How to Have a Healthy and Active Summer Vacation

There’s something special about that first day of summer. Chances are your child will bounce out of bed with an energy that is unmatched any other day of the year; the promise of freedom for two whole months! For parents, too, this day probably signifies the beginning of a lot of fun—and also some hard work entertaining the young ones. Whether your child is camp-bound or hanging at home, there are plenty of ways to make sure you and your child stay healthy and still have lots of fun during the summer.

Relaxed cat says: “Enjoy summer vacation and stay healthy while doing it!”

Sun-Exposure Savvy: By now, we’ve all heard time and again about limiting sun exposure and carefully applying sunscreen. Kids who have been over-exposed to the sun early in life might have a higher incidence of skin cancer, so it is especially important to limit your child’s exposure to the sun and choose their sunscreen carefully (we like this comprehensive list of kid friendly lotions. But don’t forget to think outside the screen for limiting harmful sun exposure! If you’re going to the beach or spending time lounging outdoors, bring an umbrella and get your kid a cute cap to wear. And remember: sunglasses are more than a fashion statement: they’re an important way to protect all parts of the eye from the damaging rays of UV light. So choose a cute pair that your kid loves—and will be inspired to remember to put on!

Cool off With Popsicles: Aside from delicious barbecued foods, there’s one food we all scream for in summer: melty, sweet, delicious ice cream. And while we’d never advocate going without, you can cut back on the less-than-healthy treats with a fun new activity: making fruit popsicles with your kid. Try these creative recipes to inspire you and check out these creative popsicle molds. Who knows, by the end of the summer, your family may have found a new #1 frozen treat. Either way, you’ll have indulged a little less without feeling like you’re sacrificing!

Be Smart about Hot Weather—Getting sick from excessive heat is something that, with just a little savvy, can most likely be avoided. Check out this useful index to understand when outdoor temperatures may become dangerous. Bear in mind that the very young (along with the elderly) are most susceptible to extreme heat conditions, so if you have young ones, take extra precaution. If temperatures are approaching danger levels, keep a cool head  — try to prevent your child from drinking sugary drinks that may dehydrate them, keep them drinking plenty of water, dress them in light, cottony clothing, and just monitor outdoor activity so it doesn’t become too strenuous.

Spend Time in the Great Outdoors—Guess what? Spending time in the great outdoors is more than the perfect excuse for combining physical exercise with family bonding. Studies have shown that the benefits of enjoying nature are actually psychological: it can boost your spirits and reduce your stress levels, a very natural remedy for many stressors of modern life. So get out there and hike with your family this weekend; visit a nearby lake or ocean; you can even turn a trip to the woods nearby into a fun exploration – pack a picnic and bring a camera to record the neat things you see! And don’t forget to share the pictures with us 

With all that said, know the risks that come with new destinations and be prepared. New territory is exciting (what would summer be without a little adventure?) but it’s definitely worth familiarizing yourself with the risks that may be associated with these new places. For example, if you’ll be going on a hike through a lot of brush, make sure to wear bug spray and give your kids a thorough tick inspection after you’re safe at home. Luckily in the age of Google, it’s possible to be careful and attentive without driving yourself (or your kids) crazy!

There you have it! Now go forth and take this summer by the horns. Just don’t forget to come back and share your stories—great adventures, delicious popsicles, how you beat the heat, we want to hear it all 😉

Five Ways You Can Catch—And Avoid—a Summer Cold

It’s the time of year we’ve all been waiting for: summer, a season synonymous with great weather, bathing suits, vacation, and good health! Nevertheless, it’s as important to be on guard about your health during these warm months as the colder times of the year. Just because the weather is not cold doesn’t mean you’re immune from catching one! Here are the top germ hotspots of summer—memorize ’em so you will stay healthy and soak up the sun through August!

1. Air-conditioning (and the people inside it!):
One joy of a hot day is… well, leaving it behind to enjoy a cool, air-conditioned space. And we are all for that! One thing to keep in mind though – AC’s often dry out our noses, including the mucus lining that helps prevents infection. What to do about this? Sadly, there isn’t a whole lot. You can limit your time in the AC, but we all know that on hot summer days that simply won’t do! So be more aware than ever of washing your hands, avoiding direct contact where possible, and washing your hands frequently. Remember that just because the cool air feels like a safe haven in August, it might be anything but!

