Alternative Ways To Look After Your Health

People tend to think that if they’re not sick then they’re completely healthy. But once something goes wrong it can take a while for you to get back to 100 percent. If you have serious health problems you should consult a doctor about the proper treatment, but you can also do everything you can to keep yourself healthy both inside and out. Some people choose medicine to maintain their well being, but there are many other ways you can wake up feeling great.

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Chiropractic

Chiropractic is pretty widely accepted in the medical community, and thus qualifies more as a complementary medicine than an alternative one. However good it may feel, seeing a chiropractor is more than just getting your back cracked. Chiropractors correct the cause of pain through spinal manipulation, or “adjustments.” The idea is that joints’ movements become restricted when surrounding tissues are injured either during a single event (exercise) or through repetitive stress (sitting with poor posture for extended periods). Chiropractic adjustments provide powerful pain relief for headaches, lower back pain, and even sciatica.

Herbal remedies

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There have been home remedies to treat ailments for millennia, and some of them are no less effective today. People suffering from gut problems are now recommended to experience shilajit and its benefits for themselves.  Gout sufferers often swear by celery seed extract, as it helps to break down the uric acid that causes the illness in the first place. Other sufferers drink black cherry juice, which can dramatically reduce the inflammation. Orange juice and raw garlic are also natural antihistamines that provide relief for hay fever sufferers. Always check with your doctor before you take any alternatives to medicine.

Reflexology

Whether you believe in its effects or not, you can’t deny the benefit of having someone massage your feet on a regular basis. Many of us find ourselves on our feet all day at work, and even if you work in an office you put a lot of weight and stress on your feet every day. We know that stress has an overall effect on your body, so it makes sense that massaging our feet can relieve the symptoms of stress that have manifested in other parts of our body. Reflexology involves applying pressure to specific areas on the feet, hands, or ears, believing that these points correspond to different body organs and systems. Thousands of alternative physicians around the world have been using reflexology for generations, with surprisingly positive results. Regular patients have reports that reflexology improves nerve function, energy levels, circulation, and other issues. After all, we’ve all felt how a back massage alleviates stress and other symptoms in our body, so why shouldn’t the same logic apply to reflexology.

 

Yoga

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One of the best things about yoga is that it encourages you to focus on your breathing, your inner self, and on cultivating a sense of calm and serenity. You don’t even need to go to a gym to enjoy the benefits of a yoga workout. There are a number of yoga instructors with free YouTube channels for you to try in the comfort of your living room. Even when you have a To Do list a mile long, yoga teaches you to focus on the moment, and on recharging your energy. As an added bonus, yoga also does great things for your body. You get toned, you give your spine a much-needed stretch, and with a little time most of your aches and pains will vanish.

Lifestyle changes

Of course, you can always look after your health by making a few lifestyle changes, such as regular exercise and eating a healthy diet. Additionally, lowering stress is always key to improving overall health, as that allows your immune system to focus on healing the condition itself. Stroking a pet can reduce stress and anxiety levels, as well as releasing a relaxing hormone and lowering cholesterol, so if you’ve got an ailment that just isn’t going away, you’ve got an excellent excuse to get yourself that puppy or kitten that you’ve always promised yourself.

 

Sleep

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Never underestimate the power of a good night’s sleep. People who suffer from insomnia are more likely to suffer from an increased risk of hypertension, diabetes, obesity, depression, heart attack, and stroke. On the other hand, getting more sleep will improve your memory, lower your stress, and enhance creativity. If you find yourself stressing out about a specific problem, just sleep on it and everything usually looks brighter in the morning.

 

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