Top TV Series to Binge-Watch When You’re Home Sick

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The idea of waiting a whole week to get an update on your favorite TV storylines feels hopelessly antiquated because of Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and other video-streaming platforms, which have transformed the way we watch television. These platforms also offer the side benefit of providing a lot more entertainment options to people who are home battling a cold.

The days when people showing signs of a cold were forced to watch soap operas and daytime talk shows or get their partner or roommate to rent them a stack of DVDs are long gone. Now there’s a buffet of options available to stream, and you don’t need to plan ahead.

No one wants to be sick, of course, but think about the positive: This is the only time you get to laze on the couch, let your body’s immune support rebuild, and not feel the slightest bit guilty about it.

The Cold-EEZE team has curated a few of our favorites to binge-watch, with some comedy, drama and even sci-fi thrown into the mix.

1. Seinfeld. The entire nine-season run is going to be available to stream for the first time ever on Hulu starting on June 24. So get ready to relive your favorite moments with Jerry, Elaine, George, Kramer and, of course, the Soup Nazi and “George Steinbrenner.” There are 180 episodes, so we estimate you could get through them in less than four days if you’re really dedicated (and willing to go without sleep, which, of course, is not advisable when you’re sick.)

2. Orphan Black. Now in its third season, this Canadian series follows a group of clones who were bred as part of an evil corporation’s experiment; they’re now in great danger as they try to take control of their destinies. There’s a grifter, a cop, a soccer mom, a scientist and a psychopath, just to mention a few of them, and they’re all played by the amazing Tatiana Maslany. You can start streaming Season 1 on Amazon Instant Video for $1.99 per episode.

3. Orange Is The New Black. The third season of this Netflix original just became available on June 12. It centers on Piper Chapman, a yuppie from Brooklyn who winds up in prison because of her brief involvement with an ex-girlfriend’s drug-smuggling ring years ago. She seems like a fish out of water among women who at first glance appear to be hardened criminals, but she adapts to her new surroundings.

4. House of Cards. This Netflix original follows Congressman Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) and his wife Claire (Robin Wright) and their ruthless consolidation of power, and it’s a must-see. It just might be the show that introduced the term “binge-watch” to our common vocabulary. There are three seasons of it now, so just make sure to take breaks to eat and sleep.

5. Breaking Bad. If you haven’t seen it yet, this story of a high school chemistry teacher turned meth cooker turned drug lord is probably on your list. If you have seen it, it might be a good time to re-watch the epic tale. All five seasons are on Netflix.

6. How I Met Your Mother. We needed to have another comedy on the list, since bingeing “House of Cards” and “Breaking Bad” may give you nightmares! Luckily, all nine seasons of HIMYM are now on Netflix, and Neil Patrick Harris is guaranteed to make you smile. Just skip the last episode if you hated the ending.

Are there other shows you recommend binge-watching this summer?

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5 Tips to Avoid Summer Colds and Make the Most of Your Vacation

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You know that feeling. It’s a warm, bright summer day, and you wake up congested, feeling miserable – all  . You had wanted to go to the pool or the beach, but instead you’ll spend the day tucked under your blankets, as though it were the dead of winter.

It doesn’t feel fair to get sick over the summer, but of course the common cold or the flu can strike at any time. And, there are ways to minimize your exposure so you don’t have to invest in nighttime cold medicine to begin with!

Below are some suggestions from your friends at Cold-EEZE. We’ll spare you the old wives’ tales about not going out with wet hair. Despite what your mother may have told you, there’s no scientific evidence that this sparks the onset of a cold.

1. Keep taking your vitamin C. You might be extra motivated to fortify your immune system in the winter months when you’re constantly seeing sick people — at work, on the subway, and basically everywhere you go. However, it’s a good idea to take a daily dose of vitamin C year-round, even when you’re not constantly hearing people sneeze and cough around you. It certainly can’t hurt, and it may be that little extra something your body needs to fight off a cold.

2. Eat your vegetables. If you plan to grill a lot this summer, just remember to eat something green with your burgers, hot dogs and corn-on-the-cob. You can whip up delicious summer salads with fresh produce like avocados, tomatoes and even citrus fruits. We recommend browsing Pinterest for some fun ideas.

