Herbals and botanicals have been used medicinally for thousands of years. Once thought of as ‘traditional medicine’ used by native or ancient cultures, herbal medicine has emerged as a popular complementary and alternative medicine, or supplement to modern medicine. The herbal market is growing steadily and herbal and botanical supplements are the leading type of complementary and alternative medicine for both adults and those under the age of 18. Continue reading “What are Herbal Supplements?”
In addition to too much caffeine, stress is a common cause of a poor night’s sleep. There are many natural and herbal sleep aids for sufferers to consider. Women’s Health magazine explains that the definition of “a good night’s sleep” has changed. Waking in the night should not be a cause for alarm; it is completely natural. However, the instant panic of waking in the middle of the night may cause stress and make sleep even more difficult.
Rethink a full night’s sleep
The deeper stage of sleep, rapid eye movement (REM), occurs about every 90 minutes. In between stages of REM, our brains may become more alert, which can cause you to awake. Rather than panic that you will not be able to fall back asleep, alleviate any physical annoyances – an ache or cramp, or needing to use the bathroom.
“Just as we experience a dip in alertness mid-afternoon, the inverse is a dip in sleepiness in the middle of the night,” associate director of the Johns Hopkins Sleep Disorders Center David Neubauer, M.D. told Women’s Health. “There’s strong evidence that there’s a kind of awakening that’s totally normal. Before the industrial revolution, people had their first sleep for three to four hours, awoke for an hour or two, then slept for another three or four hours.”
Simply knowing that it is natural to awake may prevent stress and make falling back asleep easier. Try not to look at the clock and panic. Instead, relax your mind to help you drift back to sleep naturally. In correlation with herbal sleep remedies, a bedtime routine can make this easier.
Have a bedtime routine
Relaxing your body in preparation for bed works as a natural sleep aid. Something as easy as stretching before bed will release tension and stress from your body. Yoga has great poses that may help you achieve relaxation. Performing these stretches before bedtime will allow your muscles relax and your brain to follow suit.
If you awake in the middle of the night or find yourself laying in bed for more than 15 minutes, try to relax. Performing your bedtime routine again may help. You might also want to leave the bedroom and take on a calming activity. Listening to soothing music or an activity such as knitting can help you to feel drowsy. Once you do, you should go back to bed and will likely find it easier (if not easy) to get back to sleep.
Try not to partake in stressful activities – like checking your email – prior to heading to bed. This may have the opposite effect on your brain. Dimming the lights in a room about an hour before you plan to get to sleep can also act as a natural sleep aid.
Herbal sleep remedies are another option to aid in a stress-free night’s sleep. You may find yourself having a difficult time sleeping due to stress if you have changed work schedules, suffered a traumatic event or are suffering from depression. It is important to get enough rest if you want to keep your mind, waistline and immune system in check.
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For thousands of years, humans have relied on herbal remedies to treat hundreds of different illnesses and maladies. These potential methods for improving health have experienced a renaissance in recent years, with many herbs, supplements and vitamins being used daily by thousands people. However, chemicals and conventional drugs still play a large role in the developed world’s healthcare system. There are a few benefits to using natural remedies whenever it is possible and appropriate to do so.
According to HealthGuidance, herbal remedies are significantly less expensive than their more conventional counterparts. In addition to being more affordable for individuals, herbal remedies, when used widely, could play an important role in eliminating fiscal waste in the medical world.
Herbal medicines are also widely praised for their lack of side effects. Though taking supplements without moderation can certainly be dangerous, natural remedies tend to be significantly less shocking on the body than conventional drugs. Conventional medications often produce side effects that must be treated with yet another medication, doubling the cost of medical treatment to the individual (and the medical community).
Herbal Remedies also pointed out that herbal supplements can do wonders for your health, even outside of the malady that is causing you trouble. However, there are times when herbal remedies may be inappropriate. If you are facing a serious condition, you’ll want to speak with your doctor before deciding to go the natural route. Good health can be achieved when years of wisdom and modern science are both taken into account.
Western Herbal has plenty of natural products that can help you feel better in your day-to-day life. Whether you are suffering from sleep deprivation, gout, hemorrhoids or other maladies, it is a good idea to research which natural remedies might be effective at helping improve your condition.
Those in need of natural supplements to treat symptoms of gout may be surprised to find out what exactly is causing their suffering. For instance, aspirin can increase uric acid levels in a person’s blood – this is what crystallizes around the joints and causes pain and inflammation. Health magazine lists a few other surprising triggers of gout, including:
If your body is dehydrated, it can also increase uric acid levels. So, do what you’ve been told all along and drink eight glasses of water, or half your weight in fluid ounces, daily. This can go a long way in maintaining other areas of your health as well.
A trend in dieting currently is cleansing. This can be a great way to promote digestive health, when done right. However, some people equate a fast with a cleanse, which can be dangerous for a number of reasons. In the instance of gout, fasting causes your body to produce more ketones. These compounds compete with uric acid, which will cause your body to produce more of that as well.
Men are more likely to suffer from gout, but women also deal with the condition. As a female’s body limits the amount of estrogen being produced, uric acid levels may increase. What’s the correlation? Estrogen is one of the hormones responsible for aiding the kidneys in removing acid from the body. In most cases, it will take levels several years following the onset of menopause to increase to the point in which a gout attack takes place.
Although these are a few of the unexpected causes for gout, it’s important not to forget the main triggers. Poor diets that are rich in purines, lack of exercise and a high intake of alcohol are all key factors for boosting someone’s uric acid levels. In order to remedy the situation, sufferers should look to mitigate and manage their uric acid levels with GR-911 before, during and after an attack.
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