Alternative Ways to Beat your Cold this Season
Mushrooms, Chocolate and Cold Socks - Alternative Ways to Beat your Cold this Season_x000D_ _x000D_ As the days get shorter, red cups make their return to your favourite coffee shops, and your favourite scarf makes its seasonal debut, so does the inevitable arrival of sore throats, congested noses and coughing bouts that never seem to end. It is beginning to look a lot like Cold and Flu Season!_x000D_ _x000D_ This year when you start to feel a cold coming on try one of these five alternative cold remedies. Spend less of your time looking like a red nosed Rudolph and more time sipping delicious eggnog lattes._x000D_ _x000D_ _x000D_ _x000D_ Mushrooms_x000D_ _x000D_ Did you know that humans and fungi share more DNA than humans & plants! Due to this, we can utilize mushrooms as a functional food that is easily to digest and absorb. When we start to get run down and our stress levels increase, we are more susceptible to catching a cold. Mushrooms have been shown to boost the body’s immune system and support stress and fatigue reduction. Host Defense combines a variety of mushroom species into comprehensive immune support formulas, available in capsules, or a Vitasave.ca favourite, MycoShield Spray._x000D_ _x000D_ Cold Sock Treatment _x000D_ _x000D_ The Cold Sock or Wet Sock treatment has been used for years by Naturopath physicians to relieve nasal congestion, sore throats and sinus infections. The Cold Sock Treatment causes the body to increase circulation to the feet, in turn relieving congestion from the head. All you need is a pair of cotton socks and a pair of wool socks._x000D_ _x000D_ 1. Soak a pair of cotton socks in cold water, and place in the freezer for 15 minutes_x000D_ _x000D_ 2. Warm up your feet, by running them under hot water, and soak them until they are hot and pink. Remove from water and quickly dry them off._x000D_ _x000D_ 3. Place cold socks onto your feet and quickly cover them with dry wool socks._x000D_ _x000D_ 4. Get into bed and keep your feet covered throughout the night. In the morning you will wake up feeling much better, and your socks will be bone dry._x000D_ _x000D_ Chocolate _x000D_ _x000D_ Yes, you read that right, chocolate can also help boost your immune system. Before you reach for your left over halloween candy, keep in mind that sugar-sweetened chocolate does not apply as sugar has been shown to weaken the immune system. However, if you are a lover of dark chocolate, you will be happy to learn that chocolate contains theobromine, which suppresses the nerve activity responsible for coughing, and has been found to be three times more effective in stopping persistent coughs then codeine. We recommend making your self a nice warm cup of hot chocolate using cocoa powder and a touch of honey.