We all know that a First Aid Kit and a Medicine Cabinet is a MUST-HAVE in our
homes. But what do you keep in it? Here is a check list courtesy Dr Oz – the heart surgeon, about what your medicine cabinet must have.
– Pepto-Bismol: Many stomachaches are actually food poisoning. There’s a constant war between bad bacteria and good. The bismuth in Pepto kills the invaders and soothes you.
– Aspirin: If you’re over 35, take two baby aspirins a day. I do. It thins the blood and kills inflammation, which causes the visible signs of aging.
– Band-aids: Fresh air is good for a cut. Accidentally reopening a wound isn’t. Band-Aids protect, but they’re not occlusive, which means they don’t suffocate.
– Ibuprofen: Besides headaches, it works on exercise-induced muscle spasms. If I’m going to do a tough workout, I take it before or after. The risk is kidney problems, so drink water and don’t exceed the daily dosage.
– K-Y Jelly: Chief benefit: It’s not petroleum-based. You don’t want petroleum in your bloodstream — and neither does the person you’re sleeping with.
– Thermacare: For any lower-back or muscle pains, use these self-heating wraps. Their tiny iron particles undergo a quick rusting process and generate warmth without burning your skin. Or try two cups of Epsom salts in a hot bath.
– Arnica: The two best things about this homeopathic muscle cream: 1) It’s homeopathic, and 2) you need someone to rub it on you. The massage actually stimulates your tissues to release toxins.
– Tiger Balm: Localized, muscle-relaxing heat. It’s actually a Chinese herbal remedy, developed in Burma more than 100 years ago. I’ve seen lots of people using it in Southeast Asia. It works.
– Tom’s Toothpaste: Tom’s makes a paste that’s free of a chemical called SLS, which does two things: It creates foam when you brush, and it can cause mouth sores. You don’t need foam — people just like it — and you certainly don’t need mouth sores.
– Burt’s Bees Lip Balm: Burt’s avoids synthetic material that can get absorbed through the lips. Don’t use it every day, but in the winter it’s fine.
– Toothbrush: Bristles: soft or extra soft. And don’t brush your teeth like you’re scrubbing a toilet. Do it carefully. Change your toothbrush every two months. And don’t share.
– Dental Floss: Bacteria festers between teeth and leads to gingivitis. This you know. Gingivitis is a chronic infection that stimulates your immune system to overreact, quite possibly leading to increased heart attacks and strokes. This you maybe did not know.
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