You shouldn’t rely on prescribed drugs to fix your every health problem, mainly when lousy habits cause them. Modern medicine is flawed, as it treats symptoms instead of focusing on preventing disease.
In fact, doctors and any other health professional could recommend healthier alternatives than drugs to treat most minor conditions. Here are ten unbelievable things doctors could prescribe in place of drugs.
Less screen time
Headaches, difficulty sleeping, eyestrain and many other conditions are more common today than ever, and that’s because we spend too much time in front of our computers and phones. If something all doctors should recommend is trying to spend less time in front of a screen. At the very least, try not to use your phone before going to sleep.
Depression, anxiety and everything that comes with it, including constipation, irritable bowel and other symptoms, can be prevented if you have a good time with people close to you. Socializing is quite healthy, as your body releases plenty of hormones that make you feel good and relaxed. Socialize with people face to face for at least a few minutes every day and feel better already.
Most health problems are related in one way or another with bad habits, including being out of shape. Working out, even if taking the stairs instead of the elevator, will considerably improve your health. Prevent heart problems, improve your digestive health and even look better than ever by moving around a little. You don’t need a prescription for doing a few push-ups every day!
Drink Diet Coke
We’re not saying diet coke is the healthiest thing out there, but zero-calorie sugar substitutes are a thousand times healthier than corn syrup and granulated sugar. Simple carbs are behind most health problems in our society, from overweight to heart disease, so just reducing your sugar intake could be enough to save you lots of trouble.
Eating leafy greens
Eating better and healthier will save you from a lot of health problems. And although there are many healthy ingredients out there, you might want to look into leafy greens. Broccoli, kale, spinach, Brussels sprouts, Swiss chard and others are the best way to improve your diet. Leafy greens are low carb, and they’re packed with nutrients.
Ditch the milk
Did you know 68% of all people are lactose intolerant? And most don’t even know it. If you have digestive problems, including constipation, diarrhea, inflammation, gas or cramps, perhaps you should stop drinking milk and avoid other dairy products. Milk is not as healthy as you think, especially if your body can’t take it. So, when in doubt, find yourself a nice plant-based milk alternative.
Whole grains all the way
If you don’t feel one hundred percent, you might have nutrient deficiency. Whole grains might help, and we mean enjoying them everywhere — from bread to salads. Whole grains are authentic superfoods with proteins, vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber. Eating whole grains might fix quite a lot of your health problems, especially in the long run.
Enjoying a glass of wine
Wine, particularly red wine, is quite healthy as long as you don’t overdo it. There are plenty of antioxidants in red wine that will prevent premature aging and strengthen your circulatory system. Alcohol in moderation is good for you too, as it will boost your mood and help you relax a little.
Gardening is more satisfying than you think. Actually, it’s authentic therapy with lots of health benefits. You breathe some fresh air, work out a little and feel happy, and that’s quite a powerful treatment. Gardening gives you a reason to wake up early every morning, and there are plenty of rewards coming your way — and some of them are delicious!
Shouting your lungs out is a fantastic way to release some stress, lower anxiety, and even improve your blood pressure. There’s immense satisfaction in shouting when you’re all alone, of course. Shout a little when alone in your car or scream through your pillow if you don’t want to upset your neighbors. This is actual therapy, and doctors do recommend it!
Don’t these sound better than drugs?
Of course, there are no substituting drugs to treat disease and serious health conditions, but headaches, anxiety, constipation, overweight and depression can be treated with friendlier treatments.
It’s incredible how things as fun as tending a garden can make you feel better, but please, if you’re not feeling okay or sense there’s something wrong with you, talk to your doctor, and if you need drugs, take them.