If you’ve been keeping up with Dr. Sheffield’s Blog lately, you’ve probably noticed that we’ve been spending a lot of time discussing all things natural. That’s because our primary mission remains the same as it was in 1880: to help ensure the health and well being of the people who use our products. We previously talked about the benefits of natural products, so now we’re focusing on another important aspect of the natural health movement—natural remedies. While there are many synthetic drugs that are necessary to treat and prevent a condition or illness, many people look to Natural remedies as an alternative. Today, we’re sharing our top three natural health remedies—so you can live your best life, naturally.
1. The Culprit: Heartburn and Acid Reflux
The Cure: Apple Cider Vinegar
Why it Works
If you’ve ever had the displeasure of experiencing heartburn, or acid reflux after a big meal (and who hasn’t?), a big bottle of organic apple cider vinegar should be front and center in your pantry. Here’s why; believe it or not, for some people, acid reflux and heartburn can be a result of too little stomach acid.
That’s where apple cider vinegar comes in. Apple cider vinegar naturally contains acetic acid, which is produced from the fermentation process. Acetic acid can gently increase the acidity in the stomach, resulting in satisfying pain relief for you. So next time you feel heartburn coming on, reach no further than all-natural, unfiltered organic apple cider vinegar. Unfiltered apple cider vinegar is also rich in enzymes, proteins, and pectin which have been shown to provide other beneficial health effects. Drink 2 tablespoons mixed into a large glass of water, and wave that acid reflux goodbye. If the taste is a little bit too sour for you add a tablespoon of raw honey. 2. Your immune system gets a boost.
2. The Culprit: The Common Cold
The Cure: Natural Ginger Spiced Tea
Why it Works:
When it comes to colds, most people have their go-to cures—nighttime cold medicine for sleep, daytime cold medicine for work, and ibuprofen in between. But taking these types of drugs sends your body into overdrive when it should instead be using 100% of its energy to fight the illness. Luckily, there is an all-natural way to help speed up recovery—without pushing your liver to the max.
Look no further than this homemade tea, featuring natural ingredients like honey, ginger, and lemon. Lemon, high in vitamin C, has been shown in some studies to have strong anti-inflammatory properties and work to boost your immune system. Ginger, long known for its healing capabilities, is thought to neutralize free radicals and help regulate body temperature. Honey, best in raw form, acts as a natural cough suppressant, bettering the quality of your sleep. So give this tea a try, and don’t be surprised when you bounce back from your cold faster than you used to.
3. The Culprit: The Fever that Won’t Quit
The Cure: Sleep. (Seriously!)
Why it Works:
Yes, it seems overly intuitive. But for many, sleep is not as simple as it sounds. Whether it’s a small child, a computer screen, or what often feels like a never-ending to-do list, there always seems to be something standing in the way of restful sleep. “I’ll just write one last email,” we tell ourselves. “Just one more episode,” we say. The long-term consequence? A severely compromised immune system. When the quality of your sleep is consistently poor, you can be sure that a fever (at the least) awaits you in the not-so-distant future. So make sure to keep your immune system strong by getting enough zzz’s each night. This means establishing a bedtime routine, such as shutting off all electronics 30 minutes before bedtime, or spraying a natural lavender mist onto your pillows. Find what works for you, and stick with it. Your immune system will thank you, and that thermometer of yours will get much less use.