Health and Wellness Tips

May 23, 2016

There are hundreds, probably thousands, of great tips on becoming as healthy as you can.  We'll start the ball rolling with some of our favorite tips.  Please send us your favorites and help us all to become healthier!

Most of Earth Clinic is devoted to finding the best way to cure an ailment.  That's always our focus, but it's more apparent than ever that it's easier to prevent many ailments than to cure them.  Browse through Earth Clinic's Remedies index.  Many of these remedies are useful for furthering overall health, rather than simply one single ailment.  Try something new, see if it works for you.

1. We are born equipped with immune systems that work hard to fight whatever is making us ill, but it needs help.  You'll find some tips on boosting your immune system here.

2. Learn How to Brew the Perfect Cup of Herbal Tea.  Shortly after the discovery of fire in the incredibly distant past, a courageous man or woman must have tossed a fragrant herb picked along the trail into a skin of hot water and discovered tea.  Well, it might not have happened that way, but it's true that herbal teas have been used for healing, health and simply as a delicious beverage for a very long time.  There are almost endless choices; find your favorites.

3. Mind over matter.  Humor has been proven to have a beneficial effect on health, although most people probably knew that.  Surround yourself with things - and people - that make you smile.  Some of our funniest posts are on this page.

4. Meditation is calming and centering, the opposite of chaos.  It helps to relieve stress, which is increasingly linked to many health problems.

5. Before writing this, I took a look at various lists of wellness tips.  One tip that was on almost every list was to limit the use of smartphones.  Don't let the phone begin and end the day.  The great people of history understood the importance of contemplation and meditation, and constant texting and browsing seems the antithesis of that.  If meditation is good for the brain, body and spirit, how does constant phone use rank?

6. Exercise.  Get up from that chair at least once an hour.  It's not necessary to begin training for a marathon.  Just do a little bit more than the day before.  Start with something you enjoy doing, so you'll stick with it.

7. Learn more about where the food you eat comes from.  For example, fish is normally presumed to be healthy, but "swai" comes from the incredibly polluted Mekong River.  If you can, grow some of your own food.  Check out our Organic Gardening section.  If not, look at the label and see where it comes from.  Kosher on the label is an indication that it was produced under strict standards; more than half of those who enjoy kosher foods are not Jewish.  Organic food is more expensive, but was produced without insecticides and fungicides.  Many healthy, delicous meals can be prepared fairly quickly with fresh ingredients, such as stir fries.  Take a look at our Healthy Recipes pages and send us your favorite!

8. Learn about the exceptional health benefits from the most important natural remedies.  Of course, organic apple cider vinegar, used as a daily tonic, is a long-time favorite.  Turmeric, garlic, ginger and cinnamon are only a few of the natural remedies that are just as important for maintaining and improving health as they are when used as a cure.  The "Best" List is composed of the 10 most popular remedies.

We'd love to hear from you.  Tell us your best tips for staying healthy.  Scroll down the page to see what others have had to say.

ACV, Garlic and Ginger Tonic  

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Posted by Jacque (South Dakota) on 01/09/2016
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I was researching natural remedies for abscessed tooth. I came across your site and started reading all the solutions posted. I had forgotten about the many uses of raw garlic.

My Uncle started us on a tonic of equal parts organic Apple Cider Vinegar and quality honey from a health food store and 1 clove minced garlic and a slice of minced ginger. We did this every morning in a shot glass and I was never sick for years. I have renewed faith that this is what I need to get back to. I have tried the essential oils and sometimes they work and sometimes they don't.

If you do a garlic tonic every day I think people would have better overall health. I know that I am going to get back to it right away. Thanks everyone for all of the information. Hope my little statement will help someone else.

Apple Cider Vinegar  

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Posted by Nana (Fife, Washington) on 05/23/2016
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My grandmother drank ACV every day of her adult life until she died at 101.5! She attributed her health and longevity to ACV.

Replied by Dave
Fountain Inn, Sc

Hello Nana;

Did you know that ACV with a little honey and consumed daily is called "Methuselah"? so reported in the classic book, "New England Folk Remedies."

Healthy House Tips  

Posted by Robert Henry (Ten Mile, Tn) on 10/06/2015

HI U OLE PATOOTS DOIN, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

The stairs at our lake cabin are getting about as interesting as I can stand. We know that one day we will have to build a one level home at our farm. Tonight I decided to design that home and my first thought was to incorporate a health room that our present bathroom has become.

