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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 March 13, 2019

                      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                      Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                      You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                      Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                      1. Work on the small tasks.

                      When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                      Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                      2. Take a break from your work desk.

                      Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                      Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                      3. Upgrade yourself

                      Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                      The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                      4. Talk to a friend.

                      Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                      Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                      5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                      If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                      Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                      Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                      6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                      If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                      Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                      Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                      7. Read a book (or blog).

                      The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                      Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                      Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                      8. Have a quick nap.

                      If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                      9. Remember why you are doing this.

                      Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                      What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                      10. Find some competition.

                      Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                      Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                      11. Go exercise.

                      Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                      Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                      As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                      Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                      12. Take a good break.

                      Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                      Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                      Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                      Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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