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Survival of the Fittest – Home Remedies You Already Own

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1. Antacid Tablet

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It’s for: Heartburn
The effervescent type with sodium bicarbonate helps neutralize the acid that causes painful heartburn symptoms.

But try: Soothing insect bites
“Antacid formulations such as Alka-Seltzer contain aspirin, an anesthetic that can help ease the sting and itch of insect bites,” says Howard Sobel, MD, a clinical attending physician in dermatology and dermatologic surgery at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City.

He recommends making a paste with a crushed antacid tablet, a pinch of oatmeal (also a skin soother), and water and applying it to the skin. Results are immediate – and this DIY formula has a healing bonus that other anti-itch salves lack. “Calamine lotion contains zinc oxide, which can be drying to the skin,” Dr. Sobel explains. “Effervescent antacid tablets provide quicker relief from pain and itching – without the dehydrating side effects.”

2. Mouthwash

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It’s for: Freshening breath
“Both types of mouthwash—with and without alcohol – contain antimicrobial properties that reduce the number of bacteria in the mouth,” explains Edgard El Chaar, DDS, a clinical associate professor of periodontology and implant dentistry at NYU College of Dentistry.

But try: Preventing athlete’s foot 
If you’ve switched to an alcohol-free version (such as Tom’s of Maine or ACT Fluoride), don’t throw away the old bottle: Use the alcohol mouthwash to keep your feet and toenails pristine. To prevent athlete’s foot, soak a cotton ball with the liquid and swab the bottoms of your feet and between toes after every shower. According to Dr. Sobel, the high alcohol content of traditional mouthwash helps ward off fungal infections.

3. Baking Soda

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It’s for: Tooth whitening
Many dentists recommend baking soda to help remove superficial stains from enamel, making teeth appear whiter. It also prevents bad breath and gets rid of plaque embedded in the area between the teeth and gums.

But try: Calming irritated skin
Used topically, baking soda takes the sting out of sunburn and minimizes the itch and discomfort caused by a variety of skin conditions (including eczema, prickly heat, and poison ivy). “Sodium bicarbonate is a mild alkaline compound that can help neutralize the pH balance of your skin,” says Linda K. Franks, MD, a clinical assistant professor of dermatology at New York University. “This ‘buffering effect’ may help quell the inflammation that occurs at the skin’s surface, easing your soreness.”

To get relief, place a cup of baking soda under a running bath tap so it dissolves completely, and then soak in the water for about 30 minutes.

4. Nasal Spray

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It’s for: Easing congestion
The decongestants in it shrink blood vessels and swollen mucous membranes in your nose, making it easier for you to breathe.

But try: Stopping nosebleeds 
Most nosebleeds can be stopped by simply pinching the nose for 10 to 20 minutes, but if yours persists, nasal spray may do the trick. According to Amy Sutton Peak, PharmD, director of Drug Information Services at Butler University, about two-thirds of people who visit an emergency room for a persistent nosebleed are successfully treated with oxymetazoline, the decongestant found in common drugstore nasal sprays such as Afrin and Mucinex.

To stop the bleeding, she recommends tilting your head forward and clearing your nose by blowing out any clots (this may increase bleeding for a few seconds). Next, inhale through your nose while spraying oxymetazoline into the affected nostril(s), and then pinch the soft part of your nose closed. Maintain pressure for 10 full minutes. If the bleeding hasn’t stopped, continue pinching for another 10 minutes. If none of these measures works, see a health care provider for further treatment.

5. Witch Hazel

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It’s for: Treating acne
This plant extract helps fight acne by drying out excess oil in the skin. Because it contains alcohol, witch hazel can help kill the bacteria that cause infection and lead to breakouts.

But try: Shrinking hemorrhoids
“Witch hazel is a natural astringent,” says Dr. Sobel. “It works to contract the skin and surrounding blood vessels back to normal size.” That’s why it is a primary ingredient in many OTC hemorrhoid wipes and medicated pads, such as Tucks and Preparation H. “Alone, witch hazel may dry out delicate tissue, so also apply a cream, such as Vaseline or A+D original ointment, to moisturize the area,” says Dr. Sobel.

