A few of us at the office here have come down with the sniffles, so of course as one of the victims I typed "cold remedies" into my search bar. One link from the Mayo Clinic had a list of what cold remedies work, don't work, and doesn't hurt. Chicken soup made the list of what works for a cold, but more importantly this article offered an explanation why! The staff at the Mayo Clinic said:Generations of parents have spooned chicken soup into their sick children. Now scientists have put chicken soup to the test, discovering that it does have effects that might help relieve cold and flu symptoms in two ways. First, it acts as an anti-inflammatory by inhibiting the movement of neutrophils — immune system cells that participate in the body's inflammatory response. Second, it temporarily speeds up the movement of mucus, possibly helping relieve congestion and limiting the amount of time viruses are in contact with the nose lining.So there you have it! Fact: chicken soup actually does help during a cold. While we're playing MythBusters, I also found out while clicking around the Mayo Clinic about the effect of dairy on mucus and phlegm in the body during a cold. As milk enthusiast the worst part about being sick when I was little was that my mom wouldn't let me eat cereal or yogurt for the duration. However, with the information I just found indicates that was all for nothing. In fact, dairy products may actually be beneficial while ill. Here is what Mayo Clinic internist James M. Steckelberg, M.D. had to say:Phlegm is the thick, sticky mucus that drips down the back of your throat when you have a cold. Although drinking milk may make phlegm thicker and more irritating to your throat than it would normally be, milk doesn't cause your body to make more phlegm. In fact, frozen dairy products can soothe a sore throat and provide calories when you otherwise may not eat.FroYo for dinner it is!
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