Better Nutrition

SHOPPING GUIDE

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For topical treatment, stock your first aid kit with one or more of these: ALOE VERA GEL: Get the most concentrat­ed product you can find, or even better, use a fresh piece from a plant. PROPOLIS: A resin made by bees, propolis is found in some natural burn ointments. Don’t use propolis ( or honey) if you’re allergic to bee products. MEDICINAL HONEY: Choose an ointment that contains pure honey and is designed for therapeuti­c use. HOMEOPATHI­C SPRAYS OR OINTMENTS: Some common ingredient­s for healing burns include belladonna, cantharis, Ranunculus bulbosus, Urtica dioica, and a homeopathi­c form of calendula. CALENDULA: Use a gel or ointment designed for treating burns, rather than a skin care product for general use. VITAMIN E OINTMENT, CREAM, OR OIL: Once skin has healed, use to reduce scars. Choose a concentrat­ed product designed to be therapeuti­c, rather than a basic moisturize­r with vitamin E.

For healing from within:

VITAMIN C: Choose a form that makes it easy to take large doses, such as a high- strength powder that can easily be mixed with water. Take 500 mg, twice daily. VITAMIN E: Holistic healers generally recommend a supplement with a family of vitamin E forms, including mixed tocopherol­s and tocotrieno­ls, rather than only alpha- tocopherol. For adults, 200– 400 IU is a typical daily dose. VITAMINS AND MINERALS: A multivitam­in is the best source of other key healing nutrients, especially zinc, beta- carotene, vitamin A, and selenium.

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Avoid propolis ( above) if allergic to bees

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