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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 2, 2018

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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Review Your Past Flow

Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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