2. Poolside relaxation:
Could there be anything better than a summertime dip in the pool? Well, it turns out there could be – a germ-free one! The good news is that chlorine in the pool kills off the worst cold germs; and since they are typically transmitted through direct contact (hand-to-hand, hand-to-eye, etc.) rather than floating around in a pool, you should be able to enjoy a stress-free splash! Where it’s worth paying attention to germs is lounging poolside. There, the germs that can pass between people find an ideal home in damp towels, where bacteria can multiply even more quickly than in normal spots. Remember that sharing may be caring, but not when it comes to towels! ☺

3. Sharing Food:
One of the things we love best about summer – eating delicious food outside – also poses a big cold risk. Food that gets passed around—think hot dogs, watermelon slices, and especially bags of potato chips—is liable to also get picked over, meaning that every touch carries an increased risk that you may pick up a few cold germs along the way. In the event that you’re planning the picnic, you can easily avoid this risk – just pass food out one by one, rather than let it circulate. If you are at a friend’s picnic, our best tip is to station yourself at the front of the line so that you can have your pick of the barbecue litter! And pass on things that come in a bag, like chips, which are more likely to contain others’ germs. (We hear that chips are not great for you anyway.☺)

4. Summer Travel:
Summer is synonymous with “vacation” for a reason—it’s because so many of us take time off during these months and hop on a plane or get in the car to go somewhere great with our family. It truly is a highlight! Unfortunately, the more bodies you have crammed into a small space, the higher your risk of getting a cold—it’s a simple common cold cause. On flights, take note: study after study shows that restrooms on planes are especially unsanitary. So avoid them if on a short flight and use our paper towel faucet trick if not (see tip #5 below). Other problem spots on planes that likely have been touched by hand after hand? The pillows (also to be avoided) and in-flight magazines. Luckily in your own car you can control the variables. Our recommendation? Frequent hand-sanitizing, making sure everyone (even fighting siblings) are keeping their hands to themselves, and hand-washing at every roadside stop.

5. Public Restrooms:
As crowds surge in public spaces, so too does the restroom traffic. And yes, this means the cold germs with a capital “G”, the common cold’s bff! Don’t worry, though – you can mitigate the danger from these dreaded pests. The key is to make sure water and soap are the last things your hands touch. So before you rinse, grab a paper towel for turning the sink faucet on and off. Use it to open the door handles too. We may sound crazy, but from where we’re standing, it’s crazy to wash up only to re-infect yourself! You’ll be thanking us after your cold-free summer. ☺

Do you have tricks of your own for keeping cold-free in the summer? Please share your cold tips for the hot weather in a comment below or send us a tweet @ColdEEZE!

Working Hard or Working Out? You Don’t Have to Choose!

Here’s an age-old conundrum: it’s summer, when we’re all hoping to be our healthiest and fittest – but how can you achieve that when you’re trapped inside the office all day?

Well, good news: there’s actually a lot you can do. We’ve got a cure for the common workout—and we’re not talking zinc gluconate or cold remedies. To those cubicle prisoners, suffering from preset thermostats and fluorescent light-syndrome, fear not! We’ve compiled a list of the top office exercises that will help make you feel healthier both at work, and outside of it, too. You’ll be ready to don a bathing suit or hike and swim just as the change of the season calls for it!

Simply, walk.
Be the person who volunteers to take the mail down to the mailroom, go over to a coworker’s desk instead of emailing or calling them, head over to the cooler frequently to hydrate. Keeping your heart rate up (it doesn’t have to be heavy intensity cardio) throughout the day fires up your metabolism, ensuring that you’re burning more calories than just sitting at your desk for hours on end.

Buy a yoga ball.
You might have heard this one before, and for good reason. Yoga balls require that you stabilize your body with your abs and your back. A small tweak like this can make a big impact – on your posture, your muscles, and your overall fitness – when you consider that you sit in an office chair for 8+ hours a day.

Find your magic carpet.
For another core stabilizer, consider the Forbes-recommended magic carpet exercise. Here’s how to do this: sit in your chair with your legs crossed (keeping your feet on the seat). Placing your hands on the armrests, tighten your belly and raise yourself a few inches above the seat. Hold this for 20 seconds. Repeat five times, three times a day. You’ll see—and feel—the difference! It burns up to ten calories per minute.

Master of multitask.
Making a million copies? Waiting for the fax machine to fire up? Standing at the printer? Now is the time for some leg lifts. Simply lift one leg until it’s straight and parallel to the ground; hold for a few seconds, and then lower. Repeat 15-20 times, and then switch legs. This works on toning your leg muscles and improves your balance.

