Monday, August 3, 2009

Natural Alternatives to Antibiotics: A Self-Treat Health Tip

Disease prevention can be easy.  Here's a little self-treat health tip:

Consuming certain foods have antibiotic properties.  Not only are they good for us as a measure of prevention, but they're tasty, too! And Dr Mercola agrees:
  • Garlic – A natural antibiotic used since ancient times, garlic has antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties which help your body fight viruses, bacteria and protozoa.
  • Onions – Onions and garlic are both allium plants, which produce antibiotic effects.
  • Coconut oil – Contains lauric acid, which helps kill microbes before they can enter your body, and caprylic acid, which helps kill fungus and yeast.
  • Honey – Raw honey is a good topical treatment for wounds. It has been found to be effective in fighting certain antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and against a variety of fungi and bacteria, in general.
  • Vitamin C-rich fruits and vegetables – Vitamin C in pineapple, kiwi, strawberries, mangoes and cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, etc) helps stave off or eliminate certain bacterial infections, boost the immune system and heal wounds. 
  • Herbs – A variety of herbs, including basil, bay leaves, cloves, eucalyptus, ginger, goldenseal, oregano, etc, have exhibited traits and qualities that mimic antibiotic actions in the body.



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