Medication Swaps to Heal Your Body

– Hey, hey, hey, honey, honey. Why do you still have these? – I’ve got a bad headache. – Do you know what
these do to your stomach and, more importantly, your heart? – No. – Well, good for you. We just made a video on
over-the-counter medications and what they do to your body and what you can do instead. Everyday, more than 30
million people worldwide take an anti-inflammatory
drug like Ibuprofen or Asprin. Although these
over-the-counter medications do reduce pain caused from inflammation, there’s a trade-off. – First of all, they destroy
the lining of the gut, which can lead to ulcers, stomach bleeding and even a kidney failure. If that’s not enough to keep you away, these drugs can also increase your chance of heart attack or stroke. – Let’s talk about some
healthy alternatives. When it comes to headaches, low magnesium is a key contributor. Actually, it’s estimated
that about 75% of Americans aren’t getting enough magnesium. – Dark, leafy greens like spinach are the best way to get
magnesium from food. You can also take a
high quality supplement. The best options, when
it comes to headaches, are Magnesium Glycinate
and Magnesium Malate. – Another way to combat headaches is with Vitamin B12, which contains a rare metal that is extremely important for functioning of the nervous system and red blood cell production. – Most people can consume adequate amounts of B12 through a healthy diet but if your struggling with constant headaches or even migraines, B12 supplementation is worth the shot because it does not have
any adverse side effects and may even give you a boost of energy. – We’ve already talked about why to avoid anti-inflammatory drugs like Ibuprofen. So, let’s talk about some healthy alternatives for joint pain. – First up Curcumin, which is simply tumeric root ground into a fine powder. Curcumin is an antioxidant and a natural, anti-inflammatory agent. It’s safe and, in most people, it’s free of side effects. – Another way to alleviate joint pain is with Omega-3 supplementation. The two fatty acids in Omega-3, EPA and DHA, can reduce inflammation. According to several different studies, people with rheumatoid arthritis who took Omega-3 supplements had a reduction in joint pain. – People with low levels of
Vitamin D often have joint pain. Vitamin D is crucial for
the formation of bone. The best source of Vitamin D is fish, specifically swordfish and salmon. These must be wild caught sources. You also absorb Vitamin D
through exposure to sunlight. And, if those two things aren’t enough, a high quality Vitamin D
supplement will do the job. – Somewhere around half of Americans complain of sleep problems and nearly 10% of Americans
use sleeping pills. The problem is most sleeping pills are designed to be used for a week or two but they’re often being used much longer. – Once you’ve started
taking sleeping pills, it’s hard to stop. After long term use, you build up a tolerance to the medication. Yet, at the same time, you become dependent on the medication. So, you end up not able to
fall asleep without them but, even with them, your
sleep isn’t that great. – So, let’s talk about
some healthy alternatives. First up is L-Theanine, which is naturally found in tea leaves. This amino acid works by elevating chemicals in the brain
that promote relaxation and reduce other chemicals that are linked to stress and anxiety. So, taking L-Theanine as a supplement may not only help you fall asleep quicker but also improve the
quality of your sleep. – Another option is GABA, which has one main job in your system, slowing down the nerve cells. GABA comes as a natural supplement and not only promotes sleep, but can also relieve anxiety, reduce depression symptoms, relieve symptoms of PMS
and decrease inflammation. – Lastly, let’s talk about Melatonin, which is a natural hormone
released by your body when the sun goes down to help you relax. In general, a healthy system produces appropriate amounts of
this hormone on its own. But, if your suffering with jet lag or adjusting to work schedule changes, a Melatonin supplement may be
the right solution for you. The stomach is naturally acidic, which enables it to break down proteins. But, when there’s too much acid or the protective
mechanisms are inadequate, the lining of the stomach
can become damaged, leading to all kinds of symptoms like nausea, abdominal pain and heartburn. – Most people run for
the bottle of antacids when these symptoms arise, but the problem is they only work on existing acid in the stomach. They do not stop further
production of acid, so you’ll likely end up
right back where you started. – Prolonged use of antacids
may cause a condition where the stomach starts
producing even more acid. On the other hand, excessive neutralization of stomach acid may allow bacteria to survive in your gut that shouldn’t be there, weakening the body’s main defense systems. – So, let’s talk about
some healthy alternatives. Acid reflux can often be caused by an overgrowth of bad
bacteria in your gut. To combat this, you can take
a high quality probiotic so the good bacteria can prevent an overgrowth of the bad bacteria. – Another cause of reflux is when food hangs out in your stomach too long. This can happen when there’s not enough gastric acid to activate
your digestive enzymes or when digestive enzymes are not produced in sufficient amounts. In this case, taking a broad based digestive enzyme supplement with food may help solve the issue. – Believe it or not, acid reflux can also be tracked back
to low stomach acidity. When this happens, you can use HCl Betaine to restore proper pH
levels in the stomach. Although HCl Therapy is safe,
use should be short term and monitored by a health practitioner. You should also never take HCl supplements alongside anti-inflammatory
medications like Ibuprofen. – Constipation can be caused
by a number of factors including poor diet, physical inactivity and some medications. When bowels refuse to move,
we often run for a laxative. Problem is laxatives
can cause dehydration, electrolyte and mineral imbalances and may even lead to dependence where you can’t have a
bowel movement without them. – So, let’s talk about
some healthy alternatives. The fist step is adopting an anti-inflammatory nutritional protocol, where you focus on eating lean meats, quality fats and plenty
of fruits and vegetables. Leave all the sugars, breads
and processed foods behind. – Improving nutrition will work wonders but if you still find your bowels stuck, Magnesium Citrate is a great
alternative to laxatives. It works by relaxing your bowels and pulling water into your intestines. Be sure to drink plenty of water so you don’t become dehydrated when you’re taking Magnesium Citrate. – Just like having good
bacteria in your gut helps with digestion of food, good bacteria also helps
with the intestines and colon by breaking down the stool
so it passes more easily. Data shows that probiotics may improve transit time, stool frequency
and stool consistency. So, a daily probiotic may not
only help with acid reflux but can also help you become more regular. – Be sure to check out
this video’s description where we’ve included a list of recommended supplements and dosage for everything we’ve talked about. And, always consult
your healthcare provider before changing any medications. – When it comes down to
it, improving what you eat is the long term solution
to most health problems. We recommend an anti-inflammatory
nutritional protocol where you focus on lean
meats, quality fats and plenty of fruits and vegetables. Leave the sugars, artificial
sweeteners, breads, grains and processed foods behind. – If you’ve enjoyed this video, give us a thumbs up, subscribe and leave a comment to let us know which part spoke to you the most. – We’re on a mission to help
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