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Quick Tricks to Ease Common Body Complaints

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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).

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.

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 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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