Cephalexin is a natural antibiotic that helps fight bacteria. It’s used in many medicines, such as cough syrups, mouthwashes, eye drops and even toothpaste. Cephalexin is found naturally in certain plants and animals. You may have heard of it before when you were taking antibiotics or you might have read about it in medical journals.
But did you know that there are other uses for cephalexin besides medicine?
It is possible to use cephalexin in cooking. It works well in making a paste called “café au chocolat” (chocolate cream). It’s very popular among children because they like chocolate and its taste. Café au chocolat tastes good, but it can cause stomach upset if taken regularly. Also, it causes diarrhea and vomiting when consumed in large amounts. If you’re concerned about taking it, then you could try using it in baking instead.
Another way to use cephalexin is in tea. Tea contains caffeine which makes your heart beat faster and blood pressure rise. Coffee contains chemicals called polyphenols that make coffee taste better. These compounds are also present in cephalosporins, the active ingredient of cephalexin. You can get the health benefits of drinking tea while also taking antibiotics.
Make sure you only use unsweetened cephalexin-based tea because it causes cavities if you drink a lot of it.
Finally, you can use cephalexin in hair care. Cephalexin makes hair grow faster and reduces gray hair. It’s great for men who are balding or have thinning hair. It also makes hair glossy and black. Hair that has gone gray returns to its original color when using this method.
Overall, cephalexin can be used for more than just medicine. The uses listed above are just a few of the many creative ways to put this miracle drug to good use. Lastly, if you’re concerned about taking it, then make sure you talk to your doctor before using it in cooking or other methods not listed above.
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