Tips for Staying Healthy This Spring

Spring is in the air… so make the best of that fresh (okay, somewhat pollinated ;)) air. Here are our favorite tips to help take care of you this season, and ensure that you spring into summer with your head, your heart and your body all feeling their best!

1. Identify Your Symptoms
With a record-breaking allergy season this year, now it’s more important than ever to make sure you’ve got the correct diagnosis before you start treating what ails you. So when you feel a tickle in your throat, try to determine if you’ve got a cold or allergies! See our previous posting on the subject to help figure it out, and don’t forget to see a doctor if the symptoms linger!

2. Spring Clean the Healthy Way
Spring cleaning is a bit of a Catch-22: there are few things more calming than a house free of clutter—and few things more stressful than the prospect of cleaning everything out! So here’s a tip: break down the tasks into manageable projects by setting goals for one afternoon, or one weekend, and in a month or six weeks, you will have made great progress! And check out these tips for ensuring that the cleaning products you’re using are healthy.

3. Get Out! Spend Some Time Outdoors
It turns out that there’s a reason why you feel happier spending tons of time outdoors. Well, actually, there are several reasons. For starters, the increase of light is proven to elevate people’s moods, and research indicates that the exposure to Vitamin D may help prevent everything from cancer to depression to heart attacks. Additionally, those who spend a lot of time outdoors are more likely to get more physical exercise, simply because they’re out and about and enjoying the beautiful weather. So grab your sunscreen, a picnic lunch, a good book or a fun game, and just do it—spend some time outside!

4. Make a Meal with Fresh Farmer’s Veggies!
One of our favorite things about the spring is that the freshness of the vegetables and produce offered just speaks for itself, increasing not only the deliciousness of the meal, but also the health factor—with such vibrant flavors, you don’t need to weigh down your recipes with extra oil or sauce. Here’s one of our favorite simple recipes best enjoyed when the days are getting longer, Spring Salad!

5. Volunteer
Giving back is a great way to spend time outside and have a great time doing it. Just visit the fantastic volunteermatch.org, type in where you are and what kind of activity you’d like to volunteer for, and voila! You’ll be inspired by the range of volunteering opportunities in your area, and will be helping out in no time!

Now that we’ve shared our favorite tips, we want to know your advice for staying healthy, happy and active this spring!

5 Ways to Revitalize Your Wellness Routine

There’s no time like the present for a little spring cleaning. And no, we’re not talking about the dreaded tradition of ridding your house of extraneous clutter, packing away your winter mittens, and breaking out the dust-buster and cleaning fluids—though we’ll cover those next week. No, we’re talking about re-vamping your health routine, when the change of the season makes us want to revel in the fresh flavors in bloom (here’s to eating more veggies) and spend more time moving around outside. Here are five great ways to whip your spring wellness routine into shape.

1. Switch up Your Workout Regimen
There’s nothing like the promise (and yes, threat ;)) of swimsuit season to whip you into shape! Luckily, there’s really nothing better than spending time outdoors. Why not kill two birds with one stone by enjoying some outdoor time while ramping up your fitness regimen with these tips?

2. Make Sure You’re Getting Your Vitamins!
A recently released report indicates that Americans—especially certain demographics—may not be getting enough key vitamins. Check out this list and make sure that your body is getting the nutrients it needs so that you are looking and feeling your best this spring—not to mention combating some pretty major long-term diseases.

3. Keeping Your Allergies at Bay
To those of you asking, “is it just me, or is this allergy season worse than the last one?”… it’s not just you. In fact, some say that, we’re experiencing a worsened allergy season these days. We already ran a piece on ensuring you don’t mistake your cold for an allergy; How to Tell if You’re Experiencing a Cold or Allergies. Now, make sure that once you’ve identified your allergies, you know how to treat ‘em—with these easy tips!

