Natural Remedies for Common Health Problems
There are many illnesses and ailments that tend to be thought of, and even diagnosed, as “conditions” rather than diseases. This is because in themselves, they are not considered to be fatal or even dangerous.
Some of them, however, may be indicators of something more serious. Some may increase in severity if left untreated, or even allow more dangerous secondary conditions to develop.
Those considerations aside, at best many of these “conditions” or “health problems” can, at the very least, cause pain, discomfort, distress and embarrassment. They make life harder and less enjoyable than it otherwise could be.
Many people are reluctant to seek treatment for these conditions, either because of their personal nature or because they don’t consider them serious enough, so they put up with the symptoms, which may be continual, or may be recurring or spasmodic.
This eBook discusses ten health problems that affect a great many people. For each one there is a very brief overview of the condition and its causes, with most of the focus on easily procured and prepared natural treatments that have proven effective for other sufferers.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is a remedial product that punches far above its weight in terms of efficacy versus cost and availability. It is readily available, cheaply, even at the supermarket. For human health, dosages are small – for most ailments a few teaspoons a day.
Before the advent of modern pharmacy ACV was a health tonic and remedy in many households. Big pharma doesn’t like it. It is too cheaply made and too ubiquitous to patent, so it holds no value for them.
Hordes of users attest to its ability to ease symptoms for many conditions. A great many use it as a morning tonic, to prevent the onset of many ailments and their symptoms.
This eBook explains what is known about how it works and what type of ACV you need to make sure it does.
There are chapters on specific conditions and how apple cider vinegar can help control the condition and alleviate the symptoms. Many will be interested in reading how to use ACV to control blood sugar levels and to assist with weight loss.
No matter what the affliction, it is natural for sufferers at some stage to feel that being affected by ‘it’ is unfair. Even diseases and conditions of ill-health that result from obvious actions or inaction can seem like a lottery, with some people greatly affected, yet others seemingly unaffected, in spite of very plain self-abuse.
However, there are some conditions, and classes of conditions that take ‘unfairness’ to a whole new level. One such group of conditions are the so-named autoimmune diseases.
What defines these conditions and sets them apart from others is that the body’s own essential defense network, the immune system, incorrectly identifies a particular group of its own body’s cells as a foreign threat, and attacks them.
So where does the body turn to for help when it is being attacked by itself? Why does it happen in the first place?
Autoimmune diseases are enigmatic and paradoxical. Researchers continually research patients symptoms, environments and genetics, seeking common threads that will give insight into what triggers these conditions, and how to avoid them.
So far, in spite of greatly improved data-crunching resources, there is still no single, simple answer. Medical researchers have made many links and provided some answers, but these are largely broad and conceptual rather than specific.
This eBook discusses some of the most common autoimmune diseases; those which are often most encountered by the general population. It shares insight into believed causes, affected groups, current treatment protocols, and where possible, natural treatments and behaviors that can help mitigate symptoms.
Blood Flow and Circulation
While all the body’s parts and systems have a part to play, and all are important in their own way, none is more critical than our circulatory system. Also known as the cardiovascular system, this extremely complex structure is absolutely essential to our existence.
If it stops, we stop. When any of the blood vessels that are part of our circulatory system are compromised, our health suffers, in many different ways.
Damage to blood vessels can occur from external damage, resulting in cuts and bruises, which can range from minor to fatal. We can take steps to minimize this, by being careful to avoid physical damage.
Most people do this fairly well, however most of the damage that occurs to their cardiovascular system occurs unnoticed, incrementally, due to actions that can be a lack of self-care, and is often self-abuse.
In the main, people living in modern western societies do not take the best of care of their circulatory systems. There is a very common tendency to pass this responsibility on to health care providers, often after much damage has been done through neglect.
This eBook outlines how the damage can occur, the consequences, and steps we can take as individuals to prevent and overcome some of this damage using natural methods readily available.
Digestive Health and Wellness
Over the last decade or so we have witnessed a profound turnaround in attitudes of health professionals and the general public regarding the reasons underlying good health, vitality and longevity versus those of ill-health, disease and mortality.