3. Pack your kids off to camp with hand sanitizer. Every parent knows that viruses spread quickly when kids are in school, but the same can go for summer campers. To stem the spread of germs, it’s a good idea to remind your children to wash their hands regularly, especially after lunch, which they’re probably eating buffet-style, as well as any arts-and-crafts activities when they’re using communal supplies. And if you think there’s a chance they might actually use it, it might help to put hand sanitizer into their backpacks.

4. Get your sleep. It’s tempting to stay up late to make the most of the warm summer nights while they last. Maybe you have a ritual of sitting out in the yard, watching fireflies and drinking cold brews with your significant other, or maybe summer gives you an extra burst of energy to stay out at a party. Either way, don’t overdo it. A consistent lack of sleep leaves you extra vulnerable to getting sick.

5. Just don’t overdo it period. Day drinking is a rite of summer for plenty of folks, but take care to do it in moderation. Drinking too much depletes the immune system, just like being over-tired and eating too much rich food.

 Please, have fun and enjoy yourselves this summer! Just be mindful of your health.

Do you have any tricks on how to stay healthy all summer long?

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The Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2015

Mothers Day Gift Guide 2015

 

Who is always the first person you think of when you’re sick, wishing there was someone there to hug you, supply you with a natural cold remedy and just look after you? Mom! Moms are there when we need them the most, helping us through the tough times and cheering us on from the sidelines during the happy ones. So with Mother’s Day just a few days away, the team here at Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy wanted to make sure that you were well prepared with some great ideas to honor mom on her special day. We recommend to always start by thinking about what makes your mom unique and then go from there! To help you out, we put together a list of some great Mother’s Day gift ideas that will help you find the perfect way to show your mom how much you love her!

• A Cooking Class: For the mom who loves to cook, this gift is one that’s sure to bring joy to her heart. Make Mother’s Day extra special by getting her tickets to a professional cooking class, so that she can explore the more advanced aspects of whipping up a great meal!

• Ten Things I Love About You: This one-of-a-kind scrapbook-like booklet is perfect for more sentimental moms. It fits on a binder ring and is perfect for mom to carry around with her for daily reminders of how much you love her! Start by putting together a list of your 10 favorite reasons you love your mom, and then let the creative juices flow. Number each page and in your best handwriting write out those ten things you came up with. Embellish with decorative paper, glitter, bows, stamps and stickers, and print out some of your favorite photos to make this extra personal!

• Daily Essentials: Put together a go-to kit for practical moms who are always on the go. Make sure to combine form with function for this one! Think useful, but beautiful. Lotion, Band-Aids, safety pins, bobby pins, a nice hair clip, lip balm, your favorite Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy products (in case she starts to see signs of a cold), snacks and anything else you can think of that your mom would find useful to keep around. Put it all together in a nice canvas or leather pouch. She’ll thank you now and later!

• DIY Tin Can Planters: Great for green thumbs and even those with not-so-green thumbs, planters are fun to make and even more fun to watch bring a smile to your mother’s face. Just grab a few tin cans and drill some holes on the bottom for drainage. Then plant a few beautiful flowers, easy-maintenance succulents or foodie-friendly herbs and voilà, the perfect gift!

• A Personalized Mug: This gift is great for moms who are fans of coffee or tea, and it’s so easy to make it look great! All you’ll need is a clean, white ceramic mug and some ceramic/glass paint markers. Then decorate your mug with a special quote or a unique design. Once it’s completely dry, throw it in the oven at 375 degrees for 40 minutes and you’re done!

We hope this list brings you some great last-minute ideas! For more fun ideas, check out our Pinterest board specifically for Mother’s Day! And remember, the weather’s still changing and colds and allergies are still in the air! In case your allergies turn out to actually be a cold, make sure to keep Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy products on hand, like the Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy Plus Natural Multi-Symptom Relief Cold & Flu QuickMelts, formulated with zinc gluconate to shorten the duration of a cold and help relieve cold symptoms.

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5 DIY Home Cold & Flu Remedies

5 DIY Remedies

The cold and flu season may seem like it’s never going to end, but with the warmer weather finally approaching, who wants to be stuck at home with a cold? If “how to get rid of a cold” is the only thing on your mind, we’ve got you covered. So we at Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy would like to share with you some of our favorite do-it-yourself home cold & flu remedies to help you ward off that flu or cold virus.

