Cold-EEZE Cares This Holiday Season

While many are spending their afternoons hitting the mall for some last minute holiday shopping, Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy, City Harvest, The Daily News, the FDNY and host of ABC’s The View, Jenny McCarthy, took a break from their crazy schedules to help those in need during the holiday season at The Daily News Readers Care to Feed the Hungry Canned Food Drive (DNRC).

At the December 12th event presented by City Harvest and Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy and hosted by FDNY, the lovely and bubbly Jenny McCarthy, donning her warm Cold-EEZE winter hat, braved the harsh weather to help collect canned goods to help feed the hungry in New York. Fans and local New Yorkers came out to a midtown Manhattan FDNY firehouse to donate canned goods and to meet, take pictures with and get an autograph from Jenny!

 

Jenny

City Harvest is dedicated to feeding more than one million New Yorkers that face hunger by rescuing excess food and delivering it to its network of more than 500 soup kitchens and food pantries across the city. Last year’s food drive collected over one million pounds of food, and this year City Harvest hopes to collect even more to help keep the shelves stocked at emergency food programs all across the city.

Jenny mentioned (and tweeted!) that she was thrilled to partner with Cold-EEZE and City Harvest to not only collect canned goods for the holiday season, but to encourage everyone to stock up and take their Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy to prevent those pesky coughs and sniffles during the winter months.

Of course plenty of Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy products were handed out to make sure all of the brave New Yorkers who came out in the cold were prepared to shorten any colds they catch!

Jenny

In case you missed out on this City Harvest food drive and would still like to donate to those in need this holiday season, visit http://www.cityharvest.org/donate-food for more information.

Also, don’t forget to log on to the Cold-EEZE Facebook Page or the Get Well Sooner Blog to connect with the Cold-EEZE community. While you’re there, let us know if you participated in the City Harvest food drive and please share your experience as well as pictures with Jenny! If not, we would love to hear how you and your family are giving back this holiday season!

 

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Announcing the new Cold-EEZE® Cold Remedy Plus Natural Immune Support QuickMelts®!

We’re kicking off the 2013/2014 cold and flu season with some exciting news: two new products! As a loyal customer of Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy, you know how effective our unique zinc gluconate formula is at shortening your cold, so we wanted to take it one step further…

Immune Support Family

Aside from the great taste, variety and convenience of our existing Cold-EEZE® Cold Remedy products, everyone’s immune system could use a little boost. We are pleased to officially announce two new products to our family: Cold-EEZE® Cold Remedy Plus Natural Immune Support QuickMelts® and Cold-EEZE® Cold Remedy Plus Natural Immune Support with Natural Energy QuickMelts®! The two new products are formulated with Zinc Gluconate, Rose Hips and Echinacea to reduce the duration of the common cold, as well as promote immune health and antioxidant support, naturally.

Along with our other Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy products like the lozenges, oral spray, and our Daytime/Nighttime QuickMelts, the new Natural Immune Support QuickMelts release zinc ions in your mouth to shorten your cold while the Rose Hips and Echinacea promote immune health. Plus, the new Natural Immune Support with Natural Energy also contains Natural Caffeine and Ginseng to help restore your energy, naturally. That way, you’re not stuck at home and missing out on all of the fun, fall activities that this season has to offer! The new natural orange-flavored Natural Immune Support QuickMelts are now available at select retailers.

As soon as you feel the tickle in the back of your throat or other cold symptoms, make sure to begin taking Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy every 2-4 hours, drink plenty of fluids and gets lots of rest. Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy lozenges, are clinically proven to shorten the duration of the common cold by almost half. All Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy products are convenient and great tasting. Our new QuickMelts are available in Natural Orange Flavor and dissolve quickly in your mouth without water.

Will you be trying our new Natural Immune Support QuickMelts®? Share your thoughts with the Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy community by logging on to the Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy Facebook Page or comment right here, on the Get Well Faster Blog.

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Back to School Health Essentials

As final preparations are made for the first day of school, from stuffing backpacks, making healthy lunches and picking out that infamous “first day of school outfit,” the last thing parents (and teachers) want is their kids going to school with those dreaded common cold symptoms.

Wash Often

Getting the kids to stay healthy during cold and flu season is not an easy task, but if we can instill some healthy habits, that cold virus will have a little bit of trouble making it to their immune systems!

