This article originally appeared on Live in the Now.
Choosing to treat your condition with food — at least before resorting to medication — can be a healthier and more cost-effective solution. So rather than immediately turning to medication the next time you are ill, consider replacing it with one of these natural food solutions.
Beans & Whole Grains Treat High Blood Sugar
Beans and whole grains are full of fiber and complex carbohydrates, which help regulate digestion, slow down the metabolizing process and regulate blood sugar. These foods may also aid in managing high cholesterol levels and can even support weight loss as they help people to feel full more quickly and thus consume less food overall.
Salmon Treats Inflammation
By now you have probably heard that salmon — and other types of similar fish — are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which play a critical role in treating inflammation, regardless of where it may occur in the body. The omega-3 fatty acids in salmon also help with autoimmune conditions, metabolic syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis and even multiple sclerosis.
Peppermint Treats IBS
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is often triggered by the large quantities of processed foods that make their way into many modern diets. Rather than treating this condition with medication, consider targeting it with peppermint, a natural food that can be found in supplement and essential oil forms, as well as in some teas. Not only is peppermint more effective as compared to most medical treatments of IBS, it is also less toxic and may be used to treat abdominal cramps as well.
Ginger Treats Menstrual Cramping
Available in both capsule and chew form and as a powder, ginger may be just as effective as common painkillers such as ibuprofen in treating menstrual cramps. Ginger is also useful in treating nausea and abdominal discomfort when taken in tea form.
Buckwheat Honey Treats Coughing
Buckwheat honey is an effective alternative to over-the-counter cough syrups for naturally treat a nagging cough. This type of honey contains beneficial antioxidants and soothes and coats a sore throat to offer protection and treatment without the negative side effects of medications.
Hibiscus Tea Treats High Blood Pressure
Hibiscus tea has a strong anti-hypertensive effect, based primarily on the high concentration of anthocyanins it contains, which are believed to help lower blood pressure. Hibiscus tea is much less costly than the vast supply of medications on the market, and it marks a great starting point for treating high blood pressure naturally.
Chia Seeds Treat High Cholesterol
Many of the medications available to treat high cholesterol — primarily statins — have negative and dangerous side effects. Alternatively, chia seeds, which are a very healthy, nutrient-dense food, have been recommended to treat high cholesterol. Simply adding chia seeds to one’s diet will not only improve its overall quality, but aid in regulating or preventing high cholesterol.