  1. Stuffy nose? Use steam for relief.
    You don’t need a fancy humidifier to ease congestion (though it can be convenient!). Slowly breathing in steam from a pot of boiling water can work wonders! Just make sure to be very careful — you don’t want to burn your nose!
  2. Make it spicy.
    Incorporate lots of cinnamon, nutmeg, rosemary, cloves, pepper and ginger into your sick-day diet. Spices are natural ways to help boost your immune system and fight off viruses and diseases. Some other ingredients to include? Garlic, honey and coconut oil. Check out some more natural cold medicine.
  3. Try chicken noodle soup.
    A nice hot bowl of chicken noodle soup might be just what you need to fight off that virus. It’s a delicious home remedy that’s medically backed to help ease cold symptoms. Check out some of our Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy-approved tasty recipes by visiting us on Pinterest, and make sure to include plenty of veggies!
  4. Make your own nasal spray.
    It’s easy and takes a matter of minutes! Simply mix 3 teaspoons of iodide-free salt and 1 teaspoon of baking soda and then add 1 teaspoon of the mixture to 8 ounces of warm boiled water to create your own nasal spray solution. Use a bulb syringe to gently squirt the mixture into each of your nostrils, while holding the other one closed, and letting them drain. This will help clear nasal congestion as well as remove virus particles and bacteria!
  5. And of course, drink plenty of fluids.
    It’s so important to stay hydrated, especially when you’re sick. By drinking plenty of fluids regularly, you can help break up congestion and ease a sore throat. Some great options include water, herbal teas, natural juices (no sugar!) and ginger ale. Also be sure to check out some of our favorite healthy hydration

In addition to these great DIY home remedies for your cold or flu, make sure you also try the new Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy Plus Natural Multi-Symptom Relief Cold & Flu QuickMelts! Formulated with zinc gluconate, elderberry, peppermint and licorice, it will shorten the duration of your cold and help ease your cold and flu symptoms naturally.

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The Top 4 Health Essentials of a Healthy Lifestyle

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We’re right at the peak of cold season, so the staff at Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy thought it’d be a great idea to create this reminder of the Top 4 Health Essentials for a healthy year. There are millions of health tips and guidelines out there, and we love sharing our own with you (Check out our infographic guide to not getting sick, sick day survival kit tips and series on how to treat different cold symptoms: runny nose, coughing and sore throat — to name a few!). But ask any doctor or health professional and they will tell you that these are the four ultimate essentials that provide the basis for any healthy lifestyle. Following them may not always be easy, so we provided our favorite hacks to help you stick to it for a healthy year!

  • Drink plenty of water: It’s recommended that you drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. That may sound like a lot, but water does make up a huge chunk of your body (70%)! The health benefits of drinking water every day are endless and include carrying nutrients to your cells, flushing out toxins and, of course, helping to keep you from getting sick!

TIP Our favorite tip to get your 8 glasses in? This brilliant hack: Mark a clear water bottle with the times of day, so that you can easily track how much water you’re drinking! If straight water’s not your thing, check out some other healthy hydration recipes we put together on Pinterest!

  • Get lots of rest: Catching some ZZZs doesn’t just replenish your body and energy for the following day, there are a lot of other health benefits that come with it too. Getting enough sleep (at least 7 to 8 hours a day) helps to prevent headaches, keep your heart healthy, improve memory, boost your immune system (keeping your cells in tip-top fighting shape) and much, much more.

TIP You can maximize your sleep efficiency and actually wake up refreshed by using this nifty app to calculate what time you should sleep based on when you need to wake up (or the other way around), keeping you from waking up in the middle of a sleep cycle!

  • Eat a healthy diet: A healthy and balanced diet works wonders on the body. That means eating at least three times a day (No more skipping breakfast!) and incorporating plenty of fruits and vegetables into your diet! Some great benefits of eating healthy include staying in shape, increasing your energy levels and being able to handle stress. Our favorite reason to eat right? It helps you fight and prevent viruses like the common cold!

TIP One of the most effective ways we’ve seen to make sure you’re eating healthy is to ONLY have healthy food in the house, substituting what you might usually eat for healthier alternatives. Of course, this doesn’t mean it has to be boring or unsatisfying. Just check out our Pinterest board for great recipes!

  • Exercise regularly: Among its many benefits, exercising can improve your overall mood, boost your energy, relieve stress, help you get better sleep and fend off diseases and viruses like the cold and flu.