Problem is that the more I thought, the bigger this health room became. Have you ever seen a home designed with a heath room? Me neither. Almost all homes in Scandinavia have a Sauna and so do we. However, the more I thought, the bigger this room became.

All my friends that converted a room into a media extravaganza have all passed on. So we now know that the media thing will not extend your life. I suggest you all re-think your house design and convert it to what will prolong your life.

I am original in a number of things in my lifetime, but none have made me any money. This one won't either, but at least I know I've made a contribution.

So what am I saying? Designate a room in your house as a health room and fill it up with things that will help you live a better life.

Still stirring the pot. ===ORH====

Replied by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe

ORH, as a detail of your great suggestion: exercise needs no gym, nor expensive gear. Anything around the house can be a exercise helper: bags of sugar are weights for beginners, a wall or later a table and later a floor, are great for wall/table/floor push ups, a strong bed can be gently trampolined upon, etc. You get the idea.

Replied by Robert Henry
Ten Mile, Tn.

HI U DOIN Mmsg, , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Guess I missed my point as I was not talking about a gym.

Let me explain..... when we built our cabin back in '91, we put in a standard 5'X 7' sauna . We also installed a Jacuzzi tub. Since then we have added an Ozone generator and remodeled the sauna to a custom FAR sauna with a happy light. We have added facilities to do a coffee enema. We have recently added a ionic foot bath for detoxing. I have just ordered a Amethyst BioMat and that has to go to our bedroom because there is no more room in our bath. We also have a foot vibrator that we use for our lymph system.

Our workout equipment is out on the deck. I seldom use that stuff any more. Jus sorry.


Wellness Tips by Mama to Many  

Posted by Mama To Many (Tennessee, Usa) on 09/01/2015

Moving in the Right Direction:

Positive Steps you can take to Improve your Heath

Countless people have mild or serious health problems they would like to cure. Healing can be a simple solution in many cases, but oftentimes, it takes some time and multiple solutions to improve a health condition. There are some basic changes that can be made that will help the health of many. Most are not expensive difficult and some will save you money and be downright pleasant!

1. Improve your fluid intake. Not only would most people benefit from increasing their fluid intake, they would benefit from improving the quality of their fluid intake. I am not going to suggest that you give up all soda and coffee and drink only tea made out of roots and bark. I am going to suggest, that if you drink a lot of coffee and soda, reduce the amount consumed each day. Replace some of that coffee and soda with water or herbal tea. Many, many people are in a constant state of mild dehydration. This alone can cause a number of health problems and make pain worse. Dr. Batmanghelidj has written books on the subject and helped many people to feel better just with hydration!

2. Alkalize your body. Earth Clinic has pages of posts about alkalization. There are a variety of ways to accomplish it, and many, many stories of improved health from it. Apple Cider Vinegar is a favorite alkalizing remedy of mine. Adding 1 -2 teaspoons of Raw Apple Cider Vinegar to a glass of water a couple of times a day is one positive thing you can try to improve your health. Start with less (1 teaspoon) and try more if you like.

3. Get some exercise. You don't have to start training for a marathon. (It would be great, but don't start there! ) Start with a ten minute walk a few times a week. You will enjoy how you feel after your walk and be motivated to increase your walk time. Over time you may be able to increase the time and frequency of your walks. If weather does not permit, you can always walk indoors. My mother-in-law went to the mall every day for years to walk. It helped her so much. If weather does not permit me to walk outside, I walk in place (or around the kitchen) while playing cheerful music that I enjoy listening to. Sometimes I "walk" while my children are practicing piano. A mini-trampoline is a great way to get some excercise. Put it in front of the TV and jump instead of veg! It will improve lymph flow and blood circulation.

4. Get some sunshine! If you can take your walk in the sunshine, all the better. But if you cannot, try getting outside and sitting in the sunshine each day. Or walk to your mailbox. Or set up a bird feeder on your balcony and take time to watch the birds. Your body uses sunshine to manufacture Vitamin D, a needed vitamin. When a couple of my children had chicken pox, I took them out for a walk on a sunny day. My little one was in a stroller. I had as much of their skin exposed as possible for a cool day. Their health turned around that afternoon. I am convinced the sunshine made a difference. Most people know that sunshine is helpful for mental health. It helps physical health, too!