Be sure to get them to the pediatrician for their annual physicals. It’s important to make sure they are healthy and get proper immunizations and vaccinations before the school year begins. Plus, it will encourage the habit in your kids to continue getting yearly physicals as they get older.

Get plenty of sleep. In the final few weeks (and days) before the first day of school, many try to squeeze in some last minute fun in the sun, and often ignore the 7-hour sleep rule. However, researchers have found that those who get fewer than seven hours of sleep are three times more likely to get sick. So make sure to start having your kid(s) hit-the-hay at a reasonable hour in the days leading up to the first day of school to develop a proper sleep pattern.

Keep hydrated and eat healthy. Drinking water and following a healthy diet can help boost and maintain a healthy immune system, which lessens common cold symptoms and risks of getting a cold or flu, helping us stay healthy. Make sure your kids understand the importance of drinking water, staying hydrated and having a healthy diet.

Wash your hands. The ‘Happy Birthday’ song isn’t just useful for someone’s birthday! The song is approximately 20-seconds, which is the suggested time to ensure a proper hand-wash. Teach your kids to always use soap, warm water and, to make it more fun, have them sing “Happy Birthday” as they wash to make sure they scrub for the recommended 20 seconds! Instill that they must always wash their hands every time they go to the bathroom and before they eat a meal or snack. Worried about when they’re at school? Pack a bottle of hand sanitizer or sani-wipes in their lunch box as a friendly reminder!

Even when following these tips and living a healthy lifestyle, the occasional germs will slip through the cracks resulting in cold symptoms. Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy products should only be taken by children 12 and up, but are perfect for parents starting to feel those cold symptoms coming on. There is nothing worse than having a cough or sore throat while still taking care of the kids and worrying about passing it along to them. Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy can help. If you feel a common cold coming on, take Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy lozenges, clinically proven to shorten the duration of the common cold by almost half. All Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy products, including our lozenges, oral spray and our Daytime/Nighttime QuickMelts, release zinc ions in your mouth that are absorbed by your upper respiratory system. Some scientific studies suggest that the release of zinc ions – as found in Cold-EEZE products’ unique zinc gluconate formula – inhibits the cold virus’ ability to replicate, shortening the duration of the common cold.*

If you know of any other helpful ways to keep the kids and family healthy for back-to-school, make sure you share it with the Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy community by logging on to the Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy Facebook Page or comment right here, on the Get Well Faster Blog.

*Although the precise mechanism by which zinc ions interfere with the cold virus has not been scientifically established, the Cleveland Clinic study demonstrated that Cold-EEZE lozenges significantly reduced the duration of the common cold.

“How to Treat Cold Symptoms” Series The Runny Nose

To continue our mission of finding ways to help you treat common cold symptoms and stay healthy, Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy launched a series of blog posts last month to share various alternative, or natural, cold remedies with simple ingredients that you can find around the house and that actually work. In last month’s kick-off blog-post, Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy discussed remedies for one of the cold virus‘ most annoying symptoms, the sore throat, and then we tackled coughing.

Peppermints And Tea

Now, in the third of the series, the team wants to share some remedies to treat those endless drips and sniffles during the common cold. Whether it’s a severe cold or just the beginning, no one wants to deal with the stubborn sniffles. Here are a few natural, easy ways to rid your runny nose!

Drinking Fluids:
• You may not believe or trust everything your mom tells you about how to treat a cold, but when she says, “You need to stay hydrated,” or “Make sure to drink plenty of fluids,” she’s absolutely right. Consuming plenty of water and juice helps in many ways, like thinning out mucus and speeding up recovery.

Chewing Ginger:
• While this might not sound like the most enticing method, chewing raw ginger actually soothes a runny nose fast. Take fresh ginger, peel it and squeeze it. You can also try chewing it with salt, just as long as you eat as much of the ginger as you can!

Peppermint:
• Believe it or not, those little red and white swirled suckers are a natural treatment for a cold symptoms. The main ingredient in peppermint is menthol, which is a natural decongestant; it, like fluids, will thin the mucus stuck in your nose.

If you want to put forth your best effort and combine all three of these cold remedies, brew some peppermint and ginger tea! You will get the benefits of all of these remedies in one delicious cup, and hopefully get well faster!