Your new workout partner…your chair.
And when everyone’s filed out for the day, you can borrow someone else’s chair (remember, you’re using a yoga ball!) to perform chair dips. First step? Make sure to grab a chair that’s stationary—we don’t want you rolling around! With your back facing the chair, squat down so that your hands are on the seat of the chair, palms down. Then slowly lower your body downward, making sure you’re using your arm strength (and not momentum!) to control the body movement. And then raise your body upward—again, ensuring it’s your arms that are doing the work. That’s one rep. Start off by trying up to 8; then increase to 3 sets of 12. Pretty soon, you’ll be trying to work overtime to have the entire gym—err, office—to yourself 😉

Between your abs, your back, your arms and your legs, we think we’ve got you pretty well covered for staying healthy this summer season! Tell us – what are your secret tips for getting fit when you’re inside the office?

Fan Pick: What’s the Most Effective Way to Take Cold-EEZE?

We love interacting with the truly awesome pack of Cold-EEZE lovers, which is why we’ve decided to source our next blog post from you! Robert K requested to hear specific instructions for how to use Cold-EEZE effectively, and the precise scientific reasons why it works.

So let’s get down to it: how do you take Cold-EEZE so that it works to its maximum effectiveness? First and most importantly, start taking Cold-EEZE as soon as you are feeling under the weather (including a cough or sore throat), and keep taking it until your symptoms are gone. If you stop taking it too soon, your cold might return to its full strength!

When using our best selling zinc gluconate lozenges – simply place the lozenge on your tongue and let it dissolve, so the zinc ions release in your mouth and battle your cold. Keep in mind that you should not take Cold-EEZE on an empty stomach as it could cause an upset tummy for some empty stomachs. Also, avoid consuming citrus fruits or juices and products containing citric acid ½ hour before or after taking Cold-EEZE, as they may diminish Cold-EEZE’s effectiveness.

If lozenges aren’t your thing, you might want to consider using our Cold-EEZE Oral Spray – just two quick sprays contain the same amount of our unique zinc gluconate formula as our zinc lozenges. When using our oral spray, for best results, spray twice in your mouth, on the inside of your cheeks, roof of mouth and gums so that it is absorbed by your upper respiratory system (so try not to swallow the cold medicine.) You can repeat every two to four hours (up to 12 sprays, or 6 doses a day), as needed. And the same rules as with the lozenges apply – make sure you’re avoiding taking it on an empty stomach, and keep away from citrus and products containing citric acid 30 minutes before and after use. Finally, do not eat or drink for 15 minutes after use to allow for the zinc ions to do their job.

And why does Cold-EEZE work? It’s simple, really. Experts believe that the common cold is caused by nasty cold viruses invading your upper respiratory system and binding to receptors there. The zinc ions found in the Cold-EEZE unique zinc for colds, zinc gluconate formula bind to the same receptors, competing for space and staving off the cold germs from spreading*. This helps the cold end sooner—so you can get well sooner. We’ve developed a brief animation video of how this process works; you can watch it on our YouTube channel here.

We want to hear more from you-our fans! Each month we will be writing one blog post based on a topic suggested by Cold-EEZE fans. If you have a topic you would like to hear more about leave a comment below.

*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. For more information, click here.

May Wellness Guru – Meet Katie!


We’re excited to introduce you to Katie, our featured Wellness Blogger for the month of May! Katie’s a 24-year-old food and wellness guru who’s been in the blogging game for almost four years now. She started her blog, Lilveggiepatch.com, to chronicle training for a marathon, and while an injury ultimately sidelined her, she discovered that blogging served as a natural outlet for her love of healthy living and her passion for delicious, nourishing food.

Structured around the meals that she eats throughout the day, Lilveggiepatch is more than just a catalogue of “What I ate for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.” Rather, it winds up being a daily diary of her recipes, thoughts, friendships, career changes, hopes and aspirations… which just goes to show how central cooking and eating is to life! And as a wellness blogger, Katie has a lot of great tips about how to stay healthy, feel great – and yes, avoid those annoying common colds.

One of Katie’s favorite stay-healthy tips: eating the rainbow. Perhaps it’s not surprising that someone who named their blog “LilVeggiePatch” keeps her fridge stocked with her favorite foods: kale, roasted chickpeas, apples, oranges, and her home-brewed kombucha. Katie says “it’s tempting to graze on toast and ice cream all day, but make sure you’re still getting a lot of vegetables and fruits, too.”

