Doctors visits cost alot of money. Especially when you are self employed and the cost of health insurance can equal two house payments every month. So we deal with most of the bumps, bruises, colds, and other owies right here at home with good old fashioned home remedies. That's not to say that we don't go to the doctor when it's something that requires more knowledge than I have. But my years of working in a doctors office gave me lots of insider info and practical remedies that I've used at home since hanging up my scrubs a few years ago.
Every once in a while I, or someone else in my family, will get a bladder or urinary tract infection. Those suckers are painful to say the least. We used to treat them by buying processed cranberry juice and swigging it daily while taking an antibiotic prescribed by a doctor. Granted we would buy the organic unsweetened juice, the best you can by when it comes to store bought, but we've found a better way.
I have a juicer that takes care of it for me now. (See my right sidebar under "I Recommend" to see which juicer I have.) One 16 oz glass of fresh juiced cranberries and apples makes a pure drink that knocks our bladder infections out in a matter of hours. It's incredible how much more potent and nutritious and yummy the fresh juice is then even the best store bought. And it only takes one glass of the pure stuff to wipe out an infection.
When it's cranberry season I stock up and keep them in my freezer until the need arises for another dose. There are also drinks we make for when we feel a cold coming on, an upset stomach, or when Chris or I decide to fast but still need some nutrients in our bodies. I can't tell you how much I love my juicer.
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