18 Helpful Remedies to Relieve Headaches and Tension

18 Helpful Remedies to Relieve Headaches and Tension - Natural remedies to relieve headaches may take a bit more thought than simply popping a pill, but don’t brush them off. They won’t wreak havoc on your body like other over-the-counter or prescription pain-killers do, and you’re less likely to become so dependent on them that you need them for every little ache.
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Headaches often get brushed aside as nothing more than a common complaint, a quit-your-whining-and-start-working type of thing…if only. While many people suffer them at one point or another, rarity is not the best way to judge just how nasty something can be.

 

The pain of a headache can make day-to-day life a miserable challenge, and forces us to head straight for the aspirin. This is a sticky situation, because ultimately that will only perpetuate the problem.

 

When you take over-the-counter pain killers all you’re doing is smothering your symptoms and ignoring the real issue of what triggers the headache.

 

Natural remedies to relieve headaches may take a bit more thought than simply popping a pill, but don’t brush them off.

 

They won’t wreak havoc on your body like other over-the-counter or prescription pain-killers do, and you’re less likely to become so dependent on them that you need them for every little ache.

 

Below are 18 Helpful Home Remedies to Relieve Headaches and Tension

 

  1. Crush it with cayenne

 

Utilizing something spicy may not sound headache helpful, but cayenne is somewhat revered in the kingdom of natural remedies to treat pain and inflammation.

 

The secret behind its success lies in an ingredient called capsaicin, which inhibits something in our body that is one of the main elements in pain perception called Substance P.

 

In short, Substance P is part of what makes us feel pain, and the capsaicin depletes it.

 

Numerous studies, the first in 1998 in The Clinical Journal of Pain, support that when applied topically to the nasal passages; people experience a significant decrease in the severity of their headaches, all thanks to capsaicin.

 

You will need…
-1/4 teaspoon cayenne powder
-4 ounces of warm water
-cotton swabs

 

Dilute a ½ teaspoon of cayenne powder in 4 ounces of warm water. Soak a cotton swab in the solution and stir it around to make sure it’s covered-the powder can sometimes sink to the bottom.

 

Apply the moist swab gently to the inside of each nostril until you can feel the heat. It may be a bit unpleasant at first, but take the burning sensation as a sign that it’s working. When it subsides, your headache will hopefully be wiped out, or at the very least better than before.

 

  1. Go nuts

 

Instead of popping a pill when you get a headache, toss back some almonds. For everyday tension-type headaches, almonds can be a natural remedy and a healthier alternative to other medicine.

 

Almond acts as a pain reliever because it contains something called salicin, which is also an agent in popular over the counter killers.

 

Try eating a handful or two of these wholesome nuts when you feel the ache start to set in.

 

Note: People who suffer from migraines may find that almonds are a trigger food

 

  1. Find some feverfew

 

Headaches, particularly migraines, can be relieved through the use of the feverfew plant. When a migraine is in the works your blood vessels are changing, and theories suggest that the vessels in your head are expanding and pressing on nerves.

 

Feverfew has been confirmed to relax the tension/constrict blood vessels, easing the painful pressure.

 

Feverfew also reduces inflammation and pain overall with a substance called parthenolide, which has results similar to taking a daily aspirin, but without the side effects.

 

You will need…
-1 ounce fresh or dried flowers
-1 pint of boiling water

 

Add 1 ounce of fresh or dried feverfew flowers to 1 pint of boiling one. Steep for 10 minutes, and then strain. Drink half a cup twice a day as needed.

 

  1. Apply an apple cider vinegar compress

 

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) has a long history in realm of natural remedies. It’s been used to relieve everything from scurvy to hay fever, and just about any other ailment that falls in between.

 

Some modern day studies have proven its effectiveness in treating certain illnesses, but most of its clout lies in the reports of people throughout the centuries who have benefited from it.

 

If you find yourself coming down with a throbbing headache, try getting some quality ACV time into your day in the form of a steam-style treatment.

 

You will need…
-1/4 cup of ACV
-Roughly 3 cups of boiling water
-1 cup of fresh cool water

 

Directions…
Pour ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar into a large bowl, and then fill the bowl halfway with boiling water. Place a towel over your head so that it drapes over the bowl, trapping the steam, and hold your face over it.

 

Make sure your face isn’t so close that it gets burned by the steam. Do this for 5-10 minutes, or when the water starts to cool down, breathing in and out deeply the whole time. When you’re done, use the towel to pat your face dry, and go drink a glass of cool water.

 

  1. Stretch, relax, and breathe

 

Our lives are fast paced, busy, and filled with more than a little stress. Our overworked minds and bodies react to this by tensing and knotting up muscles, usually in the upper back, neck, and shoulders.