If you find you still are not feeling your best, the very best solution is the one that will treat a cold by shortening the duration of your runny nose, and your cold, altogether! As soon as you feel yourself sniffling, make sure to begin taking Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy every 2-4 hours and gets lots of rest. Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy lozenges are clinically proven to shorten the duration of the common cold by almost half. All Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy products, including our lozenges, oral spray and our Daytime/Nighttime QuickMelts, release zinc ions in your mouth to shorten your cold. Some scientific studies suggest that the release of zinc ions – as found in Cold-EEZE products’ unique zinc gluconate formula – inhibits the cold virus’ ability to replicate, shortening the duration of the common cold.*

If you know of any helpful ways to soothe a runny nose, 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.  You can also access additional recommendations for shortening your cold in our 10 Tips to Shorten Your Cold cheat sheet.

* Although the precise mechanism by which zinc ions interfere with the cold virus has not been scientifically established, several scientific studies suggest zinc ions inhibit the common cold virus’ ability to replicate.

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How to Treat Your Cold Symptoms Series: Coughing

Ah, those tell-tale symptoms of the common cold: Sore throat, coughing, nasal congestion, runny nose, sneezing… Who among us doesn’t desperately scour the internet in the hopes of finding that amazing home remedy to help ease our discomforts as we deal with our cumbersome virus?

Colds are just as inconvenient as they are uncomfortable. What’s worse than lying in bed coughing when you can be lounging by the pool or frolicking in the snow? Different allergies affect people every season, but cold symptoms are slightly different and sometimes it is difficult to differentiate. A runny nose, scratchy throat and a slight cough can be an indication that you might have the common cold. Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy has new tips and suggestions that discuss natural remedies and alternative treatments to tackle and treat these pesky common cold symptoms.

The common cold typically evolves and gets worse over the course of a few days. A true cold virus has symptoms that last up to 10 days. However, common cold treatment is often easy and effective, cold and cough remedies are usually readily available in your home and work well, especially if treated within the first few days of the onset of symptoms.

In the second of our series, the Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy team is sharing some of the most popular, tried-and-true natural cold remedies for how to treat a nasty cough in hopes of helping you stay healthy!

Dino Giordano (flickr creative commons)

Dino Giordano (flickr creative commons)

Most of the time, people can manage and reduce cough symptoms from the comfort of their own homes.

Elevate and rest: We’ve all had those nights when we can’t sleep and are up all night coughing. Try sleeping with your head elevated. Doing so will allow mucus and phlegm to drain while you sleep and help you breathe easier with less irritation. In order for your body to fight a virus, it needs rest. Relaxing and resting will give your body the energy it needs to replenish and fight the cold.

A spoonful of honey: Drinking tea or warm water is a time honored, traditional way of soothing a sore throat and suppressing a cough, but recently it has been discovered that a plain spoonful of honey coats the throat and can be used as a sleep aid, leaving you rested and well recovered for the next day. Honey is rich in antioxidants and sweet liquids tend to cause salivation, lubricating the upper airway and thinning mucus.

Inhale moisture: That back of the throat tickle can be treated with moisture. Hot water from a shower or a vaporizer can relax your throat and minimize coughing. Not only will a warm shower alleviate a sore itchy throat, but the moisture can also ease your breathing and loosen phlegm, helping you cough it up and out.

Massage it out: If you’re at home and you have someone who can help, have them use a chest percussion technique to help clear the chest congestion. Laying on your stomach on a flat surface, have a partner cup their hands and lightly beat them over your back progressing from lower back to upper back, and repeating. This can help loosen and move congestion up and out.

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How to Treat Your Cold Symptoms Series: The Sore Throat

Ah, those tell-tale symptoms of the common cold: Sore throat, coughing, nasal congestion, runny nose, sneezing… Who among us doesn’t desperately scour the internet in the hopes of finding that amazing home remedy to help ease our discomforts as we deal with our cumbersome virus? In the hopes of helping you feel better faster, Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy has launched a new series of blog posts discussing various natural home remedies and alternative treatments that can be used to reduce those endless common cold symptoms and help you stay healthy.

