Cold Crushers and Busy Mouths (Slideshow)

Weekly health tips to make your life better

Woman with cold


  • 1. Keep your mouth busy after quitting smoking

    After quitting tobacco, the need for oral gratification can be replaced too easily with food, so develop a positive substitute instead. Chew on baby carrots or celery. Or keep your mouth busy while getting a dental boost by using dental picks.

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  • 2. Pace your pain relievers

    Remember that common medications contain acetaminophen, including Pamprin®, Alka-Seltzer Plus® and Excedrin PM®. So taking one of those drugs for cramps, indigestion or to help you sleep while also taking Tylenol for a headache can be dangerous — and even fatal.

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  • 3. #TurnOffYourPhoneAndGoToSleep

    Teens can spend hours connected to technology – texting, downloading music, gaming, social networking and watching online videos. Parents, you may want to talk to your teens about shutting off their devices at night so they get enough rest.

    What scientific reason can keep teens from feeling tired until 1 or
    2 a.m.?
  • 4. To prevent cancer, take care of those pearly whites

    While your dentist is cleaning your teeth, he or she can also check for oral cancer. Also, if you smoke, keep in mind that smokers are six times more likely than non-smokers to develop oral cancer, which includes cancers of the lips, tongue, cheek, sinuses and throat.

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  • 5. Why zinc is a cold crusher

    When you feel a cold coming on, take zinc. Here’s why: experts say zinc actually binds to viral particles, which helps keep them from replicating. Zinc won’t prevent you from getting a cold, but it could make your cold less severe and lessen its duration.

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