 

Thanks to a little something called referred pain-pain felt in an area other than where the actual painful stimulus is-we end up with tension-type headaches.

 

To help head these buggers off, try some of the following tips.

 

Do yoga: Yoga will get your mind focused, stretch out your muscles, and get you moving in ways that can help you drop the tension-and if you drop the tension, you can drop the tension-headache.

 

Just doing a few moves when the pain starts up can help, but the best thing to do is a set aside a few minutes each day to practice regularly and prevent headaches before they happen.

 

Breathe: You may think your breathing alright, but if your head is pounding you’re likely not getting the most out of the oxygen you take in.

 

In general we take breaths that are too shallow, and when we are experiencing pain or stress, we definitely breathe to shallow.

 

Make a conscious effort to take deep, full, breaths that start in your diaphragm and fill up your lungs. This will get your plenty of fresh oxygen circulating through your blood and will also help relax your mind and body.

 

Drop your shoulders: This is one I remind myself to do about 5 times a day. Make yourself aware of how you carry your shoulders. When you think of it, tell yourself to drop them down.

 

You’d be surprised at how often we carry them hunched up too high, resulting in soreness and, of course, headaches.

 

  1. Get moving

 

An aching head does not inspire one to get active, but getting up and moving-outside in fresh air if possible- can help loosen up tight muscles causing a headache.

 

It also gives you something to focus on to take your mind off the pain. Good exercise also releases endorphins, which can dull the uncomfortable sensation caused by a headache.

 

To get the most out of your activity, keep in mind the following tips.

 

Stay regular: Exercising only when you feel like it is less likely to prevent headaches then exercising on a regular basis.

 

Routine also gives your body just that-routine. Routine helps us function, at least physically, better than we might if we didn’t have any.

 

Warm up and cool down: Take your time getting yourself warmed up and properly cooled down. Jumping into strenuous activities and then abruptly stopping is more likely to cause a headache then stop it.

 

Enjoy the outdoors: If possible, exercise outside. The invigorating fresh air and change in scenery does something that just makes our bodies and minds feel good.

 

  1. Drink fish oil

 

There are some small-scale studies that show the ingestion of fish oil can help reduce migraines and head pain, thanks to its omega-3 fatty acids, which promotes heart health.

 

The American Heart Association states that the ingredients in fish oil may help reduce inflammation, blood clotting, lower blood pressure, and steady heart rhythm.

 

Those actions in turn may help reduce head pain because it may reduce the inflammation of blood cells that press and pinch on nerves.

 

You will need…
-1 tablespoon of fish oil OR fish oil oral supplements
-1 glass of orange juice

 

Directions
If you are taking fish oil capsules, follow the dosing on the bottle. If using the actual oil, mix a tablespoon into a glass of cold orange juice and drink up! It’s really not as bad as it sounds.

 

  1. Hot or cold?

 

Headaches are tricksy little things, with what clears them up for one person totally triggering them for another. There’s evidence to support both hot and cold compress treatments, and it all has to do with the muscles and blood vessels.

 

Some headaches are caused, at least in part, by expanded blood vessel pressing on nerves. For these, applying something cold to the area can constrict those vessels and relieve some of the pressure causing the throbbing ache.

 

Other headaches are caused by tension and anxiety, and cold tends to tighten up muscles that then pinch nerves and enlarge blood vessels.

 

You’ll have to play around to see if you’re someone who benefits from cold/ cool treatment or hot/warm, while some people find alternating between the two works best.

 

You will need…

  1. Cold compress, such as a bag of frozen peas, a bag of ice, or a cold pack.
  2. Hot compress, such as a towel soaked in very warm water.

Directions
Find a quiet place to lie down, preferably where you can dim the lights or turn them off. Place the cold or hot compress on your forehead and relax. At some point, try switching to the back of your head, or the top, depending on where the pain is concentrated.

 

You can also try a cold compress at one location and a hot compress on another, either on your head, or place the hot compress on your shoulders if your headache is from tension. Do this for as long as you feel you need to.

 

Try sipping fresh water through a straw if you can manage during or after the treatment, and make sure to ease back into your daily routine-don’t just dash onto a crowded street in blinding sunlight.

 

Tip: Here’s how to make a good hot compress at home that won’t least its heat as quickly as a warm washcloth.

 

  1. Avoid MSG

 

Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is added to food to enhance its flavor. It is derived from an amino acid, called glutamic acid, which occurs naturally in various foods.

 

Many people who suffer headaches find that foods containing MSG triggers migraines or other types of headaches, possibly due to the fact that it excites our neurons.

