The moment you are given an incurable diagnosis your journey of self-preservation begins. And if my illness has taught me anything it is this: we (humans) need to stop dumping, spraying, coating and inserting contagions into everything we eat, drink, wear, work and live! Now, more than any other time in history, has the human body been bombarded with so many toxins. Is it any wonder cancer and other autoimmune diseases are on the rise regardless of medical advances?
As a health warrior in pursuit of longevity, vitality and well-being, I am constantly on the look out for products that will refrain from adding to the toxic load already coursing through my veins (let’s be real, you don’t get a diagnosis of impending doom if your immune system isn’t compromised). And considering I am a woman (hear me roar), I am regularly bombarded with unpronounceable ingredients in my attempt at preserving youth and attaining beauty.
So when a health tragedy strikes, all those aches and pains and discomforts you already have don’t just disappear. All the desires you have for your health and goals for your own vanity don’t vanish because of a diagnosis. What was bothering you before will continue to bother you after that dreadful doctor’s visit! For me, it was imperative I found natural health hacks without the added poison, to help get me through my day.
Here then are 5 natural health hacks for the toxic patient:
Witch Hazel is a topical astringent made from the North American Witch Hazel shrub and has been soothing skin ailments since the dawn of mankind. From insect bites, eczema to acne, Witch Hazel cleans impurities from the skin and alleviates inflammation and redness.
But did you also know that Witch Hazel performs just as good and maybe better than pharmaceutical anti-hemorrhoid medicine? A cotton compress soaked in the tonic and applied to the area will quickly and almost immediately begin to relieve pain, swelling and itchiness. Goodbye swollen “plum” bum!
Coconut oil is the duct tape of the health hack world!!! It is versatile, hard-working and like the tape – it is used for the most bizarre reasons. We’ve all heard about oil pulling to whiten your teeth, coconut oils health benefits because of its good fats and are even aware it is used as an alternative Eco fabric softener.
My personal favourite use of coconut oil though is that of skin moisturizer. Although it’s an oil and inherently greasy to the touch, it doesn’t actually leave your skin greasy at all. It traps moisture into your skin when used after bathing and leaves it oh so soft and will not stain your clothes!!! The best part about coconut oil is that the smell conjures up visions of piña coladas and white sandy beaches. “Hola!”
We’ve all heard those commercials promoting yogurt as an end all and be all to stomach health. Some yogurt contain live probiotics which rebuild the proper gut flora restoring balance to your digestive track (you can also purchase as a supplement without dairy)! A great thing to heal since your immune system starts in your stomach!
But the benefits of friendly organisms are not limited to a healthy, happy gut. Probiotics can also cure chronic bad breath! Dirty teeth or rank food are not always the bane of bad breath. Sometimes all a stinky talker needs is some good ol’ tummy bacteria!
Ask any woman and I bet the majority will say they have tried a clay mask at least once in their life. In our ever attempt at removing oil/dirt from pores, shrinking pores, tightening pores (apparently we’re hung up on pores), clay has served as a detox for centuries. And just to be clear, externally clay really doesn’t “detox” us other than to sooth, exfoliate and clean our skin.
And as good as clay is at refreshing the ol’ epidermis, clay is high in minerals including calcium which is excellent at whitening teeth. Mix equal parts powder clay with baking soda and not only will you be flashing pearly whites in record time, but just like our probiotics above, your breath will be better! 🙂
Ok I know this isn’t a “natural” product, but considering some of the prescribed alternatives, Nizoral is pretty tame. This anti-fungal shampoo helps to relieve and at times eliminate dandruff and psoriasis, along with their itchy, flaky symptoms. Although intended solely for it, relief is not limited to your scalp because this shampoo works on all sorts fungus, including those that develop on your skin anywhere on your body.
Apply Nizoral to the affected area, lather and leave on for 3 – 5 minutes and thoroughly rinse. A cheap hack that may heal the rash and doesn’t require a visit to the doctor’s office!
And of course should you have any lingering symptoms of any kind, a doctor’s visit is what is needed not a health hack! Stay healthy!
~ True North Nomad
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