One of the frequent questions I've seen here and on other asthma websites is whether asthma can be safely treated with (cheaper) over the counter medicines. So, I thought I'd use this post to explore the answers to that question.
Before I get started, though, let's refresh your memory about a couple of asthma facts:
Asthma is very treatable. While asthma is a chronic, long-term illness that often can't be avoided in the first place, the good news is that it is fairly easily treatable in most cases. With the right treatment, people who have asthma should be able to live full, active lives without many -- or any -- limits.
The best treatment for the majority of people with asthma is a daily or twice daily inhaled steroid. Of course, no one medicine works best for everyone, but research has shown that inhaled steroids are generally the most effective asthma medicine. If they are used correctly, as prescribed, they should control your symptoms most of the time.
It's not unusual for people living with chronic pain to also be dealing with some depression and/or anxiety . But if you're taking an opioid like oxycodone for the pain and also taking an herbal supplement containing St. John's Wort, you may unknowingly be reducing the effectiveness of your pain medication. A small study in Finland found that when St. John's Wort and oxycodone were taken together, the plasma concentration of oxycodone decreased by 50 percent and its half-life (the time it takes for half the drug to be elimitated from the body) was shortened by 27 percent. The reason for the significant decrease in oxycodone's effectiveness may lie in the fact that St. John’s wort is a well-known to induce CYP450 liver enzymes, which play an important role in the metabolism of many opioids. Although oxycodone was the only opioid tested, it would be logical to think that other opioids which are metabolized through the CYP450 pathways might be similarly...
New ways to improve nutrition can always be found. Sometimes being stuck in an eating rut can perpetuate unhealthy habits because those foods that you are used to may not be the best for you. Good health starts at the point of purchase, in this case, the grocery store. Let’s look at some healthy substitutions and healthy additions for your grocery cart.
Substituting is a great way to shift to a slightly healthier food repertoire. You might be used to eating one type of food, but maybe another option can be just as satisfying and more nutritious. Here are some of the substitutions that I have made in my grocery cart.
1. Instead of rice or couscous, buy Quinoa . Quinoa is a whole grain that is loaded with vitamins and proteins. It cooks just a quickly (or more quickly) than rice or couscous, but does not have all the carbohydrate calories that go right to my butt. My favorite recipe is Roasted Vegetables with Saffron Quinoa.
2. Instead of spaghet...
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