TIP One way to fit in daily exercise is to do them in small ways, like taking the stairs instead of the elevator and parking farther away from the grocery store. Another is to look at it as not a chore but something fun, choosing an activity you enjoy like dancing, swimming, hiking, roller skating, etc. If you’re short on time and motivation, you can pack an entire total body workout into a quick 7-minute exercise routine!

  • If somehow you manage to catch a cold anyway (because even people who live by these tips aren’t immune to the cold virus), make sure to keep Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy products on hand, which shorten the duration of a cold. Try the new Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy Plus Natural Multi-Symptom Relief Cold & Flu QuickMelts, formulated with zinc gluconate, elderberry, peppermint and licorice!

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DIY: Valentine’s Day-Themed Care Packages For Your Sick Loved Ones

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, there’s nothing worse than seeing your loved ones under the weather. If you’re noticing signs of a cold, the Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy team suggests putting together some fun Valentine’s Day-themed care packages to help get those special to you back to feeling like themselves again. Here are some ideas for inspiration:

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  1. A favorite movie: Since they’re going to be stuck at home all day, make sure they have their favorite movie! Even better? A whole movie series to keep the time passing a bit more bearably!
  2. Slippers: Nothing says “I love you” like warm fuzzy slippers to pamper and protect aching feet from cold winter floors!
  3. A favorite homemade meal: It’s time to step up your cooking game. Make a Valentine’s Day gift coupon promising to cook them their favorite meal! Make sure to include ingredients like garlic, onions, chili, ginger, honey and lemon, all known to help ease colds!
  4. Snacks: Include a couple of their favorite snacks. Bonus points for opting for healthier versions to make sure their body remains in top virus-fighting form.
  5. Gourmet herbal tea: Drinking tea will help them stay hydrated, while also soothing a sore throat. Teas containing elderberry, rose hips, ginger and Echinacea also get bonus points!
  6. Chocolate: Just because they’re sick doesn’t mean they won’t have V-Day sweet-tooth cravings! Opt for dark chocolate to provide comfort with less sugar and more antioxidants!
  7. Massage oil: The ideal Valentine’s Day + Sick Day pamper includes a massage that will help them feel so good, they won’t even remember that they’re sick!

For Children

  1. Games: Having a sick little one at home can bring some challenges. But they still need to be entertained. Have items like coloring books, crayons and puzzles on hand for some sick-day fun that doesn’t require much energy.
  2. A special blanket: They’ll likely need to stay in bed all day so that their body can focus on fighting the virus. A special “sick-day only” soft blanket, in favorite colors or with favorite characters, will help them keep warm and feel comforted!
  3. A stuffed animal: Stuffed animals are perfect for hugging during nap time and a great companion during sick days. Giving a special one to your child on Valentine’s Day will help them focus on something lovely rather than on being sick and make the memory that much more precious. Just make sure to wash it once your child is well again!
  4. Healthy treats: Although it’s probably best to stay away from sugar as much as possible when fighting off a virus, that’s no reason not to have fun, delicious Valentine’s Day treats! Try some frozen yogurt raspberries, heart-shaped fruit gummies and, of course, plenty of fluids!

Don’t forget to include a sweet, handwritten card! And as always, make sure to keep Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy products on hand to shorten the duration of a cold. For instance, Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy Plus Natural Multi-Symptom Relief Cold & Flu QuickMelts — formulated with zinc gluconate, elderberry, peppermint and licorice!

What are you including in your Valentine’s Day-themed care packages?

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Beat the Winter Blues—5 Ways to Have A Happy Winter Season

Winter is in full force and as the days get shorter and the nights get colder, you might find that melancholy feeling starting to set in. The dreadful ‘winter blues’ can leave you extra tired, moody, and anxious after the highs of the holiday season. In an effort to stay upbeat and in high spirits, the Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy team has compiled some of our favorite tips and tricks that keep us smiling and out of that winter funk:

