Drinks Health

Will Drinking 7UP Really Cure A Cold?

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We’re all looking for a fast cure when a cold strikes, but is white soda really the answer? Find out if Mom was right, and 7UP cures a cold!

When it comes to getting rid of colds, there are a lot of theories out there. Some people take Vitamin C tablets like they’re going out of style, others opt for zinc. Others still turn to 7UP to counteract seasonal bugs. Is this soda cure just another old home remedy, though?

Does 7UP Really Work?

Most of us just think of 7UP as a tasty drink or maybe even a secret ingredient for tender cakes and sparkling punches, but Mom saw more. She thought that the comforting combination of a little sugar, hint of citrus and carbonation was just what you needed to put a little pep back in your step. And if you weren’t normally allowed to drink soda, maybe it was the special privilege of forbidden fruit that had you feeling better.

However, we encourage Dr. Mom to check her chart again. Sure, drinking white soda or ginger ale might help an upset stomach, but it doesn’t have any healing properties when it comes to the common cold.

Drinks to Soothe a Cold

Rather than soda, focus on fluids like water, tea and soup broth. Staying hydrated will help loosen up your congestion and ease a cough. Because soda can make dehydration worse, it’s best to thank Mom for her advice, but skip the 7UP and other sodas. Alcohol and coffee will also cause dehydration, so best to skip all the fun drinks for now.

Infused Water

If you’re missing 7UP’s flavor, try infusing cool water with fruit for a sweet taste and extra hit of vitamin C. Combinations to try include apple, lemon and carrot, as well as strawberries, lemon and mint. Fill a pitcher with the fruit of your choice, pour water over it, and allow to chill in the refrigerator for a few hours. Then sip on your sweet concoction all day while resting on the couch and having loved ones wait on you hand and foot.


Warm lemon tea is also a great option and will soothe your aching throat. Stir in some honey to coat your throat and ease your coughing. Drinking (caffeine-free!) tea with honey before bed can help you relax and get some much-needed rest.

A little 7UP probably won’t hurt, but it’s best to stick with water, rest and plenty of handwashing until you’re feeling back to yourself.

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This Cool Mitten Flask is Perfect for Winter Thumb Sucking, Your Thumb Being Alcohol


We’re not saying this is the reason Santa’s face is so red all the time, but we definitely wouldn’t be surprised.

Available starting in October is this bright red set of knitted mittens that also have the benefit of holding up to three ounces of your favorite booze. Like most hidden flask attire, these things come with a spill-proof drinking valve that lets you discreetly knock back the good stuff in line on Black Friday or while racing down the ski slopes.

The sucky part is only one of the mitts comes complete with hidden beer bladder while the other’s just a  regular glove. We suggest buying two pairs and giving the normal halves away to granny. God knows what good three ounces would do anyone otherwise.

Mitten Flask: $18 @ Perpetual Kid


West Coast Chill: World’s First Self Chilling Drink?


Ever get stuck at work on a hot day and all you want is a nice cold drink? Then you get home and find that the only drinks you have are at room-damn-temperature?! Then you have the choice of either chugging it or throwing it in the freezer waiting until it’s cold enough to finally enjoy.

Either way, you end up rather unfulfilled. Every so often you hear that someone, somewhere, is going to invent the world’s first self chilling beverage. But has anyone actually ever done it?

According to Joseph Company International, the title goes to their new product: West Coast Chill. The beverage is said to be an all-natural energy drink that cools itself! Thanks to the company’s patented Chill Can,  all you have to do is press a tab and the temperature of the can will drop 30°F in three minutes.

West Coast Chill is expected to hit stores late March to early April in the Southern California and Las Vegas areas, so make sure to keep an eye out!

via: gizmag


Almost Everything About Whiskey

Whiskey, oh how I love thy. You are so nice to me at the start of the night, warming me up, being a great companion. But then you turn your back on me and violently push me into making bad decisions. Although I know you well, and I know your tricks, I still fall for them every time. Almost Everything About Whiskey discusses the history of whiskey, the process it takes to make it and the endless variations of blends, aging and distillation. (Thx Amazon)


Taco Bell: New Margarita Frutista Freeze

Taco drops another new drink for you to sip on during the hot summer months. A smooth, frozen margarita-flavored drink topped with a fresh lime wedge. It comes in two different sizes, a 16 or 20oz. cup. If only they could add tequila, and add a chicken quesadilla and a taco with no lettuce and life would be complete.

Cravings Sweets

Craving: Mocha Ice Cream


What we have here is some mocha ice cream covered in caramel syrup, which I would gladly melt all over myself if it would cool me down. Sugar and caffeine, a perfect start to any day which is why I would probably eat this for breakfast. (Thx Christie’sCorner)


Craving: Lemonade


Since the entire southern part of California is melting from this heat wave we’re in, what could cool me off better than a fresh, cold glass of lemonade. Luckily I have some in my fridge right now, otherwise I’d have to venture out into the suns death rays and go buy some.


Craving: Blueberry Red Wine Sorbet


‘Imagine the deepest magenta sorbet full of the freshest blueberry flavor combined with the earthy richness of a good red wine and the slight subtle back note of spice. What you get is a light and refreshing cold slush that will leave you more than satisfied after a light summer meal. Or even after a substantial grilled menu, come to think of it’. (Thx Pastrystudio)