Note to Parents: Most ‘Home Remedies’ for Children’s Colds Don’t Work

Vitamin C tablets or regular hand-washing?

And is echinacea a better cold treatment than a tall glass of water?

Your answer matters.

More than half of parents may be using non-evidence–based methods of helping prevent or treat their children’s colds, a new survey from the University of Michigan suggests.

Those methods included vitamin C supplements, echinacea, supplements marketed as “immune system boosters,” and zinc, among others, according to the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health shows.

What Parents Are Doing Right

Colds are viruses, so the main way to prevent them is to prevent kids from coming into direct contact with the virus.

That means staying away from mucus droplets spread through the air from someone coughing or sneezing, or from playing with toys, or touching door handles, countertops, and other objects that may have the cold virus on them.

The Mott poll reports 99 percent of parents polled said that encouraging good hygiene was an important way to help prevent their children from catching a cold.

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Home Remedies To Ease A Hangover

A hangover can leave someone with fatigue, nausea, and muscle aches. People swear by certain hangover cures, but do home remedies really help?

Home hangover cures aim to treat these symptoms. There is no specific food, drink, or magic pill to cure a hangover, though certain remedies can ease the symptoms in some people.

1. Medication
2. Drinking plenty of water
3. Eating breakfast
4. Antioxidants
5. Drinking coffee or tea

Some people may even have a genetic disposition for worse hangovers than others.

Scientists have to rely on people’s self-reported hangover symptoms, which may vary between people and depend on day-to-day factors, and these are very difficult to control scientifically.

The lack of research has left room for a wide range of myths to develop the best ways to cure a hangover, most of which rely on anecdotal evidence.

There is currently no such thing as a cure for hangovers. Certain home remedies can help people manage some hangover symptoms, including taking anti-inflammatories or antacids, eating a nutritious breakfast, rehydrating, and eating foods that are rich in antioxidants.

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AIDP Exclusive Distributor in North America for Natural Remedies

City of Industry, CA—Natural Remedies announced in a press release that AIDP is now its exclusive distributor in North America for Natural Remedies’ entire product portfolio.

Natural Remedies specializes in scientifically based botanical extracts and Ayurvedic products, including Turmacin, Gutgard, AP-Bio, Ocibest, and Bacopa-E.

Anurag Agarwal, the CEO and managing director of Natural Remedies, said in the release, “Staying true to our core value of ‘Being Useful,’ we see this strategic alliance with AIDP as an important step to further enhance our presence in North America, thereby benefiting a larger population of consumers to experience the uniqueness of our products for their overall health and wellness.”

Mark Thurston, president of AIDP, added, “We have been searching for a long-term partnership in a supply of Ayurvedic extracts ensuring that our customers get high-quality, fully traceable, scientifically researched ingredients, and Natural Remedies, with its broad portfolio of products, is a perfect fit for us.

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How To Treat Your Winter Cold Using Natural Remedies

The cold, dryness and increased time spent indoors in close proximity to one another during the winter often leads to more cases of the common cold. If you have the sniffles, you may want to turn to your kitchen cabinet before your medicine cabinet.

“For the common cold, which is vital for the vast majority of people suffering, antibiotics are not effective,” according to Dr. Amy Rothenberg, ND, former trustee for the board of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians and 2017 Naturopathic Physician of the Year.

“A lot of what we do as naturopaths when we look at remedies to stuff is how can we support your immune function to do its job,” says Dr. Elizabeth R. Yori, ND, president of the Maine Association of Naturopathic Doctors.

Some of the best ways to promote immune health are the simplest: Wash your hands, reduce your intake of refined sugar, and make sure you are getting enough sleep.

Vitamin D is also a helpful supplement for immune function during the winter, especially in northern areas, where sunshine, the main purveyor of vitamin D, is scarce. Supplements in the form of drops or capsules will help absorb the fat-soluble vitamin. Yori recommends getting tested for a vitamin D deficiency before taking supplements, and to use caution. “Don’t use it all year round,” she says. “Only use it seasonally.”

Other natural remedies do not use herbs. “One of the best ones is people using a hot footbath,” Rothenberg says. “It helps to draw congestion and inflammation away from the head and helps blood flow a little bit faster through the body, past lymph nodes where white blood cells are seated,” Rothenberg says.

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Natural Remedies To Soothe Your Child’s Sunburn

If you find yourself in a secluded area by the beach where your child has endured unfortunate sunburn, then maybe consider using some household items for relief.

According to an article featured in Parents magazine, these may include some conventional breakfast items that you never would have thought to have healing properties.

Ice: Ice can be tricky as applying it to the skin directly can result in further damage. Instead use an ice pack or frozen veggies, wrapped in a soft cloth and hold against the affected area.

Take a cooling bath: Applying cool, not cold, water to the skin can be very satisfying and may relieve some pain. Be sure not to use soapy products.

Aloe vera gel: Aloe vera gel has various healing properties and it may be useful to keep a jar of this amazing product in your home. The cooling gel that comes from the aloe vera plant moisturizes the skin and speeds up the healing process.

Honey: This lovely, natural, sweet treat also has various healing properties. Natural honey is said to be more effective than some antibiotic creams for speeding up healing, reducing infection and minimizing pain. Keep honey away from babies under one year, though.

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What Is The Best Remedy For Sinus Drainage?

