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  • We all have sick remedies that we swear by.

  • I mean, nothing feels better than a hot bowl of chicken soup, right?

  • Well. It turns out that it may actually have an anti-inflammatory impact,

  • as it prevents neutrophils, a type of white blood cell, from moving.

  • And by slowing down the movement of neutrophils,

  • it prevents the cells congregating in the lung area, relieving congestion.

  • But you may have also heard the expressionFeed a cold, starve a fever.”

  • So should you only eat soup?

  • Sometimes it turns out that this is only half true.

  • In both cases, you should actually be eating nutrient-rich food

  • which give your body the energy to heal itself and increases something called gamma interferon

  • which is essential for your immunity against both viral and bacterial infections.

  • So why not eat an apple? Because an apple a day keeps the doctor away, right?

  • Well. To a degree, 100 grams of Apple contain the same

  • antioxidant power as 1500 milligrams of vitamin C,

  • which has been shown to inhibit the growth of both liver and colon cancers tumors.

  • Their peels, which are rich in flavonoids, are also linked to a reduced risk of coronary heart disease.

  • So, well it may be associated with less visits to the doctor,

  • And as a preventive medicine for your overall health,

  • its impact on the common cold is still debated.

  • So what about just taking lots of vitamin C?

  • whether in the form of lemons, other foods or pills,

  • It turns out in a double-blind study,

  • it didn't reduce the incidence of the common cold.

  • However, it did significantly reduced the length of colds.

  • This may be due to the increased growth in T cells, which are white blood cells involved in your immune response as well as an increase production of interferon

  • which causes virus-infected cells to ramp up their anti-viral defenses.

  • If you're in need of some immediate relief for a cough or sleeping difficulty from a respiratory infection,

  • honey has your back!

  • Known for its antibacterial activity, it increases the release of inflammatory cytokines,

  • which signal cells to repair themselves

  • And garlic? Not only can it ward off vampires, but it's been shown to decrease the length and severity of cold and flu symptoms by increasing the growth of Gamma-Delta-T-Cells and Natural-killer cells.

  • It's able to pick up on invading pathogen and remove them more effectively.

  • Ever try Echinacea? It's one of the most popular herbal supplements, and for good reason.

  • In a meta-analysis on 14 studies, Echinacea decreased the odds of developing a cold by 58 percent and reduce the length of colds by approximately one and a half days.

  • It worked as an anti-inflammatory and similar to other remedies,

  • influences cytokine production in the body. And while you're at it,

  • have a drink--with a little alcohol. Seriously, some studies have found that

  • moderate amounts of alcohol can help boost your immune system.

  • But before you crack a bottle open, consider that heavy drinkers' were found

  • to have the weakest immune systems.

  • If all else fails, water, rest, and time are surefire contributors to recovery

  • So which sick remedies are just plain old false then?

  • We break down the top six myths you thought were true in our new asapthought video,

  • a new scientific research and evidence to debunk them.

  • Click on the screen or the link in the description to see that video.

  • And hey -- our book -- which answers even more of your burning questions- is almost out!

  • So if you haven't got your copy yet,

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8 Sick Remedies That Actually Work - Scientifically!

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    Blair posted on 2015/05/08
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