4. Forging Social Connections for a Longer Life
Here’s a positive health tip: forging positive relationships with people in your life can also improve your longevity. Looking for proof? One famous Yale study found that elderly people who had weak social connections were three times more likely to pass away than those with strong social bonds. The lesson is clear – relationships and intimacy is important to any well-balanced, fulfilled life! So get out there and grab dinner with a pal, hug your family members tighter, and make time to grab lunch with that friend you’ve drifted out of touch with. We promise—it’s easier than the circuit training in tip #1 ;)

5. Drink Your Milk!
It’s no secret that milk contains restorative calcium that helps fortify your bones. But did you know that delicious chocolate milk is actually a great recovery beverage? That’s right, if you are an athlete, you can always compliment your favorite sports drink with rich, creamy chocolate milk. It’s that delicious combination of carbohydrates (from the chocolate) and protein (from the milk) that help refuel and rebuild muscle mass, respectively. So drink up – and enjoy!

So, now that we’ve shared our tips, we want to know your favorite tips for staying fit, healthy and happy this spring season?

How to Tell if You’re Experiencing a Cold or Allergies

We’ve spent so long – a whole season, to be precise – waiting for spring. And now that it is here, we couldn’t be happier – but try telling that to our runny noses, watery eyes, and scratchy throats. That’s right, the onset of spring also means spring allergies are back! The overlap between colds and allergies can be a little blurry (especially if you’re sneezing – or coughing all the time!). So, in order to know whether it’s time to pop a Cold-EEZE or an antihistamine you have to know what’s causing your symptoms. We’re here to help out with our springtime Cold-EEZE cheat sheet!

Aches & Pains
Aches and pains may not break your bones, but they sure are uncomfortable. Generally, though, they’re associated with a cold, not allergies.

Fever
If you’re battling cold or allergy symptoms and have a fever on top of this… well, it’s a little complex. Truth be told, fever rarely is a symptom of a cold, but it is a cold symptom more frequently than an allergy symptom! So there’s your clue. But if the symptoms persist or grow more uncomfortable, contact your doctor immediately!

Itchy Eyes
Itchy eyes, on the other hand, are more often associated with allergies than a cold. Time to break out the antihistamines!

Sore Throat
If you find your throat an achin’, that generally means that you have a cold, but sore throats can be present with allergies too. So pay attention to your other symptoms to diagnose the problem—and you know the drill. If it’s a cold you’re combating, pop a Cold-EEZE! ;)

Runny Nose
Another close to call symptom that could go either way. The best way to tell? Check the color – colds often are accompanied by yellow mucus; allergies by clear mucus. Hey, it might sound icky, but you want the correct diagnosis, right? ;)

There you have it – our cheat sheet! Of course, if your symptoms persist, you should make sure to see your physician!

Tell us, what are the ways that you self-diagnose?

A Touching Story from the Cold-EEZE Winter Wellness Giveaway Winner

This past February—hoping to brighten up our fans’ dark cold-weather days—Cold-EEZE hosted a “Winter Wellness Giveaway” on our Facebook page. The rules were simple: we wanted to know why you or someone you love deserved a spa getaway. Between February 1-21 we awarded daily winners with a $100 AmEx Gift Card. The contest culminated with a Grand Prize winner, who would earn a $2,000 gift certificate from SpaFinder.com; a $1,000 Airline Gift Certificate, and a Wellness Gift Pack.

Our fans’ responses were tremendous, and we loved being able to acknowledge these wonderful entries with the daily prizes. In the end, it was Michael’s selfless entry that captured our Grand Prize. Michael S. wrote in on behalf of his mom, who was recovering from Stage 3 Colon Cancer. He wrote, “She has so many bills that a vacation is in no way possible for her. I believe that this would be a true blessing for our family. She is not only a wonderful Mother but a remarkable woman.” We wanted to introduce you to Michael so everyone could learn his story and get to know him a little better! Please enjoy Michael’s story in his own words below:

Because I like and use the products of Pro Phase Labs, I saw that Cold-EEZE was running a “Winter Wellness Giveaway.” After reading what was possible to win, I immediately thought of my Mom.  I thought that this would lift her spirits! I entered the contest without her knowledge and just told a very quick story of her triumph over colon cancer.

I was overjoyed when I found out that I was a finalist in the competition and realized that my Mom’s story had touched the hearts of the people at Cold-EEZE. I was surprised to see that thousands of people were voting. A true testament to all the people who like Cold-EEZE and also those wonderful and compassionate people who were touched by my Mom’s story.

