Quick Tricks to Ease Common Body Complaints

Quick Tricks to Ease Common Body Complaints

Epic Beauty Guide's Quick Natural Fixes for Body Complaints

Hey everyone! I have been compiling truckloads of fast, inexpensive, all-natural skin and body “hacks” for years, and many of them were passed down from my grandparents and older friends. Give these 8 tips for easing body complaints a shot the next time you need a little help.

Medical Disclaimer: I assume you are all smart cookies, but have to put a disclaimer in here. I am not a medical doctor (yet) and nothing in this post should be considered medical advice. Consult your physician prior to implementing any of the advice herein.

{HEARTBURN}
This the cheapest trick in the book, and I use it on my family members when they (rarely) get an indigestion problem.

  • Drink a small glass of water. This will balance the pH of your stomach and ease digestive upset and heartburn. The upset should go away with 1 or 2 minutes. Seems silly, but it works.
  • Not going away after the water and it’s been 5-10 minutes? Put 1 Tbsp. unfiltered, organic apple cider vinegar in 8-10 oz. of water. Drink up. That should do it!
  • In the future, prevent the problem by eating slower and chewing each bite completely. You can also take 1 Tbsp. unfiltered, organic apple cider vinegar in water prior to eating, to help digestion. Alternatively, use lemon juice on your food or consume some sauerkraut with your meals.

{FATIGUE / LOW ENERGY}
There are several causes (e.g. low iron, low B vitamins, stress, poor sleep, sleep apnea, insulin imbalance, tannins) and you should see a doctor or naturopath if the problem persists.

  • For a quick pick-me-up, take 2 tsp. of blackstrap molasses. You can also make yourself a delicious protein smoothie (I recommend Sun Warrior’s Warrior Blend since it’s whey-free and rice-free, and non-chalky) – blend 1 scoop SW Warrior Blend with filtered water, ice, some molasses/maple syrup/raw honey to taste, a handful of berries, and maybe 1 Tbsp. peanut butter or almond butter (all natural, no salt/sugar added).
  • Try exercise. It sounds counterproductive, but a quick run or a yoga class will increase blood flow and boost your energy. Over the long-term, regular activity will give you a steady supply of energy.
  • Drink your tea with meals, or cut down on it. Black tea contains tannins that decrease iron absorption, leading to fatigue. Green tea, on the other hand, is a stress-relieving energy booster.

{COLDS & SICKNESS}
This tip comes in handy a lot, and is especially timely now that we’re heading into winter.

  • Make sure you’re getting enough healthy bacteria – the digestive tract is the seat of our immune system. Take probiotics, and incorporate goat yogurt and/or sauerkraut into your daily diet.
  • Enjoy a healthy diet of green leafy veggies, omega-3 eggs, , wild-caught fish, and grass-fed meats. Ditch the grains, they only weaken you by increasing inflammation and spiking insulin, and there is very little nutritional value (you get more nutrients from vegetables and meats).
  • Eat chopped or crushed garlic, and keep the garlic in the fridge since it keeps the allicin intact (garlic’s antibacterial/virla/fungal compound).

{GARLIC BREATH}
Garlic tastes amazing and should be eaten and enjoyed often! But you shouldn’t have to suffer the breath-related consequences.

  • Swish some full-fat milk in your mouth and spit it out (don’t swallow the milk). If you desire, rinse and repeat.

{CONSTIPATION}
Occasionalconstipation can happen when you travel, make dietary changes, or have increased stress. If you have a recurring constipation problem, honestly assess your diet and/or consult your doctor.

  • Eat 5 large prunes (maximum 10…more than that could be a little too much for you). The fiber and sorbitol in the prunes acts as a gentle laxative. (Bonus: prunes help to increase your bone density – weird but true!)
  • Eat leafy green veggies, fruits, drink only water (and lots of it), and go on daily walks.
  • Treat yourself to a colon hydrotherapy session (do your research – DO NOT use a closed system, you want an open system like a Libbe), or do an enema. It’s safe and effective when done properly (and for peat’s sake, don’t put coffee in the water and shove it up your bum…plain, filtered water is perfectly fine and the only thing that you should be using).

{BODY ODOR}
Smelling bad is not natural or normal. Our “natural scent” is supposed to be just sort of plain and maybe musky, but nothing offensive. Here’s how to fix it.

  • If you’re eating a lot of junk food, eggs, or onions, you may have found your culprit right there.
  • Eat more green leafy veggies and zinc-rich foods. Chlorophyll and zinc significantly reduce body odor. Some zinc-rich foods include: beef, lamb, pumpkin seeds, turkey, spinach, broccoli, Swiss chard, collards. If you opt to take a zinc supplement, opt for a 15 mg. one and check with your doctor first. It’s easy to get too much zinc, and you don’t want to overdose.

{BLOAT / PUFFINESS}
Water retention and bloating happens to the best of us. Take the swelling down fast with these two tips.

  • Take a cool bath/shower or swim in cool water for about 30 minutes. Cold water forces your body to eliminate excess fluid, since it tends to hold onto water when it thinks you’re hot or dehydrated.
  • Consume potassium-rich foods and fluids, like coconut water, leafy greens, and watermelon.

{YEAST INFECTION}
Yeast infections and UTIs are common woman issues, but you don’t have to settle for the nasty cycle of UTI-antibiotic-yeast infection-funcicide-and so on.

  • Take probiotic capsules. This keeps fungus in check and helps to strengthen your body’s hold on healthy, immune-boosting bacteria. This also guards against UTIs.
  • If dairy doesn’t illicit pimples for you, eat plain, unsweetened, organic/grass-fed yogurt. Lactose intolerant? Eat goat yogurt.
  • 2x/day, soak a tampon in yogurt (plain and unsweetened!) and insert it. Leave it in for about 5 minutes (longer is not necessarily better). This puts the good bacteria right at the site of infection to kill off the yeast and put everything back in balance, and has an instant soothing effect.
  • Reoccurring infections? Look at your diet – eliminate grains and sugars. Eat low-glycemic veggies, fruits, seafood, and meats.

Those are just a small sampling of cheap, effective tricks I’ve learned over the years. Have any of your own? Leave a comment!
~Steph  x

 

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