Nothing says cool weather like the many viruses that drive us crazy come Fall.
No one is quite sure why people are more likely to get sick in the cold weather.
- Some think that people stay indoors more and have more close personal contact.
- Others speculate that the heat may weaken the viruses enough so that they are less likely to cause an infection.
- Maybe it has to do with people's Vitamin D levels being lower when they see less sun in the Fall.
Regardless, the Fall viruses, such as adenovirus (that has the unfortunate ability to also infect the GI tract and cause nausea, pain, and diarrhea) are a nuisance.
But don't let the sniffles and aches get you down. Head over to the stove and make that magical food, Chicken Soup.
As a doctor, I'm often asked, "Does Chicken Noodle Soup actually help?" After reviewing the medical literature and discussing with colleagues (one of whom actually discovered that chicken noodle soup actually helped strengthen your white blood cells that fight infection), I'm convinced the answer is Yes, a little.
All of the ingredients in the soup, from chicken to onions, carrots, and spices play a role.
The chicken is reported to have the ability to break up the thick secretions (aka snot) that cause congestion, while the antioxidants from the spices and onions can help settle inflammation.
I'd say it ranks about the same as zinc when it comes to fighting the common cold. It may make you feel better immediately, but temporarily, and may help you get better one day early.
But remember, the best way to get better is to get plenty of rest, drink plenty of fluids, and eat as healthy as possible (yes, chicken soup is healthy).
Also, consider my special peppermint tummy drop elixir to help feel better with the common cold.
- 1. Boil one cup of water
- 2. Add 3 peppermint tummydrops and stir until dissolved
- 3. Sip and soothe! (and enjoy the wonderful aroma as well)
I hope you enjoyed reading and have a great day,
Dustin James MD
Board Certified Gastroenterologist and Internist
Author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Digestive Health
Inventor of tummydrops