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  • Which is best for a sore throat: Lemon, honey or alcohol?


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    (WXYZ) – When you start to get that scratchy irritated feeling in your throat, you know a sore throat is coming on.

    But what’s the best home remedy to ease the pain? Lemon, honey or alcohol?

    There is some interesting scientific research supporting the use of honey.

    Honey has been found to help with pain after tonsillectomy, that’s when tonsils at the back of the throat are removed.

    Another clinical trial found honey improved nighttime coughing in children and that it was also effective in providing relief for cold symptoms.

    Lemon contains high levels of vitamin C, but there’s no evidence it’ll help with a sore throat. A few studies reported Vitamin C might reduce the length of a cold.

    But while some people may benefit, generally it’s pretty ineffective for the majority of us. When it comes to alcohol and a sore throat, there is no evidence that it’ll help.

    In fact, you should avoid alcohol when you’re sick as it can dehydrate you and lower your immune system. To help ease a sore throat, I’ve got my prescriptions:

    Partha’s RX

    1. Try mixing 2 teaspoons of honey into a hot drink or take it alone. Never give honey to a child younger than a year because of the risk for infant botulism.

    2. Drink lots of fluids but skip caffeinated drinks. Just like alcohol, they can leave you dehydrated.

    3. Try gargling with salt water. Fill a glass with 4 to 8 ounces of warm water and add ¼ to ½ teaspoon of table salt.

    4. Use a cool-air humidifier in the bedroom. It’ll keep the air moist and help your throat from getting too dry.

    It’s important you see your doctor if your sore throat is severe, lasts longer than a week, if you have blood in your saliva or phlegm, or if you have a fever that’s 101 degrees Fahrenheit or higher.

    Get immediate help if you have trouble breathing or swallowing.

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  • Eating cheese every day may actually be good for you


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    (WXYZ) – New research has found eating a little bit of cheese might help when it comes to the number one leading cause of death – heart disease, as well as the fifth leading cause of death, which is a stroke.

    15 studies with more than 200,000 were analyzed and researchers found those who ate roughly 40 grams of cheese a day lowered their risk for coronary heart disease by 14 percent and stroke by 10 percent.

    Many types of cheese have high levels of probiotics which could lower inflammation. Cheese also has an unsaturated fatty acid called conjugated linoleic acid which may affect cholesterol by lowering your bad LDL levels and raising the good HDL levels.

    The researchers didn’t look at what type of cheese the participants ate and point out

    This study did not find a cause-and-effect relationship. That means there could be other reasons why cheese lovers have lower risks for stroke and heart disease.

    But if you’d like to add cheese to your daily diet, here are my prescriptions:

    Partha’s RX:

    1. If you’re at risk for heart disease or stroke, choose low-fat options. Low-fat is made with 2 percent milk and non-fat is made with skim milk.

    2. Cheese products like cheese spread or American cheese are not categorized as cheese. They are processed products and contain flavor enhancers.

    3. Eat cheese in moderation. 40 grams of cheese is a roughly the size of a matchbox and slightly more than an ounce serving.

    4. Check the label for sodium levels. Some cheeses can be quite high and our total daily intake should be less than 1500 mg.

    Cheese contains vitamins A, K and D along with calcium, zinc, magnesium and protein. These are all excellent for healthy bone development in kids and also helps with preventing osteoporosis in adults.

    Adults should get about 1,000 mg of calcium a day and one ounce of cheese gives you roughly 20 percent.

    Just eat it in moderation because of the saturated fats and sodium levels.

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