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Five Simple Steps to Improved Health

by Kelli Parrish, RN

5 Steps LAAccording to the World Health Organization (WHO), the United States has the most expensive medical system in the world. Most Americans take at least one medication, and the number of prescriptions only increases with age. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the average 65-year-old takes 14 different medications.

Some healthcare providers prescribe medications that treat symptoms, rather than the root cause of the health issue. Both the healthcare provider and the patient often overlook trying healthy lifestyle changes first. Here are a few natural remedies that can be highly valuable tools in transforming health:

Eat Real Food – Hippocrates once said, “Food is thy Medicine.” Fresh fruits and vegetables are full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that can heal the body and prevent disease. Avoid “fast”, or any packaged and processed foods, since they often contain artificial ingredients and are linked to chronic diseases like diabetes and obesity.

Get Exercise – Just 30 minutes of activity a day, such as walking, biking or swimming provides a natural energy boost and helps prevent fatigue. Exercise also lifts mood, according to the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, and can prevent depression.

Drink More Water – Many Americans do not consume enough water and are chronically dehydrated. Water is essential in helping the body circulate blood and remove toxins.

Relieve Stress – Stress is a major problem for most Americans, and it is related to many chronic health problems such as heart disease and cancer. We have filled our lives with many obligations that leave little, if any, time for self-care. Finding a proper work/life balance is a common struggle for families. Daily meditation or yoga both work well to provide stress relief.

Add Essential Oils – For an occasional headache, upset stomach or bout of back pain, essential oils are a great natural alternative to medication. Essential oils come from the earth in the form of plants, trees and flowers. They can build the immune system, decrease inflammation and balance emotions without harmful side effects.

Proactive lifestyle changes and a more natural approach to healthcare can prevent, and even reverse, many chronic medical conditions. Taking control and responsibility of our health and the health of our family is an important step in transforming our medical system.

Kelli Parrish is a registered nurse and holistic health coach. Connect at

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