Although many so-called ‘alternative’ methodologies have always believed otherwise, the western world has had a pre-occupation with externalizing the causes of their ill-health.
Believing that the causes for their conditions and diseases came from without meant they could relinquish, with clear conscience, the power to heal to external sources also.
Recent studies are rediscovering what some have always known – that a major cause of ill-health is the state of the body. That is, when the internal environment is in a state of imbalance, it provides the conditions for unwanted pathogens to thrive, setting off further imbalances that result in the various conditions and diseases.
Further, ancient wisdom and current research agree that the key to health (or otherwise) are more impacted by diet than any other factor, with exercise, sleep and other ‘lifestyle’ influences also playing a big part.
Realizing the huge role that diet plays in our health, it should be obvious that the first place to seek improvement should be the digestive system. If our gut is not healthy, we can hardly expect it to provide the sustenance our body needs to carry out its vital functions so that we can live as we should.
This eBook provides very practical advice on improving and restoring gut health through natural means, as well as explanations on factors other than diet that can affect digestive wellbeing, such as stress.
Female Intimate Health
Female Intimate Health – an extremely personal and private subject for most women. Yes, intellectually we know that in spite of that, in this day and age, we should be able to discuss it in an adult manner.
We are talking about an aspect of health, a very important part, yet for a great many women, talking to a doctor, even a woman doctor, about our vaginal health can be excruciatingly embarrassing.
Often seeking help or advice is avoided long beyond when the problem is noticed, which is rarely a good thing.
This eBook discusses issues that most women wish would take care of themselves. Actually, many of them can be overcome or managed with natural solutions, and that is a strong theme in this report.
You will realize that vaginal health is strongly tied to, and can be a marker, for all around health. You will learn general lifestyle changes that will help maintain vaginal health, and specific remedies and tips for different problems.
This eBook is not a replacement for medical advice or treatment, but it offers advice on natural solutions that may be all that is necessary, or will assist any traditional treatment.
You may have heard someone, usually female, justify their overweight condition with a comment about their ‘underactive thyroid’. You possibly dismissed their excuse, at least to yourself.
However, they were quite possibly correct, as least partly. A significant percentage of the population have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism, or underactive thyroid, and the greater number are women, by far.
Researchers also believe a very large number of people, again mostly women, have the condition but have not been formally diagnosed.
The thyroid gland is yet another one of those tiny body parts which has a huge impact on many aspects of our health, but is little thought of until it ceases to function correctly.
Thankfully, the effects of hypothyroidism, which can be extreme, can be greatly overcome by taking replacement hormone supplements. For many sufferers this is a rest-of-their-life scenario, as many thyroid problems are not self-repairing.
That said, there are certainly dietary impacts on thyroid health, some that harm and some that help. This applies to those with existing problems and those who wish to prevent it.
This eBook discusses known and suspected cause, symptoms and natural treatment options that can complement prescribed hormone replacement.
Skin Care for All Skin Types Report
Our skin is the wrapper that protects us from the world. It is also a major part of the “face” that we show to the world. Our health and vitality, or lack of it, are displayed in our skin.
The cosmetics industry is a multi-billion dollar one. Although it often gets a bad rap for the way it promotes its products, there is no doubt that their success is largely consumer-driven.
We care about our appearance, and our skin is a big part of that appearance. In caring for our skin, there is certainly an indulgent, rewarding feeling of self-care when we apply products to our skin that we know, or believe, is adding to its health and beauty.
Skin health and beauty starts within. A fortune spent on beauty products will not make up for self-abuse through poor diet and lifestyle choices.
Research has determined that there are four broad skin types. While there are many factors relating to skin health that are common to all, there are also many aspects that are particular to the specific skin type.
This report discusses general skin health and care, and gives guidance on caring for each of the skin types. You’ll learn how to recognize your skin type and how to care for it, to help your skin be the very best it can be .
An essential oil is extracted from carefully chosen plants. These oils contain volatile compounds that have been extracted through heat processing or pressing.