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  1. Stay active: Exercise isn’t just for maintaining your weight, it’s also a great stress reliever. It can improve your mood by releasing feel-good chemicals, and helps you stay healthy. But exercise doesn’t have to be a boring routine at the gym! Any activity that gets your heart pumping faster for a while will do, from a walk to climbing up the stairs to work or even dancing in your underwear—you might be surprised how good you feel when you’re done!
  1. Eat Healthy: What you eat can have a big effect on your mood and energy. If you have an unhealthy diet, your energy levels will decrease and can cause you to become irritable. A healthy, balanced diet will provide your body and mind with proper nutrients and energy to survive the cold winter. Eating healthy doesn’t have to be an overwhelming endeavor. Just starting with small healthy substitutes stocked in your pantry could make a big difference! Check out here and here for ideas.
  1. Sleep: During the gloomy winter months, it’s only natural you want to, well, basically hibernate! But too much sleep can become counterproductive and actually make you more tired. Aim for 7-8 hours of sleep per night to keep you rested and energized.
  1. Embrace the Outdoors: Instead of avoiding the cold and going into winter hibernation (see point #3!), embrace the cold weather and fun winter activities available to you! Head to the slopes for a ski or snowboard adventure, hit the ice-skating rink, grab a sled for a favorite childhood pastime. Staying active and the fresh crisp air can help you see winter in a positive light and keep your spirits high.
  1. Treat Yourself: Without having something to look forward to, winter can seem endless. Plan an exciting trip, a fun (winter themed?) event with friends or even take a special pampering day to keep you happy and brighten your mood.

What are some ways you beat the winter blues?

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The Definitive, Excellent, Really Good Guide to Not Getting Sick

We’ve all been there: stuck next to a sneezing, coughing person with no escape route, worried that the next day we’ll be the ones miserable with the common cold. As we kick off the holiday season and all of the hustle and bustle that comes with it, we come more into contact with germs, our bodies and immune systems get worn down and in come those dreadful common cold symptoms.

Fortunately, our Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy team is here to help to ensure you have a germ-free (or at least greatly reduced!) season! With the below infographic, you can steer clear of those dreaded cold and flu germs and stop your cold symptoms in their tracks.

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Tips for Not Getting Sick this Cold and Flu Season

  1. Most Importantly, Wash Your Hands
    Wash with warm water for 40 seconds and carry hand sanitizer at all times
  1. Contain Your Germs
    Sneeze into your elbow and wash your hands after sneezing or blowing your nose
  1. Be Extra Healthy
    Hydrate, Exercise Regularly and Eat Well
  1. Take It Easy
    Get Enough Sleep and Take a Remedy with zinc gluconate at the first sign of symptoms

But if those pesky germs sneak their way in resulting in cold symptoms, make sure you try our Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy lozenges, which are clinically proven to shorten the duration of the common cold by almost half! If you’re looking for convenience and symptom relief, check out our new Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy Plus Natural Multi-Symptom Relief Cold and Flu QuickMelts, developed with our unique formula including zinc gluconate, elderberry, peppermint, and licorice to reduce the duration of the common cold and help relieve cold and flu symptoms such as cough, chest congestion, and sore throat.

What are some ways you’re staying healthy and germ-free this season?

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The Ultimate 7 Piece Sick Day Survival Kit

Ultimate Survival Kit

Being sick can be a miserable experience. Your cold symptoms won’t let up, that sore throat feels like glass shards, your head is pounding! You wish you could breathe out of both of your nostrils and long for the day that you will no longer have a sore nose from blowing it so much. But don’t worry… Things can only look up from here! We’ve come up with the ultimate list of the 7 things you need to keep you sane, comforted and help you #GetWellFaster (And make sure you check out our Sick Day Survival Kit Pinterest board!).

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1. Comfortable clothes. To start your sick day off right, you want to be sure that you as comfortable as possible. If you’re lucky enough to be taking the day off, you can slip into your sweatpants or your comfiest pajamas. If you just can’t take a sick day, make sure the clothes you pick for the day won’t add to your discomfort! Baggy knits, leggings, fuzzy boots, whatever will keep you warm and cozy! Here are some great ideas.

2. Your Sick Day Necessities. The bare basics, of course, are tissues and hand sanitizer. These are great to keep close at all times, whether in your robe pockets, on your nightstand or in your purse. But the rest of the necessities will vary and can include things like moisturizing creams, lip balms, heating pads, water bottles, thermoses, thermometers, and anything else that you want to keep close on your sick day. Our tip? Make a checklist! By keeping your very own inventory count of your necessities you will be sure to have a full stock ready for if you fall ill.

