Cold

Chicken Soup for the Lungs—A Natural Cold & Flu Treatment

Every year around this time I get many questions about the best natural cold and flu treatments. This season, I’m trotting out an old remedy: chicken soup. However, it’s not your regular chicken soup. This “souped-up” chicken soup is loaded with hot spices to support your immune system and to…

Read More

Check Your Fibrinogen Level to Reduce Your Heart Risk

…fibrinogen levels and should also get this simple test done. The healthy range is 180–350 mg/dL. Tips to Maintain Healthy Fibrinogen Levels * Eat cold-water fish a few times a week and/or take 1–2 grams of fish oil daily * Take 500–1,000 mg of garlic (in capsule form) and/or 600 mg of bromelain…

Read More

7 Ways To Survive Cold and Flu Season Naturally

…Not only do cold temperatures tax your immune system, more time spent indoors means increased contact with germs. Being sick not only feels miserable, it takes time away from the things we’d rather be doing. The good news is you can optimize your immune system to not only avoid colds and flu, but…

Read More

Drinking Cold Water With Meals? Think Again.

…significantly, it started an American dining tradition of drinking cold water with our meals. The Argument Against Drinking Cold Water Yet, the wisdom of this is suspect. Ayurvedic doctors say the uniquely American practice of consuming cold drinks with meals is a definite no-no. To explain why, they talk…

Read More

Warming Up When Your Hands and Feet Are Always Cold

…problems I had to diagnose as a physician were hands and feet that are always cold, even when it wasn’t cold outside. After checking the various pulse points in the extremities, I generally found that what causes cold hands and feet could often be a number of things, from peripheral artery disease…

Read More

5 Heart-Healthy Foods That Boost Your Immune System, Too

At this time of the year, it's tough to escape catching a cold or flu. One of the best ways to keep your immune system strong is with some of the very same foods that I have recommended for years for heart health. My son Dr. Drew Sinatra, a naturopathic physician, has had a lot of experience using healing…

Read More

Secrets for Surviving Seasonal Flu

Another cold and flu season is upon us and many areas of our country are being hit hard already. Even our son-in-law was one the many folks in Massachusetts who needed the help of antibiotics to fight off a flu-related complication. It was also devastating to hear about the 17-year-old athlete who died…

Read More

Avoid Trouble Swallowing Pills With These Tricks

…automatically open, followed by the natural urge to swallow. * Take one pill at a time. It is easier on both your throat and esophagus. * Swallow using cold water or juice. Hot beverages can cause trouble swallowing pills, making them disintegrate or become sticky. If you’re still having trouble swallowing…

Read More

5 Natural Ways to Prevent Dry Winter Skin

…getting enough EFAs is to feel your skin. If it’s soft, smooth, and velvety, you’re probably getting enough EFAs. If not, try to consume more wild cold-water fish such as salmon, sardines, and mackerel (but not king mackerel), nuts such as almonds and walnuts, and flaxseed. I also recommend that you…

Read More

With Ebola, Be Cautious But Don’t Feed Into the Hype

…symptoms. Dosage: Take 1/3 of a vial every four hours for 1 to 2 days if you feel the flu coming on. For prevention, take 1/3 of a vial weekly throughout cold and flu season. * Garlic: A potent herb, garlic adds a powerful jolt of protection to the immune system, killing yeast, fungi, bacteria, and viruses…

Read More

How to Stop Seasonal Affective Disorder In Its Tracks

If you're feeling down in the dumps during the dark and cold winter months, you're not alone. The cause is winter depression, otherwise called seasonal affective disorder (SAD). In fact, I have one colleague who’s so profoundly affected by the lack of sunlight in the winter that her husband calls…

Read More

Statin Medications Will Not Reduce Lp(a)

…as concerned about good cardiovascular nutrition as I am, I hope you’ll follow my Pan-Asian Modified Mediterranean diet. You’ll eat fresh fish (cold-water fish such as salmon, sardines and mackerel) and fish oils at least two to three times a week. You’ll also want to omit saturated fats. Instead…

Read More

Walking Club Check-In: Don't Forget to Warm Up

…and absorb shock or injury better. Many exercises, especially weight lifting and running, decrease range in motion unless you stretch. Never stretch cold muscles, for you risk tearing them. First, warm up by walking in place or riding a stationary bicycle for five minutes. When you stretch, do not hold…

Read More

The Most Common Blood Thinners

…(danaparoid sodium) Like all medication, blood thinners come with a wide range of side effects, including: * Excessive bleeding when you overdose, weakness, cold sensations, itchy skin, fever and abdominal discomfort. * Easy bruisability and bleeding gums from brushing teeth. * Wounds and cuts that take longer…

Read More

A Hidden Cause of Sudden Cardiac Death

…cause of death in the 20-to-64 age group and usually involves a heart attack that kills within an hour of the onset of symptoms. Underneath these cold, hard statistics emerges an equally important factor in the sudden cardiac death syndrome. This is the powerful relationship between the mind and body…

Read More

Heart Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

…teaspoons of it. * Eat coconut or other products like coconut milk. Coconut milk can be used to make shakes and smoothies. You can also use it in a hot or cold cereal, or pour it over seasonal organic blueberries, raspberries and strawberries. I like to bake fish in coconut milk to keep it moist and enhance…

Read More

Eat Garlic to Reduce Blood Pressure

…("good" cholesterol) levels at the same time. The Best Types of Garlic to Reduce High Blood Pressure Although evidence to date indicates that raw, cold-aged garlic offers the greatest medicinal value, studies have also demonstrated that cooked garlic is effective. The highest quality is grown organically…

Read More