In the first of our series, the Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy team is sharing some of the most popular, tried-and-true suggestions on how to treat a sore throat.

Coat your throat:
• The traditional, well-known mixture of honey, warm water and lemon has proven to be a great natural cold remedy. Honey coats your throat and soothes that pesky irritation. Try Organic Throat Coat tea from Traditional Medicinals.

Rinse and relieve:
• As gross as it sounds and no matter how much we hate to try it, gargling with salt water is another great fix. Salt water helps cut down on sore throat irritants and repairs the throat rapidly.

Steam it out:
• Inhaling steam through your mouth can reduce the duration of throat infection and soothe the throat. To do this, boil a pot of water and keep the lid on. Once the water is boiled, move the pot to a safe surface, cover your head with a towel, remove the lid and inhale the steam from your mouth. Just use caution when placing head over the top of the warm pot. (Better yet, pour the water into another bowl for added safety.) Alternatively, turning your shower on hot and shutting the doors and windows in your bathroom makes for a great spur-of-the-moment steam room.

Please see our resource pages for a few more natural cold remedies.

But the very best solution is the one that shortens the duration of your sore throat, and your cold, altogether! As soon as you feel a tickle, make sure to begin taking Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy every 2-4 hours, drink plenty of fluids and gets lots of rest. Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy lozenges, are clinically proven to shorten the duration of the common cold by almost half. All Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy products, including our lozenges, oral spray and our new Daytime/Nighttime QuickMelts, release Zinc ions in your mouth to shorten your cold. Some scientific studies suggest that the release of zinc ions – as found in Cold-EEZE products’ unique zinc gluconate formula – inhibits the cold virus’ ability to replicate, shortening the duration of the common cold.*

If you know of any helpful ways to soothe a sore throat, make sure you share this information with the Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy community by logging on to the Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy Facebook Page or comment right here, on the Get Well Faster Blog.

*Although the precise mechanism by which zinc ions interfere with the cold virus has not been scientifically established, several scientific studies suggest zinc ions inhibit the common cold virus’ ability to replicate.

Healthy Summer: Better Meals and Shorter Colds!

The season we’ve all been yearning for has had its unofficial welcoming; SUMMER!!

While recovering from long summer weekends of fun in the sun, splurging on great tasting food and NOT sleeping, our bodies are BEGGING us to recover! We’ve all made the “I’m never eating like that ever again” promise, but that vow can easily be broken with the number of barbecues, pool parties, graduation parties and weddings up ahead.

In an effort to ward off the unwanted pounds and the treacherous germs this summer, the Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy team has put together a few tips to help you fulfill your cravings without packing on extra weight.

Summer Health Recipies

For more healthy summer recipes,
check out our Pinterest board!

What’s Cookin’?
• Hot Dogs: We suggest Applegate’s Organic Turkey Frank. The hot dog contains only 60 calories, 3.5 grams of fat and 7 grams of protein. Remember the more protein you eat, the longer you stay full. Still craving an all beef frank? Try Ball Park Fat Free Beef Franks: Only 50 calories, 5 grams of protein and of course, they’re fat free.
• Hamburgers: Find a lean ground beef in your local supermarket. Look for labels that say 95% lean meat, 5% fat. A mix of lean beef with fresh steamed veggies will give burgers a healthy flavor that will satisfy anyone after a long day in the sun.
• Vegetarians: Vegetarians can enjoy Lightlife Foods’ Veggie Protein Links. Only 45 calories and 8 grams of protein – they’re all natural and the perfect portion for a quick summer lunch.

Need to Chill Out?
• Lemonade: Try Pomegranate-Blueberry lemonade. Buy a bottle of Pomegranate blueberry juice (sugar free if possible), fresh rosemary and ½ a cup of fresh blueberries. This tart drink will quench your thirst while delighting your taste buds.
Unsweetened Passion Tea: Infused with hibiscus, exotic herbs and natural tropical flavors, this crisp, summer pick-me-up delivers sweetness and zest with absolutely no sugar added.

