Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The D.I.Y. Cures

Whenever we can, we try to avoid the doctor's office,...long stints in the waiting room, steep co-pays, etc...
A DIY cure can save you a doctor's visit if you are doing the expert-approved-at-home measures that help you stay healthy.

Try ginger to quell queasiness. Study shows that ginger calms nausea from pregnancy, motion sickness and after effects of surgery.
Take 250mg. ginger root capsules 4x daily for relief. Take it before you travel for motion sickness.

Dark chocolates to lower down blood pressure! It has anti-oxidant rich compounds called flavonoids that help lining of blood vessels expand and contract to improve blood flow. Take 1 ounce of dark chocolate daily.

Heat can relieve menstrual cramps by relaxing the uterine cavity. You can try the old hot-water-bottle routine. It works!
Adhesive warning patches also works for at least 8 hours, and as effective as pain meds like ibuprofen.

Avoid stress by smelling a fresh basil. Basil is a source of a floral-scented compound called linalool that both lower the level of stress-induced immune cells in the bloodstream, and reduce the activity of genes that shoot into overdrive in stressful situations, according to a Japanese study.

Try fish oil to head off headaches. It can lower the production of prostaglandins, a chemical that triggers inflammation and cause migraines and other types of headaches.
Take fish oil capsules containing EPA and DHA (two omega-3 fatty acids), about 750mg. of EPA and 500mg. of DHA daily.
Tip: Take them with meals or freeze the capsules to reduce "fishy" burps.

Sip green tea for rheumatoid arthritis. Compounds in the tea reduces inflammation and joint damage. Drink 3-4 cups daily. Steep tea for 4 minutes to release the best of its healthy compounds.

Fatty fish such as wild salmon, fresh tuna, anchovies, trout and sardines can lower your total cholesterol level as well as boost your HDL (good cholesterol). They are also packed with omega-3 fatty acids. Avoid butter and saturated fats.
Eat fatty fish about 2x a week and aim for 12 ounces. If you don't like fish, try other alternatives like flaxseed, flax oil, walnut oil and soybean oil.