
  •     Get lots of sleep: Fighting a cold wreaks havoc on your body, making you tired and run down. "Getting enough sleep at night will help give your body the energy it needs to get the cold virus out of your system," Cohen says. "Aim for eight to nine hours every night, and you'll feel a difference in the morning."
  •     Try zinc: Known for its cold-curbing abilities, get your daily dose of zinc from a lozenge, such as Cold-EEZE Zinc Remedy Lozenges, a pharmacist favorite. "You need zinc to boost immune function to help you fight the cold virus," notes Cohen. "Cold-EEZE lozenges contain the clinically proven dosage of zinc that dissolves in the mouth for quick absorption by the body and has been proven to shorten the duration and severity of cold symptoms by 42 percent, or three to four days."
  •     Eat chicken soup: Eating chicken soup made with your favorite veggies will guarantee a meal that's packed with essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to help your body fight off a cold. "Broth-based soups will ease the pain of a sore throat while keeping you hydrated," Cohen points out. "Add a little garlic and onion for their antiviral benefits too."

For more information on colds, boosting your immunity and to see if your city has made the weekly Cold-EEZE Cold-CAST, visit http://www.coldeeze.com.

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