Some favorite natural remedies

A DIET rich in vegetables can be beneficial for the body. | PHOTOGRAPHS COURTESY OF UNSPLASH/DAN GOLD

Yes, there are some natural solutions to those everyday little health challenges. Here are actual testimonials from those who believe in the power of a wellness lifestyle.

Annie’s story

This 45-year-old workaholic would spend hours on her computer without realizing that she was regularly dehydrated. One day, she felt faint at work. Realizing that she had absolutely no water except for the four cups of coffee that morning, her officemate offered her some water. While one glass was not enough to quench her thirst, she took two full glasses instead. The relief she felt was almost immediate. But when a glass of coconut water was given to her, Annie without hesitation, drank every last drop. 

This was the clincher. Coconut water is rich in potassium, calcium, manganese, amino acids and cytokinins. Low in sugar, it is safe to drink daily. Coconut water contains 95-percent water. Thus, it is considered a hydrating beverage, one which is also a kidney cleanser.

It is the most highly recommended drink to address dehydration. Coconut water is a popular way to beat the dehydrating effects of summer. The best “buko juice” comes from green coconuts.

COCONUT water is considered a hydrating beverage, one which is also a kidney cleanser. | PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF UNSPLASH/tijana-drndarski

Dan’s cold fighter

Before it was fashionably called golden milk, Dan, 65, regularly bought fresh turmeric in the market. This, he would carefully wash, peel then boil for a few minutes until the water turned gold. 

He would then drain the pot of water over a strainer cover of fine cloth to catch the bits of hairy fiber from the turmeric or “luyang dilaw” and prevent the fibers from “tickling” his throat. 

Also, it is the best way to remove the oily substance from the turmeric. What is left behind is just pure liquid goodness.

Turmeric has anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties. | PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF UNSPLASH/farsai-chaikulngamdee

Dan would drink this daily after a meal. Perhaps this is why he hardly catches a cold. This powerful herb has been used in ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years. 

Turmeric benefits: 

•Cleanses the kidneys and liver

•Fights inflammation

•Addresses cholesterol problems 

Jane’s Travel Aide

This 35-year-old world traveler is a seasoned flight attendant. Criss-crossing the globe and moving from one dateline to the next, her body clock had to learn to adjust to the long flights, late nights and hard work.

While she derives much pleasure from her work, there are times when her erratic sleep patterns would get the better of her. Jane learned to listen to her body. Apart from loading up on nutritious food and vitamin-mineral supplements, she had developed the art of cat-napping. She is so good at it that even while seated she could simply close her eyes to enter the sleep zone. All she needs is five minutes of quiet time — something she learned to master while in flight. 

Cat-napping benefits everyone, no matter what the circumstance. It helps you to perform better physically and mentally. It also improves memory and alertness and fights fatigue. 

Sometimes, common sense tells us that a natural approach to a simple health challenge can make for an easy and practical solution. 

Affirmation: “My dreams will manifest soon.”

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