medicine cabinet myths

medicine cabinet myths
Boost your OTC knowledge with this true-or-false trivia.
medicine cabinet myths All Fitness

1/ You should trash OTC meds the second they expire. // FALSE
Painkillers and cold meds are typically A-OK to take after they’ve expired, says Rahul
Khare, M.D. “They can still be effective a month or two past the date on the box, but I wouldn’t take anything after six months,” he says. The exception: liquid syrups, which can go rancid.

2/ If the recommended dose of a pain reliever doesn’t help, popping lots more of the same medicine will. // FALSE
“OTC drugs like acetaminophen, aspirin, and ibuprofen have maximum ‘ceiling doses,’ which means that taking more than what’s on the label won’t add to the drug’s effectiveness; it will only contribute to its toxicity,” says Patrick J. McDonnell, Pharm.D., professor of clinical pharmacy practice at Temple University School of Pharmacy. If you need a boatload of relief, talk to your doctor about other options.

Pop Quiz

Pop Quiz
Think you know the best meds for common health woes? Think again—and consult our cheat sheet.
pop Quiz All Fitness  medicine-cabinet shelves. But chances are also good that you’re clueless about how they work and which one is right for what ails you. Per a study, only 41 percent of people read the ingredients labels on nonprescription meds before buying them, and nearly 70 percent have no idea what’s in some of their drugs. Here to help: a guide to the fastest-acting fixes.
Chances are, you have no shortage of OTC helpers on your medicine-cabinet shelves. But chances are also good that you’re clueless about how they work and which one is right for what ails you.
Per a study, only 41 percent of people read the ingredients labels on nonprescription meds before buying them, and nearly 70 percent have no idea what’s in some of their drugs.
Here to help: a guide to the fastest-acting fixes.

Healthy Dose YOUR AILMENT:
Allergies
YOUR OPTIONS: diphenhydramine, fexofenadine, cetirizine, loratadine
YOUR BEST BET: cetirizine
This group of (barely pronounceable!) meds is often referred to as antihistamines, which are  your go-to for relief from seasonal sneezing and dripping. Research shows cetirizine is the most all-around effective at relieving symptoms caused by your body’s overactive immune response to allergens, though it does make a small percentage of users drowsy, says JamesSublett, M.D., managing partner of  Family Allergy & Asthma in Louisville, Kentucky. For a nonsedating option, take a med with loratadine. Or try something more natural. “Research shows that using a bottle of saline nasal spray with a few drops of peppermint oil added

Tastes Better Together

Tastes Better Together
BEETS + WALNUTS + GARLIC
Three More Delicious Recipes :

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1. Ruby and orange salad: Divide 8 cups red leaf lettuce among 4 plates.
Top each plate with ½ roasted sliced beet, ½ segmented orange,
2 Tbsp chopped toasted walnuts, and 2 Tbsp herbed goat cheese.
 Whisk together 3 Tbsp olive oil, 2 Tbsp red wine vinegar, 2 Tbsp orange juice, 1 Tbsp Dijon
mustard, 1 Tbsp minced garlic, and ¼ tsp each salt and pepper; drizzle over salad.

2. Pasta sauce: Puree 2 cups chopped cooked or canned beets and ½ cup fat-free, low-sodium chicken stock in a blender until smooth. Sauté 3 cloves sliced garlic in 1 Tbsp olive oil until golden. Add pureed beets, ½ cup half-andhalf, and ¼ tsp each salt and pepper, and simmer 3 minutes.
Add ½ lb cooked wholewheat pasta and toss to coat. Divide among 4 bowls and sprinkle each
with 2 tsp chopped toasted walnuts and 1 tsp chopped basil.

Weekend Fat Blaster

Weekend Fat Blaster

SUPPLEMENT YOUR WEEKDAY ROUTINE AND BUILD MUSCLE ANYWHERE WITH THIS TOTAL-BODY OUTDOOR WORKOUT


Weekend Fat Blaster All fitnees SUPPLEMENT YOUR WEEKDAY ROUTINE AND BUILD MUSCLE ANYWHERE WITH THIS TOTAL-BODY OUTDOOR WORKOUT

A BUSY WORKWEEK CAN SABOTAGE EVEN THE BEST-LAID
fitness plans. That makes the weekend a perfect time to compensate for a missed workout, reinforce your gains, or burn a few extra calories, says Dan John, a fitness coach in Burlingame, California, and the author of Never Let Go. John’s outdoor workout makes
weekend exercise a snap since no gym is required. You can find most of what you need—bench, pole, solid ground—at your local park.
What’s more, most of the exercises work one limb at a time, helping you identify weaknesses and blind spots that you can address  when you head back to the weight room on Monday

Grape Escape / Strong Swimmers

GRAPE ESCAPE
Wine has the magical ability to take the edge off, and now research from the University of
Houston suggests that grapes themselves may also do the trick.
Wine has the magical ability to take the edge off, and now research from the University of Houston suggests that grapes themselves may also do the trick.

 When rodents consumed a grape-based powder drink for two weeks, they had fewer blood pressure spikes than the critters that just sipped water. “Oxidative stress in the body may contribute to anxiety, and grapes’ high antioxidant content may have a protective effect,” says study author Samina Salim, Ph.D. Perfect for tense times at work when you can’t pop a cork.

What’s the simplest way to cut 400 calories a day?

Beyond the obvious (like stepping away from the cheesecake), start by nixing liquid calories, says Lauren Slayton, R.D., owner of Foodtrainers in New York City. She’s not talking about
just soda and cocktails:
Even healthy beverages can jack up your calorie count. Cases in point: pressed fruit and vegetable juice (up to 440 calories for 16 ounces) and coconut water (up to 93 calories for 16 ounces).
 Then make a few smart swaps throughout the day: Replace a slice of cheese with an extra handful of spinach to cut 100 calories from your omelet. Instead of a quarter cup of almonds, snack on one ounce of kale chips— up to 105 calories, saved. Dress your salad with lemon
Beyond the obvious (like stepping away from the cheesecake), start by nixing liquid calories, says Lauren Slayton, R.D., owner of Foodtrainers in New York City. She’s not talking about just soda and cocktails: Even healthy beverages can jack up your calorie count. Cases in point: pressed fruit and vegetable juice (up to 440 calories for 16 ounces) and coconut water (up to 93 calories for 16 ounces).  Then make a few smart swaps throughout the day: Replace a slice of cheese with an extra handful of spinach to cut 100 calories from your omelet. Instead of a quarter cup of almonds, snack on one ounce of kale chips— up to 105 calories, saved. Dress your salad with lemon
juice rather than balsamic vinaigrette and you can cut about 77 calories per ounce. For more ideas, go to calorie-cutting-tricks.
 What kind of routine can I do with a jump rope?—Carly, Tampa, FL
Don’t worry—you don’t need the coordination for double Dutch to torch mega calories. This circuit, created by Ron Mathews, owner of Reebok CrossFit Lab in Los Angeles, will burn about 200 cals in just 20 minutes! That’s because jumping rope helps rev your metabolism, work your whole body (especially those calves and hamstrings), and amp up your reflexes. Do each exercise for one minute, moving from one to the next without resting.
Complete all seven exercises, then rest for two minutes. Repeat the circuit as many times