There is a way to take care of our health without turning to the world of pharmaceuticals and all of their dangerous side effects. Here are our tips for a frugal approach to holistic healthcare.
Build Up Your Gut Health
A great frugal approach to holistic healthcare is to focus on your gut health. Gut health is like a garden. The more you cultivate it the less weeds you have and the better off you are. To learn more click here.
Probiotics are the living organisms living inside your gut. They are the precursors of good health. So instead of expensive probiotics like Natrine (which is a wonderful product) you can actually make your own gut healthy probiotics at home for pennies on the dollar.
For example; water kefir soda, raw apple cider vinegar, kombucha, milk kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi, and many more. These are all a frugal approach to holistic healthcare.
These probiotic foods increase the digestibility of your food. They also increase the availability of vitamins in your foods. Priobiotics make enzymes, natural antibiotics, and they have anti-carcinogenic properties.
Another great frugal approach to holistic healthcare is to take measures to have a healthy respiratory system.
Some great options to have a healthy respiratory system are to get into nature and take walks, do yoga or other light exercise, and practice deep breathing. These are all extremely beneficial to lung health and cost you nothing.
In the case that you may actually be sick with a respiratory issue, the following are great frugal approaches to holistic respiratory healing.
If you are struggling with a cold, large doses of Vitamin C and echinacea are great remedies for respiratory issues. Acerola powder, Amla powder, Rosehips, and sauerkraut are wonderful sources of naturally occurring Vitamin C and are very inexpensive. Echinacea is available at most pharmacies, grocery stores and even some dollar stores. To learn more click here.
If you have a dry cold, moisture is very important for the lungs. An essential oil defuser or crockpot are great ways to put moisture back in the air. Some essential oils you can use in your defuser or crockpot are: eucalyptus, peppermint, camphor, rosemary, or myrtle.
These oils can also be used in a hot steam tent over the sink. Plug the drain, add very hot water to create steam, place your oils in the water, and finally place your head over the sink covering it with a towel to create a “tent” over the steamy water. Breath the steam in deeply. This will help break up phlegm, release pressure from the chest, and allow your sinuses to clear.
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We also highly recommend a the Grapefruit Seed Extract Nasal Spray from NutriBiotic.
Staying hydrated is also paramount if you are sick with respiratory issues. Drinking plenty of water is a great place to start. A mixture of ginger ale, a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar, orange juice, and sparkling water is also very refreshing.
Bones, Skin, Hair, and Nails
If you want healthy bones it is important to add the nutrition from bones to your diet. Bone broth or stock a few times a week is very good for building up bone and cartilage. We also like to add a half teaspoon of beef gelatin to our morning tea or coffee. This will help build bone, and grow stronger, healthier hair and nails.
For those suffering with broken bones, large doses of kelp will help restore and build bone. This is a very inexpensive and budget friendly supplement.
Very healthy skin starts with a healthy gut and liver. If you are having skin issues, you may need to address your gut and liver health first. A Swedish bitters liver cleanse is a great place to start in the spring. Dandelion root and milk thistle are also wonderful liver tonics. We highly recommend the Solaray Liver cleanse, which is very inexpensive and likely available at your local health food store. It can take up to three years to cleanse the liver, so it would be better to start now.
A List of Frugal Foods and Supplements to Add to Your Daily Routine
Our approach to healthcare is not exactly conventional. We avoid rushing to the doctor for every little sneeze or sniffle. Our goal is to stay as healthy as possible by using a holistic approach- healthy foods, natural remedies and supplements, and staying active. These options are not only healthier, but much more affordable. Here is a list of things we take daily to improve our health on a budget.
- Lacto fermented drinks and vegetables. For information click here.
- Dietamatious Earth: great to help build healthy skin and nails, a great cleanse for the walls of the intestines, and kills parasites. It is also very cheap.
- Fermented cod liver and butter oil: great source of Vitamins A and D and the X Factor.
- Nutritional yeast: great source of B vitamins and great for adrenal health.
- Raw coconut oil: great for adrenal health, thyroid health, digestion, metabolism, and promotes healthy skin.
- Vitamin D: builds bone, combats seasonal depression, promotes healthy skin.
- Vitamin E: great for circulation, helps deactivate free radicals, great for skin health.
- Deep stretching, light exercise & prayer: great for healing of the body, mind and spirit. We are three parts after all!
- Avoid high fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated oils and fats. Eating as many whole, organic, real foods and fats as possible will improve your health enormously.
- Rest. Never underestimate the importance and power of rest and recovery, especially if you have been ill.
Disclaimer: We are not physicians. We are simply women who are trying to take responsibility for our health by using common sense and research. We encourage you to do the same. Please check for any contraindications by using a reliable source. If you have serious health concerns please seek the guidance of a qualified physician.
Starla and Sierra