Certain health problems are extremely common in the United States. Many are easily treated and prevented, both medically and naturally. While prescription medicine can help with some of these conditions, there are many ways you can treat and prevent common diseases naturally through diet and lifestyle. While not exhaustive, here are 4 common health problems and how you can cure them naturally:
High Cholesterol Cholesterol comes in two forms: good (HDL) and bad (LDL). Too much bad cholesterol clogs your arteries, putting you at risk for heart disease. Paying attention to triglycerides is also important since they measure how much fat is in your blood. A few things you can do to lower LDL and triglyceride levels are:
• Lose weight. There’s a direct correlation between body fat and your triglycerides: when the first goes down, so does the latter.
• Eat less saturated fat. Processed food and animal products (butter, meat, and dairy to name a few) have lots of saturated fat, which contributes to high cholesterol. Focus on a more plant-based diet.
• Eat more high-fiber foods. Whole grains, legumes, and especially oats can significantly reduce your cholesterol because the fiber binds to cholesterol in your digestive tract, preventing it from being absorbed.
Type 2 Diabetes This type of diabetes can be described at its simplest as a problem with insulin causing your blood sugar to spike and preventing your body from storing glucose correctly. Your risk for other diseases such as heart attack, kidney failure, and blindness increases dramatically. While medication is necessary, you can make changes to treat Type 2 Diabetes naturally:
• Eat less processed sugars and starches. This will help control blood sugar.
• Get more fiber from your food. A high-fiber diet will slow down the rate at which your body absorbs sugar.
• Exercise more. You’ll reduce stress, improve how well your heart works, and lower your body fat – all factors that will help manage Diabetes.
High Blood Pressure Caused by a wide range of factors, high blood pressure describes a condition in which your blood vessels and arteries become stiff, increasing the pressure and how hard your heart has to work to pump blood through them. It is a root of many serious health problems, including blindness, kidney failure, heart attack, and even Alzheimer’s. Luckily, you can treat it naturally by doing a few simple things:
• Eat more fruits and vegetables. Overall, lowering the amount of sodium you eat is crucial. Getting nutrients like potassium and magnesium increases the lost elasticity in your vessels.
• Use healthy fats when you cook. Fatty fish, especially, can help lower blood pressure because of their concentration of omega 3 fatty acids.
• Drink less alcohol. While a small glass of red wine can lower blood pressure, anything more than that moves into the realm of making the problem worse.
Thyroid Issues Your thyroid gland regulates pretty much every metabolic function of your body. Thyroid troubles come in two forms: hyperthyroidism (producing too much of the hormone) or hypothyroidism (producing too little of the hormone). Either way, you’re likely to experience unpleasant symptoms. To promote a cure naturally, try these approaches:
• Get enough iodine. While iodine deficiency is uncommon in the developed world, it’s a leading cause of thyroid issues worldwide. You can get enough through your diet by eating iodized salt, fish, and seaweed.
• Explore a possible food intolerance. Thyroid problems can be autoimmune. While it’s still a mystery, there is a definite connection between food intolerance and autoimmune diseases. Your doctor may suggest an elimination diet to see if this might be true for you. A doctor’s care is the best place to start treating any medical condition. Under their observation and direction, though, it is possible to treat many common health problems naturally.