There is a pill for almost every health issue these days. Advancements in medicine coupled with prevalent advertising have led to millions of people reaching for drugs at the first sign of a health issue. However, for many common ailments, nature provides safer and more cost-effective cures.

Just like a typical parent, Mother Nature has many remedies in her cupboard to ease our health issues. Here are four common ailments you can cure naturally.

Allergies

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People suffering from allergies often rely on a constant supply of sprays, pills, and ointments for relief. This can become tiresome, frustrating, and expensive depending on how persistent your allergy is. Most of the pharmaceutical allergy medications try to tackle the symptoms instigated by your body in its attempt to rid itself of the allergy.

An alternative approach is to shore up the body’s defenses before the attack begins, which in turn lessens the symptoms. Plant derivatives such Quercetin and Butterbur can work together to combat the histamine effects of allergies, while a Neti Pot can help to clear your sinuses naturally.


Vitamin Deficiency

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Busy lifestyles and poor food choices mean that many people are not getting the key vitamins their body needs. Vitamin supplementation is one common option, but these supplements are often laden with sugar or other unwanted chemicals. A great alternative is to look for plants and foods that contain a good supply of a wide variety of the required vitamins.

The Dandelion herb, for example, is a little powerhouse of a plant when it comes to nutrition and illness prevention. It contains high concentrations of all the key vitamins and minerals: vitamin C, vitamin A, calcium, and iron. Also, this herb aids in liver function, helps dissolve kidney stones, and lowers blood pressure.


Digestive Problems

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As with allergies, the type of treatment that will be most effective will depend on the sufferer. However, there are all kinds of natural ways to help with digestive problems. Probiotics are one effective way to help regulate digestion, and their use has become popular within the past decade. You will need to do some research to determine the best probiotic product for you, though, as not all the available products provide the same efficacy.

It might be more effective to speak with a medical professional rather than carry out the time-consuming research yourself. For this the curely.co app might prove invaluable. It allows you to get in touch with a medical professional anywhere in the world via text message to get almost instant answers to your queries.


Cold & Flu

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As with so many other common illnesses, prevention is better than a cure. Colds and flu can be prevented with a good diet, plenty of rest, and an active lifestyle. There are times, however, when the body just gets overrun, and the flu virus takes over.

When this happens, there is a range of herbs that can support the body during its healing process. These include Nettle Leaf, Ginger, Elderberry, Yarrow, Peppermint and Chamomile. As with any medication, it is important that you consult a medical professional before starting any treatment, regardless of your ailment.