Get Smart about Antibiotics Safety Week | Staying Healthy Tips | Best Home Health Midland TX | Abilene TX 

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Happy HOC Homecare Wellness Wednesday!

Today we are creating awareness about Antibiotic safety use. We will first start off with some facts about Antibiotic Resistance we got from the CDC website:

Antibiotic resistance has been called one of the world’s most pressing public health problems.

Every time a person takes antibiotics, sensitive bacteria are killed, but resistant ones may be left to grow and multiply.

Repeated and improper uses of antibiotics are the primary causes of the increase in drug-resistant bacteria.

Overuse and misuse of antibiotics threatens the usefulness of these important drugs. Decreasing inappropriate antibiotic use is a key strategy to control antibiotic resistance.

Antibiotic resistance in children is of particular concern because they have the highest rates of antibiotic use and often have fewer antibiotic choices since some antibiotics cannot be safely given to children.

Antibiotic resistance can cause significant suffering for people who have common infections that once were easily treatable with antibiotics.

When antibiotics do not work, infections often last longer, cause more severe illness, require more doctor visits or extended hospital stays, and involve more expensive and toxic medications. Some resistant infections can even cause death.

Now from our Wellness Crusadarz we have some Preventative Measures to Stay Healthy:

  Fermented cod liver oil (yuck we know)

dried elderberries to make elderberry syrup (or buy the syrup) – an immunity booster

Elderberry syrup should not be used by people with certain conditions – 

probiotics –

homemade chicken stock – always a good food to include in your meal plan at least once a week, especially in the fall/winter.

fresh garlic – one of the top foods with natural antibiotic properties, another good habit is definitely to include garlic as often as possible.

coconut oil – also a natural antibiotic food, the healing properties of coconut oil are many and diverse!

To Fight Infections

Natural antibiotics are still quite potent and can also unbalance your natural flora, but not as recklessly as drug antibiotics, and without many of the iffy side effects. Worth buying for your medicine cabinet:

garlic oil
oil of oregano – infuse into air, rub onto feet WITH a carrier oil, but don’t take my word for it. 

probiotics – take during and after

For pain relief from an ear infection, gently warm olive oil on the stovetop and carefully pour into the affected ear, then tip out. You can infuse it with crushed garlic, too, but take care not to get any garlic actually inside the ear.

Goldenseal and Echinacea; 

To EaseCongestion 

eucalyptus, menthol, camphor, 

A vaporizer

To put in your vaporizer:

eucalyptus oil

camphor oil

lavender oil (for sleeping)

You can also put the garlic and oregano oils in the vaporizer to fight infection 

Use hot steam by running the shower or sink and tenting the head with a towel

Saline water, either purchased or homemade, is a simple and effective nostril-flusher-outer (I believe you can just dissolve 1/4 tsp. salt in a cup of water and drip into little one’s noses)

For Coughs

Can anyone remember their mom giving them whiskey and honey? Lol. Well for some it still works (although let us use this time for a brief disclaimer) 

****We at HocHomecare do not encourage the use of alcohol not do we claim to be physicians. All of the contents in our blog posts are for educational purposes only. Consult your doctor on any regimen or herbal remedies first.

Ok now that is out of the way let us continue….
What about the tickle in your throat? 
Try gargling with apple cider vinegar, or better yet, do this: drink a splash of ACV mixed with as much cayenne pepper as you can stand, crushed garlic, honey and lemon juice. Nasty, but effective on a sore throat or impending cold.
For Throwing Up
Other than avoiding putting anything IN the victim, activated charcoal is the only thing we know of that works as a natural anti-vomit solution.

Ginger (in tea or gum) or peppermint (tea, in vaporizer) are good anti-nauseal remedies.
For General Pain
Fish Oils: Fish oil is known for its anti-inflammatory properties, and inflammation plays a large role in pain, says Michael Cronin, ND, a naturopathic physician in Scottsdale, Az., and immediate past president of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians.
Turmeric: Also called Curcuma longa, turmeric is basically a root, Kim says. “It’s often found in spicy foods, very much in Indian cooking. Studies have shown it has definite anti-inflammatory properties.”
Resveratrol: Found in red wine, grapes and berries. 
Heat therapy.
Deep breathing: We use the 4-7-8 technique.
  For urinary tract infection symptoms:

Apple cider vinegar Urinary Tract Infection treatment

Apple cider vinegar contains important enzymes, rich minerals, and nutrients such as potassium that prevent the bacteria that cause UTIs from multiplying or growing. Acetic acid in apple cider vinegar has the ability to foster the growth of beneficial bacteria and to kill “bad” bacteria at the same time

Organic apple cider vinegar
Filtered water
Mix 2-3 tablespoons in a glass of water
Drink it twice or thrice a day. Add raw honey for a better taste.

Baking Soda UTI Treatment
Baking Soda creates an alkaline environment in the body, which bacteria do not like so it will not be able to spread.

Add one teaspoon of baking soda to one cup of water and drink it once a day. Be careful not too add too much baking soda.
1. Get Your Fill of Water to include Fresh or organic Cranberry Juice
2. Load Up on Vitamin C for a Healthy Urinary Tract

3. Cut Bladder Irritants From Your Diet
caffeine, alcohol, spicy food, nicotine, carbonated drinks, and artificial sweeteners.

Hope you enjoyed our Wellness Wednesday blog post.

Remember if you can not avoid the use of antibiotics take them as prescribed, do not skip days, and do not take your friends prescription.
We will leave you with a smile…

Have a Happy Wellness Wednesday Day!


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