Disclaimer: As smart as us Thrifty Divas are, we are not doctors. So please listen to medical advice from your health care professional before us, but these are still great tips!
With medical costs going higher and higher, natural “at home” remedies are becoming increasingly more popular. Especially when a large percentage of ER visits end up being the common cold, flu or other minor illnesses. I know in our family the doctors bills are pretty steep so I am always looking for natural and more thrifty ways to keep us out of the doctors office. Here are some things we’ve been doing in our family.
1. Garlic! Ask anyone, I cook with a lot of it! But seriously garlic is so good for you! Here is a list of things it helps.
- Colds, flu, stomach viruses
- Infections, including yeast infections
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- High triglycerides
- Helps prevent lots of kinds of cancers
- Removes heavy metals from system
- Prevent weight gain
- Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
2. Natural local honey. This is amazing for allergies. All you have to do is get some honey from someone locally and eat it every day. It helps ease allergy symptoms as your body adjusts to minute amounts of pollen in the honey. Honey is also WAYYY cheaper than any OTC medicine you can buy to help with allergies and it sure tastes better.
3. Real chicken noodle soup. You are probably thinking, “as opposed to the fake kind?” Chicken soups has been hailed as a wonderful natural remedy for when you are sick. And you know what? It’s true! But it really does have to be real! By real I mean, you need to cook it from the whole chicken. Something in the bones of the chicken is released into the soup and helps you fight your illness. It’s a true story!
4. Apple Cider Vinegar for Heartburn. It’s about $.99 a bottle and all you need is a teaspoon to knock that heartburn right out!
5. Get more Vitamin D! According to one article I read, Vitamin D “plays a key role in your immune system, so maintaining optimal vitamin D levels is your number one defense against infections of all kinds, including upper respiratory infections.” We produce Vitamin D from sunshine so in the winter we have less than the summer which is why our immune systems are weaker then. You can get Vitamin D from a variety of foods like salmon, tuna and mackerel, also egg yolks, cheese and beef liver.
What are some natural ways you try to stay or get healthy?
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