 

Make sure you read food labels to check if the product has MSG, the FDA is requires companies to list it, however it can also be hidden as a component of other ingredients.

 

Watch for some of these words, which can give away “hidden” MSG, and be extra cautious around Chinese food, processed meats, canned vegies, gravy/soup/dip mixes, and soy-based items.

 

-Gelatin
-Yeast extract
-Anything “hydrolyzed”
-Textured protein

 

  1. Improve your posture

 

Improving your posture can make all the difference in the world when it comes to tension-type headaches.

 

Many of us spend our days working in an office or sitting down at a computer with little to no movement, and many of us are guilty of poor posture.

 

We slouch, slump, and hunch forward, which strains our muscles and creates nasty headaches.

 

Try using an ergonomic chair if you’re sitting down a lot, and make a conscious effort to sit up tall but relaxed, with your shoulders back, your chest open, and your neck not sticking too far forward.

 

Working on strengthening core muscles helps a lot with posture, since balance and the strength to support ourselves properly comes from mostly from our center.

 

  1. Use your imagination

 

Mental imagery has been shown to reduce headaches, whether mild or severe, by helping people relax and loosen up the knots that may be causing the pain.

 

There are guided imagery coaches, but you can also do this on your own. Imagery exercises create a “mental scape” that is calm, peaceful, and pain free-your happy place, if you will.

 

To work on your ‘scape, try the following.

 

The following…
Find a quiet place to close your eyes and use your mind to fill your head with something other than pain. Picture rolling hills or waves lapping over sand, even just creating a landscape of soothing colors can be helpful.

 

Try adding a quiet soundtrack to this exercise; be it sounds of nature or just a soft song that calms you down. Breathe and be patient. Also, be patient. And then be a little more patient.

 

Don’t get worked up because your headache isn’t gone after you spent 30 seconds impatiently picturing a tree, this stuff takes practice and some dedication (and patience) but it’s worth it.

 

  1. Munch on gingerroot

 

Prostaglandin synthesis is a process that takes place in some animals (including humans) that makes lipid (fat) compounds within their cells. Those fatty substances are like little chemical messengers that mediate biological processes, like inflammation, and alerting neurons to pain.

 

Certain enzymes spark off the prostaglandin synthesis, while some drugs, such as aspirin, inhibit the synthesis. Gingerroot, a natural alternative, is thought to inhibit the synthesis as well.

 

On top of that, if you’re getting knocked with a migraine, it can help quell your nausea. Simply sip a nice steaming cup of gingerroot tea and relax while you wait for your headache to ease up.

 

You will need…
-3 quarter size slices of gingerroot
-2 cups of water
Slice 3 slices off of a piece of raw gingerroot, with each being roughly the size of a quarter. Gently simmer the pieces of ginger in 2 cups of water, covered, for 30 minutes.

 

Use something to remove the pieces of ginger and transfer to a mug, or if you prefer, leave them in. Sip slowly and breathe in the steam if you want. Relax!

 

  1. Apply peppermint oil

 

Peppermint oil has a wonderfully soothing effect when you’re suffering from a headache, easing the discomfort and clearing your mind. It can be applied to various places, and people who use it find that it works quickly to relieve pain.

 

If you have sensitive skin and find that it irritates it, try diluting it with a bit of olive oil or water.

 

You will need…
-Peppermint oil

 

Massage the peppermint oil onto your temples, the back of your jaw, and forehead. You will feel a cooling sensation upon applying it. Breathe deeply, and if possible, find a quiet place to relax and sip some cool water.

 

  1. Butterbur for migraines

 

Butterbur refers to plants found in the daisy family. Long used by Native Americans as a remedy for headaches and inflammation, Butterbur has gained more and more credit lately in the world of western medicine, and the American Academy of Neurology and American Headache Society both endorse butterbur for preventing migraines based on at least two strong clinical trials.

 

It is thought to be effective because some Butterbur species contain chemicals that work in two ways, one in which inflammatory effects of certain chemicals are lowered, and the other being that it functions as a natural beta blocker, which results in normal flow of blood to the brain.

 

That in turn can help control blood pressure/the spasmodic capillary action that can cause migraines. The highest concentration of the plants helpful chemicals are found in Butterbur root.

 

Please Note: The usual adult dosage is 50-100 milligrams twice daily to help reduce severity of migraines/ prevent them, but check with a healthcare practitioner before using butterbur as a migraine treatment.

 

Look for a brand of extract labeled PA-Free, which ensures that it was safely processed to remove potentially harmful, toxic, chemicals found naturally in the plant.