I have always known she is a special woman but watching her fight for her life showed me that she had so much strength and I learned another lesson from my Mother….  To be courageous when faced with a terrifying situation.   After winning the contest I received a few very nice and thoughtful e-mails from the staff of Pro Phase Labs saying how happy they were for our win.  What a wonderful company! I have used and recommended Cold-EEZE products for about three years and believe in them, and my favorite flavor is cherry.  I use both the oral spray and the “cold remedy lozenges” they taste good and relieve the awful feelings you get when you are sick. The orange is also very good.  If you can’t get your Grandma’s chicken soup grab some Cold-EEZE.

When Mom found out that I had won the contest the first thing she said was, “Call my sisters and tell them to pack their bags!”  My Mom is the baby of her family of five girls.  When she was diagnosed with Colon Cancer stage 3 B, it knocked the wind out of everyone…especially her sisters. Because of the severity of the disease Mom had to have an immediate operation removing part of her colon and then “aggressive” chemotherapy treatments. Her sisters live eight hours away and each of them would drive into Illinois to sit with Mom during her treatments.  I don’t know what she would have done without the love and continuous support of her sisters.  So, it seemed only fitting that they all celebrate this gift from Cold-EEZE together.  Celebrate life, happiness, health and the love they have for each other.

I have been very busy planning the “Winter Wellness Getaway.”  We decided that everyone would meet in Chicago and use the generous gift certificate at a Spa there, at the top-rated Trump Hotel in Chicago. When my Mom and her sisters get together they never have a dull moment. 

As a sidenote: I would be remiss if I did not mention that March is Colon Cancer awareness Month.  If you are 50 and have not had a colonoscopy, you need to!  If caught in time this is one of the easiest cancers to cure. Life is precious and we have learned this the hard way. A million “thank you’s” to Cold-EEZE for helping a son do something wonderful for his fantastic Mother.

Michael has also agreed to also tell us about the story of how his mom’s spa vacation goes, so stay tuned—we can’t wait to hear about it!
 
In case you wanted to match a face to the contest winner, Michael sent along a photo of his mother and the other “Smith girls.” He adds: “When you get them together… usually quite a bit of fun will be had.”

The Smith Girls

5 Health and Wellness Applications to Help you Stay Healthy

These days, someone’s phone may as well be his or her diary. Peek inside, and it’s likely you’ll be able to find out who their friends are (and thanks to camera-phones, maybe even what they look like!), what they do in their free time, their favorite books, music and games. Not to mention, their interest in health and wellness! Are you not the most app-savvy? Fear not – we’re here to help you out. When it comes to health and wellness, here are the apps that get our vote for keeping you in tip-top shape!

Fooducate
You don’t have to be officially “on a diet” to find this app super-helpful. Fooducate calls attention to the nutritional value of foods that you eat all day, beyond simply tallying up the calories; by scanning the barcode, it will tell you the nutritional values and give it a “grade.” A recent scanning of popular diet soda, for instance, yielded warnings about the artificial sweeteners and industrial caramel coloring – informative! – and suggested a few healthier alternatives. Using this app, we found ourselves creating well-rounded, balanced meals, and soon began naturally gravitating toward healthier foods.

Fitness Buddy
For a comprehensive fitness app, it’s hard to beat Fitness Buddy. Containing over 1,700 exercises, this app is organized into several categories—by muscle, general body area, or equipment. Furthermore, Fitness Buddy offers approximately 1,000 videos and 75 customizable workouts that you can tailor to your specific fitness goals. It even allows you to track your progress over time so you can see just how much closer you’re getting to that six pack!

Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock
Sleep Cycle Alarm clock is a tiny change in your life—that might make a huge difference in how you feel when you wake up each morning. Simply download and place your iPhone underneath your pillow (yes, it really is that easy!) By measuring your movements, Sleep Cycle is able to gauge what sleep cycle you are in and wake you up when you are sleeping the lightest. What does that mean? You’ll never get that disorienting I-just-woke-up-from-a-deep-slumber feeling, and awaken feeling fresh as a daisy!