Have a bit of a sweet tooth?
• Dark Chocolate: Craving something sugary? Try putting a few Hershey’s Dark Chocolate BLISS bars in your freezer. They’re bite size and an easy way to control your portion intake. Not only is dark chocolate full of antioxidants, but it contains various vitamins and minerals that can support your health and fight summer colds.
• Banana Ice cream: A delicious low-cal twist on everyone’s favorite dessert. Cut a banana up into slices, freeze them and then throw them in a blender. This creamy and frosty treat tastes just like real ice cream… except it’s healthy.

The dreaded summer cold:
Aside from the unwanted pounds, it can also be difficult to stay healthy in the summer. Some people do not know that in the summer there are a number of other things that can affect your health. From air conditioners drying out our noses and leaving us more prone to infections, to sharing food, to summer travels and more, there are many ways that you can catch a summer cold (check out this blog post for more!). Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy can help you rid that pesky summer sniffle and cough. If you feel any common cold symptoms coming on, grab your Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy lozenges, which can easily be stored in your beach bag or pocket. The Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy Oral Spray is also convenient for your summer travels because it packs more doses into a smaller package. Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy lozenges are clinically proven to shorten the duration of the common cold by almost half, which is vital this time of year. All Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy products, including our lozenges, oral spray and our new Daytime/Nighttime QuickMelts, release zinc ions in your mouth that are absorbed by your upper respiratory system. Some scientific studies suggest that the release of zinc ions – as found in Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy products’ unique zinc gluconate formula – inhibits the cold virus’ ability to replicate, shortening the duration of the common cold.*

If you know of any other healthy, fun in the sun recipes, make sure you share them with the Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy community by logging on to the Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy Facebook Page or comment right here, on the Get Well Faster Blog.

* Although the precise mechanism by which zinc ions interfere with the cold virus has not been scientifically established, the Cleveland Clinic study demonstrated that Cold-EEZE lozenges significantly reduced the duration of the common cold.

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

We all know that kids are a mom’s pride and joy – as one ProPhase Labs Mom said, “my loved ones can brighten up the darkest days and let in the sunshine!” – but once Mother’s Day rolls around, kids and dads alike repeatedly wrack their brains to figure out what to give the special women in their lives. This usually ends in a kitschy coffee mug with your face on it, a generic spice rack, or even cleaning supplies so that the “kids can finally help with chores.” Here at Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy, we like to make sure that our Mothers are getting the gifts they deserve – especially after helping us stay healthy all year long!

When asking some of the ProPhase Labs moms what they were hoping to get this Mother’s Day, we heard things like “being able to see all my daughters together and happy” and “to go out to brunch with my girls!” We know that it’s the thought that counts and being with our loved ones is always the perfect gift – but just in case, we put together a list of what we feel are some of the top gifts that Moms would like to receive from their families this holiday… along with breakfast in bed of course!

See more gift ideas on our Pinterest board!

See more gift ideas on our Pinterest board!

Traditional Gifts: You can’t go wrong with flowers this holiday but there are a few ways to make this traditional gift a little more special. 1-800-Flowers has their “Mother’s Day 12 Months of Gifts” program which will make Mom feel special and truly surprised for more than just one day. She could receive everything from chocolate covered strawberries to a beautiful bouquet of roses all year long.
At-Home Spa Day: Moms are always busy and have barely enough time to get their nails done, never mind spend a day at the spa. Let your Mom indulge in a little rest and relaxation this Mother’s Day with the Splish Splash Gift Set from Bath & Body Works. With a variety of scents and products, these gift sets will have Mom running to draw a warm bath – for herself, not for the kids!
Food for Thought: We think it’s safe to say that most Moms have a love for cooking. Whether it’s homemade soup or a three course meal, it always seems that a meal by Mom can’t be beat. If your Mother is looking to expand her cooking skills, a cooking class – like those at Sur La Table – will make for a fun (and delicious) gift this Mother’s Day!
For the Bookworm: It’s hard to believe, but Moms like to read books besides the ones that help put her little ones to sleep. If this sounds like your Mother, purchase a few books off of Oprah’s “16 Books Mom Will Love” list. Include a heart-felt note within the cover and you have a gift that’s just right for her!
Sweet Tooth: Like most women, Moms are bound to enjoy a sugary, chocolaty snack every now and then. If your Mom has a sweet tooth, a gift from Godiva is just what she needs. But, instead of the traditional heart-shaped box-of-chocolate that everyone resorts to, why not try a Chocolate Fondue Gift Set? This yummy and fun set has all of the necessary fondue accessories, including the Godiva Milk and Semi-Sweet Dark Chocolate that we all love and can be used at any time!