 

  1. Eat less chocolate

 

Pretty straightforward-chocolate and the caffeine it contains make it a common trigger for headaches in many people.

 

  1. Know your facts about B3

 

Vitamin B3, also known as niacin, is a water-soluble B vitamin that may trigger vascular headaches, thanks to something called a “flush.”

 

Niacin dilates (opens up) the body’s blood vessel, right down to the small capillaries, which increases blood flow.

 

While it can be helpful in some cases, it may cause a headache triggered by the pounding blood flow and possible nerve pressure caused by it.

 

It’s best to talk to a healthcare practitioner about B3 to know how you should properly take, or if it will be helpful.

 

  1. Grab a pencil

 

Holding a pencil between your teeth (holding, not biting or clenching your jaw) can help a tension headache dissipate. The actual physical action of holding the pencil between your teeth activates your “smile” muscles, relaxing your jaw.

 

We often at times clench our teeth when stressed and this in turn strains the muscle connecting the jaw to the temples and causes a tension headache. Again, make sure your jaw is relaxed and the pencil is held lightly between your teeth.

 

  1. Drink up

 

On average we don’t drink enough water daily, and that alone is cause for a headache. Coffee, alcohol, sugary drinks-all can dehydrate you (hence the pounding headache that comes along with a hangover) and should be avoided.

 

As soon as your head starts to hurt, drink a tall glass of water, and then sip throughout the day. Gradually the pain will start to ease up, and you’ll be hurting less and well-hydrated to boot.

 

Simply drinking water may seem too obvious or simple to actually work as a headache remedy but it can, and often time’s does. We humans often just seem to feel the need to make things more complicated than they are.

 

You use your head for a lot of things, maybe not all things, but hopefully for a lot of them, and a throbbing pain in your noggin can really make it hard to function.

 

While over-the-counter pain killers may temporarily relieve the discomfort, they’re not going to prevent headaches from returning full force-or worse- in the future.

 

Give some of these home remedies to relieve headaches a shot, and you’ll end up saving yourself a headache (probably lots of headaches) in the future.

 

You can also watch this Video HERE for other helpful remedies to relieve headaches and tension.

 

Tips for food-related headaches

 

Food, especially nowadays with all the extra synthetic/chemical stuff we add to it, can be a major trigger for some people’s migraines or other types of headaches. To pinpoint what may set you off, try the following.

 

Keep a food diary: Record the foods you eat and track your headache patterns. See if you can spot a link.

 

Always read food labels: While the FDA requires companies to list many things on their labels, some things can also be hidden as a component of other ingredients. Do you research on words to look out for that may disguise or make it difficult to avoid the things you want to.

 

Listen to your body: You should always listen to your body, but sometimes it’s hard…like when there’s a plate of double-chocolate chunk cookies sitting in front of you, or you’re craving a mug of steaming hot fresh coffee.

 

Of course we’ll indulge at times, but if your body protests (like with a migraine) respect it. It’s your body, you two live together, and you simply can’t have all the things you want in life all the time (which is probably a very good thing.)

 

By Claire Goodall (a bee-obsessed natural-convert from Minnesota) who is a holistic health lover. She is the author of Everyday Roots Book.

 

It’s a Book that she creates to help you replace the toxic products and medications in your home with healthier, all-natural alternatives.

 

It contains 215+ effective home remedies and covers everything you will need to protect your family and save money every month.

 

For more details about her book, take a look at the Everyday Roots Book.

15 Natural Remedies for Heartburn & Severe Acid Reflux

15 Natural Remedies for Heartburn & Severe Acid Reflux   -    While over-the-counter and prescription medications are available, if you suffer only from occasional heartburn, lifestyle changes and using these 15 home remedies for heartburn may be the route you want to take.
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Heartburn is something that most adults will experience during their lifetime. It is characterized by an uncomfortable burning sensation right behind the breastbone that often times creeps up the throat, and is a symptom more so than a disease.

 

It is caused by acid reflux, which occurs when the ring of muscle that allows food into your stomach (the lower esophageal sphincter, or LES) relaxes when it shouldn’t. The result is acid from your stomach goes back up your esophagus, which then causes the sensation of heartburn.

 

Think about it…its acid burning your throat…ouch! It’s actually possible to have reflux without heartburn, but it is not possible to have heartburn without reflux.

 

15 Natural Remedies for Heartburn

 

While over-the-counter and prescription medications are available, if you suffer only from occasional heartburn, lifestyle changes and using these home remedies for heartburn may be the route you want to take.

 

  1. A spoonful of baking soda…

 

A spoonful of sodium bicarbonate, or teaspoon-full to be exact, can help put an end to the gnawing, burning, sensation of heartburn caused by acid reflux.

