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November 18, 2005

Chicken Soup for the Common Cold


Over the course of the last week, at least three people have sneezed on me in the subway. With 200+ strands of the common cold virus lazing about in the winter air, it should come as no surprise that all of Manhattan is coughing, sneezing and nose-blowing. We are all scheduled to catch at least 2-3 colds this winter. Unfortunately, there is no cure for the common cold. There are, however, some cheap and easy ways to stay healthy and perhaps cut short the duration of any cold you may contract.

garlic.jpgVitamin C and garlic will not prevent a cold, but they may confine sniffling and sneezing to a few short days. Keep you body stocked with Vitamin C all season by loading up on Vitamin C rich foods like kiwis, red peppers and oranges. Once a cold starts to set in, eat some fresh garlic. Not only will it ward off vampires, it will also put you on the mend.

Chicken%20Soup.jpgBut on Sunday morning when QLL woke up feely stuffy, we headed for the kitchen to make a pot of chicken soup. Scientific evidence now advocates for chicken soup. Viruses thrive on fixed temperatures. The hot broth will upset their environment in your throat, loosen up the mucus in your nose and sinuses and soothe an irritated throat.

Science or no science, we swear by chicken soup. And while we are keeping the family recipe in the family, we do suggest this recipe. We would, however, add 1 1/2 T of chopped garlic and start with three quarts of chicken broth instead of water.

Posted by EMC at November 18, 2005 11:02 AM


I like extra dill.

Posted by: Jeremy at November 18, 2005 07:13 PM

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