Have you ever counted how many pills you take in a day?
I have, the answer is way too many.
Like the other 50 million Americans today, I have an autoimmune disease that requires me to take multiple medications to keep me functioning. I take pills to help me get out of bed, to help me get in bed, and to help me perform my day to day activities. Then I started taking supplements to help my body process all the medications I was already taking. Finally, I was taking more medication to combat the side effects of the medication I was originally taking.
I was taking so many drugs 24/7 that I needed to use two pill cases and my scheduling app to keep up with them all.
Then I began to add up how much money I was spending on copays and supplements. I was amazed to discover that my drug habit cost more than my families grocery bill.
Autoimmune disease can take over your life between doctors appointments, spending hours on the phone with insurance companies, hospital stays and taking extra care of your health. I dedicated enough of my hours to managing a disease I didn’t sign up for, I refused to waste the rest of my precious time planing out my medication regime.
Instead, I decided to start searching for other ways to relieve my symptoms, and the many side effects that were presenting from some of my more toxic drugs.
For thousands of years people have been getting sick, they must have used something before modern medicine came into fashion, right?
Looking at my long list of ‘issues’, I wanted to find other ways of healing without putting one more pill in my mouth. I was ready to clean out my medicine cabinet and look for other options.
Fortunately, I found plenty of other options than taking pharmaceuticals. Of course you should always check with your doctor before changing or deleting any medications.
Here are 5 drugs you can get off of naturally right now and be healthier for it:
- Brain fog – There is a lot of medications for focus. Sometimes, it is a necessity to get the help you need, but simply shifting your diet and cutting back on packaged and processed foods that are loaded with sugar you may do the trick. In addition, many other artificial and harmful ingredients — like artificial sweeteners — could actually be the cause of your brain fog. Sugar might make you feel energetic and happier at first, but ultimately it robs you of steady energy and focus. Also, making sure you get enough high quality protein and good fats high in Omega 3 will balance your brain and insulin so you can think straight again.
- Pain – This one was a game changer for me. Did you know you can use Essential Oils to relieve pain? It totally works too! Black pepper, clove, cypress, eucalyptus, ginger, marjoram, and peppermint oil all can be by applying to tender areas on the skin, then add heat. This was a game changer for me. But be careful because all essential oils are not created equal. Make sure they are therapeutic grade with no synthetics. Also, use a balanced blend instead of singles to insure safety. This brand works best for me.
- Sleep – Sleeping pills can leave you groggy and sluggish in the morning. You can also get dependent on them. Before you reach for a bottle of pills, make sure you are setting yourself up for sleep success. Eat dinner at least 3-4 hours before retiring and walk away from electronics in that time too. Also, make sure your room is dark and quiet. Taking a hot bath or shower helps relax your muscles as well. Having a bedtime routine by putting these simple tips in place on a nightly basis prepares the body and mind for a good nights sleep.
- Digestion – Chamomile tea and chewing fresh ginger are easy go-to’s as an option to antacids Also, you can use essential oils directly on your stomach (then inhaled) to relieve stomach discomfort and increase digestive enzymes.
- Depression – Let’s face it, having a chronic illness can be depressing at times. I try my best to keep a positive outlook and look for the lesson in everything, but sometimes, dealing with my health, day in and day out, can really be a drag. That’s when I usually take my dog for a walk. Exercise releases feel-good chemicals called Endorphins in your brain. Narcotic pain medications including morphine, oxycodone, and codeine work by actually mimicking natural endorphins. By exercising regularly, you can give your body this chemical as well.
Again, you should always check with your doctor before stopping any prescription mediation. But by shifting to essential oils, practicing meditation, tweaking my diet, and putting best practices in play for sleep, I was able to get off of many of my medications and supplements, and you can too.
I would love to hear what works for you if you have shifted away from taking prescription medications. Please leave your best formulas for success in the comments section below. If you want to learn more ways to lean away from drugs for more natural alternatives, click here.