We all know when it’s coming…the start of the itchy throat and a little bit of a stuffy nose, and then WHAM, it all hits you like a Mack truck and you are socked with a soaring temp with the chills, a pounding headache, and a queasy stomach that feels like you shouldn’t move an inch or you’ll lose it. Every year we are diligent and get a flu shot and wash our hands as much as possible, but it almost seems inevitable that at some point, usually when you least want or need it, the flu will find you and set in for longer than you’d like. Most of us instantly grab for over the counter medication, but there are so many chemicals and unforeseen side effects with these medications that you never really know what you are putting in your body. Half the time you end up feeling more doped up than better. There is no one cure-all for the flu, but there are ways that you can fight the flu naturally. Give some of the below natural flu remedies a whirl the next time you feel the flu truck coming.
I don’t know about you, but I have to consciously make myself drink water. If left to my own devices without sticky notes and phone pings reminding me, I would probably go far too long without drinking plain ol’ water. Nothing against water, it is just really boring. What I didn’t know is that if your body doesn’t get enough water, it can cause weird things to happen that you wouldn’t even think of. So, how much water should you drink, and when do you know you need to drink more? Read on to find out.
Brain fog, memory loss, forgetfulness and Alzheimer’s are all scary topics to consider, but they are a reality for many people. I, for one, want to do whatever I can to preserve my (somewhat) healthy brain. I’ve heard a lot about memory boosting foods, but not a whole lot about what foods to avoid. I knew that there had to be some – and there are. Most are common sense, but there were a couple of foods I would have never considered would wreak havoc on my brain health.
Spring isn’t just a time to clean up your house and diet, it can also be a great time to get your hormones in check. Many people don’t give a second thought to their hormones, but hormones actually regulate a ton of functions in your body. When your endocrine system (the glands that produce hormones) gets out of sync, it can affect everything from your mood and energy level to your risk for heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Fixing a hormonal imbalance naturally is a lot easier and a lot more beneficial than many women realize. Give the five natural ways below a try to get your hormonal imbalance taken care of so you can have a happier and healthier spring and summer.
Are you one of those people that goes to bed early, has their head hit the pillow and is instantly off to dreaming heaven? Nope… me either. I can go a week or two where I think I’m sleeping fairly well, only to realize that when I actually sit down and think about it that I am probably only getting five or so hours of actual somewhat quality sleep. I can’t even remember the last time I went to bed, slept eight hours and woke up refreshed and energized. In my effort to try and live a cleaner, healthier life, I want to actually find out how to sleep better once and for all. Below are a few of the tips and tricks that I’m going to try to incorporate into my life to sleep better, no crazy pills or chemicals included here.
Wouldn’t it be nice if there were a way to help keep the extra pounds off? A way that didn’t include hours and hours of grueling exercise or obsessively counting calories? As most of us know, it gets harder and harder to keep the pounds at bay the older we get. Our metabolism naturally slows down and we inevitably end up in cubicle dwelling jobs that create a sedentary lifestyle, while still maintaining, if not increasing, what we eat. That’s all depressing enough, but more and more research points to ways in which we can actually increase or speed up our metabolism, without taking weird diet pills or subjecting ourselves to various dieting regimens. You can actually learn how to boost your metabolism naturally, with a few easy lifestyle modifications.
I don’t think I’m alone when I say that calculating your BMI can be a little nerve wracking. Am I thin enough? Why does it say I’m obese? I don’t feel obese… I think many of us are under the impression that the BMI test (body mass index test) is the gold standard to measure what a healthy weight is and how healthy we are in general. As more research is done, this is becoming less and less true. It looks like you can actually ditch the old BMI test and use something far more accurate.
We all feel grumpy from time to time. Some of us more than others, but it’s only natural, right? Maybe you have a stressful day a head, maybe you just woke up on the wrong side of the bed. Whatever the case, the way in which you hold your body may hold the key to adjusting your mood – really. By simply making a couple of easy physical adjustments, you really can change the direction of your day and hopefully feel just a little bit sunnier. These tips are beyond easy and will take you less than a minute to implement. Try at least one of these natural ways to boost your mood and you may be well on your way to turning things around.
Doesn’t it seem like some people are just naturally fit and healthy? It almost feels effortless for them…In reality, they have just adopted healthy lifestyle habits into their daily routines that make it easier to get and stay fit. Of course, they put in the work and watch what they eat, but maybe we can copy what they do to makes things just a little easier long-term. Here are a few healthy lifestyle habits of the fit and healthy that I’ve picked up on and hope to incorporate in my life.
First, I’d like to say that I am not a doctor and I do not play one on the internet. You should always consult your doctor about any medical issues you may be having or any treatments you are considering trying. Depression is no joke and can be a very crippling condition that oftentimes needs counseling or drugs for treatment, or a combination of the two. That being said, if you feel that you are struggling with a more mild case and/or are just feeling a little more down than usual, trying out some of the ways to brighten your mood below might be a great way to start treating mild depression naturally. Some of these natural remedies may be just enough to help get you back on track and avoid medication.