There are numerous types of plants, herbs, flowers or roots that are used for manufacturing essential oils. Each of these essential oils is known to be beneficial for many kinds of ailments.
There is an increased awareness that individuals can play a very large part in overcoming or relieving the symptoms and effects of diabetes. This is especially, (but not only) for type 2 diabetes sufferers, due to its lifestyle implications.
As more people look for effective natural remedies to help them, many are becoming aware of the benefits that essential oils can provide for them.
Essential oils have been used for thousands of years for improving mental and physical health and for relief from many illnesses and conditions. Diabetes is another that can be added to the list.
Hashimotos Thyroid Diet
The underlying foundation of many health conditions is diet. Of course there are a multitude of diets for weight loss and clean eating.
Many people fail to recognize there are also diets that help with diabetes, heart health and even autoimmune disorders, like Hashimoto’s disease.
Hashimoto’s disease happens when the body thinks the thyroid is a virus and attacks it. Many people with Hashimoto’s disease have hypothyroidism, which is when the thyroid is underproducing the hormone thyroxine.
This hormone plays a huge role in our metabolism, mood and energy levels. When the thyroid is working sub-par, it affects metabolism, energy, weight and other hormone production.
If you have been diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis you have most likely also been dealing with zapped energy, mood dysregulation and issues with weight gain that’s extremely hard to reverse.
Pharmaceutical intervention is most often necessary to manage Hashimoto’s disease. Even so, there are many dietary changes than can strongly influence the degree of severity of symptoms.
This report highlights three main areas – foods than can help, foods to avoid, and supplementation that can be beneficial if diet cannot supply the vital nutrients in sufficient amounts.
Insomnia and Your Health
Insomnia is one of those medical conditions that is discussed and disregarded flippantly, often with little understanding or care of its potentially harmful effects.
That is mostly because the primary and most obvious effect is simply lack of sleep. However there are other reasons for not getting enough sleep other than insomnia.
Insomnia and sleep deprivation are sometimes considered to be the same thing. This eBook shows the relationship between the two, and how damaging the results of reduced or disturbed sleep can be in the longer term.
As well as outlining some of the health risks associated with poor sleep, there are chapters on causes of insomnia that can affect almost everyone, and natural and simple methods and treatments to overcome it.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Irritable Bowel Syndrome is one of those horrible conditions (for sufferers) that are considered by some to be not a ‘real disease’. The symptoms vary from patient to patient, but these symptoms are very real indeed for those experiencing them.
It can seem to sufferers that are diagnosed with IBS, that in the absence of being diagnosed with something more injurious to health, all that is left is an ‘irritable bowel’.
The great take-away, at least, from a diagnosis of IBS, is that the symptoms experienced are not indicative of something worse, as these symptoms can certainly mimic those of other diseases.
If a diagnosis of IBS is confirmed, the next obvious step is managing, alleviating, reducing or ideally eliminating the painful and discomforting symptoms.
This eBook provides some understanding of the causes and symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Even better, it describes natural solutions that have worked for others to provide ongoing relief.
Our skin – our body’s wrapper and barrier from attack, both visible and invisible. It is a huge part of our visual representation to the world, meaning it affects how others perceive us and we perceive ourselves.
Because of these perceptions, and because our self-esteem is tied (usually excessively) to them, anything which compromises our skin usually affects an individual’s peace of mind and happiness.
However, problems with the skin can go far beyond the aesthetic, ranging from annoying, through uncomfortable and painful, to dangerous.
When we take the time to consider the mighty job our skin does in protecting us from the harmful environmental elements thrown at us, it is amazing that our skin does not fail more than it does.
Considering how pre-occupied most of us are with our skin, it is a paradox that we are often so ignorant of our skin and its needs until it shows signs of damage. This damage often presents as what is known as a skin disorder.
This ebook details some of the common disorders that can affect our skin, their causes, symptoms, effects, and methods of prevention and treatment.
Until a person employs mindful eating they are usually unaware just how unconscious or habitual their dietary and eating patterns are.
