7 Quick Fixes For Your Body

Aches and pains getting you down? Find the fast fix you need.
by Grace Fernandez   |  Aug 18, 2010
photo courtesy of The Disney Channel (Wizards of Waverly Place)
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  1. Cramps
    Start taking an anti-inflammatory medication such as Ibuprofen right before your period starts. Research shows that painkillers work best if you try catching the pain early. Hot compress on the pelvic area and a good back massage can also help alleviate the pain.

    : Remember that not all medications work the same for everyone, so it’s best to find medicine that works for you.
  2. Smelly Feet
    Soaking your feet in apple cider vinegar will help kill fungus and rid your feet from irritation. Sprinkling baking soda in your shoes and socks is another alternative. Try using an antifungal powder to combat the threat of athlete’s foot.

    : Prevent smelly feet by keeping your shoes clean and dry at all times.
  3. Headache
    One of the most effective ways to get rid of a headache is to take painkillers. But you can also try placing a hot compress on the back of your head, or applying a cold compress to your head and a warm one to your neck to help ease the pain.

    Try acupressure! It is done by rubbing the space between your thumb and your pointer finger as hard as you can at the back of the head.
  4. Sniffles
    Taking a hot shower or draping a towel over your head above a bowl of steaming water can help cure the sniffles, since inhaled steam is known to ease congestion. Drinking lots of fluids (water, tea, juice) will also keep your nose and throat moist. Adequate rest is needed to boost your immune system and speed up the recovery process.

    Tip: Don’t forget to take an extra dose of vitamin C to get you up and running in no time!
  5. Dizzy Spells
    Fluid intake plays a vital role in stopping dizzy spells. Drinking fluids helps replace lost fluid and minerals. Studies have shown that ginger may also be used to control nausea. Try brewing your own fresh ginger tea at home!

    Prevent motion sickness by taking Bonamine 30 minutes before any activity you know will cause nausea.
  6. Aches and Pains
    Ice can be used as an effective pain reliever since it reduces inflammation. It is also important to elevate the strained muscle in a stretched position to help decrease swelling. Remember that heat can only be applied after the swelling has decreased.

    Use a towel when using hot or cold compress to protect your skin.
  7. Scratchy Throat
    A glass of hot water with a mixture of lemon juice and honey can help soothe sore throat. You can also try gargling with salted warm water, as this will shrink the mucous membrane in your throat and bring down the swelling.

    Tip: Take paracetamol to help bring the temperature down if you’re running a fever.
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Grace Fernandez
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