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8 Natural Approaches to Help Heal Broken Bones Quickly

8 Natural Approaches to Help Heal Broken Bones Quickly

Once a bone has been broken or fractured, all systems of the body are summoned to help repair it—hormones are released, tissues and cells multiply, and amino acids and antioxidants come into play, all while the body carries on its normal functions. It takes much energy and time for the body to heal a broken or fractured bone, but the human body is amazing in the way that it can support the healing process of a broken bone when given the opportunity to thrive. There are a few natural ways that you can help your body to speed up the recovery process of a broken bone.

1. Increase Mineral Intake

Bones are made up of around 70% minerals, and not only calcium. There are many trace minerals such as manganese, silica, and vanadium. When a bone is broken, it is vital to replenish the body of all minerals, main and trace. A well-rounded diet with fresh vegetables, fresh fruits, lean meats, and foods rich in calcium can put you on your way to healing faster than a diet that is lacking.

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2. Up Your Anti-Inflammatory Intake

The ruptured tissue in the body releases large amounts of free radicals, which overtake the natural defense mechanisms in the body. Antioxidants like vitamins C and E and lycopene can aid in speeding up the healing process by inhibiting the destructive and inflammatory effects that free radicals have on the body. Anti-inflammatories can be consumed through the diet or through supplements.

3. Exercise

This biomechanical stimulation can help to enhance the repair of a broken bone through regeneration. Exercise will also restore the bone’s structural strength once it has fully healed. Exercising will also promote circulation and flow of blood to replenish the nutrients into the area of the broken bone. It is vital to avoid stress to the affected area, exercises should only be done to the surrounding joints rather than the broken bone. When the blood flow around the broken bone is increased, the healing time then becomes reduced.

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4. Check on Your Protein Intake

When a bone is compromised, the body gathers all of its proteins to help build the bone back up. Adding in extra protein will help to reduce complications, reduce the healing time, and can minimize any further bone loss. Plant-based proteins like legumes, almonds, and quinoa add protein without making your body more acidic. Aim to increase your daily intake of protein by at least 20 grams to reduce the bone healing time.

5. Essential Oils

Cypress essential oil, helichrysum essential oil, and fir needle essential oil make up a blend that should be applied to the area of the broken bone each day. Cypress works to improve circulation, helichrysum helps to repair the damaged nerve cell tissue, and fit helps to repair the bone.

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6. Acupuncture

When done correctly, acupuncture can help to support the internal organs, repair damaged bones, and transform where the body’s energy is used.

7. Calcium-Rich Foods

Leafy green vegetables and fermented raw dairy products are the best source for calcium-rich foods. Studies have shown that in order for the body to properly use calcium, there needs to be proper intake of magnesium as well. This is because they work so closely—in order to benefit from foods that are rich in calcium, you need to consume the foods that are rich in magnesium. There are foods that work double duty, like leafy greens and the raw fermented dairy products.

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8. Increase Your Normal Caloric Intake

Studies have shown that recovery time can be sped up when an individual with a broken bone ups their daily caloric intake as much as 3 times what is normal. The metabolism works overtime in order to repair broken bones, so it could be beneficial to up your calories to around 6,000 per day to speed up the recovery. Ensuring that your body has these extra calories from healthy foods will aid in speeding up the recovery process.

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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