We all have our own special -- and sometimes wacky -- tricks to keep the germs at bay, but do they really work? Away We Grow host Diane Mizota chats with pediatrician Nikki Nourmand, who de-bunks several myths about the common cold.Myth: If you take mega doses of vitamin C and drink lots of orange juice, you can keep a cold at bay.
Not so, says Nourmand. Rest and fluids are essential to recouping from a cold. But high doses of vitamin C are "kind of a big waste of money" because it doesn't provide a huge boost to the immune system.
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Myth: Chicken soup will speed your recovery.
Says Nourmand: "So, I don't know if chicken soup will help you get better faster, but it's excellent for symptomatic care." You can count on the the broth to soothe a sore throat and make you feel cozy.
Myth: You shouldn't let your kids drink milk when they have a cold because it causes mucus.
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