Herbs and a Healthy Lifestyle
- Replace caffeinated drinks with Rooibosch tea, Bambu coffee substitute, and cleansing herb teas, e.g. nettle and Golden Grass.
- Start reducing the amount of refined sugar that you have in your diet. This means looking at sugar taken in tea or on cereal, and sugar that’s already in products such as biscuits, cakes, and sweets.
- Generally speaking, it’s best not to have foods that are too processed or refined, as they lose their nutrient value the more they have done to them. Try not to eat white flour products, white pasta or white bread, as these are highly processed. Eating the wholegrain alternatives will give you more nutrients, such as B vitamins that reduce your stress levels.
- Practise breathing deeply, right into your belly. This calms the nervous system and helps to reduce pain levels.
- Do a 10-minute walk every day as a minimum amount of exercise.
- Don’t skimp on sleep, as your body does a great deal of repair work whilst you’re sleeping. Start to wind down at least half an hour before going to bed, to ensure a peaceful sleep.
Some Helpful Herbs
If you are prone to cystitis, follow the advice overleaf on drinking and take Uva-ursi (Bearberry) regularly to keep your urinary tract healthy. Uva-ursi and Echinacea will disinfect your bladder, making it harder for bacteria to cause cystitis or other urinary tract infections. You can take Uva-ursi long-term at a maintenance dose to strengthen your bladder and prevent recurrences.
If you find it hard to overcome sugar cravings, use an extract of Jerusalem Artichoke to help you metabolise your sugars and starches more effectively and thus reduce hunger pangs and the urge to hit the sweetie tin.
Use Ginkgo biloba if your hands and feet get chilly regularly, or you suffer from light-headedness or dizziness due to poor circulation. It will also boost your memory and ability to concentrate, by improving blood flow to the brain. Don’t take it if you are on blood-thinning or anticoagulant medication.
Use an extract of Horse Chestnut (Aesculus) if you have varicose veins or heavy, aching, tired legs. A gel made from Horse Chestnuts (Aesculus) can also help provide short-term relief is also available.