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Senior Health: 6 Remedies Hiding in the Kitchen

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Did you know some treatments for ailments that commonly affect seniors can be found right in the kitchen? If you care for an older loved one, consider the kitchen cabinet for preventive medicine and other helpful home remedies. Placer County home care provider, Home Care Assistance, recommends giving these six all-natural solutions a try.

1. Ginger or Peppermint Tea
These fragrant brews can help eliminate gas pains and other types of minor gastrointestinal distress, such as indigestion, nausea, and heartburn. In addition, some studies suggest ginger can relieve arthritis pain.

2. Cinnamon
Another powerful spice, cinnamon has been clinically proven to lower cholesterol levels, helping to prevent heart disease. One study also showed that consumption of the spice lowered blood sugar levels in people with type-2 diabetes.

3. Honey
This sweet treat can be soothing if your loved one has a minor cut or burn. Just place a dab of honey on the wound and cover it with gauze. You can also add it to tea or hot water to treat a sore throat.

4. Cranberries
If your senior loved one is prone to urinary tract infections, encourage him or her to consume cranberries. Drinking one to two glasses of pure cranberry juice daily can help prevent recurrent UTIs.

5. Milk
A glass of warm milk before bed really does work wonders for insomnia. The beverage contains tryptophan, which helps bring on a feeling of drowsiness.

6. Garlic
Feel a cold or sore throat coming on? Raw garlic has a component called allicin, which helps combat bacteria and viruses.

As with all health problems, encourage your loved one to talk with his or her doctor if the illness or injury worsens despite home treatment. Learn more about senior health or find a Placer County caregiver who can promote your senior loved one’s wellbeing by reaching out to Home Care Assistance. Every caregiver is expertly trained, compassionate, and can assist with daily responsibilities both in and outside the home. To speak with a Care Manager and schedule a complimentary in-home consultation, call 916.226.3737 today. We look forward to hearing from you!