July Fan Spotlight: Lauren H.

This month, we’re turning the spotlight on Lauren H., a Florida-based blogger with an array of fitness-related passions: yoga, running, and CrossFit. A personal trainer, Lauren has her Level 2 teaching certification in yoga, and keeps a blog (laurenhaggett.com) to chronicle her healthy life. What do we love about her blog? Many things, like how Lauren fully admits that she is no angel when it comes to staying away from guilty pleasures. As many of us can relate, she’s experienced her share of struggling to stay consistent over the years—and she declares that she’ll never swear off her beloved pizza. But her lifelong love of staying active centers her and ultimately keeps her coming back to fitness.

When did you start your blog?

I just started my blog in February 2012, so not too long ago. I started it as an outlet to creatively write. At the time I was in a job where I was stuck to ‘news’ writing only and I needed more! I’ve always had a dream to own my own business one day, and my blog is a good way to start gaining a following. I love how I feel when I take care of my body, so I want to help other people take care of themselves and be healthy as well.

Tell us a little bit about CrossFit and Yoga

In March, I just finished my level 1 and 2 certifications in Yoga through YogaFit. I’m an ACE Certified Personal Trainer, so my desire to gain more knowledge in Yoga sparked from wanting to be able to pass along the practice of Yoga to more family, friends and clients. My sister is a Level 1 certified CrossFit trainer, so she definitely got me hooked back in 2007. I don’t only do CrossFit, as I like to vary my workouts a lot, but I love the competitive edge that comes with a good group CrossFit workout. Eventually, I would love to get my Level 1 certification as well. 

Lauren is participating in the Under Armour Challenge – a contest that challenges women to set a fitness goal for themselves, and then meet it. Can you tell us a little bit about the Under Armour Challenge? What made you want to participate? What has been the hardest, easiest and best part of participating?

I’m such a competitive person that I couldn’t resist the UA competition. It was such a fun way to push myself to reach a new goal! Watching how hard the other women pushed was so inspiring too. The hardest part was remembering to document as much as possible via photo or video. I’ve never been the picture taker in the group, but I’m trying, and the competition helped with that for sure. The easiest part of the challenge was deciding on my goal. It was a given for me to make a running goal to beat. I played soccer growing up and into high school, but running was never fun for me. I’d love for running to be enjoyable for me sometime in my life. Hopefully sooner rather than later! My goal was to break 5 miles by June 26 and I ran 6 miles that day. :) The best moment was feeling like I was a part of this awesome group of women from all over the country! It was amazing to log on and see all their different stories. It encouraged me to share my story and keep driving toward my goal.

Your stay-healthy philosophy?

My stay-healthy philosophy is pretty simple: Everything in moderation. I’m never going to be that person that doesn’t ever pick up a piece of pizza again. I LOVE PIZZA! I firmly believe there is a balance to being healthy. Smaller portions, a consistent work out schedule and lots of fruits, veggies and H2O are vital. The most successful healthy lifestyle is one that is sustainable for a lifetime.
What do you find most comforting when you’re sick?

A comfy couch, my hubby, my pups and some good snoozin’! Honestly, when I’m sick my body takes it pretty hard. I try to rest up and not burn the candle at both ends.
Something that makes you smile on a daily basis?

I’ve been married to my amazing husband, Cory, for nearly 4 years now and I seriously cannot think of a day that he doesn’t make me smile. When I’m around him, all is well… even if I am a little under the weather.
What do you do when you feel a cold coming on?

Ever since my mom told me about Cold-EEZE, it’s the first thing I take. I really felt a significant difference the last time I was sick and I attribute that to Cold-EEZE. The first day of my cold I felt really crappy, but I started taking Cold-EEZE right away and I was able to go to work the next day. I don’t like to take medications unless I absolutely have to, so Cold-EEZE is great for beating a cold early.
What do you hate most about being sick?

