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10 Natural and Effective Medical Treatments

10 Natural and Effective Medical Treatments

A shocking 59 percent of all Americans take some type of prescription medication, and this number has been rapidly increasing throughout the last decade. Additionally, a continuously growing list of people need to undergo a variety of medical procedures each year, many of which involve potentially harmful substances.

With this in mind, it is no wonder that a third of Americans are now turning to some type of alternative medicine in order to reduce their consumption of pharmaceuticals. Fortunately, there are numerous natural options that have been scientifically proven to help with several different medical conditions.

1. Curcumin has Natural Anti-Inflammatory Properties

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    Inflammation is the body’s natural response to an infection or emotional distress, but it can be painful and lead to intestinal issues. Additionally, inflammation is linked to heart disease and can damage your joints. Fortunately, curcumin is a natural anti-inflammatory. This turmeric component actually works at a molecular level to block the damaging effects of inflammation. In other words, adding curcumin to your diet could be a wise choice if you suffer from chronic inflammation.

    2. Walking Can Prevent or Help Manage Type 2 Diabetes

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      Walking is widely regarded as one of the best and easiest ways to manage or even prevent type 2 diabetes. It is highly recommended for everyone with a blood sugar issue to walk at least 30 minutes per day, and this is also a great way for pre-diabetics to reverse course before they end up relying on insulin shots. As an added bonus, walking is a proven stress reliever and also helps minimize the risk of several other potential heath complications, including heart disease.

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      3. Honey Treats Wounds

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        The saying “everything old is new again” is definitely true when it comes to fashion, but medical honey has recently brought this adage to life for those who utilize surgical supplies. In fact, the practice of using honey to treat wounds dates back to at least 2200 BCE, and it has recently experienced a resurgence.

        This is due in part to modern issues with antibiotic resistance. Studies into the usage of medical honey have found that 86 percent of infections are completely debrided, and more than 3/4 of test subjects did not end up requiring surgery.

        4. Ginger Relieves Nausea

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          Ginger has long been used to soothe an upset stomach, and medical research has found that it is often effective at relieving the symptoms of nausea that are associated with chemotherapy. A 40 percent nausea reduction can be achieved with only a fourth of a teaspoon of ginger, which makes this a simple natural remedy. In other words, your parents were right when they claimed that ginger ale would settle your stomach!

          5. Bananas Offer a Natural Antacid

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            The burning sensation in your chest that accompanies acid reflux is not only uncomfortable but it can even lead to cancer in some rare instances. In order to alleviate or even prevent the pain of acid reflux, it is best to add bananas to your daily diet. This potassium rich food naturally reduces the amount of acid in your stomach, and it also makes it easier for your body to absorb nutrients and digest food.

            6. Meditation Reduces Anxiety and Depression

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              Extensive medical studies have found that utilizing mindfulness mediation at least twice a day for five minutes per session is a good way to reduce depression, anxiety and pain. The practice of daily mediation also offers emotional regulation benefits, which makes it a good resource for people with Asperger’s syndrome.

              Perhaps the best part of utilizing mediation is that anyone can do it, and you do not need any special tools or equipment. However, many people find that it is easier to enter a meditative state if they listen to calming music or burn a specific scent of incense during their mediation session.

              7. Water Can Help Alleviate Headaches

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                Headaches are a major indicator of dehydration, so the next time you feel this type of pressure starting in your head, reach for a glass of water instead of a painkiller. Keep in mind that it is important for people to remain hydrated throughout the day.

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                In other words, if you frequently experience headaches at a specific time of day, take the time to review your drinking habits. It is highly likely that your headaches are preceded by an extended period of time without water. If you work in an environment that won’t allow you to have water on hand, be sure to take breaks at the water cooler.

                8. Reading Has Been Shown to Reduce Cognitive Decline

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                  Keeping your brain active throughout your entire life is one of the best ways to stave off the potentially devastating effects of cognitive decline. There are several things that you can do to ensure that your brain remains engaged, including reading, writing and solving crossword puzzles. Combining these techniques with regular exercise and a healthy diet will give your brain the best possible chance at avoiding dementia or other serious forms of cognitive decline.

                  9. Frankincense is a Natural Pain Reliever

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                    Arthritis can be very painful, and numerous studies have been conducted in an effort to find a suitable natural pain reliever than can help people who are afflicted with this condition. Some of the most interesting research centers on the usage of frankincense to provide natural pain relief.

                    The active component in frankincense, boswellic acid, has shown a marked reduction in pain for people with osteoarthritis and knee problems. Mobility improvements were also experienced by test subjects who were given a daily frankincense supplement.

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                    10. Green Tea Helps Prevent Coronary Heart Disease

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                      Green tea has been repeatedly linked to health benefits, including a reduced risk of coronary heart disease. Researchers believe that drinking three cups of green or black tea per day will naturally lower your triglyceride and cholesterol levels, and your risk of having a heart attack will also drop by 11 percent. Although this is not an extremely high percentage, it is definitely noteworthy for people who have a family history of heart disease.

                      Along with walking, mediation and natural food options, you can also turn to massage therapy to significantly benefit your health. Now that you know some scientifically proven ways to manage health issues and risks without adding harsh chemicals into your system, you can begin naturally combating problems such as acid reflux and nausea.

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                      Last Updated on September 16, 2019

                      How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                      How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                      You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

                      We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

                      The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

                      Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

                      1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

                      Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

                      For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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                      • (1) Research
                      • (2) Deciding the topic
                      • (3) Creating the outline
                      • (4) Drafting the content
                      • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
                      • (6) Revision
                      • (7) etc.

                      Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

                      2. Change Your Environment

                      Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

                      One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

                      3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

                      Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

                      Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

                      My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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                      Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

                      4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

                      If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

                      Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

                      I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

                      5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

                      I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

                      Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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                      As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

                      6. Get a Buddy

                      Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

                      I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

                      7. Tell Others About Your Goals

                      This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

                      For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

                      8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

                      What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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                      9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

                      If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

                      Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

                      10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

                      Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

                      Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

                      11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

                      At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

                      Reality check:

                      I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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