Mindfulness helps us make better food choices, but also helps us decide whether or not to eat a particular food at all, how much to eat and when, and very importantly, it allows us to gain the greatest emotional benefit from how and what we eat.
Mindful eating involves becoming more aware of the impacts food has on us personally, emotionally and physically. This means becoming more conscious of our food prompts and triggers.
While what we do or don’t eat is vital to our health, and those choices require mindfulness, mindful eating is as much or more about the why and the how of our eating, than it is the what.
With deep Buddhist roots, eating mindfully isn’t a new concept. It can even help treat eating disorders, anxiety and depression. Eating mindfully helps you create a healthier relationship with food, one with a deeper appreciation for your body, well-being, health and happiness.
Mindful eating is not a diet, it’s a gradual change of lifestyle. Simply putting more emphasis toward the appreciation and respect for food and wholly enjoying your meals on a daily basis will create a shift toward mindful eating. Everything else will fall into place with very little effort.
Pre-Menstrual Syndrome or PMS for short, can be a debilitating time for many women.
The phenomenon of PMS can often be bewildering for the woman suffering from it as well as their family members. It is thought to be caused largely by an imbalance of hormone levels, yet why does this affect some more than others?
For an undetermined, but estimated, number of females aged from early teens to menopause, up to one-third of their life is impacted by the blessing of having the opportunity to bring new life into the world.
Beyond the mechanics of dealing with menstruation itself are the associated physically painful and emotionally distressing symptoms.
Expert research reveals that there are more than 150 symptoms that have been identified by experts as common to women associated with the menstrual cycle.
Some relate to menstruation itself, others to PMS – premenstrual syndrome. Some of these symptoms can be so severe they have been given a differentiating classification, called PMDD, or Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder.
This eBook mostly discusses symptoms, and dealing with them. It gives insight into causes and types of symptoms and their varying severity.
It also discusses natural therapies, remedies and supplements that have proven helpful to others who have looked for solutions beyond reaching for another round of analgesics.
Of all the many things that a person can do to improve their health and longevity, with an added bonus of improvement in financial circumstance, quitting smoking has to be right near the top of the list.
People may start smoking for a few different reasons, but they remain smokers almost always for one reason alone – they are addicted. Like any addiction, there are both psychological and physiological aspects to tobacco dependency.
Those who have never smoked and can simply say “just stop smoking” may have no understanding of the effort required to overcome both the habit and the addiction, or the fear that breaking free may invoke.
There are many variables that will determine how difficult it will be to become a non-smoker, including gender, genetics and mental state. This means that there is no single solution that will work for every person, every time.
You may need to try different methods before you find one that works for you. Of course, the biggest determinant is an honest commitment to becoming a nonsmoker, rather than a half-hearted approach that can set you up for failure.
Even knowing that quitting smoking may not be an easy thing to do should not discourage smokers from taking the necessary steps to do so. The rewards are enormous. It is never too soon to reap the short and long-term health benefits rather than suffer from the consequences for the rest of your life.
When confronted by a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes, or even pre-diabetes, the biggest single realization is that what got them there is their diet, or eating habits.
Sure, other factors, such as exercise and even genetics may have played a part, but they only influenced the big one - diet.
From there, it is a logical conclusion that what got you there, won’t get you out of there. For your health’s sake - vitality, mobility, longevity and more – changes are essential.
A lifetime of dietary habit cannot be overturned at a single sitting, nor is this something that can be ‘cured’ so you can return to your old eating ways.
This eBook discusses different diets that have proven effective for turning around the effects of persistent high blood sugar.
You will see that being healthy and avoiding or reversing diabetes symptoms does not have to be a tasteless experience. These diets are not solely for diabetics; many non-diabetics base their eating behaviors around them.
They do it for taste and for health, knowing they can enjoy tasty and wholesome food now, and avoid diabetes later.
Blood Sugar and Children Report
Diabetes and blood sugar levels have a greater public awareness than they ever have. This is due predominantly to the massive increase in diagnosed cases of type 2 diabetes.
Once considered an adult disease, and even co-named ‘adult-onset diabetes’, this condition now affects more and more children. As a percentage of population, type 1 diagnoses are also on the increase.
