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86. 17 Tricks for Cold care continued

Continued from Post 85.

These two tips sound OK to me. Best to use disposable towels if you have a lot of mucous. But even better would be hot air dryers. Since the virus lives in the moisture.

I especially like the Chicken soup one (just made turkey soup myself.)

I don’t, however, swallow the “integrative medicine” (ie. not evidence based but based on Chinese folk philosophy)  explanation, below, of its healthfulness being due to the Chinese “Yin” factor. 

The obvious reason chicken soup works is not due to a mysterious ingredient, but that it is hot & steamy!  Also healthy food with protein and vegetables so lots of good nutrition, and very tasty and soul satisfying.

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disposable towels are best

 

1.Dry Your Hands on Paper (Not Cloth) Towels

 

What you dry your hands with is just as important as washing them, says Jamie Oskin, N.D. a naturopathic physician. Reusing the same cloth towel can spread even more germs. “Paper towels can be easily disposed of to prevent the spreading of germs.” It may seem un-green to use paper towels, but Dr. Oskin points out that for the amount of times a sick person washes her hands, it can be more of a burden on the environment to keeping washing those cloth towels.

 

 

Use Soup Bones

Chicken soup is hot & steamy as well as healthy soul satisfying nutrition

 

We always wondered why chicken soup was so good for colds, and it seems that the chicken bones could hold at least a part of the answer. “Depending on your diet, try and incorporate bone marrow into your soups and stews by adding organic, free-range bones into the broth,” recommends Elizabeth Trattner, A.P, D.O.M, an integrative medicine specialist in Miami Beach, FL. “Marrow is the root of blood and yin in Chinese Medicine and keeps the body healthy and strong during the winter season,” she says. Bone marrow contains a type of fat found in our organs (in small amounts), which encourages the body to produce white blood cells to protect against infections and disease, explains Trattner.

 

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