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3 Natural Alternatives for Treating Discomforts

3 Natural Alternatives for Treating Discomforts

Aspirin, anti-depressants, painkillers… it’s easy to turn to traditional medicine when pain and discomfort affect us. Medication should always be considered, but did you know that there are natural alternatives that can also help?   Insomnia We all know that sleep is essential to our health and can have a huge impact on our daily lives. Yet, all of us experience insomnia from time to time because of stress or anxiety, or simply because we can’t shut our brains off. Sleeping pills are an easy solution, but there are some natural alternatives that can also help. Melatonin is a hormone naturally produced by the pineal gland located in the brain. Its purpose is to regulate your biological clock. Nicknamed the “sleep hormone,” it’s produced when it’s dark and lets your body know when it is time to sleep. The production of melatonin decreases in the morning to help the body wake up. People who suffer from sleep disorders usually have low levels of melatonin.   Stress and anxiety It’s a well-known fact that stress and anxiety can damage your physical and psychological health. Anti-depressants and sedatives are available, but you can also turn to natural supplements. Magnesium is an essential mineral that regulates over 300 biochemical reactions and processes in the body. It‘s essential to overall good health, but it’s also known for its relaxing properties. It can be a great ally in treating stress and anxiety and alleviate sleep disorders as well. It has also been shown to prevent several ailments and diseases.   Digestive problems Whether you suffer from constipation, diarrhea or irritable bowel syndrome, digestive problems are one of the most common daily ailments. But before taking a laxative or anti-diarrheal medicine, consider the natural solutions available. We often hear about the benefits of probiotics and with good cause. But what are probiotics exactly, and how can they help? Probiotics are the bacteria and micro-organisms that are good for your digestive system (or microbiota). Your digestive tract naturally contains billions of micro-organisms that help maintain digestive health and reinforce your immune system. They also help regulate lots of other processes in your body.     Smear Campaign   Have a pap smear once a year. Not on our list of favourite things, but it’s vital. Cervical cancer kills 200 000 women a year and it’s the most prevalent form of cancer among black women, affecting more than 30 percent. But the chances of survival are nearly 100 percent if it’s detected early. Be particularly careful if you became sexually active at an early age, have had multiple sex partners or smoke.