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The Over Medication of Our Society - Finding Natural Cures for Common Ailments - Part 2

Updated on May 13, 2013

In my quest to avoid pharmaceuticals I have done a lot of research on different aliments and how they can be treated without using synthetic compounds. Many others try to follow the same path for various reason; avoiding the corporate greed, allergies to certain synthetic compounds and some just because they feel natural is better. In this article I have include some ways you may be able to avoid harsh chemicals and relieve problems in a natural way. Do not stop taking medication prescribed to you by a doctor based on what you read in this article, rather discuss alternative options with your physician.

X-ray of a Constipated Child
X-ray of a Constipated Child | Source

Constipation

It's never good when you get constipated. It's uncomfortable, you feel bloated and sore and no one likes spending that much time in the bathroom accomplishing nothing. Most people reach for a laxative, but there are better ways to deal with this nuisance.

Eating more fiber in your everyday diet will help relieve constipation before it even happens. Fiber is very important to the functioning of your colon. Women need around 25 grams per day, while men need considerably more at 38 grams per day. Fiber can be found in many delicious foods including; whole grain cereals, vegetables, fruits, beans and even nuts. So if you find that you are having troubles going, this might be the first place you want to look. Remember that fast food and highly processed foods contain very little fiber so try to avoid these when you can.

Drinking more water could be the next thing you want to try. So many people are dehydrated, especially when seasons change and people do realize that their personal water needs may have changed as well. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/water/NU00283 This guide will help you determine if you are truly getting the water you need on a daily basis. Eight , eight ounce glassed of water may not actually be enough depending on your physical condition and where you live.

Have a cup of joe. Having a cup of coffee can actually get your insides going. Caffeine, which usually has a diuretic effect and can cause constipation, actually stimulates your colon and can cause a bowel movement with in as little as 30 minutes after consuming the hot beverage. Be careful however not to drink to much coffee though, as mentioned it is also a diuretic which can cause you to pee more and end up with worse constipation in the end.

Eating some sesame seeds can also help relieve constipation. They can help lubricate your colon and encourage you to be able to 'go'. Be very careful though, about a handful of sesame seeds contains about 560 calories. If you are adding these to your food on a daily bases you might notice some extra pounds if you are not careful.

Go for a walk! Many people become constipated because they are sitting all day. Exercises is important to our bodies and our colon is no exception, just a 30 minute moderate walk can relieve a case of constipation within hours.

Add some wrinkled fruit to your diet. Having some prunes or raisins can actually help you if you are constipated. Its not just an old wives tale. Prunes contain the plant compound sorbitol which is believed to provide a natural laxative affect for people. Adding them to a high fiber cereal or some oatmeal in the morning could help you relieve discomfort.

Don't wait to go. There are so many reasons people 'hold it' and honestly you never should. Whether you are in a public restroom, a guest at someones house or you just don't think you have time you should just find a toilet and go. Holding it can actually set you up for constipation later on and if you hold it for too long your bowels can become impacted and require a doctor for assistance in manually evacuating them (no one wants that).

Dried Blackberry Leaves
Dried Blackberry Leaves | Source

Diarrhea

It's never good when you have a case of diarrhea, people always want it to end as soon as possible. Instead of reaching for an over the counter cure you can try a few things at home first.

Blackberry tea is a great natural way to relieve mild diarrhea, you have to drink quite a bit though. Up to 6 cups a day of either hot or cold tea will assist. You can get blackberry tea in some grocery stores and also at specialty shops that sell loose tea leaves. Purchase a reusable tea bag, (usually made of caged metal) steep about 1 teaspoon for 15 minutes in approx 1 cup of hot water to get your desired effect.

Have some Ginger-ale. It will not only help with the stomach upset you may be facing, but it also helps in making stool less watery.

This might be unpleasant but you can try taking Charcoal tablets. Charcoal has the ability to absorb unwanted toxins in our systems. By doing this it can help relieve your diarrhea.

Aloe Vera Plant
Aloe Vera Plant | Source

Acid Reflux

There are tonnes of people who have acid reflux issues. It can be extremely painful and for some it even feels like they are having a heart attack. Turning to tums or pepto is a fast and easy solution, some acid relievers even promote that you should take them just so you can continue eating poorly all the time. Stomach acid is important to help in the digestion of food and eliminating it all together just so you can eat junk really isn't a good option. For some though, stomach acid is a problem no matter how well they are eating. Below are some other things you might want to try instead of prescription medications.

Baking soda mixed with water is a great way to relieve heart burn. Take about 1/2 - 1 teaspoon of baking soda and mix it in a cup of water. Make sure that the baking soda is fully dissolved before drinking to avoid the gritty texture.

Try some Aleo Vera juice. Depending on why you have heartburn aloe can help, it can level out the good and bad bacteria in your digestive tract and slow digestion. It can also coat your throat and stomach to provide quick relief of symptoms.

DGL (deglycyrrhizinated licorice) is used to treat ulcers which can be the cause of excess acid. The reason that it is called deglycyrrhizinated licorice is because the glycyrrhizinate is removed from it due to negative side effects it can have such as hypertension (high blood pressure) and edema (retaining extra fluid).

Potatoes
Potatoes | Source

Sunburn

Depending on where you live, sunburn can be a seasonal or year round problem. Sometimes despite our best efforts to cover up and slather on the sunblock we burn anyway. There are a few things you can do at home to help recover or ease the symptoms of a sunburn better then over the counter products can.

Keep an aloe vera plant in your home. Although you can purchase over the counter creams and gels that contain aloe vera, they may actually have no effect on your sunburn due to the low content of actual active ingredient. It is way more effective to cut open a leaf and rub the gel inside directly on your burn. This is also good for mild kitchen burns so it's a double win.

Baking soda in a cool bath can offer relief for sunburn. You have to air dry when you get out as not to wipe off the baking soda from your body. With all the amazing uses for baking soda are you surprised that it can treat a sunburn?

Drink some cool water and apply some to your skin. Replenishing your skin and cooling it off are key to easing the pain from a sunburn. Drinking water will help replenish you from the inside and applying a cool compress to your skin will help cool the area. Make sure not to make it too cold as your already damaged skin will not be able to handle cold.

Pat on some potato mash. Peel some white potato and put it in a blender, add a bit of water if it will not blend to a paste. Apply this onto your sunburn and wait until it dries, then shower it off. Do this a few times a day until the sunburn pain is fully relieved.

In closing, there are so many ways that we can cure common issues without resorting to pharmaceuticals. Some of them might be for you while others you may choose to steer clear of. In any case the list goes on an on of the ways we can treat problems without putting toxic chemicals into our bodies.

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      Gamrgurl 4 years ago

      Thank you. I didn't want to waste time listing things that would were not tested to be true or inaccessible to everyone :).