How to Lower Your Medicine Requirements Through Healthy Eating

what to eat to be healthy

In an age where there seems to be a type of tablet or medicine that will “cure” any type of condition or sickness it’s easy to forget that there are often some great natural alternatives all around us. Some of these have been proven to provide better treatment results when compared with man made medicines. In this article we aim to give you a little bit of information on how a clean diet can help improve your mood and also cover some basic advice on healthy calories which provide an added boost to your general body function.

What to Eat To Be Healthy in 2017

We’ve researched a heap of food types and how each of them effect the body to compare how they react with various types of medicine. Remember that everyone is unique and we advise to carry out your own research to make sure there is no conflict with any medicine you are taking, however these 8 simple items being added to your diet could help you get off a lot of the medication you are currently taking.

Try eating foods that contain more starch. Things like rice, pasta and noodles are great for this.

There are heaps of food types that have high amounts of starch. You can each more whole grain meals and potatoes with the skin still intact. These have a lot of vitamins and fibre that will help balance out your body’s natural functions. It’s important to remember that foods which have high starch numbers will have around 50% of the calories of fats per gram.

Eating more Fruits and Vegetables

This one should be fairly obvious. Including more fruits in your daily meals will introduce all types of minerals and proteins that can’t be found in other food groups. It doesn’t matter if it’s straight off the tree, in a can or a shake the important point is you have some each day.

There are also options like adding grated pieces of carrots into sauces or increase the size of your side dishes with meals

Have fish at least 3 times per week

Eating more fish each week will greatly increase the amount of healthy oils in your body. It’s important to remember that one portion of fish is about 140grams once cooked. Some specific types of fish that we suggest eating are fresh tuna, sardines and salmon. These have the highest natural oil and vitamin D which is great for the health of your bones among other things.

Similar to the fruits. You don’t need to always spend a fortune on fresh fish. We know salmon is expensive, but smoked or even canned fish can be a viable alternate some of the time. Remember that smoking a fish introduces more salt and canned products can as well so check the labels.

Our Final Thoughts on How Healthy Food Can Help You

That’s it, nothing too complicated or difficult as it can sometimes feel. Just do 1 thing each day until it becomes a natural routine. Most new diets fail because people try changing too many things at one time and the old habits return.

When Common Conditions Become Serious

signs and symptoms of infection

Most people won’t go to the doctor simply for a case of the sniffles or something else equally common, you don’t want to come across as a bother nor a hypochondriac.  However there are signs and symptoms of infection that can be used to identify when common conditions become serious.  Here are some that if found, you should see a doctor for them as soon as possible

Fever

Children will often get fevers as a way to combat common infections in the body, the higher temperature make an inhospitable environment for germs to exist.  Most of the time you can bring the fever down with over the counter medicines and you simply need to keep them comfortable.  For adults fever can indicate something more serious.  Adults are far more prone to immune system deficiencies and fever can indicate inflammation or other more serious conditions.  You should put in a call to your family physician.  If you suffer from any of the following conditions you definitely need to talk to your GP, HIV or AIDS, cancer or rheumatoid arthritis.

That being said, adults and children alike need to see a doctor if the fever gets too high or it persists.  Here is a video that will explain when a fever needs to be treated by a doctor.

Skin Conditions

Skin conditions can be tricky, if you suddenly flare up with a rash on any part of your body you need to see a doctor, it could indicate a more serious allergic reaction.  However, we are all prone to acne from time to time and that can easily be resolved with some over the counter benzoyl peroxide.  You should also get to your doctor if your skin is flaking, itching, bleeding or changing color.  Watch your moles, especially if they grow or change shape this could indicate melanoma.

Anxiety

We all experience anxiety as a normal part of life, if you have a big exam tomorrow and you’re nervous that is perfectly normal.  If anxiety starts to interfere with your day to day life, then it is a problem.  If anxiety is the reason you can’t eat, sleep or are afraid to go outside that is beyond the normal scope of anxiety and it needs to be treated.  Physicians can help with more than just physical issues they can treat or refer you to the right professional for mental health issues too.

Bad Breath

Most bad breath indicates the need to improve oral hygiene or see a dentist, but chronic bad breath can be something else entirely.  It can be a sign of problems with your lungs, kidneys, intestines or it can even indicate some cancers.  At the same time sweet and fruity smelling breath can mean diabetes.

 

Chronic Pain and its Triggers

how to live with chronic pain

There are millions of in search of how to live with chronic pain in just the US alone.  Chronic pain from injury can last for years, and some conditions like fibromyalgia, chronic pain can plague you for a lifetime without a specific cause.  Many patients pinpoint pain to the lower back area and along the peripheral nervous system.

Disability and Chronic Pain

There are people who are now considered disabled due to living with chronic pain, with back pain being the most common that will interfere with your quality of life and your ability to earn a living.  The health care system in the US spends more than $600 billion annually just on trying to manage pain and pain care.  The impact of living with chronic pain is substantial, here are some statistics collated by the American Pain Foundation:

  • 59 percent had an impact on their overall enjoyment of life
  • 70 percent had difficulty concentrating
  • 74 percent had a loss of energy
  • 77 percent felt depressed
  • 86 percent had trouble sleeping

The patients suffering from chronic pain feel the impact through all aspects of their lives.  The lose hours at work because of pain which leads to a loss of income.  Many end up leaving their job and accept disability payments or move out of their field’s altogether.  Up to 13% need assistance to simply perform daily activities.

This leads to the next issue facing patients with chronic pain, the issue of painkillers.  American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians have disclosed that Americans consume 80% of the painkillers in the world.  Painkillers are addictive and once patients start taking them it becomes very difficult to stop.  There are alternatives to taking addictive painkillers to manage your pain.  One of the things you can do is compare medicine so you are aware of your triggers and try and avoid them.

Chronic Pain and its Triggers

  1. Emotional trauma: Depression hurts, and there is plenty of evidence that connects emotional trauma to physical pain. There is a theory that psychological trauma combined with other factors stimulate the central nervous system during times of anxiety and depression.
  2. Painkillers: Odd though it may seem pain killers can also trigger pain, particularly in long term users. They lose effectiveness after awhile and provide less pain relief, also when patients stop taking them normal levels of pain become exaggerated.
  3. Poor sleep: Lack of sleep will affect every system in your body, your body needs to enter REM sleep to begin tissue repair and growth, which is also needed for pain relief.
  4. Magnesium deficiency: Magnesium is far more important to the body than most people realize and one of its functions is to block glutamate, glutamate can make you more sensitive to pain.

You should not only watch for triggers that exacerbate your chronic pain, you should be actively avoiding them.  Speaking with a management clinic about setting up a nursing care plan for chronic pain can help you manage stress and heartache while avoiding the pitfalls of addiction on medicine