Alternative Ways to Protect Your Natural Defense System
Stress is bound to affect your life from time to time. When it hits, it can disrupt your emotions and your physical health, so you want to create a natural barrier so tat it can’t do much damage to your system.
Stress takes its toll on your immune system. Your immune system is like your army of protection to battle the germs that invade your body.
Too much stress weakens the immune system and opens the door for frequent colds and viral infections.
If you’re prone to high stress levels and your immune system is deeply compromised, then you might suffer stronger symptoms of the ailment than if you had your defenses built up.
The doctor can’t prescribe you a magic pill that builds up your immune system, but you can use alternative methods to do the job.
Stress reduction techniques are one thing you can do, such as hypnotherapy, aromatherapy, and meditation.
Your nutrition is also important to your immune system. Make sure you get plenty of vitamins and nutrients that balance out your body’s needed intake.
Try to eat with the color of the rainbow in mind, mixing a combination of nutrient-rich fruits, vegetables, and grains.
Many natural herbs can provide a boost in your immune system, too. Herbs like Astragalus, Sage, Garlic, Honey, mushrooms, and St. John’s Wort all have immunity-enhancing qualities.
Astragalus is generally used as a tonic. In Chinese medicine, it’s been touted to restore the immune system and help tissue cells regenerate.
They’ve found it crates a natural obstacle to cancer cell growth, and provides many other health benefits.
Specific to the immune system, it increases the white blood cells that act as your army of protection against foreign invaders.
St. John’s Wort and garlic have been active in helping fight Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS).
Aside from inhibiting infections of AIDS patients, they’ve also been known to prevent herpes outbreaks, an obvious sign of their immune-boosting powers.
To help stave off frequent infections, make sure you adhere to a healthier lifestyle that includes exercise and nutrition.
But get an added boost by enhancing your immune system with alternative therapies that reduce stress and elevate your body’s natural defense system.
Alternative Therapies for Menopause
Menopause can be very disruptive in the lives of women who experience hot flashes, mood swings, and other symptoms.
Hormone therapy scares have led many women to seek alternative treatments for menopausal symptoms such as osteoporosis and postmenopausal cardiovascular disease.
Alternative therapies for irritability and depression during menopause are also being explored.
Below are some remedies that are believed to alleviate menopausal side effects:
• Soy – Scientific tests show that bone density is increased and depression, irritability and hot flashes are lessened. Although soy can decrease some symptoms associated with menopause, large amounts must be ingested for it to be completely effective.
• Natural Progesterone – Extracted from plant sources, “natural” progesterone has been widely used to treat menopausal symptoms, but no scientific evidence exists to prove its effectiveness.
• Fish Oils – Rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, fish oil can be a positive component in preventing cardiovascular disease in menopausal women. You can get it through the consumption of fish or via a fish oil capsule if it’s more convenient.
• Magnesium – Studies have found that the use of magnesium significantly increases bone mineral density in both the elderly and menopausal women.
• Evening Primrose Oil – Commonly used to treat symptoms associated with menopause, Evening Primrose Oil may reduce hot flashes and depression.
• Black Cohosh – An herb that’s used extensively in Europe to treat menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes.
• Exercise – Women who exercise regularly are found to suffer from menopausal symptoms much less than sedentary women.
• Red Clover – An herb that is sometimes used to prevent cardiovascular disease in menopausal and post-menopausal women.
Non-traditional, alternative therapies have been used for centuries to treat menopausal symptoms in women.
While these therapies can be effective, be sure to consult with your health care professional before you begin such treatment – especially if you suffer from another condition that might be adversely affected.Want additional ideas for useful alternative health practices?
Check out:Alternative Health Practices GuideEnergy Healing Practices GuideNatural Herbal Remedies GuideWhat are your thoughts about this?
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