There is an old wives’ tale saying that chicken soup is the best recipe to help fight a cold. I didn’t have access to chicken soup yesterday while I was freezing and sneezing, so during lunch I went to find the next best alternative: ramen. A bowl of spicy, hot ramen.
Almost instantly, my cold was stopped dead in its tracks after the meal… although I had to contend with the massive downpour outside the restaurant that caused my shoes to become soaking wet. It’s a simple explanation really: the heat from the ramen broth (or chicken soup) helps to open up your airways by counteracting the constriction caused by a cold. This a trick that all asthmatics such as myself have learned: heat defeats nasal congestion.
As for my waterlogged shoes, I dealt with it by stuffing the insides with newspaper. The paper helps to soak up excess water, allowing the shoe to dry up much quicker. This is something that every SAF soldier learns, because at one point in our army lives, even our water-resistant boots can lose their battle to water.
It is important to keep our feet warm, healthy, and dry. Because the moment you expose them to undesirable elements, the rest of the body will inevitably fall ill. This is called reflexology, where one part of the body is capable of affecting another, and the entire feet contains reflex points that reflect the entire human body. So it was probably not a good idea to go barefoot in the office for several hours after lunch, under the full might of the chilling air-con. But I had no choice, as I didn’t have a spare pair of socks. When I went home, I immediately soaked my feet in a warm foot bath.
Just woke up as I am typing this after turning to bed early at 9pm, and all traces of the cold have been utterly vanquished. With ramen noodles, newspaper, and plenty of sleep. You see, we ourselves have the power to fight our own illnesses. You just need to _know_ how with the right knowledge.
And this is why you read everything and try to learn everything.