New Series: The Dr. Oz Alphabet K-O

AlphabetThis week we are bringing you the next few letters from Dr. Oz’s Alphabet of Health! We hope you are getting some good advice!

K: Keratosis Pilaris

This rough, bumpy skin on your butt, thighs and the back of your arms may look like tiny pimples, but it’s actually the build-up of dead skin around your hair follicles. Try using a gentle body scrub on a regular basis, and you’ll quickly see relief.

Next up are L, M and N and the cold symptoms that start with them. Dr. Oz has the surefire treatments to help provide quick relief.

L: Laryngitis

Laryngitis is an inflammation of your larynx, or voice box, that results in symptoms ranging from a tickling in your throat to a complete loss of your voice. Try treating it with Traditional Medicinals’ Throat Coat, a tea that provides a protective coating on the membranes lining your throat. It’s believed to soothe irritation because it contains the anti-inflammatory herb licorice. The tea also contains slippery elm, which clings to the back of the throat and will break up the mucus that’s making you hoarse. Available for around $5 at health food stores, take Throat Coat four times per day to remedy symptoms.

If you’re looking for a laryngitis cure that packs a punch, try a whiskey gargle. Add 1 teaspoon of whiskey to an 8 ounce glass of warm water and gargle (but be sure to spit it back out!). Laryngitis narrows your upper airway, so a whiskey gargle’s astringent properties open those airways back up, while its antiseptic nature will kill laryngitis-causing bacteria.

M: Mucus

When we get a cold, our chests fill with mucus, causing discomfort, pain, and trouble sleeping. Here are two treatments to get rid of the gunk. Try taking NAC (N-acetylcysteine) supplement. It’s a decongestant with potent antioxidant activity that will break up mucous and thin it down to help your body get rid of it faster. Available for about $8 in drug stores, take 250 milligrams a day of NAC with or without food. If you’re already experiencing drippy nose, however, you should not take NAC supplement.

N: Nasal Congestion

If you’ve taken every over-the-counter allergy and cold medicine and still can’t treat your nasal congestion, or if you want a natural treatment, here are two alternatives. If you’ve got access to a juicer, make a fresh juice using 2 apples, 1 pineapple, and 2 teaspoons of honey. Be sure to keep the skin on the apples, as they contain bromelain and quercetin, natural antihistamines that will help reduce congestion. Juicing your own fruits releases these natural antihistamines that store-bought juices don’t contain.

If you don’t have access to a juicer, try steam inhalation to treat your congestion. Buy eucalyptus or rosemary, add two sprigs to boiling water, put a towel over your head, then lean over and breathe in the healing steam. Do it two or three times a day for at least 5 minutes to immediately relieve that stuffy feeling.

Cold Bonus Info: Most of us know chicken soup can help relieve cold symptoms, but to boost its effectiveness, add two secret ingredients to your favorite recipe: chicken bones and Asian hot chilies. Cooking the entire chicken in your stock (instead of just deboned breasts or thighs) will give you all its benefits — namely a lot of iron, calcium, fat, and protein, all of which will boost your immune system and get you over that cold and congestion. The chilies contain cold-fighting vitamin A, while their spiciness will help break up the mucus.

We’re more than mid-way through solving your health issues from A to Z, which is fitting since we’re about to focus on the midsection of the body and reveal simple solutions for your biggest digestive problems. But first, two food-related bonus tips to improve your health.

O: Orgasm

Having a problem reaching the big O? Try nibbling on asparagus. It’s chockfull of folate, a B vitamin that helps boost arousal.

Courtesy of Dr. Oz.

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