Foothills Physical Therapy January 2019

Foothills Physical Therapy

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During the winter months, colds and the flu can spread like wildfire. Getting sick at least once during the season can be hard to avoid, and once you are sick, you want nothing more than for it to be over and done. While there is no way to completely avoid getting sick, there are ways to speed up your recovery. Next time you’re suffering from a cold, try these remedies to get back on your feet a little bit faster. Also referred to as elderberry extract, this syrup is made from a plant called European elder. It can be purchased at many health food stores or made at home (but use caution when doing this, since raw and undercooked elderberries are toxic). Many people swear by the berries’ ability to ease congestion and relieve a number of INSIDE THIS ISSUE From the Desk of Tom PAGE 1 The Value of Seasonal Eating PAGE 1 What Happens to Military Service Dogs? PAGE 2 Tapping Into Sports Psychology to Optimize Performance PAGE 3 Take a Break PAGE 3 Citrus and Avocado Salad PAGE 3 Have a Cold? Recover Faster! PAGE 4 ELDERBERRY SYRUP

3 EASYWAYS TO RECOVER QUICKLY FROM A COLD

ZINC

other cold symptoms. Plus, elderberry syrup is known for having anti- inflammatory and antiviral properties, making it an ideal tool for fighting the common cold. Some research even suggests that it can shorten flu symptoms by up to three days.

While many people turn to vitamin C to hurry through a cold, that’s not the supplement you should

be focusing on. In fact, an overwhelming number of

studies show that vitamin C does absolutely nothing to help shorten a cold. Instead, take zinc. You can find it as a nasal spray or lozenge, or even as part of a vitamin C supplement. One study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that those who took zinc reduced their recovery time from a cold by half. Cold symptoms among those taking a zinc supplement lasted about four days, while symptoms among those taking a placebo lasted about eight days.

EUCALYPTUS

If you’re suffering from congestion or can’t stop coughing, eucalyptus may offer the relief you’re looking for. Available in several different forms, including syrup, oil, and dried leaves, eucalyptus can be used

as an expectorant or as a way to relieve a sore throat. When you’re at home and sick, try

adding a few drops of eucalyptus oil to the water in a humidifier. The results are remarkably soothing!

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