Whether treating a headache, an upset stomach, constipation or any other common ailment, the first thought for remedy turns us to the medicine cabinet. Unfortunately, this tendency can do more harm than good. Medication may just mask symptoms of greater underlying health issues that can often be remedied with simple lifestyle and diet changes. Eating well and making healthy lifestyle choices will do more for your well-being than any medication alone. So if you suffer from some of the following common health problems, discover the simple solutions to get to the real root of the problem.

  • Pain and Inflammation: An inflammatory diet high in sugar, trans fats and refined oils or subtle food sensitivities can cause chronic pain, as well as lack of exercise and sleep. Try cutting out processed and junk food, and getting at least 30 minutes of exercise a day and sleeping a full eight hours at night.

  • Memory Loss: Sugar and stress can both be stress-boosters so cut back on the sweets and find some time to relax. You can even pick up supplements such as fish oil and B12 to help improve memory and brain function.

  • Constipation: While chronic constipation can be caused by a number of things, for many it just means a diet change is in order. Try two tablespoons of flaxseed daily, probiotics, and plenty of water to start feeling better.

  • Puffy Eyes and Fluid Retention: If your tired, puffy “morning eyes” last all day, try green tea, dandelion greens, and asparagus which are all diuretics and can help reduce the fluid retention that leads to puffy eyes.

  • Dry Skin: Treating dry skin means more than just using lotion. For many, it can signal an omega-3, vitamin A, or zinc deficiency. Adding sardines, wild salmon, or omega-3 supplements can all help this problem.

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