A lot of people are understandably skeptical about pharmaceutical companies, or “big pharma” as they like to call the industry. They feel like there are a lot of unnecessary chemicals and additives that go into our medicines just to justify the increasing costs of these goods. This makes having something as simple as a cold or a mild fever a potentially expensive illness!
Fortunately, there are natural remedies that can help you out with some of these ailments, making getting sick not such a daunting foe (financially at least). What we need to emphasize, however, is that many of these cures can deal with aches, pains, and minor illnesses like coughs and colds. If your illness gets worse, however, always be sure to consult your doctor!
Ginger is a surprisingly useful and hardy plant. It contains a substance called Gingerol, which is the primary element of ginger that aids that contains its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. This makes it a useful cure for toothaches and other aches that are caused by swelling. It’s also good for dealing with muscle pain and soreness, which is why it’s such a popular ingredient in energy drinks.
In addition to aches and swelling, ginger is also highly effective at reducing nausea, from seasickness to pregnancy morning sickness. It’s worth noting, however, that while ginger can reduce the nausea that comes with pregnancy morning sickness, it won’t prevent the vomiting which is usually part of the morning sickness. Beyond birthing, ginger also helps reduce menstrual pains!
Apple cider vinegar is one of the most useful things to have in your home. From cleaning wounds, to killing bacteria, treating nail fungus and lice, and disinfecting ear infections, apple cider vinegar is an incredibly versatile household item. Health-wise, it has quite a few applications as well. Science has shown that having vinegar with a high carb meal increases the feeling of fullness and reduces caloric intake by up to 250 calories.
Apple cider vinegar in particular has also been shown to be highly effective in lowering blood sugar levels. In addition to this clear benefit, apple cider vinegar has also been seen to improve insulin sensitivity, making it a highly helpful supplement to the diet of people suffering from type 2 Diabetes. The double-punch of lowering blood sugar and boosting insulin is a massive boon to them.
The ingredient that gives Indian curry its distinct yellow color, turmeric has been proven to have quite a few health benefits, making it more than just an essential ingredient in a delicious curry dish! Curcumin, the element of turmeric that provides its health benefits is also available as a supplement for people who aren’t fond of the strong flavors associated with Indian curry.
Curcumin has high anti-inflammatory properties. In fact, its properties are almost equivalent to the properties of some anti-inflammatory drugs but without the side effects associated with those drugs. It also boosts the body’s antioxidant capabilities while being itself an antioxidant. In addition, it has also been found to reduce risk of brain disease and improve memory.