6. Aloe Vera

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It’s for: Soothing burns
Topical application of aloe gel can speed the healing of first and second-degree burns.

But try: Eliminating canker sores 
“Aloe vera contains vitamins as well as amino acids that help repair damaged tissues,” says Irwin Smigel, DDS, president of the American Society for Dental Aesthetics. “Several compounds found in aloe vera work together to decrease or prevent inflammation and control pain.” A research review found that canker sore sufferers who applied aloe vera gel healed about 50% faster than those who didn’t.

7. Tea Tree Oil

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It’s for: Soothing burns
Topical application of aloe gel can speed the healing of first and second-degree burns.

But try: Eliminating canker sores 
“Aloe vera contains vitamins as well as amino acids that help repair damaged tissues,” says Irwin Smigel, DDS, president of the American Society for Dental Aesthetics. “Several compounds found in aloe vera work together to decrease or prevent inflammation and control pain.” A research review found that canker sore sufferers who applied aloe vera gel healed about 50% faster than those who didn’t.

8. Yogurt

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You eat it for: Digestive health
The probiotic bacteria it contains help foster healthy digestion and keep you regular.

But try: Preventing gum disease
Adults who consume 55 g of yogurt per day have significantly fewer markers of periodontal disease than those who don’t include this food in their diets, according to scientists at Kyushu University in Japan. That’s because the lactic acid in yogurt helps protect their gums from the harmful bacteria that cause this chronic condition.

9. Extra Virgin Olive Oil

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You eat it for: Lower cholesterol
Subbing it for butter keeps your cholesterol (and belly fat) in check.

But try: Boosting your vision
Studies show that the omega-3 fatty acids in olive oil help prevent age-related macular degeneration. People who ate the most olive oil (at least 100 ml, or nearly 7 tablespoons, per week) were about half as likely to develop late AMD as those who consumed less than 1 ml per week, according to researchers at the University of Melbourne in Australia.

10. Dark Chocolate

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You eat it for: Heart health
A few ounces weekly reduces risk of cardiovascular disease (and satisfies a sweet tooth).

But try: Protecting skin from sun damage
Dark chocolate may help protect the skin from the harmful effects of ultraviolet radiation, finds a study published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology. Researchers say minimally processed versions of the sweet treat are rich in flavonoids, antioxidants that could prevent wrinkles and cut the risk of skin cancer caused by exposure to sunlight.

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Survival of the Fittest – Natural Alternatives for Colds and Flu

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Echinacea use reduces the incidence and duration of the common cold.

Echinacea appears effective in preventing upper respiratory tract infections in children.

Treatment with Echinacea Plus tea at early onset of cold or flu symptoms was effective for relieving these symptoms in a shorter period of time than a placebo.

Probiotic bacteria reduce the duration and severity of common cold episodes.

American Ginseng is safe and effective in reducing relative risk and duration of respiratory symptoms associated with “cold and flu” in adults.

American ginseng is safe, well tolerated, and potentially effective for preventing acute respiratory illness due to influenza and respiratory syncytial virus infections.

Elderberry appears to be safe and effective treatment for influenza A and B.

Elderberry significantly reduces the duration of infection from influenza in a safe manner.

Green tea is safe and effective in preventing cold and flu symptoms, and for enhancing T cell function.

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Green tea consumption is inversely associated with the incidence of influenza among Japanese schoolchldren.

Vitamin D deficiency is associated with susceptibility to influenza.

An herbal preparation containing echinacea, propolis, and vitamin C in preventing respiratory tract infections in children.

There is evidence that vitamin C may reduce susceptibility to the common cold.

Pelargonium sidoides is a safe and effective treatment for the common cold

A Pelargonium sidoides extract has broad antiviral activity against respiratory viruses.

Homeopathic preparation has therapeutic value in the treatment of influenza-like syndromes.

Homoeopathic Oscillococcinum appears to have therapeutic value in influenza and influenza-like syndromes.

Zinc lozenges may provide an effective treatment for the common cold.

Zinc may inhibit influenza virus.

A combination of fruit and vegetable powder extract reduces symptoms associated with the common cold.

An extract of Baptisa (Wild Indigo), echinacea and thuja is safe and effective in the treatment of upper respiratory infections.