If you know of any must-buy Mother’s Day gifts, make sure you share your ideas with the Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy community by logging onto the Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy Facebook Page, helping the Cold-EEZE moms create a “mom-sourced” gift guide http://on.fb.me/Yx5Nxf, or comment right here, on the Get Well Faster Blog.

May Fan Spotlight: Kristyn M.

The month of May marks many exciting events including The Kentucky Derby, Cinco de Mayo and Memorial Day, the unofficial start to summer. But at Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy, there is one May holiday that seems to shine brighter than the rest: Mother’s Day! After all, Mom is always the one to take care of us when we are sneezing and sniffling, right? To celebrate this special holiday, we decided to dedicate this month’s Fan Spotlight to Kristyn Merkley, one busy Mom who loves Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy almost as much as she loves her three adorable daughters!

Kristyn

Name: Kristyn Merkley

State: AZ

Website / Twitter handle: www.lilluna.com / @LilLunaKristyn

When did you start your website? Over 2.5 years ago!

How long have you wanted to be a mother and designer (we say designer because your new house is gorgeous!)?
I’ve wanted to be a mom since I was a little girl! I am so happy to have 3 adorable kids and one on the way. I’ve always loved decorating my house, and love making it a home.

What is your favorite part about being a busy mother and why?
Being a mom brings me so much happiness. Most days I end up exhausted but I wouldn’t have it any other way if it meant I couldn’t be with my children all day long and having fun creating with them.

What are some of the challenges in keeping your family happy and healthy?
It’s hard to keep little ones happy and healthy when they are all over the place, touching everything in sight, and playing with other children. We just try to make sure we are washing our hands constantly as well as loading up on vitamins!

What is your stay-healthy philosophy?
Our stay-healthy philosophy is to keep the germs away!!

What is most comforting for you when you’re sick?
That I have a good husband that can help take care of me and the kids.

What do you hate most about being sick?
I do not like that I feel like I cannot be a good mom when I’m sick. I also do not like that the sickness often moves from one family member to the next in our family since we’re always together.

How did you discover Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy?
I always knew that zinc was good for you, but my husband’s dad is a doctor and the second we start to feel anything coming on, he’s always recommended Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy. It’s been the “go to” product in our home for many years!

What is your advice to other moms who juggle between career, parenting, home-making and staying healthy?
It’s important to take care of yourself, your family and your health. Make sure your entire family gets the rest they need and load up on a multivitamins to help keep your body’s defenses up.

Log on to the Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy Facebook page or let us know right here on the Get Well Sooner Blog about your favorite memories with Mom and why they mean so much to you. And don’t forget to cherish your health like you cherish your Mom by taking Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy anytime you start to feel common cold symptoms to shorten your cold.

All “Cold-EEZE® Share Your Cause, Not Your Cold” Winners have been Announced!

As some of our fans already know, and for those of you who are new to our site, Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy announced a year and a half ago that we would be donating $1,000 to a well-deserving nominated and voted upon local charity every month through our “Share Your Cause, Not Your Cold” contest, hosted exclusively on Facebook.

Share Your Cause

The Details: Beginning on September 1st 2011, Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy Facebook fans were asked to submit a “Cold-EEZE® Share Your Cause, Not Your Cold” Contest Nomination application, where participants nominated the local charity or “cause” of their choice. Once the nominations for that month were gathered, a panel of judges selected up to five finalists, which were voted on by fans across the nation. The fans had approximately two weeks to vote and a winner was announced at the end of every month.

We received over 200 nominations, raised awareness for about 90 causes and received many thousands of votes from our fans throughout our competition! With so many deserving causes and people working hard every day to improve our world, it was very difficult to pick only 5 finalists each month.

What’d they win? Each month, a new cause won $1,000 from Cold-EEZE® Cold Remedy! In addition, the person who nominated the winning cause received a Flip Camera to film their cause in action to help further awareness.