 

Baking soda, as sodium bicarbonate is more commonly known, can help your reflux and in turn help your heartburn because it is a base substance.

 

It has a pH higher than 7.0, and therefore neutralizes stomach acid. Neutralizing the stomach acid means that if/when your LES decides to be lazy and acid comes up your throat, you don’t get “burned.”

 

You will need…
-1/2 teaspoon or 1 teaspoon of baking soda
-a glass of fresh water

 

Directions
Mix either a ½ teaspoon or 1 single teaspoon of baking soda into a glass of water that is no more than 8 ounces. Give it a good stir and drink all of the mixture.

 

You can repeat this as needed but should not exceed seven ½ teaspoon doses in a 24 hour period. Also, avoid using this as a remedy for more than a week straight, as it is high in salt and can have side effects such as swelling or nausea.

 

  1. Soothe your stomach with aloe juice

 

Aloe is a plant used to soothe burns, and people often think of using it to help something like sunburn, but it can do more than that. It may be able to help with heartburn too because it reduces inflammation.

 

This means when your tummy starts getting irritated and inflamed, or your esophagus is getting eaten away at, a nice glass of aloe vera juice may be just the thing to help calm it down.

 

You will need…
-1/2 cup aloe vera juice

 

Directions
Drink a ½ cup of aloe juice, cool or room temperature, before meals. Keep in mind that aloe can act as a laxative, so unless you’re looking to fit in a few extra bathroom Sudoku puzzles, look for a brand that has the laxative component removed.

 

  1. Chew gum

 

The Journal of Dental Research conducted a study that showed people with symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), or chronic heartburn, experienced relief when they chewed a piece of sugar-free gum for 30 minutes after a meal.

 

This is because chewing gum stimulates the salivary glands, and increases the flow of saliva. Any acid that has built up in the gut is diluted and washed away or cleared out more quickly. The clearance of acid then improves the symptoms of GERD.

 

It is possible that the same school of thought could be applied to occasional heartburn as well. It’s our regular saliva that we swallow that actually makes normal bouts of reflux here and there completely painless.

 

You will need…
-1 piece of sugar-free gum

 

Directions…
After a meal, pop in a piece of sugar-free gum and chew for 30 minutes to help ward off heartburn.

 

  1. Chin up (and don’t lie down)

 

Heartburn tends to get worse at night, thanks to the fact that you’re lying down when you sleep. Gravity works against you, and it’s easier for the digested contents of your stomach to back up into your esophagus, along with acid.

 

Try elevating your head about 6 inches when you sleep by placing bricks, books, or blocks under the legs at the head of your bed. You could also try a wedge-shaped pillow under your mattress, but don’t simply pile up extra pillows as it’s easy to slip off of them at night.

 

Don’t lie down within 3-4 hours after eating, because lying down with a full stomach makes stomach contents press harder against your lower esophageal sphincter.

 

  1. How, what, and when

 

Watch how you eat: Don’t inhale giant mouthfuls of food. Take smaller bites and eat slowly, allowing your stomach time to digest and without giving it an excuse to pump out excess acid.

 

Watch what you eat: You’re probably aware that specific foods trigger heartburn, usually foods high in acid (tomatoes or citrus fruits, for example,) or spicy foods. Avoid these as best you can to ward off

 

Watch when you eat: Don’t eat within 3-4 hours before bed. Lying down puts more pressure on your LES and increases the likelihood of acid sneaking through.

 

  1. Get more acid

 

When you have acid burning your esophagus, it seems quite counterintuitive to ingest even more acid.

 

In many cases though, acid reflux is caused by having not enough acid in your stomach, rather than having too much, as over-the-counter or prescription “acid blockers” imply (although that can also be the case, among other factors.)

 

It is the acid itself that tells the lower esophageal sphincter to tighten and close off. If you don’t produce enough acid, your LES is going to think it’s no big deal to loosen up for a little bit. Then of course, you get a reflux of acid into your esophagus.

 

If you think this may be your case, try drinking some pure, raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar to see if this prevents your reflux, or cuts it off.

 

You will need…
-3 teaspoons or 1 tablespoon of raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar
-6 to 8 ounces of fresh water

 

Directions
Mix 3 teaspoons, or up to 1 tablespoon, of apple cider vinegar into 6-8 ounces of fresh water, and drink.

 

You can do this before each meal (probably the most effective,) before bedtime, or 2-3 times during the day. If you feel is worsens your reflux, do not continue to ingest it. Too much may also contribute to the problem.

