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El Sereno: Fact or Cap

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How do “el sereno” (morning dew) and cold weather in general affect our immune system? Irv and Alexis from FoosInMedicine weigh in on the Latina mom myth.
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A study published by The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunologyexplains the cold might actually make you sick. The study describes how colder temperatures decrease the nasal cavity’s immune response against...
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All right, sister for generations,
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we've always heard of El Sereno.
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Sereno. Did you ever hear that growing up?
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I have brother. But you know what?
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My mom didn't really call it El Sereno.
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She just said no,
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no. And de Aon,
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lo las Patas des Calas or like,
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yeah, or like con pelo mu or whatever.
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That's what she would say.
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Yeah, for sure.
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I mean, creno technically translates to like the do like that
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like the mist the morning mist and I think even like back
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in the day it was like a guard in Spain.
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So like El Sereno is gonna get you.
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It's like it's a person.
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Yeah, exactly. Guard but El Sereno gets you sick,
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right? That's the myth.
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So here to talk to us today about how El Sereno affects
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our abi ability to fight off in Ferid is Alexis an urban
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of foods and medicine.
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We got professionals in the building.
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How's it going? Hey,
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what's up guys? And thank you guys for having us on
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here. We're really excited.
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No. Yeah. Thank you.
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I mean the honor is all ours.
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Again, we've heard our stories from our moms,
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right? Like, oh doesn't poo poo.
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But like, what's actually true and what's actually just kind of
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like an old urban myth or legend.
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Exactly. Like, what's the science behind why this happens?
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All right. Well,
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first of all,
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we, we still don't have our MD,
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so we are still not fully licensed,
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doctors yet.
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But I mean, we do study a lot and we learn
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all these things and we learn so many things and we look
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through so many studies.
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So both of us,
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we grew up in Mexican households.
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So we always heard these myths.
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all these things,
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you know, like even recently,
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like the last time my parents visited me a couple of months
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ago, they were like,
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oh, like, erma Chamara,
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like whatever, blah,
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blah, blah, you know,
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but as you guys pointed out,
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there was a study that you guys kind of highlighted in our
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nostrils and like in our whole body and everything,
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we have ways to fight off infections,
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right? And this would be our immune system as we know
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And basically like what they found in this study is that
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when there's, when it's cold outside or when you're in cold
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temperatures,, our immune system isn't working as well.
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And so it has a harder time basically fighting off some of
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these infections. So like the viruses and stuff,
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I think one important thing to point out though is does the
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sereno cause, you know,
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you being sick and there's a difference between correlation and causation and
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in this case, you know,
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like it's not necessarily saying,
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oh, if you're wet you're gonna get sick or the wetness
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makes you sick. It's more of a correlation.
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Right. When it's cold outside our immune system doesn't work as
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well. So we tend to get sick.
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So, got it.
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That makes sense. See,
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my mom never explained it like that.
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A ocii I studied for accounting sister.
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I don't know. They,
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they were talking about Sereno,
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I'm getting sick. Alexis.
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What about our mom's remedios?
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Do they actually work?
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Yeah, from personal experience,
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I would say that it does work because every time my mom
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will cook up like a car or she'll give me like,
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you know, drink this for some reason.
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I just felt better,
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you know. But,
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I, I don't,
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I don't think there,
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there's any,,
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like scientific research out there yet behind that as like providers and
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stuff. I mean,
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Irvin mentioned we're not like licensed yet but,
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you know, we still like read up on like,
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how can we recommend like certain things,
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you know, easy things that you can do to just feel
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better, which is eating like a,
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you know, hot,
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like hot soup, like warm drinks.
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if you have a sore throat like gargling salt water
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you know,
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staying hydrated things like that,
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those are all things that can definitely make us feel better and
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help our immune system kind of revamp itself and,
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and you know, help fight off like whatever viral illness is
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going on and things like that.
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The tequila does tequila like taking a shot of tequila.
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Does it help with the sore throat too?
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Because I know I had to do that one.
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You know what that one?
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Nome la. But I do know that I think alcohol increases
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like your body temperature,
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like your internal body temperature.
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So maybe there's something,
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you know, that's another research that I and I are gonna
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have to do. You got,
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you got some work,
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bro. What about you guys too?
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The journal of, of foods.
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It's like the Caldo remedies,
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the tequila remedies like that's what we did.
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We got some testing to do.
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Let me know if you guys need some lab rats and the
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whole Latino community funded.
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Yeah, there we go.
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But yeah, I mean,
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thank you guys for these tips.
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We're definitely gonna keep it in mind for our routines like
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you said, the caldo all that stuff and then just
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keeping our bodies warm and fighting the cold off.
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So and where can people find you online?
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Just so they can also keep up with the foods?
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Yeah, you guys can look us up on,
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we're on Instagram and Tik Tok and youtube Foods and Medicine.
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Yeah, we're gonna have a lot of more of these informational
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videos for Agenta out there,
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you know, like giving advice tips,
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hopefully, you know,
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so all of our people can stay healthy out there,
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you know. So please make sure to check us out
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now. Yeah, health is wealth.
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Yes, it is.
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Thank you. Thank you.
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Sorry, I keep calling you fo I just like it and
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then there's fos and medicine that thank you guys for having us
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We appreciate it.
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Thank you guys.