Smart pet so­lu­tions

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“The fastest way to calm my kids’ coughs is with lemon and honey,” says Heather Bar­tos, M.D., an ob-gyn and mother of two in Cross Roads, Texas. Dr. Bar­tos com­bines 2 Tbs. of honey with 1 tsp. of fresh lemon juice and has the kids slurp it down quickly when­ever they start cough­ing. “The honey re­duces that ir­ri­tat­ing tickle, and it tastes del­ish,” says Dr. Bar­tos. “I use lemon juice to thin the honey, but also be­cause it’s a great source of vi­ta­min C, which boosts the im­mune sys­tem.” And, Dr. Bar­tos adds, it works al­most im­me­di­ately. In­deed, ac­cord­ing to re­searchers at Penn State Univer­sity, honey is more ef­fec­tive at sooth­ing a cough than an over-the-counter cough sup­pres­sant.

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