Many people are turning to natural remedies to cure their ailments in order to reduce their environmental impact and prevent antibiotic resistance within their own bodies. Pharmaceutical drugs have become increasingly present in our drinking water and underground soils. This is the result of the excretions of humans and animals that take pharmaceutical products, as well as the incorrect disposal of unfinished prescriptions or expired medications.
Although natural remedies may seem a better alternative, there is still a residual environmental impact associated with the production of supplements. Health risks also remain a problem if remedies are taken without first consulting your doctor. In addition, if a natural remedy proves to be ineffective, it will also contribute to the problem of wastes that we are currently experiencing with expired pharmaceuticals. To choose the best ecological option for you, consider the following information on supplements and herbal remedies.
Melatonin is a natural hormone in the body that helps regulate our sleep cycle. Getting enough sleep is important to nourish our body's self defense systems to keep us healthy. Medications and lifestyle choices can alter melatonin levels causing insomnia or erratic sleep patterns. Melatonin works to activate your body's ability to feel the light of day to naturally synchronize with the rise and fall of the sun (also known as the circadian rhythm). Melatonin is considered safe when taken in appropriate doses. In small populations, people experience headaches, dizziness and anxiety as side effects.
St. John's wort has been praised for its ability to improve memory, as well as to relieve symptoms of depression and anxiety. Its effectiveness has led to its popularity, however, the side effects can be serious. Adverse effects of this supplement include headaches, dizziness, nausea and sensitivity to the sun. In addition, there are complications with numerous medications, including contraceptives, heart medications and antidepressants.
Witch hazel is used topically and is useful for treating skin conditions such as sunburn, acne, skin rashes and skin irritation associated with sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and hemorrhoids. Witch hazel application can soothe the skin and provide temporary relief for skin conditions, but does not cure infections. There are no proven natural cures for STIs, only treatments, and if you think you are infected, you should see a doctor immediately.
Holistic healers are in favor of eating unfiltered honey and unpasteurized dairy products within 25-30 miles of your home to help reduce the symptoms of seasonal allergies. The method works similar to vaccines by exposing your body to small amounts of pollens and herbs that induce allergy that help build a natural tolerance to them. The adverse effect is that you may experience allergy symptoms when consuming such items. Be sure to investigate and know the source of unpasteurized dairy products. The risk of a bacterial infection is mostly high in unpasteurized dairy products that can cause gastrointestinal problems and complications in pregnant women.
Arnica is used for bruising and muscle pain. It is most often used topically and is usually mixed with a carrier oil or, sometimes, it is petroleum based. Arnica can also be taken orally to help relieve constipation or reduce swelling in the joints. Keep in mind that ingestion of arnica can increase your blood pressure, accelerating your pulse and causing difficulty breathing. This can be particularly dangerous for anyone prone to heart disease or high blood pressure. Large amounts of arnica supplements can cause damage to your liver and it is better to take it in small doses.
Ephedra has been used as an alternative to caffeine as an energy booster. It is accepted by the followers of the Mormon religion, although caffeine is not and the pants have adopted the name "Mormon tea". As a result of the caffeine sensation, the plant is used as a dietary supplement to help lose weight. It has also been used to treat headaches, coughs and cold symptoms. Like caffeine, the side effects of ephedra are high blood pressure, increased heart rate, shortness of breath, agitation and dizziness. This may increase the chance of a stroke or heart attack for those at risk of heart disease. Do not mix ephedra with heart medications because of the risk of complications.
Ginger is useful to calm an upset stomach, to relieve joint pain and its antimicrobial properties help prevent infections. It is pleasant in the form of tea, but it can also be eaten raw or as a pill supplement. If you have problems with blood clotting or are anemic, it is advisable to limit your ginger intake, as it can cause complications with blood flow. If you have recently had surgery or are taking blood thinners, consult your doctor before consuming large amounts of ginger.
As with any major change in your diet or lifestyle, it is better to consult your doctor before doing so. Adopting healthy habits, such as spending time outdoors, getting enough sleep and exercising, and eating nutritious foods can help reduce your need for pharmaceutical medications by preventing preventable diseases. By practicing personal care you are also helping to do your part to reduce your environmental impact.
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