3. Somewhere to Rest. Resting when you’re sick is crucial because you need to give your body the time and opportunity to fight off the virus. Whether it’s your couch, your bed, a blanket fort or your own little nook , curl up with some cozy blankets and surround yourself with the fluffiest pillows to make it easier for you to get lots of regenerating rest.

4. Lots and Lots of Fluids. Another important factor in nursing yourself back to health is making sure that you are getting enough fluids in your system. Whether you pick teas, juices, soups or just plain water, stay hydrated so that your body can be in its best condition to fight off the virus and clear your secretions. To add your own personal spin on your drinks, try adding some ingredients that could help ease your cold, like ginger, honey, and lemon. Here’s one of our favorite recipes for Ginger-honey-lemon tea!

5. Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy. While rest and fluids are essential to help you fight your cold, taking Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy product as soon as you start to feel cold symptoms is the best way to actually shorten your cold. Cold-EEZE lozenges have been clinically proven to shorten the common cold by almost half. NEW this season, Cold-EEZE is introducing Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy Plus Natural Multi-Symptom Relief that will not only reduce the duration of your cold, but will help relieve the symptoms of BOTH cold and flu! To ease that nasty cough, chest and nose congestion and even soothe your sore throat, keep a box of these in your sick day survival kit to help you get well faster!

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6. Nourishment. It’s very important to stay nourished— especially while sick. You may feel weak and not well enough to cook a hefty and well balanced meal, but luckily there are many easy recipes that you can cook up in no time AND will even help you feel better by incorporating ingredients like garlic, ginger and cayenne pepper! Chicken noodle soups are an obvious go-to and have been since your childhood, but have you ever tried them like this? If you’re not a fan of chicken noodle, there are many other delicious soups and stews that you can choose from, and you can find more quick, easy and healthy recipes right here!

7. Entertainment. Whether you’re stuck in bed for hours on end, or you need to take your mind off your suffering for a while, entertainment is an important part of any sick day. Turn the TV to your favorite guilty-pleasures, flick on the Netflix, or just direct your Smartphone browser to the Cold-EEZE Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest to find plenty of links, videos and tips to put a smile on your face.

That’s it! Sick days are horrible no matter what, but with these 7 things, it might not be that bad, and you will greatly increase the chances that you will be back to health much faster! So snuggle up in your comfy clothes, jump into your resting-nook of choice with a hot cup of tea and tell yourself that even though you’re feeling awful, this will actually be the BEST sick day you’ve ever had!

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Sick At the Office—Cold and Flu Etiquette

Office Colds As the weather changes and many people find themselves with an awful cough or runny nose, nothing is worse than coming into the office and finding your desk neighbor is miserable and suffering from all the dreaded common cold symptoms. The last thing you want to do is be in the line of fire, but as office settings are usually in close quarters, it is inevitable that you will come into contact with contaminated surfaces and fall victim to the common cold or flu at some point this year. So what is the proper office etiquette when you’re sick?

  1. Sneeze into your elbow. Sneezing into your hand can cause a major spread of germs, so sneezing into your elbow keeps the spreading of germs to a minimum.
  2. Wash your hands and keep hand sanitizer/wipes at your desk. When you are sick, frequently wash your hands with soap and warm water. It’s always good to have hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes to clean office supplies such as your computer keyboard, mouse and office phone.
  3. Excuse yourself from shaking hands. We all know the professional thing to do is to shake hands when you meet someone, but would you want to be on the receiving end of a germy handshake? It’s OK to say, “I’m so sorry, but I’m not feeling my best today and don’t want to get you sick.” They will appreciate it.

*Bonus Tip: Try to make it a habit of blowing your nose into a tissue using your left hand as another attempt to avoid giving a germy handshake.

  1. Wash your coffee cup or water bottle with hot, soapy water. When you or someone around you is sick, germs tend to get everywhere, even on the cups we drink out of. Every day, make an effort to wash your coffee cup and/or water bottle with hot, soapy water to remove any contamination.
  2. Stay home from work: If you are feeling extremely under the weather and are contagious, it is in your best interest (and for your fellow work companions) to stay home, get some rest and boost your immune system.