 

  1. Eat a banana or an apple

 

Bananas contain natural antacids that can act as a buffer against acid reflux. If you want to try out the simplest home remedies for heartburn first, try letting a few bananas ripen up nicely and eating one every day.

 

Another option is to try an apple a day. Slice one up and eat it a couple of hours before bedtime to relieve or prevent discomfort.

 

  1. Make gingerroot tea

 

Gingerroot can help ease up a number of stomach woes, from nausea to acid reflux. Sipping a cup of fresh tea about 20 minutes before a meal can help calm down your tummy and act as an acid buffer.

 

You will need…
-3 quarter sized slices of gingerroot
-2 cups of water

 

Slice up 3 quarter sized pieces of gingerroot and simmer gently in 2 cups of water, covered, for 30 minutes. Remove the ginger pieces, or leave them in, pour into a glass, and drink all of it about 20 minutes before a meal.

 

  1. Track your triggers

 

It takes time, energy, and dedication, but tracking what triggers your heartburn may be what ultimately makes it go away in the end.

 

Instead of going crazy with what you eat and relying on over-the-counter medications to keep the acid at bay, keep a little diary of sorts that makes note of what you ate, and if/when it caused heartburn.

 

Also keep track of activities and what you’re wearing (explained in #10.)

 

  1. Avoid tight fitting clothes

 

Things cinched tightly about your waist or middle can worsen heartburn. If you have super tight jeans on, when you sit down, the waistband is going to sink into your abdomen region. Same goes for tight belts-and even shirts can be a problem for some.

 

This is because all of the above puts extra pressure on your lower esophageal sphincter, which make it more likely stomach contents, will push through and you’ll experience reflux.

 

  1. Smoking + alcohol = heart on fire

 

Smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol can set you up for terrible reflux. The nicotine and alcohol both work to weaken your LES, making it that much easier for stomach contents and acid to splash up into your esophagus. Alcohol is also going to irritate your stomach in general.

 

The solution? Quit smoking, and drink less (if at all.) Doing both will improve your health overall, in addition to relieving acid reflux.

 

  1. Maintain a healthy weight

 

Being overweight increases your risk of GERD, and you’re going to suffer from occasional heartburn a lot more as well.

 

This is because unnecessarily added pounds will put pressure on your lower esophageal sphincter. It will be more likely to loosen, and overtime it may simply weaken.

 

  1. Mustard.

 

Mustard is an alkalizing food that is full of minerals, and contains a weak acid in the form of vinegar. Consuming mustard straight, while it may make you grimace at first, may ultimately end up making your smile.

 

Because of its alkaline properties, it will help neutralize the acid that may come creeping up your throat, and therefore may neutralize the pain of acid reflux. It seems to be the most helpful if you’re feeling a bout of heartburn creeping up, or if you’re in the midst of one.

 

You will need…
-1 teaspoon of good quality yellow mustard

 

Directions
Muster up some courage, and just take that little sucker straight.

 

  1. Snack on almonds

 

A natural remedy for heartburn from Reader’s Digest, eat some almonds after every meal, every snack, every time you ingest something basically. Try to track down organic almonds if possible.

 

These tasty nuts do something to seemingly neutralize the juices in your stomach, relieving and preventing some instances of heartburn.

 

You will need…
-3 to 4 almonds

 

Directions…
Directly after every meal, every snack, basically every time you ingest something, eat 3-4 almonds afterwards. There’s no need to eat more, unless of course you want to munch on some more.

 

But keep in mind that in excess some people have found almonds trigger heartburn, kind of like how they help tension headaches but can trigger migraines.

 

  1. A cup of chamomile

 

Having a spot of chamomile tea about ½ – 1 hour before you plan on going to sleep can help reduce inflammation in your stomach, and possibly balance out the acidity levels as well.

 

Chamomile tea also does wonders for relieving stress, which can trigger acid reflux, and will help you sleep through the night as well. You can use instant chamomile tea, or you can easily make your own fresh.

 

You will need…
-1 teaspoon dried chamomile flower petals
-Strainer
-1 cup of boiling water
-Honey or lemon (optional)

 

Directions
Boil one cup of water in a cooking pot, and then reduce the heat. Stir in 1 teaspoon of dried chamomile petals, and let them simmer for 45 seconds.

 

Remove from heat and let the petals soak for another minute or two before straining them. Pour the tea into a mug, and add a bit of honey or lemon if you wish.

 

When I was very young, around 5 or 6, I remember hearing my babysitter talk about heartburn, and I was horrified. I asked her if it meant your heart was on fire and she said “yes.”

 

I paused and then said “like, there are actually flames around your heart?” My babysitter nodded solemnly.

