Natural Ways to Improve Common Health Concerns

May 24, 2018 | Wellness Resources

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Natural Ways to Improve Common Health Concerns
There is a new drug crisis that is happening right under our noses. Polypharmacy, defined as taking multiple prescription medications at once, is a growing public health concern particularly in the older adult population. While taking prescription medications may be medically necessary and very helpful at times, every medication has side effects, and often, one medication will lead to another. The is a growing concern among experts that we are over medicating.

Headaches


People will commonly pop a couple of over-the-counter pain killers when they get a headache. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen are extremely hard on your stomach and have been linked to stomach ulcers and leaky gut syndromeTylenol (acetaminophen) is not much better. It is extremely hard on the liver, and is the leading cause of liver failure in the United States. On top of nasty side effects, these commonly used medications just numb the pain. They don’t do anything to improve the underlying cause of your headache.

Headaches can be caused by a variety of triggers, including hormonal imbalances, toxicity, inflammation, immune issues and others. The next time that you feel a headache coming on, instead of just numbing the pain with an over-the-counter pain killer, feed your brain the right nutrition. Some of the best nutrients to help address many of the causes of headaches include magnesium, arabinogalactan, milk thistle extract (silymarin), curcumin, and bromelain. For sinus headaches, oregano oil and quercetin offer extra support.

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Seasonal Allergies


Seasonal allergies can really spoil your outdoor fun. Instead of reaching for an over-the-counter anti-histamine product, you can find relief naturally using nutrition. Quercetin is the gold standard for natural allergy relief. It is a powerful anti-histamine nutrient that is able to improve a wide variety of allergy symptoms by modulating inflammatory signals and calming mast cells (the immune cells that release histamine). Quercetin is also a potent anti-inflammatory antioxidant that builds up in the sinus area, making it especially helpful for sinus symptoms like congestion, sneezing, and a runny nose.

As an effective immune system modulator, quercetin also works to improve allergies by stabilizing an over reactive immune system. It has a stabilizing effect on the immune system, helping various types of immune cells maintain their composure even when triggered by an allergen. This helps provides better tolerance for irritants such as pollen.

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Stomach Ache or Indigestion


It may be tempting to reach for the Tums or Pepto Bismol if you are experiencing common digestive symptoms like heartburn, nausea, upset stomach, or diarrhea. These over-the-counter medications do nothing to improve the problem, and block nutrient absorption like iron, B12, zinc, and more.

Instead, try soothing your digestive tract and improving your gut health. Ginger is soothing to the stomach and reduces digestive inflammation that may lead to common digestive symptoms. Ginger also helps to bring blood flow and warmth to the digestive system, enhancing digestive power.

Many of the symptoms of indigestion (gas, bloating, heartburn) can be attributed to a lack of digestive enzymes. Incompletely digested food particles may “back up” in the stomach causing indigestion, bloating, or gas. Taking digestive enzymes can help to break down food particles more efficiently and prevent those annoying digestive symptoms. Take 1-2 capsules before meals or in higher amounts when as needed to help to ease many common digestive symptoms.

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Aches and Pains


Pain is a sign that something isn’t right in the body. Rather than numbing the pain, its best to get to the root cause of what is going on under the surface. When you need something to manage aches and pain, instead of Tylenol, calcium AEP can naturally help. This unique form of calcium is combined with a special compound called Amino Ethanol Phosphate (AEP). It helps protect the fatty layer or myelin sheath around nerve tissue from stress. It is an ideal compound to help nerve pain and irritation.

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Common Cold


The best remedy for a cold is rest, plenty of fluids, and a healthy diet, but there are plenty of nutrients that can help support a healthy immune system while you rest. The immune system depends on plenty of antioxidants, properly managed inflammation, and several key nutrients. Zinc is one of the most important minerals for maintaining a healthy immune system. Without adequate zinc, immune system communication will struggle. According to a study in Open Respiratory Medicine Journal, supplementing with zinc as soon as you feel a cold coming on can reduce the duration of cold symptoms by up to 40%.

Vitamin C is a well-known vitamin important for supporting a healthy immune system. Strong evidence exists that vitamin C can shorten the severity and/or duration of the common cold. Vitamin C is a very strong antioxidant that protects cells against infections and free radicals that damage body tissue. It also directly influences the immune system by supporting white blood cell health. Other immune functions like phagocytes, interferon production, viral replication, and T-Cell maturation are also affected by vitamin C levels. The doses used in studies range from 2,000 mg up to 15,000 mg per day, far more than the adult RDA of 75-90 milligrams of vitamin C per day.

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Bladder Infection



There is hardly anything more annoying than a bladder infection, but antibiotic use often leads to recurrent bladder or fungal infections after use. Recent findings have demonstrated that imbalances in the urinary tract flora can cause a flare up of bladder pain and discomfort. Evidence of fungal overgrowth, i.e. Candida and Saccharomyces, rather than an obvious bacterial overgrowth has been researched more recently. This finding correlates with the rise in antibiotic use and processed, nutrient-poor American diets.

Cranberry, oregano oil, and probiotics can be used to balance the flora in the bladder and urinary tract. Certainly the usage of cranberry extracts in prevention of bacterial UTIs has been proven over the years. Cranberry extracts are so effective by reducing inflammation in the bladder, improving antioxidant status, and preventing bacterial adhesion to the bladder wall.

Oregano oil is a natural antibacterial nutrient. Clinical studies have shown it is capable of combating fungi and both gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria, including E. coli and candida albicans, which can lead to infection in the urinary tract. Oregano oil is also kinder to the friendly flora in the bladder that can protect against reoccurring infections and won’t lead to antibiotic resistance.

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For centuries, humans have survived without a Minute Clinic on every corner. With pharmaceuticals more accessible than ever now, polypharmacy is quickly becoming a growing concern. Every medication we take has side effects and often one will lead to another but there are natural things you can do to help improve symptoms of some common health complaints.

The next time you feel one of these common health complaints coming on, give these natural remedies a try instead of reaching for another medication. It’s time to take control of your health.

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