I hate not being able to be active and work out or run. When I’m sick I really like to relax and try to get better as soon as possible, so it really sets me back sometimes. But, you have to pick back up and get back on the bandwagon no matter what. Healthy bodies get sick less… in my experience. :)

Lauren signs off every post with the phrase, “Strong. Healthy. Balanced”—words that resonate with us at Cold-EEZE. We’ve always advocated health and moderation, so we’re going to echo her now. Till next week – be strong, be healthy, be balanced!

Tell us: what new workout goal is inspiring you lately?

July Wellness Guru – Meet Suzi!

Chances are, in the past few months you have heard your friends or coworkers raving about Zumba—and we think we have a pretty good idea as to why. Zumba turns working out into what it should be: an exhilarating and social way to get your heart rate up! With this form of exercise growing in popularity, we decided to jump on the bandwagon by featuring a Zumba instructor wellness guru this month. Suzy Fenton pens the popular Confessions of a Fitness Instructor blog. We believe she captures the spirited essence of Zumba (and fun workouts in general), and love her emphasis on living a life that’s full of passion for great workouts, Lululemon, cupcakes, and cats.

1. Tell us about your path to discovering that you wanted to be a fitness instructor.

I took business classes in college and have a very strong foundation in accounting which landed me working at a local insurance brokerage.  After 4 1/2 years I was ready to make a change.  I had seen what a difference exercise had made in my own life and wanted to help others find the same benefits.  I was actually diagnosed with Fibromyalgia approximately 10 years ago, and staying active is the most beneficial way to keep my symptoms under control.  I figured the best way to make sure I didn’t slack off on my exercise was to make it part of my job.  Now I don’t really have a choice, I have to do it whether I want to or not!

2. Your motto is “because being fit isn’t about being perfect.” Can you elaborate on that? 

I like eating really healthy clean food, but I also really like cupcakes and brownies.  I felt there was a need for someone to be honest about what they ate and did.  So many healthy living bloggers seem afraid to post when they’ve gone crazy and eaten 8 cookies straight out of the oven, or when they choose the French fries over the side salad when eating out.  Just because someone eats French fries now and again doesn’t mean you aren’t fit – or healthy.  I think we all need to cut ourselves a little slack.

3. What are your favorite ways of maintaining balance in your life?

Balance is a hard one for me.  I teach a lot of classes, and when I’m not teaching I’m usually doing paper/computer work for my business or working on my blog.  My husband and I work opposite times of the day (he goes to work early in the morning, I teach most of my classes in the late afternoon and evening) so we rarely see each other during the week.  On the weekends we like to just hang out, watch movies and TV.  I think if it wasn’t for him I’d work every waking moment!

4. How do you recommend easing your way into a fitness regimen, for those who are new to it? 

Someone who is truly a beginner should start slowly.  Begin by adding 1 or 2 workouts/week that are at least 30 minutes in length.  Once your body adapts or adjusts to being more active you can add a third day into the mix.  I find people who start off exercising 3 or 4 days/week right out of the gate often burn themselves out in a matter of weeks.  You are much better off to start slow and build your way up!  

I will admit I’m a bit of a sucker for Zumba.  It’s just so much fun!  You get to dance and listen to awesome music and burn mega calories in the process!

5. What is one lesson you’ve learned over your years of focusing on health and fitness? 

Listen to your body.  If it tells you something doesn’t feel right or that you shouldn’t do something listen to it!  I want my participants to modify and change any moves that don’t work for them.  I’m the first one to ask someone if they should be in class when I know they’ve been sick or are recovering from an injury and if I’m not convinced they are okay I will send them home.

6. What is one thing that makes you different from other fitness instructors?

I hate being in the spotlight.  Which is crazy for someone who chose a profession where I am in the spotlight all of the time.  I guess the difference is while I’m teaching classes I might be up on stage but everyone is too busy trying to keep up with the routines and choreography so I don’t feel like I’m in the spotlight.  Outside of work though, you’re much more likely to find me sitting by myself at an event than walking around chatting or dancing or something!