5. Take a bath! There are a number of ways that people take healing baths. I have found Epsom Salt baths to be wonderful for my family! I add 1 cup of Epsom Salt to a bath as warm as the bath-ee desires. The magnesium in the Epsom Salt is absorbed into the skin. Magnesium deficiency is common and this helps. Epsom Salt baths are relaxing and great before bed. One of my children loves an Epsom Salt bath when she is sick. She always feels better for a while after she takes one. A cup of baking soda is an alternative. It does not have the magnesium, but I have found it to be helpful for sick people. I suspect that it absorbs into the skin and improves the body ph. It is especially helpful for chicken pox and poison ivy. I felt baking soda baths were helpful to me during a bout of the flu. In our family, we take healing baths on an "as needed" basis. But for chronic illness, taking a healing bath three times a week may be helpful. I have read about clay baths for autistic children, garlic baths for staph infections, and charcoal baths to reduce blood pressure.

6. Eliminate Elimination Problems! It did not use to make sense to me that constipation was related to health problems. I didn't see what that had to do with anything. But if I neglected to take out my kitchen trash for a week, it would not smell pretty! The health problems linked to constipation are too many to list. But if your body is not making use of it elimination systems regularly, you will have a back up of bacteria and toxins. Now it makes perfect sense to me that that could make you sick! If you are suffering from constipation, figure out what you need to do to fix the problem. It may be that you just need more water. It may be that you need more fruits and vegetable. For some people, adding a daily Tablespoon of Blackstrap Molasses to the diet is helpful. Don't resort to laxatives. That is not addressing the real problem and can be harmful to your system in the long run. Earth Clinic has many pages devoted to constipation cures. If you suffer from constipation be sure to find your cure and share it with Earth Clinic when you figure it out! Sweating is another way your body eliminates toxins. To be honest, I hate to sweat! But I know it is good for me. Again, excercise is the best solution for this for most people.

7. Eat more naturally. Most people cannot grow all of their own food and prepare ever last bite they eat. (I know I can't! ) But you can make positive changes to be eating better and making better use of your food budget. The reality is that processed foods are more expensive and less nourishing. So, take it one week at a time. Reducing white flour and white sugar in the diet is a positive step. It doesn't mean you can never have a cookie. Greatly reducing MSG, Artificial Sweeteners, and food dye is a positive step. (Anyone with neurological symptoms or children with behavior problems would do well to make the effort to eliminate these things all together, though.) Most of us would benefit from more fruits and vegetables. I used to have a very processed diet. Over the years, I have changed, here a little there a little. I don't have a "perfect" diet by any means. Over time, little improvements will add up.

8. Get enough sleep. In our busy world, it is easy to sacrifice sleep to get more done. But the body needs time to rest and regenerate through sleep. If sleep does not come easily to you, check out Earth Clinic's pages on insomnia. Epsom Salt baths or a mug of chamomile tea are two simple things to try first, if you get in bed and your eyes don't want to close and your brain does not want to shut off.

9. Reduce Chemicals in your environment. This may not be so easy to do. There are chemicals in our clothes, furniture, floors, cleaning products, etc. But you do not have to move to house made of straw bales. (You would probably find out you were allergic to straw if you did! ) But here a little, there a little you might reduce your chemical load with small changes. Switch to vinegar and baking soda for cleaning. Online you will find countless ideas for cleaning almost everything with these two very safe and inexpensive substances. And then you do not have to worry about your children or grandchildren getting in to them! Triclosan is the anti-bacterial chemical found in most hand sanitizers, hand soaps, etc. It has been linked to a number of problems. A good old fashioned bar of ivory soap is a better option, I think! Or look at Earth Clinic's page on making your own foaming hand soap and hand sanitizer, free of triclosan! Some people use baking soda to brush their teeth (I do! ) and wash their hair. This reduces the exposure to Sodium Laureth Sulphate, which has been linked to a number of health problems.

