Sore Throat - the common early warning sign

Often times we are alerted to an oncoming cold with a scratchy or sore throat. Many of us disregard this early warning sign and take little or no action.

What I found that works for sore throat!

I take a zinc vitamin tablet and cut off a portion equal to about 12mg of zinc and suck on it until dissolved. I then take one echinacea tablet and add that - sucking it until dissolved. Now these don't taste great but they do work. After dissolved I take 1K mg of vitamin C in liquid form. If I don't feel like dealing with a slightly bitter taste I track down cough drops that contains zinc and echinacea (they will likely contain sugar and flavor also - not a big fan of either - especially when I'm trying to heal.) One brand I know of is Halls Zinc and Echinacea cough drops. Here I take one Halls and 12mg of zinc and suck on them together.

But speaking of the taste of zinc, the simplest form of deficiency testing is the zinc taste test . If it has no taste or is just slightly bitter you need more, if it taste absolutely bitter, your ok.  

How important is zinc? Here is a short list of zinc deficient indicators: 

  • White spots on finger nails.
  • Skin lesions, slow healing or persistent skin problems like rashes or seborrheic dermatitis.
  • Slow healing of wounds.
  • Atherosclerosis.
  • Hair loss or brittle.
  • Chapped lips
  • Immune system weak and impaired.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Acne.
  • Deteriorating eyesight, taste, smell or memory. Night blindness.
  • Poor digestion of proteins, weak stomach acid.
  • Being gaunt and wasted.
  • Poor appetite.
  • Depression, cognitive decline, abnormal behavior.
  • Low birth weight, poor mental and physical development in children.
  • Dysmenorrhea (or - dysmenorrhoea) - pain during menstruation.
  • Long term chronic zinc deficiency causes dwarfism and delayed sexual maturation.
  • Decreasing testosterone

For more information Google "zinc deficiency" and you'll quickly learn how being zinc deficient will impact your immune system (and so much more!)

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