Who Won? As we nose dive into April, 18 months later, our contest has officially come to an end and we are THRILLED to announce our winners (listed in order from 2011):

(Note that each one is hyperlinked)

* 2011 WINNERS*
• October 2011: LuLu’s Rescue of Point Pleasant, PA
• November 2011: North Clakamas Educational Foundation Back Pack Buddy Program of Clackamas, OR
• December 2011: Hannah’s Home of Mentor, OH

* 2012 WINNERS*
• January 2012: Rusty’s Morningstar Ranch of Corville, AZ
• February 2012: InCOMMON of Omaha, NE
• March 2012: In-Sync Exotics of Wylie, TX
• April 2012: Taylor 4 Teens of Melbourne, FL
• May 2012: Truckers Against Trafficking of Denver, CO
• June 2012: The YouthHope Foundation of Redlands, CA
• July 2012: Rocky Mountain Cancer Assistance of Denver, CO
• August 2012: Wardrobe for Opportunity of Oakland, CA
• September 2012: Sean Casey Animal Rescue of New York, NY
• October 2012: Echoing Hope Ranch of Bisbee, AZ
• November 2012: Blind Sports Organization of Springfield, PA
• December 2012: Sammie’s Friends Animal Shelter of Grass Valley, CA

*2013 WINNERS*
• January 2013: Helen L. Diller Vacation Home for Blind Children of Avalon, NJ
• February 2013: Opportunity House of Vacaville, CA
• March 2013: Growl Rescue of Edgewater, NJ.

Congratulations to NOT ONLY our winners, but also a huge congrats to all the finalists and nominees! We are so pleased with the amount of community support that you all brought to the Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy Fan Page, and so happy to have shared this experience with you!

We look forward to holding another contest soon!

If you would like to learn more about “Share Your Cause, Not Your Cold”, please visit our Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy Facebook Page or ask us here on the Get Well Sooner Blog.

Food For Thought: Experts’ Allergy-Reducing Tips

With the change in seasons, comes those all too familiar dreaded allergies. The temperatures are getting warmer, the days are longer and we are already seeing buds on the trees – all coming together to make for “The Perfect Allergy Season.”

(Attribution: mcfarlandmo on Flickr Creative Commons

(Attribution: mcfarlandmo on Flickr Creative Commons

No worries! The Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy team has asked Dr. Jennifer Collins, MD and Assistant Professor and physician specializing in Allergy, Asthma and Immunology in the Department of Otolaryngology at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary (NYEEI) since September 2009, to share some healthy, allergy-reducing tips to help curb your allergies this season. With her tips, you can help reduce your misery from allergies and hopefully avoid getting a common cold as well.

Dr. Jennifer Collins’ Allergy-Reducing Tips:

1. Eat Your Super Veggies!

Super veggies, including broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, kale and bok-choy, are in the family of cruciferous vegetables. Along with being delicious, these vegetables are packed with vitamins, fiber and phytochemicals, naturally occurring compounds in fruits and vegetables that stimulate the production of anti-oxidants. Anti-oxidants are important in the body to help neutralize inflammation and compounds known as free radicals. Sulforaphane, an important phytochemical found in broccoli, stimulates our body’s production of antioxidants in the airways. This may play an important role in helping protect us against diesel fumes, pollution, and tobacco smoke. A 2009 study from the University of California’s School of Medicine published in The Journal of Clinical Immunology found that subjects ingesting 200 grams of broccoli sprouts had a 101% increase in multiple types of antioxidants in their airways. A diet rich in these vegetables may help protect your airways from airborne pollution.

2. Eat More Avocados!

This fruit does more than just make a perfect guacamole; it is also the best fruit source for Vitamin E. Working as an immune booster, Vitamin E is also an antioxidant which helps reduce inflammatory reactions caused by allergies.

3. Get Some Sun!

Low levels of Vitamin D may be related to poorly controlled asthma and increased need for oral corticosteroids. A 2012 study published in American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine done on 1024 children showed that supplementation with vitamin D may actually improve lung function. How can you make sure you’re getting enough Vitamin D? Get at least an hour of sun every day and have several servings of dairy (milk, yogurt, or cottage cheese) every day. Worried you’re not getting enough? Talk to your doctor to get your levels checked and to see if you need a vitamin.

Despite eating properly, lots of people with allergies need medicine to control symptoms. Seek out a local allergist/immunologist to get a treatment plan tailored to your needs.