 

Now, of course, I know better than that, but it’s still called heartburn for a reason. The searing, burning, pain does indeed feel like someone lit a fire in your chest, and let the flames spread to your throat.

 

Certain medications may quell the discomfort, but they can have long-term side effects, create dependency, are hard on your system, and often times aren’t even necessary for occasional acid reflux.

 

It may be awhile of trial and error when using these natural remedies for heartburn to find what works best, but in the long run, it’s well worth it.

 

To learn about other natural remedies for heartburn, watch this Video HERE.

 

By Claire Goodall (a bee-obsessed natural-convert from Minnesota) who is a holistic health lover. She is the author of Everyday Roots Book.

 

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9 Smartest Ways to Eat More Vegetables for Breakfast

 

9 Smartest Ways to Eat More Vegetables for Breakfast - Vegetables also have anti-aging properties, and eating veggies and fruits (seven or more servings daily) has been shown to lower your risk of dying prematurely by 42 percent. Here are 9 smartest ways to eat more vegetables for breakfast.
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Vegetables are full of vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants, which work synergistically to lower your risk of heart disease, cancer, dementia, arthritis, stroke and more.

 

Vegetables also have anti-aging properties, and eating veggies and fruits (seven or more servings daily) has been shown to lower your risk of dying prematurely by 42 percent.

 

That’s not too shabby for a versatile food group that’s quick to cook, relatively inexpensive to buy, and, when prepared just the right way, can be quite delicious. So why are so many people not eating them?

 

The latest government data, released July 2015, showed that just one in 10 Americans is eating enough vegetables and fruits. Only 9 percent of Americans are eating the recommended two to three cups of vegetables daily. The researchers concluded:

 

“Substantial new efforts are needed to build consumer demand for fruits and vegetables through competitive pricing, placement, and promotion in child care, schools, grocery stores, communities and worksites.”

 

This sounds good on a national level, but what about in your home? You’re probably well aware that you can snack on cut-up carrots and celery as a snack, or get in the habit of eating a side salad with your dinner … but there’s another opportunity to fit in more veggies that many people overlook. It is called breakfast!

 

Only 1 percent of Americans currently eat vegetables at breakfast, so it’s a missed opportunity for almost everyone.

 

When you start your day out with a serving (or two) of veggies, you’re setting a healthy tone for the entire day. It’s not as strange as you might think, either. There are actually many ways to add vegetables for breakfast

 

9 Ways to Eat Vegetables for Breakfast

 

  1. Veggies With Eggs

 

Vegetables pair very well with eggs of all varieties. Sautee up some mushrooms, onions, green or red pepper, tomatoes, spinach and any others you enjoy and toss them with your scrambled eggs. You’ll only dirty one pan and have a breakfast fit for a king. And you can try this with any type of eggs you enjoy – add veggies to omelets, poached eggs, sunny-side up, over easy, you name it.

 

  1. Breakfast Smoothie

 

Grab your blender and add in your choice of plain yogurt or kefir, whey protein powder and/or milk. Blend in a banana and some frozen berries, then top it off with whatever leafy greens you have on hand (spinach, romaine, etc.).

 

You can also blend in one-half to one whole avocado (and sprinkle in a serving of chia or flaxseeds, too). Even steamed beets, broccoli or red cabbage can be added to breakfast smoothies.

 

For inspiration, try this Anti-Cancer Breakfast Smoothie recipe from blogger Carrie Forrest:

 

Anti-Cancer Breakfast Smoothie

 

Author: Carrie Forrest, MBA/MPH

Serves: 2-4

 

Ingredients

 

  • ¼ cup hemp seeds
  • 3 cups filtered water
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • ½ cup frozen or fresh pomegranate arils
  • 1 1-inch knob fresh ginger
  • 4 cups fresh salad greens or lightly steamed kale, spinach, or collard greens
  • 10 fresh mint leaves
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons flax meal
  • 1 tablespoon ground chia seeds
  • ½ cup frozen raw broccoli florets
  • juice of one lime

 

Instructions

 

Combine hemp seeds and water in a high-speed blender and process on high for 15 seconds

 

Next, add the banana, frozen strawberries, and pomegranate arils and blend on high again.

 

Lastly, add the ginger, greens, mint, cocoa powder, flax meal, ground chia seeds, broccoli, and lime juice and blend one last time until smooth. Serve immediately.

 

  1. Breakfast Burrito

 

Scrambled eggs, cheese and salsa in a tortilla is a decent start, but you can add in more veggies than that … think green pepper strips, sautéed onions, spinach, roasted asparagus, mushrooms and more.