Consumption of yoghurt fermented with L. bulgaricus reduced the risk of catching the common cold in elderly individuals.

Cinnamon has antiviral activity against various influenza viruses.

Horseradish extract attenuates influenza infection (in mice).

Pomegranates have anti-influenza activity.

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Agrimony (A. pilosa) has broad spectrum antiviral activity against Influenzas A, B and Avian Influenza.

Black Tea inhibits influenza virus.

Cranberry juice constituents inhibit influenza virus adhesion and infectivity.

A water extract of dandelion exhibits anti-influenza activity.

Maitake mushroom appears to induce the production of certain factors, including TNF-alpha, which are responsible for the inhibition of viral growth in vitro.

Mullein contains antiviral compounds.

Red Marine Algae exhibits strong HSV and Influenza-inhibiting activity.

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Survival of the Fittest – All NATURAL PAIN KILLERS

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NATURAL PAIN KILLERS

  • Ginger, Turmeric, & Holy Basil – This set of herbs forms a sort of trinity in Ayurvedic medicine. All of them have anti-inflammatory properties. Turmeric (a curry ingredient) contains curcumins which ease inflammatory conditions like rheumatoid arthritisand psoriasis, according to the Methodist Research Institute in Indianapolis. “Each herb has its own scientific database of evidence,” says James Dillard, MD, author of The Chronic Pain Solution.
  • Devil’s Claw (Harpagophytum procumbens) – This ominous sounding herb is actually great for treating numerous health conditions, among them are liver problems and heart burn. It also has anti-inflammatory effects and can reduce pain from arthritis, headaches, and low back discomfort. The University of Maryland Medical Center has published several studies that had great success treating Osteoarthritis with Devil’s Claw.
  •  Birch Leaf (Betula Lenta) – The leaves from the Birch tree act much like cortisone, a prescription drug used to treat endocrine disorders, arthritis, lupus, skin disease, autoimmune disorders, and more. A main chemical compound found in Birch leaves is methyl salicylate, similar to salicylic acid used in aspirin. It is anti-spasmodic, analgesic, astringent, antifungal, diuretic, detoxifying, reduces oxidative damage to skin (stopping wrinkles), and enhances circulation. It also promotes enzymatic secretions in the body. It is truly one of the first powerful pain-relievers ever used.
  • White Willow Bark (Salix alba) -  The active ingredient in white willow is salicin, which the body converts into salicylic acid. This tree’s covering lowers the body’s levels of prostaglandins, hormone-like compounds that can cause aches, pain, and inflammation. What’s more, white willow bark doesn’t upset the stomach or cause internal bleeding like many over-the-counter aspirins. Turn to this herb for relief from menstrual cramps, muscle pains, arthritis, or after knee or hip surgery as it promotes blood flow and reduces swelling.
  • Capsaicin (Capsicum) – Found in hot chile peppers, this natural remedy does wonders for pain. Capsaicin, the active pain-reducing ingredient, temporarily desensitizes nerve receptors called C-fibers which cause the pain response. Capsaicin also diminishes soreness for 3 to 5 weeks while the C-fibers regain sensation. A single 60-min application in patients with neuropathic pain produced effective pain relief for up to 12 weeks. Patients at the New England Center for Headache decreased their migraine and cluster headache intensity by applying capsaicin cream to their nasal passages.
  • Cherries – Due to the presence of compounds called anthocyanins—the same phytonutrients that give cherries their rich ruby hue – you can count on cherries to tamp down pain. Muraleedharan Nair, PhD, says, “They block inflammation and they inhibit pain enzymes, just like aspirin, naproxen, and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories.” Cherries are said to have the highest anti-inflammatory content of any food, making them great for remedying issues such as arthritis.
  • Peppermint (Mentha piperita) – Peppermint is most often used as a natural remedy for toothaches, discomfort from bloating and gas, joint conditions, skin irritations, headaches and muscle pain.
  • Cranberry Juice – Having a bout of ulceritis? Ulcers usually result from a pathogen called H. pylori which attacks the lining of the stomach and small intestines, but cranberry juice can kill it – reducing pain. Instead of turning to antibiotics, destroy the bacteria causing your ulcers and urinary tract infections with cranberries.

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