My Medical
We all know that feeling—so much health info to keep organized, so little time. Things only get more complicated when there are kids involved, or if you’re responsible for keeping track of your partner’s medical history, too. Luckily, My Medical allows you to organize all your information from health care numbers, to emergency contacts, to doctors’ names; and input your blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar to create a digital file cabinet of you and your family’s stats. No more panicky feelings or going through millions of cards at the doctor’s office to ensure the information that is most important to you is kept in one place.

Relax With Andrew Johnson
Stress is unpleasant, sure, but believe it or not, it also has major—and we mean major—implications for your actual life expectancy. And let’s face it, with the pace of life today, we need tools that help us combat those feelings more than ever. So check out this App – on it, Clinical Hynotherapist Andrew Johnson teaches his best relaxation techniques, which can help with anything from work-related anxiety to insomnia. What a relief! ;)

There you have it—our votes for the healthy, balanced smartphone diet. Tell us, what wellness applications do you swear by?

Cold-EEZE Guide to St. Patrick’s Day

Happy St. Patty’s Day! Not only is St. Patrick’s Day a wonderful (and wonderfully fun) holiday – it always signifies to us the start of spring! We say, bring on the warm weather, the al fresco dining and GOODBYE, brutal cough/cold season! What better way to rejoice in the spring thaw than partaking in this spirited celebration? Better yet, your indulgence can take on so many forms – from drinking a fizzy Guinness, to consuming delicious green foods, to letting loose at one of the country’s many parades. Let us be your guide for enjoying this St. Patty’s Day to the fullest!

First, a brief rundown of the history of this greenest of holidays:

Celebrated each year on March 17th, St. Patrick’s Day marks the day of St. Patrick’s death in the year 493. St. Patrick is the figure most closely linked with bringing Christianity to Ireland. The shamrock is associated with the holiday because – legend has it – he used the three leaves of the plant to explain Catholicism’s holy trinity to the Catholic Church. The holiday was celebrated as a feast dating as far back as the ninth century. But Bostonians beat Ireland by a good TWO HUNDRED years, by staging a St. Patrick’s Day parade way back in 1737!

If you’re all about celebrating, here’s a list of the top St. Pattys Day parades in the US. (Be sure to check it out before assuming your city won’t make the cut – some of these contenders truly surprised us!)

Of course, if you don’t live in one of the top St. Patty’s Day hubs, there are many ways you can participate in this fun holiday. No big surprise here: many of them involve food. We love this green-inspired sweet treats from Ms. Betty Crocker herself. Or if you’re more of the savory (and St. Patty’s Day traditionalist) type, why not try this traditional Irish delicacy of corned beef and cabbage? It’s delicious – reason enough to celebrate, we say! And for an extra sense of festivity, wear this hat while you are prepping your food!

Tell us, how do you plan on celebrating St. Patty’s day this year?

Let Us Share Your Cause

At Cold-EEZE, we are big believers in taking good care of oneself to stay healthy: we all deserve nourishing food, enough rest, and yes, a bit of pampering! We’ve also always believed that another important way to take care of yourself is by taking care of those around you—both your immediate family members and friends and those in your larger community. So back in September, we decided to launch our “Share Your Cause, Not Your Cold” program. The premise was simple: Cold-EEZE fans nominate their favorite charitable cause for a chance to win $1,000. We select five finalists, and the Cold-EEZE community votes on ’em—for the next 18 months!

A few months in, we are thrilled to say this program exceeded all of our expectations. Not only has it been a great way to involve ourselves in giving, the entire Cold-EEZE community is getting a chance to get to know the causes important to their fellow fans. The diverse and deeply deserving causes that you have nominated inspire us! Here is a recap of the winners from October through January:

October:
Lulu’s Rescue – Lulu’s mission is to rescue healthy, loving animals that are on death row and give them a second chance at life. The rescue is committed to finding the best homes possible for the adorable animals that they save, so that they can lead happy and healthy lives.

November:
North Clackamas Educational Foundation Buddy Backpack Program – The Backpack Buddy home puts food in the backpacks of underprivileged children every Friday with food. That way, they head into the weekend with some nourishment until they head back into school on Monday.

