Almost 50 percent of people in the US have used at least one prescription drug in the last month, and more than 30 percent have used two or more. Drug Use
With an annual spend on retail prescription drugs of $324.6 billion, the cost of medication is worrying, particularly in later years when the need for medication increases. Rising Prescription Drug Costs.
Research indicates some natural alternatives to medication, although the cost of these can be prohibitive too. In this article, we investigate some low cost natural options to consider instead of costly medication.
As a nation, we spend a fortune on painkillers. We also know that pain is our body’s way of indicating a problem.
With correct expert advice we can understand and change causes of pain rather than muting the pain with drugs, and save money long term.
Low back pain is a very common reason to take pain medication. The most common causes are incorrect ways of moving and lifting.
Studies show therapeutic exercises and movement reeducation are more effective in managing back pain than medication. Back Pain Solution
High levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol increase the risk of coronary heart disease and stroke. Statins work by stopping the production of an enzyme needed by the liver to produce cholesterol, and some can reduce the cholesterol in blood vessels.
Modifying diet can lower LDL cholesterol. One study found a diet low in LDLs and high in good fats reduced LDLs by 28.6 per cent, compared with a reduction of 30.6 per cent when taking statins.How To Lower Cholesterol Naturally.
Replacing foods like animal fats, whole milk dairy products, coconut oil, palm oil and processed meats with healthily prepared poultry (with skin removed) and salmon, tuna and sardines, walnuts and almonds can reduce LDL cholesterol.
Research also suggests fenugreek and garlic can help to lower LDL cholesterol. LDL Cholesterol By making changes to your diet, it may be possible to reduce or eliminate the need for statins.
3. Medicines for High Blood Pressure:
Drugs like Lisinopril are routinely prescribed to control high blood pressure, which affects one in three adults in the US. Studies have shown that increasing the potassium, calcium, magnesium and vitamin D intake can significantly lower blood pressure, so including sources of these in your diet can reduce the need for medication.
Avocado, acorn squash, spinach, sweet potatoes, dried apricots, bananas, white beans and salmon are all high in potassium, spinach, kale, white beans, salmon and oatmeal are high in calcium, magnesium is found in beans, nuts, whole grain foods and green leafy vegetables, and vitamin D is provided at no cost by a good dose of sunshine. Foods That Lower High Blood Pressure
Of course you should never discontinue your blood pressure medication without the approval of your physician, as stopping suddenly can cause a spike.
Statistics indicate that around 27 million people in the US are affected by a thyroid problem, causing hormone imbalance and slow metabolism. Levothyroxine is the most commonly prescribed medication.
There are some surprising ways to improve thyroid function. The chemical bisphenol A, found in plastic bottles can adversely affect the thyroid. Only drinking out of glass or bisphenol A-free bottles can help your thyroid.
Check your iodine levels – too little can be a problem for the thyroid, and if it’s low, switch to iodized salt, increase your intake of eggs or fish – but it’s also important not to overdo it.
Selenium – found in Brazil nuts, salmon, sunflower seeds, mushrooms and onions has also been shown to improve thyroid function. Consuming only the recommended carbohydrate levels – around 50 percent of total calories – can also help to maximize thyroid function. Natural Ways To Thyroid Health
5. Include Kefir in Your Diet:
Kefir is a yogurt-style beverage produced by a community of probiotic and yeast cultures.
Research has indicated that it can improve digestion, decrease lactose intolerance, has antibacterial anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-allergy, anti-cancer and healing effects and can help to lower cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure. Health Benefits Of Kefir
Kefir has increased in popularity in recent years, and many people are willing to donate grains for little or no money. The only cost to make kefir is the cost of the milk you add to the culture to produce the kefir.
Instead of reaching for pills for medical problems, seek specific medical advice from an expert.
If you can stop the cause of pain with exercise and changes to your movement, or make changes to your diet and lifestyle, you can save a packet on medication in the long run.
However, it goes without saying that it is imperative to discuss any changes with your doctor before you stop taking any prescribed medication.
Author: Helen Sanders:
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Thank you Helen for your excellent essay about alternatives to high priced prescription drugs… E.T.