Holistic Remedies for Everyday Issues

There are definite benies to western medicine but let’s not forget the thousands of years people relied on medicinal herbs and house hold solutions to cure what ailed them. Much of western medicine relies on treating the symptom rather than curing the root of the problem. Holistic medicine can offer preventative resolutions to arising ailments and treat sickness in a natural way. Prescriptions may alleviate a symptom but can cause a host of issues. Just listen to the warnings in many prescription commercials and wonder if taking meds is really that safe when a side effect is stroke, heart attack or even death.
Let’s explore some safe, healthy solutions to common health issues.

Heartburn/acid reflux is when the acid from your stomach moves up into your esophagus. Taking an antacid may do the trick but over time the acid is eroding your body and antacids offer no long-term solution. Instead add more alkaline foods to your diet like berries and greens. Powdered greens can be added to any liquid for a flavorful alkaline drink. Or add one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to water and drink daily. It is bitter but will balance your ph. Eliminate or reduce acidic foods like shellfish, tomatoes, coffee, OJ and alcohol.

Eczema can be linked to diet as well, mainly an allergy to chocolate, dairy or eggs. Try removing these from your diet then slowly add one at a time looking for a negative reaction. To reduce inflammation try a bath with chamomile tea bags and oatmeal for a soothing solution until you get to the root of the problem. Eliminate fake perfumes and dyes from laundry detergent and skincare. Avoid dryer sheets.

Insomnia is so frustrating. Here are some collective solutions to try: 1)turn off electronics three hours prior to bedtime 2)take a calcium/magnesium supplement with dinner 3)take a hot bath with Epsom salt 4)drink a tea which promotes relaxation like chamomile or valerian 5)eliminate caffeine 5-6 hours prior to bedtime 6)supplement nightly with 5HTP which promotes serotonin and relaxation.

Stress/Anxiety/Depression is not an easy fix because it is brain chemistry. But it’s not impossible if it’s mild to moderate. Mood can be elevated with supplementing with vitamin D3. A blood test will reveal deficiency. Many holistic practioners believe a blood lipid level below 40 is low. It takes 2000-4000 iu daily for most people to elevate their levels. Omega-3 Fish Oils offer healthy fats for your brain along with acids like DHA and EPA which promote mood elevation, concentration and memory enhancement. Look for 500-1000mg of DHA and EPA per serving. Carlson makes tasty liquids you can add to foods or take by the spoonful. Avoid alcohol which acts as a depressant in your brain. Exercise helps by releasing endorphins which make you feel happy.

Remember that health is a work in progress and using natural remedies takes time. What people love about prescriptions is they work quickly but sadly they don’t offer long-term wellness. Lifestyle and genes are not a dead end, we can optimize our bodies with a good diet and informed decisions.

This advice does not replace the care of your doctor. The best care would be integration especially if you are already dealing with a serious illness.