Another way she keeps herself pepped up? By using a tried and true Cold-EEZE trick: keeping the company of a furry friend! She has a 13-year-old miniature black poodle, and loves taking him for walks: “I’m amazed at how much energy he has.  He’s so excited just to be outdoors! The different smells, the trails to blaze, the new friends to meet…and his happiness instantly boosts my mood.”

Her stay-healthy tip for avoiding a cold has three letters: h2O (okay, two letters and one number!) At the first sign of a cold, Katie says, she starts hydrating and doesn’t look back. Last but not least: get some sleep!  She says, “I make sure I get at least 8 hours so my cells can repair themselves overnight and get me well again.” Don’t forget, if these tips don’t seem to do the trick and you fall victim to a common cold, the Cold-EEZE unique zinc gluconate formula will get you feeling better soon!

We hope you enjoyed learning about Katie’s tips for living healthfully. If you’re interested in hearing more of her musings, tips and recipes, check out her blog at Lilveggiepatch.com, or follow her on Twitter!

Jumpstart Your Spring Cleaning

The very word “spring” puts a smile on just about anyone’s face. But mention “spring cleaning” and even the most cheerful among us begin to frown. Here at the Cold-EEZE team, we think spring cleaning has gotten a bad rap. As daunting as the task can sound, it’s the best way to spring into the summer season! This way, your warm-weather clothes are at the front of your closet, you’re not surrounded by clutter, and you’re at your healthiest just when you want to be outdoors enjoying the beautiful weather! And of course, we like to do this as healthfully as possible. To make this seemingly monumental task a little more manageable, we’ve put this into a five-step program so that you will be able to manage it a little better. Below, our tips for healthy spring cleaning, Cold-EEZE style!

1. Set a Manageable Goal
Before you even contemplate turning your house upside down, sit back, take a deep breath, and think about what you want to accomplish. Being able to find your shorts? Having everything feel less cluttered? Entertaining in a spic-and-span house? It’s important to set out your goals, so you can create a checklist of how you’ll be able to accomplish them! Next, set up a realistic, manageable schedule that breaks down this goal into smaller tasks on a day-by-day basis. “Cleaning out the fridge” sounds a lot less anxiety-inducing than “completely clean out my entire living space.” Right?

2. Check Out These All-Natural Spring Cleaning Products
Next, make sure that you’re working with the right products. Make sure you have everything you need on hand to tackle even the most intimidating dust, soap scum, or grease. We suggest trying some of these all natural solutions from Real Simple.

3. Tackle That Kitchen
First things first: check your burners and exhaust fan, and clean both of those, as you accrue tiny portions of chemical by-products from the food (particularly meat) that you cook throughout the year. Clear out the areas that see a ton of food action: clean the refrigerator of any products that may be older or going bad, and scrub down the shelves with baking soda… As a last step, run the dishwasher once on empty, with baking soda or vinegar, so that you can really clear it out well!

4. No Dirt in This Bathroom!
Your main enemy in the bathroom is mold, which tends to sprout in humid places and can cause allergic reactions. To make sure that this isn’t the case, first scrub the grout on your bathroom floors. To remove the stubborn hard to reach grime in the corners of your shower, dip a cotton ball in bleach and place one in each corner to sit for 15 minutes. Like magic the grime is gone – no elbow grease needed here! Next, gently wash the shower curtains (just throw into the wash for five minutes on the “gentle” setting); and comb the walls of your bathroom for mold. If you find some mold, however, clean with a solution of 1 cup liquid bleach, and 1 gallon of water. Make sure to wear rubber gloves, and keep the window open!

5. Sleep in the Clean!
Attack the dust bunnies! Dust is the ultimate buildup in bedrooms, it clings to soft fabrics (ahem, curtains, blankets, pillows!). In addition to activating your allergies, dust can lead to cold or allergy-like symptoms. And let’s face it: that does not put anyone in a beach-going mood. So what to do? Strip everything down and send it through the washer. While your fabrics are soaking and tumbling, breakout an old sock as your dust rag – nothing works better to get into hard to reach dusty areas. Lastly, dust bunnies love to hide under the bed – take the time to move your bed from its stagnant state and give a good sweep/vacuum. You might be surprised what you find under there – is that where all the lost socks go?

Tell us, what’s your first step in clearing your clutter and ushering in the summer season?

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?