We hope that you all enjoyed getting to know Suzi and learning about her outlook on fitness and life! If you’re interested in hearing more of her thoughts, check out of her blog: www.confessionsofafitnessinstructor.com.

Tell us: what’s your favorite tip for easing your way into a fitness regimen?

5 Delicious, Healthy Smoothies to Try This Summer

This time of year, local farmers markets beckon with their array of sun-kissed cherries, ripe apples, and the true fruit of summer–juicy watermelon! It’s so difficult to choose which fruit to enjoy first; so why bother choosing one when you can enjoy all of them?

Nutrient and water-laced fruits can be used in almost infinite combinations to create a lip-smackingly good summer smoothie. We wanted to share a few of our favorite recipes for some smooth-spiration, that, dare we say it, will also help you stay healthy! Check out the variety of recipes that we’ve included that show off the true versatility of these ice-cold delights. 

1. Glowing Green Goddess Smoothie
This smoothie, from nutritionist Kimberly Snyder’s best selling The Beauty Detox Diet became well known after many celebrities endorsed it as their breakfast of choice. There’s a good reason for it: the smoothie is easy to make and provides a full serving of greens in one cold, tasty glass. And if you eat it for breakfast, it takes care of one meal a day—all of the nutrients, meanwhile, will give you a boost that will carry you over until lunchtime!  

1 ½- 2 cups very cold, filtered water
6 cups spinach, chopped
5 cups organic romaine lettuce, chopped
2 stalks of organic celery
1 organic apple, cored and chopped
1 organic pear, cored and chopped
1 organic banana
1–2 Tbs. fresh organic lemon juice

Optional Ingredients:
Ice cubes (the extra coldness can help newbies with the taste)
1/2 cup of organic cilantro
1/2 cup of organic parsley

Add water, spinach and chopped romaine to the blender. Starting the blender on a low speed; mix until smooth. Gradually move to higher speeds and add the herbs, celery, pear, and apple. Add the banana and lemon juice last.

2. Chocolate Banana Protein Smoothie

This punch-packing smoothie is the perfect post-workout snack. You need protein after working out, as it provides the amino acids necessary for rebuilding muscle tissue, and also improves muscle hydration. So go ahead: feel the burn… and then cool it right back down with the refreshing flavors of cold chocolate and banana. Elvis would approve—and we do, too!

Two cups of 1% Milk
One small(6″-6 7/8″ long) Banana
Two scoops 100% chocolate soy protein powder
A few crushed ice cubes(optional)

Take first 3 ingredients and put them in a blender. Break up the banana in pieces.
(Use crushed ice cubes as an option for a frosty shake!) Blend well.

3. White Tea Ginseng Smoothie

This smoothie’s complex and vibrant flavors make it delightfully versatile. It can serve as a breakfast or lunch replacement, a great snack, or the healthy ending to a meal. Better yet, the very flavor that makes this smoothie so healthy also provides its extra burst of flavor. Recent scientific studies have found that white tea has both high levels of anti-oxidants and anti-aging potential, both of which could help prevent cancer and heart disease. Now that’s what we call a win-win.

1 tsp. white tea leaves or 1 white tea bag
1 tsp. sliced ginseng root or ginseng powder
8 fl. oz water; very hot not boiling
1 small wedge of honeydew melon; peeled, seeded and chopped
2 pineapple rings; chopped
5 fl. oz freshly squeezed orange juice

Place the tea leaves (or tea bag) in a heatproof jug, add ginseng and pour over the water. Let stand for 2-3 minutes, then strain if using tea leaves and ginseng root, or remove the tea bag. Let cool. Speed up the cooling process by adding 2-3 ice cubes to the jug. Place the melon and pineapple in your blender with the orange juice. Pour in tea and process until smooth. Pour into two glasses and serve immediately.