Not only is suffering through allergies a pain, but another problem you may find yourself tackling during the warmer seasons are spring and summer colds. If you do feel a common cold coming on once the temperatures start to rise, take Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy lozenges, clinically proven to shorten the duration of the common cold by almost half. All Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy products, including our lozenges, oral spray and our new Daytime/Nighttime QuickMelts, release Zinc ions in your mouth that are absorbed by your upper respiratory system. Some scientific studies suggest that the release of zinc ions – as found in Cold-EEZE products’ unique zinc gluconate formula – inhibits the cold virus’ ability to replicate, shortening the duration of the common cold.*

If you know of any helpful allergy-reducing tips, make sure you share this information with the Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy community by logging on to the Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy Facebook Page or comment right here, on the Get Well Sooner Blog.

* Although the precise mechanism by which zinc ions interfere with the cold virus has not been scientifically established, several scientific studies suggest zinc ions inhibit the common cold virus’ ability to replicate.

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Anywhere But Here – Top Spring and Summer Vacation Destinations

Since Spring is finally here and Summer is coming up sooner than we think, everyone officially has vacation on their mind. If you find yourself drifting off and daydreaming of tropical sun, or hiking on a mountain top, rest assure that you are definitely not alone!

To help you keep dreaming, or hopefully select a destination for that perfect (and much needed) vacation, the folks at the New York Times took a look at 2013’s top 46 places to visit no matter what kind of trip you wish to take. Some of these locations are expected and already popular vacation spots like Amsterdam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Mexico and Paris…

Snake River - creative commons by donjd2 pn Flickr

Snake River – creative commons by donjd2 pn Flickr

Now, if you are up for a change of pace, the Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy team shares what we think are some of the most interesting spots. Take a look and let us know what you think!

• White Salmon River, Washington – If you are feeling adventurous, the White Salmon River is the place to be. The river is known for its whitewater rafting which is a great opportunity to spend quality time with the family or bond with a loved one.

• Adirondacks, New York – Each season in this six-million-acre civilized wilderness offers plenty of opportunities to explore whether you are an outdoor or indoor person. From hiking and golfing to site seeing and the well-known tradition of maple-sugaring, this area can suit any personality!

• Jackson Hole, Wyoming – This year-round vacation destination offers you the serene surroundings of mountains with the added bonus of Yellowstone and Grand Teton. While this may seem to focus on winter sports with three ski resorts, visitors can enjoy a variety of summer sports from rock climbing to mountain biking.

• Charlevoix, Quebec – A Canadian region designated a World Biosphere Reserve, with its music festivals, wildlife helicopter tours and horseback riding – Charlevoix appeals to any personality and provides entertainment for the entire group.

• Washington, DC – As the capital of the U.S., DC offers visitors our nations’ rich history from the very beginning. Whether you are a history buff or not, the capital can be fun for all as it claims to have 197 attractions, 1,021 restaurants and 145 places to stay. Not to mention the blooming of the Cherry Blossom Trees which are celebrated at a three week festival from March to April!

While preparing yourself and your family to go on the dream vacation – or if you’re trying one of the interesting locations we mentioned above, you want to ensure you are all feeling your absolute best. It is important to stay healthy before vacation so you can enjoy every moment of it.

If you do feel common cold symptoms coming on, take Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy. Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy lozenges are clinically proven to shorten the duration of the common cold by almost half. All Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy products release zinc ions in your mouth that are absorbed by your upper respiratory system. Some scientific studies suggest that the release of zinc ions – as found in Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy products’ unique zinc gluconate formula – inhibits the cold virus’ ability to replicate, shortening the duration of the common cold by almost half.

… And just to make sure you enjoy your vacation to the fullest, why not pack some Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy Oral Spray in your carry-on? With 45 doses packed into the little bottle, it’s very convenient for travel and shortens the duration of the common cold, just like Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy lozenges.

If you know of any additional hidden vacation spots that other Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy fans would enjoy, make sure you share this information with the Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy community by logging on to the Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy Facebook Page or comment right here, on the Get Well Sooner Blog.

*Although the precise mechanism by which zinc ions interfere with the cold virus has not been scientifically established, several scientific studies suggest zinc ions inhibit the common cold virus’ ability to replicate.

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