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There’s still no cure for the common cold. Antibiotics are of no use against cold viruses and shouldn’t be used unless there’s a bacterial infection, according to the Mayo Clinic. As a result, treatment is directed at relieving symptoms. The Mayo Clinic recommends these home remedies to help ease the discomfort while you’re recovering:
 
Drink plenty of fluids. Water, juice, broth, or warm lemon water are good choices. Avoid caffeine and alcoholic beverages, which can dehydrate you.
 
Eat chicken soup. Chicken soup and other warm fluids are soothing and can loosen congestion.
 
Get plenty of rest. If possible, stay home from work and school if you have a fever or a bad cough or feel drowsy after taking medication. 
 
Soothe your throat. A salt-water gargle made with ¼ to ½ teaspoon salt dissolved in a four- to eight-ounce glass of warm water can temporarily a sore or scratchy throat.
 
Adjust the temperature. Keep your room warm, but not overheated. If the air is dry, a cool-mist humidifier or vaporizer can moisten the air and help ease congestion and coughing. (Keep the humidifier clean to prevent the growth of bacteria and molds.)
 
Use saline nose drops. To help relieve nasal congestion, try saline nasal drops. You can buy these drops over-the-counter, and they can help relieve symptoms, even in children.
www.mayoclinic.org
 

Going Meatless

Did you know that people who don’t eat meat—vegetarians—eat fewer calories and less fat, weigh less and have a lower risk of heart disease than nonvegetarians do? And even reducing meat intake has a protective effect. Research shows that people who eat red met are at an increased risk of death from heart disease, stroke or diabetes. Processed meats also increase the risk of death from those diseases.
 
But you don’t have to go cold turkey on your carnivorous ways. Try easing into meatless meals, and consider going meatless one day a week. Here are a few tips from the Mayo Clinic:
 
• Plan your favorite meatless meals such as a            vegetarian lasagna, soup or pasta salad.
• Substitute protein-rich beans or legumes in             casseroles and salads.
• Use vegetarian refried beans in burritos and tacos.
• Add tofu to stir-fry dishes.
 

The Anti-Cancer Diet

There’s no single food (or food component) that can protect against cancer on its own. But research shows that a healthy diet is a key step to preventing cancer, and that means consuming a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and beans. Consider including more of the following in your diet:

• Apples

• Blueberries

• Broccoli and cruciferous vegetables

• Cranberries

• Dark green leafy vegetables

• Garlic

• Grapefruit

• Flaxseed

• Legumes (beans, peas and lentils)

• Onions

• Tomatoes

• Walnuts

• Whole Grains

www.airc.org

 



 

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