However, blood glucose levels can be a concern for all children, not only confirmed diabetics. While type 1 diabetes is a rapid-onset condition, type 2 is an insidious, creeping disease.
Monitoring of all aspects of children’s lives, including diet, exercise, overall wellness and other factors can help prevent pre-diabetes and diabetes sneaking up on them later.
Also, some children can have episodes of unbalanced blood glucose levels that can affect their health and wellbeing.
This report discusses both hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia, including causes, symptoms and treatments.
Different types of diabetes – such as type 1, type 2 or gestational – are classified such, due to how they occur. This is what makes them different.
What makes them the same is what makes them all diabetes. This is most obvious in the symptoms and effects of the disease. The large increases in rates of diagnosis (especially type 2, but the others are up too) has led to a greater awareness that diabetes is indeed a very serious condition.
Increased individual contact with the disease, even if not as a diagnosed patient, means more people understand something about the relationship between blood glucose, insulin and human health.
However, the relative newness of this increasing exposure to the disease means that a great many people are unaware of the dangerous health conditions that can develop as a result of unmanaged or poorly managed diabetes conditions.
It is perhaps natural to be a bit indifferent to health conditions until they affect us directly, or affect someone close to us. Diabetes has large impacts on the healthy function of the whole body. When unmanaged, these effects can be massively damaging.
This report highlights major health conditions that can develop or worsen as result of diabetes, their symptoms and consequences, and ways to mitigate and reduce both incidence and severity.
How a person comes to ‘get’ diabetes, and the subsequent necessary treatment will depend on the type of diabetes.
Type 1 is far more rapid onset and requires constant and ongoing pharmaceutical intervention to prevent permanent and life-threatening damage.
Type 2 is a ‘creeping’ disease. Healthy lifestyle habits – both diet and exercise – can prevent it ever becoming a concern. However, many are largely unaware that their own lifestyles are causing hidden, accumulating problems to their body, until it is too late.
Certainly, the warning signs may be there, but still not recognized for what they are until after a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes is confirmed.
This report answers some of the questions that will be asked by diabetics, including differences between the two types. There is information specific to each type, and also material common to both.
Diabetes Type 1
The ubiquity and increased awareness of type 2 diabetes has led to conflicting circumstances for sufferers of type 1 diabetes and their carers. On the one hand, increased interest into diabetes generally has provided some benefits from overlapping research into type 2 diabetes.
However, it has caused very real problems caused by uniformed public perception for the same group. It is a common error of many people to assume that the causes and treatments of both types of diabetes are the same.
Type 2 diabetes is a lifestyle disease. As harsh as it may seem in saying so, actions, or inactions of the sufferer have played the major role in contracting the disease.
Also, those who are suffering its effects are greatly able to mitigate the impact of their symptoms by making changes to their behaviors.
For type 1 sufferers, the cause is beyond their control. For reasons not fully yet understood, their pancreas stops manufacturing the essential insulin. Once diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, an individual must commit to a lifetime of enhanced self-care, including self-administration of insulin.
Type 1 diabetes can occur at any stage of life, but is usually first diagnosed in childhood, most often around puberty. It is not a lifestyle disease, but it is a lifetime disease. By necessity, its impacts on sufferers and their families and cares are also life-changing.
Pregnancy. Is there a time more filled with paradox? Competing and conflicting emotions, advice, and of course, health issues. For most women it is an incredible time. Knowing they are creating and nurturing new life is an incredible feeling.
Much inner conflict exists, as so much is happening to and within their body that is beyond their control, yet in so many ways, they can still exercise control over.
The baby grows, with no conscious effort, but the health of both baby and mother is always on the mind. Every mother wants a healthy baby, and for the pregnancy, birth and afterwards to be as healthy and straightforward as possible.
One of the risks that modern women face, more than their predecessors did, is gestational diabetes. Balancing a healthy dietary intake has always been an awareness, but our modern diet places more pressure on mothers-to-be.
