We live in rather stressful times with unstable economies, global political turmoil and worldwide job losses contributing to our levels of uncertainty and anxiety. And that does not even take into account any personal trials and tribulations. If you have not done so already, now is the best time to turn to a more natural way of life to help you get through the day and these stressful times.
Just five such natural ways can make all the difference
Everyone has heard the old saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” and it is as true today as it ever was in the past. High on the list of health benefits is reducing the risk of colorectal cancer and liver cancer but slowing down the ageing process and even helping to protect against radiation induced illness are further benefits. Always try to find and buy organic apples
for the healthier option and organic apple cider vinegar is a healthy byproduct of apples with too many benefits to list here
It has antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. In addition, studies have shown that eating garlic regularly reduces the risk of esophageal, stomach and colon cancer. Garlic is rich in vitamin C, vitamin B6, selenium and manganese. Try to include garlic in your diet at least once a week - but even better would be consuming a clove daily.
Despite containing sugar, honey demonstrates anti-fungal properties. An antioxidant that restores damaged skin, making it look younger and softer, as well as playing a big role in the prevention of cancer and heart disease, heart patients are advised to replace sugar with honey because it has natural fructose and glucose. This advice should apply to everyone
. When buying honey, you should always look for the word “raw” on the container so that you know the honey has not been processed and all the natural vitamins, enzymes and other nutritional elements are preserved.
Other health benefits of honey include: strengthening the white blood corpuscles to fight bacteria and viral diseases; anti-bacterial; a natural antiseptic; healing burns by preventing infections and accelerating skin healing; helping with insomnia
as a large spoon of honey acts as a mild sedative; clearing nasal congestion; easing the joint inflammation of arthritis
by mixing mix honey and apple cider vinegar in equal parts, add some water and drinking; easing migraines
by dissolving a large spoon of honey in a glass of warm water and drinking at the start of a migraine attack and again after 20 minutes if needed.
This is a powerful natural anti-inflammatory with equally powerful antioxidant properties. Choose a pure turmeric powder, rather than a curry powder.
India has long revered turmeric as "holy powder" and has used it for centuries to treat wounds, infections and other health problems while modern research is now finding an astonishing array of antioxidant, anti-cancer, antibiotic, antiviral and other properties. A general immune system booster due to its high antioxidant capacity, turmeric is 5 to 8 times stronger than vitamins C and E, and even strong enough to scavenge the hydroxyl radical, which is considered by some to be the most reactive of all oxidants. Turmeric is recommended as a cancer fighter for all types of cancer when used in high doses but absorption is complicated and you would need to research. You will find tips for increasing absorption here
Vitamin D and sunlight
Vitamin D is not a vitamin at all but a feel-good-hormone that is probably the single most important factor in human health and unfortunately, much of the world's population is deficient in this vital vitamin. Every tissue in our bodies needs vitamin D and will not work correctly when we are deficient. Even milder degrees of deficiency are now understood to be one of the causes of a vast array of chronic diseases including: osteoporosis; impaired immune competence; various autoimmune diseases (such as diabetes and multiple sclerosis); several cancers including breast, colon, lung, lymphoma and prostrate; high blood pressure; pregnancy complications and cardiovascular disease.
Asking the body to deal with these disorders without adequate vitamin D is like asking a fighter to enter battle with one hand tied behind his back.
Vitamin D from sun exposure is the BEST way to optimize your vitamin D levels; exposing a large amount of your skin until it turns the lightest shade of pink, as near to solar noon as possible several times a week. If you are deficient, a vitamin D3 supplement can be taken orally. The average adult needs to take 8,000 IUs of vitamin D per day in order to elevate their levels above 40 ng/ml, which is believed to be the absolute minimum for disease prevention. Only animal-based food sources, such as fish, egg yolk, and raw milk, contain D3 but even these are low. You can find out your vitamin D levels using a 25(OH)D test - also called 25-hydroxyvitamin D.
Five simple ways to improve your lifestyle and your health day to day but without too much effort.