My appreciation for living holistically? My mother plays a big role in that. While growing up, if I had a cold, I was given Vitamin C much more than Children's Tylenol and when my period rolled around, I drank peppermint tea more than I took Advil. But once I got "grown" (translation—college-age), I decided to ditch a lot of the herbal and supplement treatments I was used to in exchange for the more traditional/medicinal route. Hmph. It's amazing what hindsight-wisdom will teach you. Not only do a lot of antibiotics, prescriptions, and over-the-counter medications come with some unexpected side effects, oftentimes they only address the symptoms of an ailment, not the source or true cause.
By the time I reached my mid-30s, I returned back to holistic health and boy, am I glad that I did! There are seven supplements in particular that I want to shout out, simply because at this stage of my life, they have been total blessings and game-changers when it comes to improving the quality of my health.
I don't recall ever having a UTI before, but I have had a few yeast infections in my day. Cranberries are a great remedy for both. In fact, they fall on the list of being one of the world's healthiest foods because they contain properties that prevent bacteria from sticking to your urinary tract and vaginal walls. Cranberries also contain fiber to help keep you regular and antioxidants to keep your immune system in good shape. Just make sure to not go the cranberry cocktail route (the sugar in it will do you absolutely no good). Instead, look for cranberry juice that has as little sugar as possible (the kind that is super bitter) or, do what I do and take them in capsule form.
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Welp. That's my brief rundown on herbs that I totally dig. Just so no traditional doctor comes looking for me, I need to put on record that you should consult your physician before taking these (especially if you're trying to treat a specific condition). And, dosage-wise, take what's recommended on the label unless otherwise instructed.
Other than that, you know what they say—an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. I can personally vouch for these seven herbs being just that. I don't leave my house without (taking) 'em!
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