- INSTEAD OF ANTACIDS: Try digestive enzymes. A cup of peppermint or ginger tea can also work wonders. Personally, I love chewing on a tiny piece of fresh ginger.
- INSTEAD OF IBUPROFEN: Bromelain (naturally found in pineapple) and Curcumin (naturally found in turmeric) have powerful anti-inflammatory properties and are most helpful for chronic conditions. If you need pain relief from an acute condition, like a sore throat or headache, white willow bark can help.
- INSTEAD OF SLEEPING PILLS: Try herbs like passionflower, valerian or lemon balm. Many people also have success with supplements like melatonin, tryptophan and 5-HTP.
- INSTEAD OF COUGH MEDICINE: Try a teaspoon of honey before bed. Honey has been shown in studies to be as effective as the cough suppressant dextromethorphan. My favorite cough and cold remedy from my mom is mixing the juice of a large lemon with about 2 tablespoons of honey and a splash of hot water and sipping on it slowly. Works like a charm.
Hope these suggestions help you end 2013 and start 2014 on a naturally healthier note! :)