The sinuses are always draining mucus down the back of the throat and into the stomach. Some health issues can make this drainage more noticeable, and even painful or annoying. There are many home remedies, including essential oils, steam therapy, and nasal irrigation.

Natural remedies for sinus drainage

If sinus drainage is irritating, but not severe, home remedies can usually relieve the discomfort.

Treating underlying causes, by eliminating contact with allergens, for example, can also improve symptoms and prevent them from returning.

Essential oils

Aromatherapy can offer temporary relief when sinus drainage causes congestion and pressure.

Steam therapy

Thickened mucus often causes irritating sinus drainage. Steam can thin the mucus, allowing it to flow more easily, and help relieve coughing, pressure, and difficulty breathing.

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Experts Recommend Natural Remedies to Curb Diabetes

Medical practitioners have recommended some natural remedies that could curb the increasing rate of diabetes in the country.

The practitioners offered the remedies in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.

They spoke against the backdrop of this year’s World Diabetes Day, which is celebrated globally on November 14.

“Diabetes usually is prevalent in middle-aged and older adults but now becoming common in children. Adults are still at the highest risk than children,’’ Dr. Iorwuese Charles said on phone.

Charles, a medical practitioner at Police Hospital Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State, said that diabetes is a group of diseases that usually end up in too much amount of sugar in the blood.

Another medical practitioner, Dr. Egbete Chimaobi, said that some of the most commonly suggested natural remedies can be used to curb diabetes.

“Remedies such as ginger and a mix of cinnamon as the anti-inflammatory properties help prevent certain diabetes complications; bitter leaf also helps to reduce the blood sugar and avoid heart and kidney failure.

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How to Treat and Prevent Cold Sores on Your Lips

If you’ve ever looked in the mirror and saw a pimple-looking dot on your mouth that hurts a lot, you’re not alone — but it’s not always something as simple as a blemish. The inflamed bump may be a cold sore, which is super familiar. (Right now, about 50 to 80 percent of Americans have been exposed to the virus.) And because there is currently no cure for the herpes simplex virus (HSV-1), once you are infected the virus remains in your system for life, says Sonia Batra, a board-certified dermatologist and co-host of the show The Doctors. We tapped the experts to find out how to soothe, treat, and prevent cold sore flare-ups.

How to Spot Them

Cold sores might get confused with pimples, ingrown hairs, and canker sores, but they’re easy to spot once you realize what the symptoms are and how they differ. A cold sore will often appear outside the mouth on the skin of the lip, rather than inside (like a canker sore), and it’ll resemble a small cluster of white blisters, rather than a singular dot, says Batra. And pimples tend to have a central white plug whereas cold sores do not, Agrawal adds.

How to Treat Them

Realize that cold sores are contagious until they are entirely gone. “It is thought that cold sores are less contagious once they scab over, but you are still contagious until they go away completely, which typically takes about two weeks,” says Batra.

How to Prevent Them

Cold sores tend to recur when the immune system is relatively weak, like when you have a terrible cold. “To reduce their frequency, support the immune system with healthy habits including adequate sleep, exercise, and stress minimization,” says Batra.

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Natural Remedies To Help People With Thyroid Disease

HOUSTON – Women are more at risk than men, with one in eight women developing thyroid problems in her lifetime, especially after pregnancy and menopause. If you notice symptoms like fatigue, weight gain, constipation or depression, seek treatment from your doctor, but you can also bring treatment into your home with how you live.

It’s only a few centimeters long, but the thyroid plays a significant role.

An estimated 27 million Americans, half undiagnosed, suffer from thyroid disease. Natural remedies are not a cure, but they can lower stress, prevent disease, and make you feel better. A healthy diet, focusing on citrus fruits, leafy greens, coconut oil, ginger, and whole grains like quinoa and buckwheat can offer antioxidants and vitamin B12. Studies show that apple cider vinegar boosts metabolism and weight loss; a significant issue with hypothyroidism.

Women’s Health Network states that your stress response can directly influence thyroid function because the stress hormone cortisol can inhibit high thyroid stimulating hormones. Getting adequate sleep, meditating, practicing breathing exercises, and taking time to relax can counter unnecessary stress.

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Improve GERD Symptoms With Natural Remedies

TEMECULA – Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, is a painful condition in which stomach acid flows up the esophagus and into the mouth. Sometimes called dyspepsia, acid reflux or heartburn, GERD can generate a fiery sensation in the chest and throat that can range from mild to severe.

GERD can affect anyone regardless of their age, gender or ethnicity. In the United States, approximately 20 percent of the population has GERD, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Five million Canadians experience heartburn or acid regurgitation at least once each week, according to the Canadian Digestive Health Foundation.

In many mild to moderate cases of reflux, individuals can rely on lifestyle changes and natural remedies to prevent symptoms.

First, avoid food triggers. Certain foods and beverages, such as greasy or spicy recipes and alcoholic beverages, can make GERD symptoms strike. Acidic foods, chocolate, onions, carbonated beverages, and caffeinated beverages also may trigger GERD.

Fasting before bedtime can help. Avoid eating food and consuming beverages two to three hours before bedtime.

Lose weight. According to the Center for Esophageal Motility Disorders at Vanderbilt University, obesity is the leading cause of GERD. Extra stomach fat puts pressure on the abdomen, pushing gastric acids into the esophagus. Losing weight can reduce this pressure.

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