Speedy re­lief from snif­fle, achoo!

Woman's World - - Wise Words -

Oh, no…your throat is get­ting scratchy and your nose is start­ing to run! It may be “just” a cold, but the last thing you need right now is for a pesky virus to sap the fun out of your hol­i­day plans. Thank­fully, these study-backed nat­u­ral reme­dies work like meds to get you feel­ing your best again, of­ten in as lit­tle as 10 min­utes!

Walk off con­ges­tion Does your nose start run­ning as soon as you step out­side? That’s ac­tu­ally a good thing! Univer­sity of North Carolina re­searchers say a brisk 10-minute out­door walk opens and drains your si­nuses more quickly and ef­fec­tively than Sudafed—and daily jaunts will cut the length of time you’re ill by 57%! The com­bi­na­tion of cold air and ex­er­cise prompts the re­lease of adren­a­line, a hor­mone that re­duces si­nus in­flam­ma­tion and swelling, plus revs the pro­duc­tion of im­mune cells.

End a cough with choco­late

A cough­ing fit is no fun when you’re try­ing to chat. Sweet news: Dark choco­late qui­ets the hack­ing 33% bet­ter than pre­scrip­tion cough sup­pres­sants—just 1 oz. pro­vides re­lief within two min­utes and for up to six hours. Ex­plains neu­rol­o­gist Joseph C. Ma­roon, co­coa’s heal­ing com­pounds re­duce throat in­flam­ma­tion and calm the ir­ri­tated throat nerves that trig­ger cough­ing. Sip this for a sore throat Drink­ing a 6-oz. mug of licorice root tea can soothe a scratchy throat in 10 min­utes — and two mugs daily could trim three days off your re­cov­ery time, sug­gests a re­port in the Jour­nal of Virol­ogy. Study co-au­thor Yves Ja­cob, PH.D., says licorice’s ac­tive in­gre­di­ent ( gly­cyrrhizin) is a fas­tact­ing anti-in­flam­ma­tory that soothes throat red­ness and swelling, plus it’s a nat­u­ral an­tivi­ral com­pound that helps block the growth and spread of in­vad­ing germs.

Soup away aches

Con­gested and achy? Spoon up Grandma’s chicken soup! Chicken is rich in im­mu­nity-boost­ing zinc, and the veg­gies de­liver hun­dreds of anti-in­flam­ma­tory nu­tri­ents. No won­der Cana­dian re­search shows this com­fort food cuts symp­toms by 55%! Even bet­ter: Have it be­fore bed—women who do so drift off 30 min­utes sooner and sleep 25% more deeply! — Brenda Kearns

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.