Better Options Than Pills

March 7, 2012

Vitamins

Better Options Than Pills

Better Options Than Pills

Better Options Than Pills

 

We are quickly turning into a nation of pill-poppers and the pharmaceutical industry couldn’t be happier. Sometimes prescription medications are necessary, but often you can cure yourself with natural remedies and healthy life choices. Here are few options that are better than pills:

Egg donors over fertility drugs. With the number of healthy women out there donating eggs, it is hardly necessary for you to risk medical complications like ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome. If you have fertility problems, look into the myriad of other options out there, including adoption, in vitro fertilization, and surrogacy.

Melatonin over Xanax. Many people have trouble sleeping. This is for variety of reasons, including stress and caffeine addiction. Before you look to medicate sleeplessness with habit-forming drugs like Xanax, which also strain your liver and kidneys, look at ways to alleviate the root cause. Cut back on caffeine, live healthier, and look into natural sleep remedies and supplements like melatonin, which releases healthy chemicals in the brain that work in harmony with your natural sleep-wake cycles. Many melatonin supplements also contain L-Theanine, which reduces stress, and other great natural herbal supplements like Ashwagandha, GABA, and Valerian root.

B Vitamins and tea over Adderall—Adderall is prescribed for attention deficit disorder in both children and adults. Debate rages in the medical community over its use, overuse and other side effects like withdrawing from prescription pills. In general, it’s important to remember that Adderall is a powerful stimulant that often causes addiction and unwanted physical side effects. If possible, you should try to treat problems with attention deficit, focus, and concentration with B vitamins for energy and tea for mental clarity.

Exercise and good diet over blood pressure and cholesterol medications. Nearly half of all Americans take at least one medication for blood pressure or cholesterol problems. That number is even higher among men. Again, this is an example of treating the symptom and not the problem. Most doctors and nutritionists agree that the best way to treat heart disease is with daily exercise and a healthy diet. Don’t quit your medications cold turkey, but possibly try weening yourself off of them while adopting a plant-based whole foods diet, which has been shown to dramatically lower blood pressure, cholesterol levels and even diabetic complications.

None of these recommendations should be adopted without first consulting a doctor. But even in conjunction with your regular medication, these healthy suggestions will all dramatically improve your health and decrease the likelihood of substance abuse and chronic illness.

 

Better Options Than Pills


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