In today’s fast-paced world, the stress of busy daily lives can cause any number of ailments, but not everything that ails you requires a doctor’s attention. Also with the rising cost of healthcare, many people find that they cannot afford to seek professional assistance for anything less than serious illnesses. Fortunately, many minor irritants such as a cough or muscle cramps are often easily treated at home with natural remedies.
The first example is a sore throat or an irritating cough. While there are many over-the-counter products can help, they may also have potential side effects or have adverse interactions with other prescribed medicines. To relieve a sore throat start by taking a shower that is warm enough to create steam. The steam will help to loosen up any post nasal drip and also lubricate your throat. After that, swallow a spoonful of honey. The sugars in the honey will also serve to soothe your sore throat.
Another homey fix for a cough is to mix a pinch of turmeric, a pinch of cinnamon, and some ground ginger with a cup of warm water and add a couple of teaspoons of honey to make a healing tea. Alternate between sipping and gargling the tea for best results. The anti-inflammatory agents in the ingredients should help to relieve both a cough or soreness in throat. And finally, for a sore throat, something cold like a fruit popsicle or soft frozen yogurt will usually give almost immediate relief.
There are several home remedies to relieve muscle cramps. Most muscle cramps occur when your electrolytes are depleted. The use of a rehydration drink with electrolytes can often help decrease the severity of the cramps within half an hour. A foam roller or a pool noodle float that is cut down to size can also be rolled back and forth across the muscle to help stop the cramps. Having a banana or two can also help as the fruit has significant levels of magnesium and potassium, both of which are known to cause cramps when their levels in your body have been depleted.
Having low levels of iron can make a person tired and unable to focus. To fix this problem look to your diet. Beans, red meat, lentils, shellfish, tofu, and spinach are all excellent sources of iron. Also, try to cook as much as you can in a cast iron skillet as studies have proven this increases the amount of iron in the foods prepared. You will also want to focus on eating foods high in vitamin C such as oranges, strawberries, and tomatoes as this vitamin will help your body absorb the iron.
Especially with so many people having access to the internet these days, there are plenty of natural remedies that can help fix what ails you without ever leaving home.