As we roll into cold and flu season, many of us will be guzzling those over-the-counter remedies we think we help us cope with the symptom.
There is a potential downside. Actually there are SEVERAL potential downsides.
Acetaminophen – Many over the over pills and fluids contain this common pain reliever (the main ingredient in Tylenol). It’s also found in many cold medications. If you taking both pain relief pills and cold syrup, you may quickly find yourself consuming way more than 3,000-4,000 milligram dosage recommended as the maximum safe dosage.
Too much acetaminophen can lead to nausea, stomach pain, loss of appetite and ultimately to liver damage. (We don’t have to tell you that liver damage is something we want to avoid.)
Be a Romper Room Do-Bee: You should also stay away from alcohol when taking acetaminophen. And check the ingredients of all the medications you’re taking to keep yourself under that 3,000-4,000 milligram number.
We’ve all heard “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!” But is it?
A statement from the American Heart Association indicates it might be. Their researchers found that we metabolize foods differently at different times of the time. They found that people who eat within two hours of waking had lower heart disease risk factor compared to those who skip breakfast.
The Association cautions that these results are not conclusive because researchers did no further study to determine if people who ate a healthy breakfast also had other health habits that contributed to their lower risk factors.
Nonetheless, the report offered these general guidelines to lower your chances for heart disease and type-2 diabetes:
- Stick to a meal routine. Don’t eat whenever or change you schedule from day to day/
- Schedule your snacking. Just as with meals, planning and timing your snacks can help keep you from indulging in too much junk food.
- Eat less at night. It’s easier for your body to process sugar earlier in the day.
- Eliminate late night snacks altogether. Overnight, your metabolism is at its slowest. Throwing in more calories during this time is asking for trouble.