Making Your Medicine Cabinet Healthier
1) Vitamins & Supplements
Science clearly shows that vitamins and minerals themselves are important to health, but it has also shown that the best way to get vitamins is from our food. I look for vitamins and supplements that are made from organic sources and food-sourced. Here are three that we like. (And here’s another post on vitamins for kids.)
2) Natural Remedies for Colds & Flu
3) For Cuts, Bruises & Boo Boos
5) Pain Relievers & Fever Reducers
If I have pain from a headache or muscle strain that’s not tolerable, I reach for old-fashioned aspirin, since ibuprofen and acetaminophen seem to come with a greater chance of long-term side effects. Of course, you can’t give a child aspirin, so in general I try to avoid treating fevers at all. (Here is how Maia decides whether or not to treat a fever.)
A Note on AntibioticsJust because I try to avoid antibiotics does not mean I think they are all bad. In fact, I think they are wonderful for bacterial illnesses, and am so grateful that we have them when we actually need them! However, I become concerned when people want to take antibiotics for the common cold virus, flu, or other viruses. I am sure I don’t need to tell you that antibiotics don’t do a thing for viruses, and of course come with side effects.
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