If it is imperative that you attend work while sick, the best solution is the one that will shorten the duration of your common cold altogether! As soon as you feel yourself getting a runny or stuffy nose, make sure to begin taking Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy every 2-4 hours and get plenty of rest. Take Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy lozenges, which are Clinically Proven to shorten the duration of the common cold by almost half!  Also consider new Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy Plus Natural Immune Support + Natural Energy, formulated with zinc gluconate, rose hips and Echinacea, to shorten the duration of the common cold while providing natural immune support and restoring your energy naturally. If you know of any other helpful ways to keep your sick germs to yourself and keep your co-workers healthy, make sure you share it with the Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy community by logging on to the Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy Facebook Page or by commenting right here, on the Get Well Faster Blog.

Cold vs. Allergies: How Can You Tell?

Stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat… all tell-tale signs that you are about to come down with the common cold — or are they? What’s really behind your symptoms: a summer cold or that pesky seasonal allergy? The two dreaded ailments of summer unfortunately share similar symptoms.

But all you need is a little help from our Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy team! We put together a handy infographic, below, which you can use to compare your symptoms, properly treat what’s causing your discomfort and steer clear of an escalated illness!

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If you have seasonal allergies, try the following:

  1. Avoid going out early morning/ late afternoon
  2. Wash clothes that you wore outside
  3. Take a shower before going to bed

If you find that you have a summer cold, don’t despair! Follow these tips and you will be back to enjoying your favorite summer activities in no time!

  1. Start taking a product with zinc gluconate to shorten your cold
  2. Wash your hands often, for at least 20 seconds
  3. Get lots of rest, fluids and a balanced diet

And if you do, in fact, have cold symptoms, make sure you try our Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy lozenges, which are clinically proven to shorten the duration of the common cold by almost half! If you’re looking for convenience and some additional support for your immune system, check out our new Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy Plus Natural Immune Support + Natural Energy, formulated with zinc gluconate, rose hips and Echinacea, to shorten the duration of the common cold while providing natural immune support and restoring your energy naturally.

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How to Work Out When You’re Sick with a Cold

We’ve all been achy and bed-ridden with cold symptoms and it definitely puts a damper on our daily routines. The foods you normally love may not have any taste and you may be too weak to get through your daily workout routine. You go back and forth between what workout you should do, but the question remains… should you workout at all when you’re suffering a cold?

Believe it or not, according to Dr. Richard Besser, light to moderate activity may actually help you feel better!

By following these 5 workout tips, you will still be able to shape up while combating those sniffles:

  1. The Neck Test: Before beginning a workout, do the ‘neck test’. If your symptoms are all above the neck (runny nose, sore throat, etc), it is okay to do light to moderate exercise. But if you have symptoms such as body aches, chills or stomach problems, take it easy until you’re feeling better.
  2. Walk:  Having a cold may affect your energy levels. If your symptoms are all above the neck (runny nose, etc.), it is okay to walk at an easy to moderate pace. Start with a 20 minute walk—you can stop, stretch and add some stretch exercises as these combinations will make you feel better in general.
  3. Jog: This form ofmoderate cardio can help clear congestion and boost energy levels. However, if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, nausea or failed the neck test, hold off until symptoms subside.
  4. Yoga: Breathing exercises and gentle stretching can help relieve aches, pains and sinus infections. Consider a slow style of practice that focuses on gentle postures, proper body alignment and controlled breathing. Remember, don’t overdo it.
  5. Strength Training: Slow-paced, low intensity weight training is great when you’re sick, and you can even do it in the comfort of your living room. Start with easy exercises that don’t require you to use all of your energy and opt for a lighter set of weights.

It is important to remember that exercising with a cold can be more challenging and you have to listen to your body to know your limits. Symptoms such as a cough or sore throat can certainly weaken your workouts, but it is still possible to stay active if you keep it at a low to moderate intensity!

Maintaining healthy habits overall may even keep you from getting sick in the first place. Be sure to wash your hands frequently, eat a balanced diet, drink plenty of water and get adequate sleep. If you do end up getting sick, take Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy lozenges, which are clinically proven to shorten the duration of the common cold by almost half!  Also consider new  Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy Plus Natural Immune Support + Natural Energy, formulated with zinc gluconate, rose hips and Echinacea, to shorten the duration of the common cold while providing natural immune support and restoring your energy naturally.

What are the workouts you do when you have a cold? Make sure you share them with the Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy community on the Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy Facebook Page or commenting right here, on the Get Well Faster Blog.