Many women who contract gestational diabetes struggle to understand why they have. This eBook explains why pregnant women can be at a greater risk than the general populace of having to deal with diabetes.
It also provides reassurances – that GD is not necessarily a determination that type 2 diabetes will follow, although the risks can be higher.
There is helpful, practical advice on how to reduce the risks of incurring gestational diabetes, and how to mitigate its effects on mother and child if it has been diagnosed.
Gestational diabetes is certainly a condition for which help exists, and the patient can themselves do much to overcome its impact.
Glycemic Index and Diabetes
A diagnosis of diabetes or pre-diabetes can be very confronting, especially when the potential risks and outcomes are outlined.
This can be especially so for those who are shocked to find out that their lowfat choices for the last few decades did not prevent type 2 diabetes creeping up on them.
So, (for type 2 diabetics) now knowing that the major culprit was, and is, excessive consumption of simple carbohydrates (sugar), what can be done to halt the disease, or turn it around?
The most successful step will be re-educating yourself about lifestyle changes – notably (but not only) diet. A helpful, almost essential part of this new learning will be about the Glycemic Index, or GI.
This is a list of foods, each with a number that indicates how rapidly this food type is digested and converted to glucose. This report explains what the Glycemic Index is, and how and why it is so useful for those afflicted by diabetes, both type 1 and type 2.
There are also chapters on specific fruits and vegetables that are low-GI, and as such are a healthy, welcome addition to a diabetic’s diet.
Since the dawn of time, people have been obsessed with finding the fountain of youth and trying to stay one step ahead of the aging game. Unfortunately, beauty is continually measured with how young and fresh a person looks.
The desire to be free of wrinkles, sagging skin, cellulite and the like has catapulted to another dimension. These days, women especially, are inundated with every TV commercial, magazine ad and Internet pop-up about how to age gracefully and avoid premature aging.
When you take a moment to analyze all the advertisements regarding beauty items and cosmetics, you’ll notice rather quickly that most of the models in these ads have the same persona…they look slim, youthful and have radiant hair and a flawless complexion.
It comes as no surprise that millions of women (and men) all over the globe are feeling the pressure of keeping up with unrealistic views of how they should look.
As a result, there has been a rapid spike in plastic surgery, Botox and facelift procedures, along with other products that relate to beauty and aging.
Approximately 1 out of every 3 women in the country admit to either having already had some kind of plastic surgery done in order to regain their youthful appearance, or plan on undergoing the knife sometime in the future.
This is a very disturbing statistic for advocates of the natural aging process.
Even those individuals who are highly against using artificial products for aging, still admit that looking young for as long as possible is something they try to achieve.
The main difference with these people is they tend to gravitate to choosing natural cosmetic procedures and products as opposed to artificial ones.
In most parts of the world, sales from products claiming to have anti-aging properties are very high. The current trends indicate that these sales will continue to increase as the years go by.
You need to comprehend that regardless of how much money you spend on products or procedures, you cannot completely avoid the aging process. It is much healthier to accept and love your body for what it is.
Embrace the fact you are celebrating another birthday and allow yourself to mature as gracefully as you can!
Don’t let beauty become an obsession!
There is a great deal of confusion and misinformation regarding ADHD. Many people claim that it is not even a real condition, and that the undesired behaviors are simply a result of poor diet, lack of discipline, or both.
However, most medical practitioners concur that ADHD is a medical condition, with varying and complex causes. Certainly, diet may be one contributing factor, but that does not make ADHD any less a “real” condition. (Consider - diet is the primary cause of type 2 diabetes, but that doesn’t make diabetes any less of a medical condition).
The bottom line is that many children have been diagnosed as exhibiting degrees of hyperactivity, restlessness and inability that are beyond a normal range. Many adults also present the same symptoms, although many have not been specifically diagnosed with ADHD.
So, call it ADHD or call it something else, and debate the causes, but the symptoms are consistent, repeatable and classifiable, so a condition exists.
Parents of diagnosed ADHD children certainly know it does.
This eBook discusses ADHD in adults and children, its effect on physical and mental health and treatment options, both mainstream pharmaceutical and natural.