It’s almost here: 2019! For many of us, it feels like the 21st century (and 3rd millennium) began just yesterday, but at this point we’re nearly two decades into it! Wow, the last year of the 2010s is really upon us. You know what that means? This is your last chance to have your best year of the decade! With that in mind, Cold-EEZE is here to help in the area we specialize in: shortening your colds.
The average adult is sick with the common cold about 2-3 times a year, with those colds typically lasting 7-10 days. That’s up to 30 days, a whole month of the year, that you could end up sick! We think that sounds like an awful lot of wasted time that could be much better spent making 2019 your best year yet. So we’ve provided a list of things to incorporate into your #SickDay routines that can help to minimize the duration and/or intensity of your colds this year. We’ll help you get well faster, so you can get back to making 2019 amazing.
We know we mention this a lot, but it’s worth mentioning. Promise! When you’re not feeling well, it’s easy to forget to keep hydrated , but that’s a major mistake. Proper hydration is key to a speedy recovery. Your body uses water to clear toxins throughout the day, and a good level of hydration will help you feel better by boosting moisture in your mucous membranes and respiratory systems, helping to trap and dispose of the virus and also keep your phlegm thinned.
2. Tea, More Than A Pleasant Beverage
And of the liquids you use for hydrating, tea is a very good choice. Not only are many teas thought to have healthy healing properties, but the warm liquid can also help to open up your nasal passages and loosen congestion.
In the context of colds, we’d probably recommend sticking to herbal teas, though, because caffeine can contribute to dehydration, which, as we saw from our first point, is not ideal when you have a cold! One tasty, herbal choice we like is rooibos tea, which may be high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties.
3. Add Honey
We really can’t get enough honey around here. Besides being a natural marvel (seriously: it’s delicious, sweet and made by flying, dancing, yellow and black insects!) you all know by now that honey has been shown to have some good health benefits as well. It can help to soothe sore throats, loosen congestion, and also may have various antimicrobial properties. If you don’t want to drink it with tea, mixing honey with warm water, lemon, and ginger is one of our favorites too!
4. Garlic Can Help Too!
Honey isn’t the only natural “wonder food” we’ll mention here. Garlic has been used for millennia as a health and wellness booster. Some records show that its use for medicinal purposes dates as far back as the days of Ancient Egypt, China, and Babylon. Today, the chemical compound in garlic, allicin, is being extensively studied and it may even have antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties!
5. Get a Little Tropical
One less well-known remedy that may help keep you body in cold-fighting shape is pineapple! Just one 74 calorie cup contains 94% of the recommended daily dose of Vitamin C. And though the jury is still out on the exact science for this one, some preliminary studies have suggested that bromelain, a mix of enzymes in pineapple juice, has properties that may reduce cough and nasal mucus associated with sinusitis. So get a little tropical and drink some pineapple juice or chow down on some pineapple slices. It helps that it’s so yummy!
6. Warm Salt Water Can Work Wonders
Yes, the use of a neti pot or other saline nasal irrigation rinse may be unappealing to you, but it appears there may be something to this method because the saltwater used may help restore moisture and ease inflammation of the mucous membranes that line your sinuses. The FDA advises using neti pots carefully to avoid infection, so please make sure to read up and use proper sanitary procedures! You’re likely already feeling under the weather, no need to add another infection to the mix!
7. Ante-Up on Antioxidants
Most people know this, but it’s a good reminder nonetheless: Antioxidants of all sorts, in a wide range of foods, help your body stay healthy, since antioxidants may prevent damage to immune cells by neutralizing free radicals.
Some common beneficial antioxidants are alpha-tocopherol, a form of vitamin E found in almonds, sunflower seeds, and spinach; carotenoids, a form of vitamin A found in sweet potatoes, carrots, and dark, leafy greens; and polyphenolic flavonoids, a form of antioxidant found in various fruits and vegetables, avocados, and tea.
8. Call In Sick and Catch Some Zzzzz’s
At least 26% of Americans admit to typically going to work when sick. Some estimates place this number as high as 55% ! Not only is this bad for your coworkers (and customers, if your role is customer-facing), but it’s also bad for you!
You need to rest when you’re sick, so one of the best things you can do when sick is stay home, cuddle up under a warm blanket, and sleep. While sleeping, your body makes more white blood cells that attack viruses, helping fight off whatever infection is triggering your unpleasant symptoms. So call in sick and sleep so you can get back to your healthy, productive, non-contagious self. Your body and your coworkers will thank you for it!
9. Take Those Zinc Lozenges!
A Cold-EEZE piece on how to fight a cold wouldn’t be complete without us reminding you of one of the best cold remedies at your disposal: Cold-EEZE ! Cold-EEZE zinc lozenges have been clinically proven to shorten the duration of the common cold by 42%, when taken at the first sign of a cold and used as directed.* That’s 42% less time time wasted being sick with the cold in 2019. Sounds like a great way to improve the new year to us! Two of our most popular lozenge flavors are Cherry and Honey Lemon - can’t argue there!
Hopefully these remedies and treatments come in handy over the course of the last year of the 2010s. Bookmark this list and refer to it next time you’re sick. And stock up on Cold-EEZE now so that you’re ready to save yourself all those sick days for something a little more fun! If you don’t use all your sick days in 2019, what would you do with them? Tell us on Facebook , Instagram , and Twitter.