I’ll be the first to admit that many health problems are embarrassing. You may be reluctant to discuss them with your friends, family, or even your doctor. But left untreated, some of these problems can lead to far more serious conditions. So, I’d like to share some of my favorite quick and simple cures for embarrassing problems.
- To correct or prevent hemorrhoids, lessen abdominal pressure. Drink a minimum of eight glasses of water daily and, if necessary, take a stool softener that doesn’t contain any type of chemical irritant. Add bulk and roughage to your diet such as unpeeled apples or pears, figs, celery, or other raw fruits and vegetables. Psyllium seed products like Metamucil are also helpful.
- Take L-lysine to get rid of cold sores. Cold sores are caused by the extremely contagious herpes simplex 1 virus. Taking L-lysine inhibits the virus’ ability to replicate. If you are prone to cold sores, take a preventive daily dose of 750 to 1,500 mg of lysine a day, and increase it to 3,000 mg daily when an outbreak is imminent.
- Banish bad breath, starting with your tongue. Your tongue’s protective mucous coating makes it an excellent hideout for bacteria. To prevent bad breath, brush your tongue along with your teeth. You can also borrow a tip from Ayurvedic medicine and scrape your tongue once a day. Curved thin metal or plastic strips designed for this purpose not only remove plaque-forming bacteria, but are also one of the most effective breath fresheners around. Look for tongue scrapers in your health food store or pharmacy.
- Defeat dandruff with a household staple. The most common cause of dandruff is seborrheic dermatitis. This skin condition usually starts as dry or greasy scaling of the skin but may progress to yellow-red scaling bumps. To treat dandruff, wash your scalp with diluted honey, a natural antifungal, then shampoo as usual. In a European study, this eliminated flakes and itching in five weeks. I also suggest drinking a cup of nettle tea and taking three evening primrose capsules daily.
Now it’s your turn: Do you have a tip to share for solving an embarrassing health problem?