 

  1. Breakfast Salad

 

Fill a bowl with tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and greens, then top it with avocado, a bit of crumbled bacon and two soft-boiled eggs. The bacon and eggs say “breakfast,” and the runny yolk from the eggs makes a tasty warm salad dressing.

 

  1. Quiche or Frittata

 

These baked egg dishes are thought of more for weekend brunches than weekday breakfasts, but they’re easy to make ahead and heat up quickly even when you’re in a hurry. Plus, you can pack in as many veggies as you want. Try this vegetable quiche recipe from Kath Eats Real Food for starters:

 

Vegetable Quiche With Homemade Crust

 

Ingredients (8 slices)

 

For The Crust

 

  • .25 lb whole wheat pastry flour (about 1 cup)
  • .25 lb pastry flour or all-purpose flour (about 1 cup)
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • .25 lb salted butter (if using unsalted, also add .75 tsp granulated salt)
  • 2-4 tablespoon ice water

 

For The Filling

 

  • 3 cups assorted veggies (try kale, fennel and mushrooms) or meat, cooked (use approximately .5 tsp kosher salt to season while cooking)
  • 6 eggs
  • 25 cups 2% milk
  • .25 tsp kosher salt

 

Instructions

 

For The Crust

 

  1. Mix flour and sugar together (and salt if needed) until fully incorporated.

 

  1. Add butter and squeeze together until butter bullets are formed.

 

  1. Begin by adding 2 tablespoon ice water and mixing, adding more if necessary. Mix until a shaggy mass is formed.

 

  1. Turn dough out onto a floured surface and roll out until slightly larger than the diameter of the pie pan.

 

  1. Spray pie pan and place crust inside.

 

  1. Even crust out, and then shape and flute.

 

For The Filling

 

  1. Preheat oven to 375*

 

  1. Cook fillings, using salt as needed. Set aside.

 

  1. Whisk together eggs, milk, and salt.

 

  1. Place fillings into finished crust, and then pour egg mixture on top.

 

  1. Lightly stir to ensure incorporation.

 

  1. Add cheese to top, if using.

 

  1. Bake for 40-60 minutes, until liquid is springy and no longer jiggles when nudged, and crust and surface are nicely browned.

 

  1. Veggie-Filled Leftovers

 

If you had a veggie stir-fry or broccoli soup for dinner last night, there’s no rule that says you can’t heat up a bowl the next morning. In fact, healthy, veggie-filled leftovers make some of the most satisfying and quick breakfast options of all.

 

  1. Loaded Baked Sweet Potato

 

Pop a large sweet potato in the oven while you’re getting ready. By the time you come downstairs, it will be baked and warm from the oven. Top it with yogurt or sour cream, chopped nuts or seeds, raisins and cinnamon for a sweet yet healthy treat.

 

  1. Veggie Skillet Breakfast Hash

 

It’s easy to add sweet potatoes and veggies to a skillet, cook them up and then add an egg or two to the top … and this is a phenomenal way to load up on vegetables first thing in the morning, too. A recipe isn’t necessary, but you can try the one that follows, from How Sweet It Is, for inspiration:

 

Brussels Sprouts Breakfast Hash

 

Yield: serves 3-4

 

Ingredients:

 

  • 4 slices thick-cut bacon, chopped
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 1 sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 10-12 brussels sprouts, stems removed and sliced
  • 3-4 large eggs
  • salt + pepper to taste

 

Directions:

 

Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add bacon. Cook until crispy and fat is rendered, and then remove with a slotted spoon and let drain on a paper towel. Slightly reduce the heat under the skillet and add onion and sweet potato, tossing to coat. Cook until sweet potato has softened, about 6-8 minutes, then stir in garlic and cook for 30 seconds.

 

Add sliced brussels sprouts and stir to combine, cooking them until soft and caramely, another 5 minutes or so. In the meantime, poach or fry eggs, cooking until desired doneness.

 

  1. Savory Pancakes

 

Pancakes aren’t the healthiest breakfast choice no matter how you cook them, but if you’re going to eat them here’s a twist to try: instead of adding in fruit like blueberries to your batter, stir in shredded vegetables like carrots or zucchini.

 

Then, instead of the syrup top the savory pancakes with yogurt. You’ll get more veggies in to your day and you won’t even miss the sugary syrup.

 

One of the benefits to eating more veggies is that it will kick start your body’s natural detoxification mechanisms.

 

Watch this Video HERE – EASY WAYS TO EAT MORE FRUITS AND VEGETABLES FOR BREAKFAST

 

 

Click HERE to read – How to Make Healthy Food Taste Great WITHOUT Damaging Additives

 

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