headache remedies

By Veronika White

There is a big problem in society today… we are falling apart! It seems that we simply don’t have enough free time any more to actually bother to deal with even the most common ailments that impact us every day. Especially with our busy, 21st-century lifestyles, many people have just stopped taking the time to fix those little problems that can become bigger problems if not handled properly, which can be a bad idea in the long run if those little problems do decide to get bigger.

Luckily, there are quick, affordable, easy (and usually homemade) ways that you can deal with things like fatigue, headaches, sore muscles, depression and digestive distress.

**Please note, these remedies are not a substitution for medical attention or prescribed medications. Consulting a physician for any ailments or medical issues is always advised. Always confirm what is safe to be combined with any prescribed medication you are already taking**

Life’s Busy? Here Are Some On-the-Go Natural Remedies for Common Ailments

 

fatigue remedies

Fatigue

If you’re experiencing fatigue, here are some natural remedies that can help!

  • Try licorice root. Licorice root (in standardized form) is a commonly used natural remedy for fatigue, as well as adrenal fatigue. Look for standardized licorice root in extract or pill form. Speak to your physician if you take blood thinners, potassium, or blood pressure medications, as interactions can occur.
  • Get more maca. This is another great home remedy for chronic fatigue. This plant is part of the cruciferous family (like bok choy or Brussels sprouts) and is known for giving a caffeine-like energy boost without the jitters and shakes of coffee. Those seeking maca root as a remedy for exhaustion can find it in powders, liquid extracts and capsules. Anyone with thyroid issues should consult with their physician before taking maca.

Headaches

When it comes to headaches, things get a little tricky. Head pain can be so diverse that it is sometimes hard to nail down one suggestion that works for every type of headache. However, there are a few things that seem to work consistently well for most headaches.

  • People who suffer with frequent headaches often have low levels of magnesium in their system, so increasing your levels of magnesium can bring all-natural headache relief. You can get the extra magnesium that you need simply by consuming healthy foods like whole grains, beans, broccoli, nuts and seeds.
  • Doctors recommend consuming 200 to 600 milligrams of magnesium per day for most people to help prevent headaches.
    • FOR PEOPLE ON THE GO: taking magnesium in supplemental capsules is an easy and super quick way to make sure that you are meeting that nutritional requirement. Simply grab the capsules and some water on your way out the door in the morning.
  • Try consuming more foods rich in vitamin B12. Another nutrient that provides natural headache relief is vitamin B12. A lot of people do not get enough of this vitamin in their diets, so sometimes supplementing may be beneficial. Healthy foods that contain this vitamin include most types of fish, nutritional yeast, almonds and sesame seeds.
    • FOR PEOPLE ON THE GO: it may be easier to just take a solid multivitamin to ensure that you are getting enough B12 (this would cover your magnesium needs as well).

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Sore Muscles

Nobody likes to have sore muscles. They may be linked to a variety of causes, including blood flow problems, dehydration, certain medications, lack of certain minerals (such as calcium, potassium and magnesium), exercise, injury or overuse.

  • Magnesium oil can help stop leg cramps. Magnesium is a fantastic muscle relaxant. An added benefit is that it can be applied via spray pump bottle very quickly and easily.
    • FOR PEOPLE ON THE GO: magnesium oil is great because it can usually be applied in less than five minutes on your way out the door in the morning.
  • Another effective treatment for sore muscles is applying heat. A warm shower or bath is a natural muscle relaxer, which can be great for tension-knotted shoulders or tight muscles.

Depression

Depression is a tough thing for anyone to deal with. It hits hard and can last a long time. Too often, doctors will prescribe medications to treat depression. However, there are a few natural treatments that do not involve chemicals which are proving to be very effective for a lot of people.

  • Try using saffron. Saffron extract may improve symptoms of depression, but more study is needed. Just be aware that high doses can cause significant side effects – Ask your doctor if you have any questions.
  • John’s wort would be very helpful. However, use with caution. St. John’s wort can interfere with many medications, including blood-thinning drugs, birth control pills, chemotherapy, HIV/AIDS medications and drugs to prevent organ rejection after a transplant. Also, avoid taking St. John’s wort while taking antidepressants — the combination can cause serious side effects.
  • Add fish oil to your diet: according to the Mayo Clinic, researchers have found that people who have low levels of two brain chemicals found in fish oil supplements may be at an increased risk of depression. Therefore, supplementing with these oils may help ease or even prevent depression.

Digestive Distress

Digestive issues have so many causes that sometimes it may be difficult to determine exactly what is causing your unique set of issues. There are certain steps that you can take to help ease the discomfort:

  • Exercise more. Always exercise more. This solves a lot of problems
  • Avoid foods that cause gas
  • Certain sweeteners can cause gas (such as fructose and sorbitol). They are often found in candies, chewing gum, energy bars, and low-carb foods, so these foods should be avoided
  • Avoid carbonated drinks
  • Start focusing and try to eat and drink more slowly. Eat mindfully
  • Stop smoking
  • Try not to chew gum
  • Try to eat less fatty foods

It’s easier than people think to live and be completely comfortable in your body and not suffer like the majority of people seem to. There are natural remedies everywhere for just about any ailment, and many of them are extremely effective. Try these, or research some to find what’s best for you… good luck!

**Please note, these remedies are not a substitution for medical attention or prescribed medications. Consulting a physician for any ailments or medical issues is always advised. Always confirm what is safe to be combined with any prescribed medication you are already taking**

                                                


ABOUT THE AUTHOR                                                             

Veronika is a student of Holistic Nutrition, with plans of opening a grassroots nutrition business after graduation that will help to educate people about how to live a healthier life through how they eat. She designs recipes that are nutritious as well as delicious, using real, whole ingredients and using foods that people might not normally choose (with the hope of teaching people more about them so that they will eat them!). In her spare time, Veronika enjoys working in her garden, yoga/tai-chi, writing, hiking and cooking. Stay tuned, as she is releasing a cookbook (based on helping redefine what healthy actually is) next year!


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On The Go Natural Remedies For Common Ailments

 

 

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