December:
Hannah’s Home—Hannah’s home provides a center for young women in crisis, where they can receive an education, parenting and professional training—and much more—in a safe and loving environment.

January:
Rusty’s Morningstar Ranch is an Arizona residential living facility aimed at providing a “whole”, well-rounded life to adults with Autism, by facilitating strong, nurturing relationships and positive learning experiences.

Thanks again to all of you for nominating your charities, voting for others, and generally being so thoughtful and amazing when it comes to paying attention to others in need. If you would like to nominate a cause or participate in voting for one, visit out Facebook page and view our “Share Your Cause” tab. Tell us, would you like to see more Cold-EEZE initiatives like this one? If so, how do you envision them?

5 Health & Wellness Resources

Thanks to the age of the Internet, healthy living has become democratized—information on how to look and feel your best is now available to everyone with computer access and some basic Google skills. But this grassroots movement does come with a few risks. After all, we would argue that nothing is more important than one’s health, so it’s crucial to make sure that the information that you’re receiving is, well, good. And as with all things on the web, there is not necessarily a filter for the information that is posted, nor do the posts that you read necessarily come with a disclaimer. So with this in mind, we’ve looked far and wide, high and low, to find the best and most diverse group of Twitter handles and blogs for topics health and wellness related (besides the one you’re reading, of course ;) Check out which made our top 5 !


Positivityblog.com
Think of this blog as healthy living for the mind—between its tips for thinking simply, being kind to oneself, and uncluttering your mind, there is something for everyone. And there’s a well-documented link between mental health and physical well-being—so following the tips found here won’t just make you feel more relaxed… they could very well have consequences on the rest of your body beyond what you even imagine!


@Shape_Magazine
The fitness magazine’s Twitter handle directs its followers to a wealth of information—pointers and articles on everything from how to increase your self control, designing a great circuit exercise, to catching better zzz’s at night. These fun, informative tweets provide tips to live by!


Fitnessista.com
We are huge fans of the Fitnessista’s (her real name is Gina) super-specific workout instructions, designed to get you in the best shape of your life. But our favorite part of her blog is the down-to-earth tone, which makes getting your butt in workout mode feel attainable—heck, even desirable—for even those of us stuck in winter hibernation mode. (Yes – we admit it ;) !)


KathEats.com
It’s impossible not to love Kath’s blog. Why? Because she makes real food – healthy, wholesome, delicious food. Case in point: a lip-smackingly good, hearty and wholesome recipe for shrimp, eggplant, and zucchini. See—you can have your carbs and eat ’em, too—everything in moderation! If healthy eating was as good as Kath makes it look on a daily basis, we’re pretty sure that nobody would have a difficult time with it. And for those of us who are eagerly awaiting her post for another recipe – it’s time to start working your way through her backlog of scrumptious recipes!


@DrOz
There is a reason that the TV doc’s Twitter handle boasts over 1.3 million followers. Squeezing advice on matters across the wellness spectrum into 140 characters is a huge challenge, to say the least—and he pulls it off with ease! If the Internet democratizes health and wellness tips, Dr. Oz’s tweets provide the ultimate forum for getting that information out to the maximum number of people: through short, easy-to-understand pointers on everything from blood pressure to dark chocolate to food journaling—that we can glance at over our morning coffee or on our morning subway ride.

Those are our favorite sources to turn to for matters related to our body, but we know there are many other valuable ones out there! Tell us, what are your favorite Internet sources for healthy living tips?

Keep Your Heart Happy This Valentine’s Day!

In our minds, V-Day creates a wonderful excuse to shower your loved ones with – well, love! And nobody—whether you’re single or coupled up—should be left out of the equation. This holiday is a celebration of love, simple as that, and that in and of itself is cause for celebration – not to mention lots of chocolate-eating! ;) We’ve compiled some of our favorite tips for how to pamper your heart this Valentine’s Day!

1. Start off the day with heart-healthy exercises. We all know by now that exercise is integral to maintaining a balanced lifestyle, so start your Valentine’s Day celebration right by doing some of these light, heart-healthy exercises. Forget New Year’s resolutions – that’s so January. On to V-Day Resolutions! Bonus: you can enjoy that extra bar of chocolate (or two ;)) later in the day, guilt-free!

