Finding Wellness in the Wild
Natural alternatives that can help keep you happy and healthy.
I’ve gotten into the routine of donating blood whenever I can. But when I can’t, it’s not my schedule or the waiting period between donations preventing me; it’s the blood.
Because my iron levels were too low, being turned down as a donor became the norm. Constantly rescheduling my appointments got exhausting until one of the staff members recommended iron supplements. “It’s pretty common,” She said to comfort me. And after looking it up, I was shocked to find that millions around the world rely on iron supplements to keep their bodies (and blood) up to standard.
And it’s not just iron. People all over the globe are turning to more natural ways to remedy their symptoms. One thing I’ve learned from pharmacist Dr. Brandy Williams is that while prescription medicine is extremely beneficial, never underestimate the power of homeopathic medicine.
The Earth is full of natural elements that can help and harm. Sometimes, finding the right ones can be a little easier with a roadmap.
First stop, France.
While iron is literally the core of our planet, iron pills were not available until 1832, thanks to French physician Pierre Blaud. Luckily for us, they are now widely available and can treat a variety of symptoms.
Helps with fatigue and dizziness
Many deal with anemia and have an iron deficiency; the supplements can help treat anemia and quell its symptoms. Even those without anemia who deal with chronic fatigue and dizziness can benefit from more iron.
Iron helps bring oxygen to your blood by boosting hemoglobin. If your body isn’t able to transport the oxygen as needed, you’re more likely to experience exhaustion during the day and restlessness at night.
Next stop: The rivers
Sometimes, the simple answers are the right ones. While water is pretty much everywhere, drinking water is typically taken from local freshwater sources. Here in Houston, 86% of our drinking water is from Trinity River.
Helps brain function
Dehydration can affect your brain function, including your mood and memory. We could all use a good reminder to drink a few more glasses of water today (and this is it.)
Helps the rest of your head too
Staying hydrated can help relieve regular headaches and migraines. It can also help keep your eyes healthy and hydrated (especially if you regularly spend hours scrolling through skincare tips on Tik Tok like me.)
Improves skin health
Speaking of skincare, improving your water intake can help regulate your skin’s moisture level. Which can help your skincare perform even better!
“Increasing my water intake has done wonders for me,” Dr. Williams told me. Plus, she mentioned two lesser-known organic supplements that she has found helpful: Ashwagandha and Cordyceps.
Next stop: India
From the sunny and sandy areas of India and North Africa, ashwagandha has been used for over 3,000 years.
One of the most common uses has been to help relieve the symptoms of stress and anxiety.
Improves concentration and memory
The antioxidants work to improve the efficiency of brain function. It is often used to help those who could use a boost in productivity. Incorporating it into your routine can help keep you alert and focused.
In addition to its claim to fame as a stress reliever, it can help regulate blood sugar and increase muscle mass and strength.
Last stop: China
Cordyceps are found in the mountains and rain forests of China. And the usage is so common in China that it’s an approved treatment to regulate the heartbeat of patients with arrhythmia.
Boosts stamina and immune system
Cordyceps are most known for improving exercise performance. By improving the way your body uses oxygen, it can be useful for regular workouts and give your immune system an extra boost.
Recently, it has been used for its anti-aging properties. The antioxidant-rich formula can help improve strength and memory.
While none of these natural resources can perform miracles, they can give your body the extra boost it needs to improve your health and wellness. Implementing these ingredients into the wellness plan outlined by your doctor can help you see great improvements.