10. Try some Blackstrap Molasses. It is amazing how many health conditions, sometimes even serious ones, are improved with the supplementation of a single vitamin or mineral. But where to begin with a vitamin supplement? There are hundreds of options. I like to think of Blackstrap Molasses as an all natural vitamin you can take by the spoonful. Its contents include iron, magnesium, manganese, copper, selenium and B6. Personally, I think vitamins in food are going to work better in the body than vitamins as isolates, in many cases. Many people take a Tablespoon of Blackstrap molasses a day for a variety of health problems, including: fibroids, constipation, edema, heart palpitations, cramps, joint pain, anemia, carpal tunnel, hot flashes, energy, etc. Another bonus of Blackstrap is that it is inexpensive. People with high iron in their blood may not be a good candidate for taking Blackstrap Molasses, as it is such an excellent source of iron. Diabetics may need to monitor how it affects their blood sugar.

11. Nurture relationships! Seek to make positive steps in your relationships. Forgive those who have wronged you. It is true that when you forgive, you set the prisoner free, and then you find out that the prisoner was yourself. Find ways to do something for someone else. It helps you to take you mind off of yourself and it is fun to bless someone else. This could be as simple as helping an elderly person put their groceries in the car at the grocery store, smiling at someone you pass on the street, or sending a note to someone who would enjoy getting one.

12. Stress less. Admittedly, it is often easier said than done. Most people realize that stress is bad for your health. Worrying is bad for your health. Some of the ideas above are great for reducing stress. (Walking, Sunshine, Epsom Salt Baths, Improving Relationships.) Sometimes anxiety and depression are made worse by nutritional deficiencies. Perhaps that is why Blackstrap Molasses is on the list of "Anxiety" cures on Earth Clinic! These are some starting places in your health journey. Take one step at a time, start with what sounds easy and workable for you and be encouraged by your progress. Don't worry about what changes you are not making. Make a positive change. Next month, re-read this post and make another positive change.

And let me know how it goes!

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe

Mama, you've basically summed up the essence of Earth Clinic!

Replied by Mama To Many
Tennessee, Usa

Happy New Year, everyone!

I hope it is a wonderful 2016 for you all! Have you made any resolutions? Well, I am not one for resolutions, really. But it is a new year and an opportunity for a fresh start. Consider making one positive change for your health. (Look back on this thread and page for ideas! ) Don't make a bunch of resolutions. Pick one thing to improve you health. Maybe commit to taking a daily walk. Or drinking more water each day. Maybe you need to heal a broken relationship. Commit to fixing that. It will be good for your soul and your body, too! If you make a resolution or a decision to make a positive change, consider adding accountability to the equation. My brother is a marathon runner. He had a friend who wanted to lose weight and he asked my brother to keep him accountable. Each of them kept track of their exercise (estimated calories burned) and my brother's friend had to burn a certain percentage weekly of what my brother burned. Over time, with accountability, his friend lost 100 pounds!

I had some accountability myself this morning. There was a little community 5K run today. My family decided to participate. I told my friend I would be there. So, even though I did stay up to welcome in the New Year with friends and family and got to bed way too late, I drug myself and my family to the starting line this morning and we all walked/ran. My 19 year old came in 3rd of 63. I tied for last, with my friend, my husband and my four year old! But we did it! It felt great! Oh, and we walked by they way. It was really quite fun and the accountability made all the difference. If I hadn't told my friend I was going, and told my kids I would take them, I would've stayed in bed for sure.

So, pick something to do to improve your health. Find someone to keep you accountable! And Happy 2016!


~Mama to Many~

Wellness Tips by Mmsg  

Posted by Mmsg (Somewhere, Europe) on 08/28/2015

To follow up ORH's idea of posting "wellness tips" to help us stay away from needing remedies, here's two things I've found:

1. Gelatin DOES help sore or "bad" knees, or keeps them from getting that way. For some people, even a teaspoon twice a day (melted in water, juice etc.) causes constipation. So even a 1/2 a teaspoon, twice a day, does the trick, at least in my experience.

2. Just like planting ONE veggie in a flowerpot on the porch, can give great satisfaction and health benefits - like having to squat to take care of them, a LITTLE bit of exercise here and there around the house/office accumulates and helps. Something simple to start with is getting up from and down into a sitting position, without using the handrests and doing it slowly, not plopping down or "ooomphing" up. This way, you actually learn to use your muscles.

EC: Thank you so much, Mmsg!

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