2. Feel great – donate! – As those who participated in our “Share Your Cause, Not Your Cold” feature know, Cold-EEZE really values contributing to the community, and finding out the causes that are important to our fans. It’s a great way to stay involved and form meaningful connections. And even better, some studies have also shown that it has great health rewards for the person who is giving, too! So, what could be better this Valentine’s Day than making a donation? You could volunteer at a soup kitchen with someone you care about, make a donation in their name, or contribute to a cause that is important to them! Love is all about giving, so what better time to explore your giving options?

3. Make a beautiful card! – Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be all about lavishing money on your significant other. Sometimes homemade really does say it best. If you’re the crafty kind, set aside a few minutes (and a few neat pieces of material) in the coming days to make one of these beautiful creations! In the era of email, homemade and handwritten cards are especially memorable and guaranteed to make an impression.

4. Cook to show you care – Nothing says I love you quite like cooking for someone. Our suggestion? Start with one-pot cooking – when you have a great ingredient list, it’s hard to go wrong! This dish couldn’t be more straightforward (or delicious). Best part? You get to treat yourself, along with the people you love!

5. Make sure you finish your day on a sweet note! If we had to say one thing that Valentine’s Day was known for, there’d be a universal answer, right? All together now: CHOC-O-LATE! And luckily for you – and your heart – dark chocolate is not only rich, smooth and delicious, it’s also loaded with flavonoids that help lower blood pressure, reduce blood clotting, and help improve blood flow to the heart and brain. So, yes, that’s right – you heard it here. Munch away. If you’re going to overindulge a little (and hey, it’s Valentine’s Day – we won’t tell!) why not indulge in something heart healthy?

We hope you’re having a healthy, happy winter, and a wonderful Valentine’s Day! Tell us: what’s your favorite heart-healthy trick? And favorite way to show your loved ones you care on Valentine’s Day?

How Cold-EEZE Works

Over the past few years, we’ve been excited to get to know the thousands of Cold-EEZE lovers who believe in our lozenges, and the power of zinc gluconate. One of the things we like best about Cold-EEZE fans is that they’re an inquisitive bunch, and sometimes want to know even more about our lozenges. And of course, that’s a topic that we’re always willing to go into more detail about! So, whether you’re an advocate, or are thinking of trying us out, we’re glad you’re curious to know the science behind our winning formula. We really believe that the proven science behind our product sets us apart – and hopefully after reading this, you will agree ;).

At the core of Cold-EEZE’s winning formula, as you probably know by now, is zinc gluconate. To understand how our zinc cold remedy works, you need to know this about the human cold virus: scientists believe that it begins by attaching to receptors in your upper respiratory tract. This is where Zinc gluconate—your cold’s kryptonite—steps in. Zinc gluconate also attaches to the same receptors. Scientific studies suggest that free zinc ions, which are released in all Cold-EEZE formulas, inhibit the cold virus’ ability to replicate, shortening the duration of the common cold. That’s why you should pop a Cold-EEZE lozenge or spray twice with the Cold-EEZE Oral Spray whenever your cold symptoms first appear—so that the free zinc ions can get to work right away in shortening your cold– we’re treating the problem, not just the symptoms!

Despite the magic of zinc, having this product in a lozenge is not enough to make it an effective cold-fighter. Rather, the exact balance of ingredients is extra important, because if the zinc ion availability is low, your cold lozenge can’t work as effectively. So unlike some other cold products that may have ingredients that bind to the zinc, we make sure to avoid any ingredients that may interfere with the release of zinc ions.

But hey, don’t just take our word for it! We’ve been excited over the past few years to see zinc gluconate lozenges validated by several clinical studies, including studies at the prestigious Cleveland Clinic and Dartmouth College.

Let’s be honest: when we’re struggling with sickness and pop a cold-treatment, the most important thing in that moment isn’t how it works, it’s that it works – period. We’re very proud to produce a product that so many of you believe in, and we hope that we provided you just a little more insight into why Cold-EEZE is so effective at fighting your colds, one sniffle at a time!