7 Ills That Don’t Require Pills

woman holding drugs or pills

Why Take Drugs if You Don’t Absolutely Need To?

From the Harvard Health Letter:

  1. Arthritis: Combine weight loss with exercise, especially easy on the joints exercise like swimming, and you may have less pain and greater mobility.
  2. Cholesterol: Adding soluble fibre from psyllium, oat bran, fruit and vegetables to your diet can reduce levels of bad cholesterol. Cutting back on carbs helps lower total cholesterol.
  3. Cognitive decline: Memory training can help you stay sharp, and physical exercise can do even more.
  4. Depression: Regular physical activity has a potent antidepressant effect. Just do something, even if it’s only 5 minutes of exercise per day.
  5. Diabetes: Exercise makes muscle more receptive to insulin (improves insulin resistance), and eating fewer sweets and carbohydrates helps control blood sugar levels and appetite.
  6. High blood pressure: Lose weight, get more exercise, and eat less salt for those that are salt sensitive (not everyone is).  Weight training and cutting back on carbs can help too.
  7. Osteoporosis: Weight-bearing exercise causes bone tissue to get stronger and denser. Extra vitamin D from sunlight and vitamin K from leafy greens can make all the difference with bone density.