4. Healthy Dessert Smoothie

There’s a reason that health gurus everywhere extol the virtues of Greek yogurt. Super-high in protein, but low in fat and calories, Greek yogurt packs a punch by helping you stay full for longer. This delicious recipe helps you reap the yogurt’s benefits, counterbalancing its flavor by the sweet hint of strawberries (no slouch in the health department, either). Enjoy.

8 to 10 Strawberries
1/2 cup of non-fat Greek Yogurt (I like vanilla)
1 cup of ice

Put everything into a blender. Start with about a half a cup of water and add more if the smoothie is too thick. If you don’t like your smoothies frozen, you may omit the ice. You can also use frozen strawberries in which case the ice is also not needed.

5. Indulgent Dessert Smoothie

Of course, there are some times when a healthy fruit substitution simply won’t do. This smoothie is perfect for summer because it mimics the flavor of one of our favorite baked goods—key lime pie, mmmm!—without any slaving in front of a hot oven. And that sounds pretty darn unappealing during the peak of summer, anyway. Just throw together a few ingredients, and voila! Enjoy.

2 Tbsp. key lime juice (about 8 limes) OR you can use the juice of 1 regular lime
1 Tsp. key lime zest
1 Tbsp. coconut oil*
1 cup light coconut milk
1 ripe frozen banana
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. agave syrup (or other sweetener)
2 Tbsp. graham cracker crumbs
ice cubes

Combine all ingredients in a blender and pulse until smooth. Top with additional graham crackers, if desired.

There’s plenty of warm weather ahead, be sure to try out each of these fantastic and delicious smoothies – don’t forget to pass them along to your friends! Come back to the Cold-EEZE Facebook page or Get Well Sooner Blog and let us know which smoothie is your favorite.

June Wellness Guru – Meet Dori!

We’re thrilled to be featuring Dori Manela, the woman behind Dorishinyblog.com, as our wellness blogger this month. Dori’s blog is a portal into her unique world, where she chronicles her running setbacks and triumphs, her high-paced New York life, and even, famously, her friend’s bad date texts (her post Textgate LOL 2011 went viral). Over the past five years since Dori has begun her blog, her passions and interests have evolved, but her sense of humor and unwavering dedication to wellness have remained constant. Below, Dori shares her favorite natural remedy for a cold, why she hates being sick, and how she keeps smiling on a day-to-day basis.

What’s your stay-healthy philosophy?
Eat a wide variety of vegetables and fruits. They all contain different nutrients and antioxidants, so the greater the variety you eat, the more protection you have against illness. 
I read this incredible book a few years ago called The China Study. It changed the way I see food. Before reading it, food was just something to eat. After reading it, I realized how important our food choices are when it comes to preventing illness and disease.
The subtitle is “The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted And the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, And Long-term Health” and that is no exaggeration. I learned so much from this book, which is supported by eye-opening scientific research. I actually sent a copy to my aunt who has cancer because it was so important to me that she understand the link between what we eat and common diseases like cancer, heart disease and even the common cold. 

While it can seem extreme because the book clearly promotes a vegan diet, I strongly believe that you can take the main message from this and make positive changes to your diet without giving anything up (unless you want to!). My own takeaway was to eat MORE vegetables, more fruits and more real, whole foods — to prevent myself from getting sick and to help me get better when I am sick.

Name one thing that makes you smile on a daily basis!
My boyfriend Andy’s face. It is very cute.
What do you do when you feel a cold coming on? 
I start taking Cold-EEZE at the tiniest hint of a cold coming on.  

I hate the way medicines that treat cold symptoms make me feel. Even the non-drowsy varieties make me so out of it and fuzzy. That’s a big part of the reason I am so adamant on taking Cold-EEZE from the first signs; I don’t want to deal with being sick or taking those medications. I also make sure to drink more fresh green vegetable juice, since it’s easier for your body to absorb the nutrients that way. And about 95% of the time, I never actually come down with that full-blown cold. 

Thank you for these tips, Dori! We’re inspired by your zest for fitness, dedication to natural cold remedies like Cold-EEZE ;), and maintaining a sense of balance and humor.

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!