Dealing With Drug Shortages: The Top Natural Medications

A recent article published April 12, 2022, in the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy talks about a shortage in drugs:

“The volume of shortages is extreme,” said Parwana Shah, associate director of inpatient pharmacy services for Penn-Presbyterian Medical Center in Philadelphia, PA. “It used to be 1 or 2 here and there, and we’d manage it. But now, every day there’s a different one.”

Shah said recent drug product shortages are worsened by concurrent shortages of critical supplies, such as IV bags and needles, that are needed to administer medications.

Read the full article HERE.

Mainstream media is full of advertisements for man-made drugs and medicines to treat illness and disease. While these are all important and useful, it’s critical we don’t forget about the natural medicines available to us.

In addition, we must be proactive and work on strengthening our immune system. This could help lessen the severity of health issues may encounter.

For the average person, their medicine cabinet is in the bathroom. This is where our prescription medicines from the doctor and over the counter meds from the drugstore are located. On average, these medicines are designed to treat us after we become sick. These medications also focus on the symptoms.

On the other hand, the medicine in our kitchen is designed to decrease our risk of getting sick in the first place. Instead of working on the symptoms, this medicine is designed to keep the immune system strong. By keeping the immune system strong, the need for medicine from the doctor is decreased.

assorted cooking spices

Top Healthy Spices

Here are a few of the most popular spices and their amazing health benefits per serving:

Turmeric

  • Reduces cholesterol
  • Prevents inflammation
  • Prevents growth of cancer cells
  • Treats diabetes
  • Anti-allergy
  • Improves memory
  • Decrease arthritis symptoms
  • Fiber – 2.1 grams
  • Manganese – 26% of daily value
  • Iron – 16% of daily value
  • Potassium – 5% of daily value
  • Vitamin C – 3% of daily value

Black Pepper

Note: a dash of black pepper helps the body absorb turmeric in the liver.

  • Improves digestion
  • Increases nutrient absorption
  • Anti-cancer
  • Stimulates appetite
  • Potassium – 92 mg per serving
  • Calcium – 3%
  • Iron – 3%
  • Magnesium – 3%

Oregano

  • Decreases risk of heart attacks and strokes
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Aids in digestion
  • Helps detoxify the body
  • Calcium – 29 mg
  • Magnesium – 5 g
  • Manganese – .09 mg
  • Vitamin E – .33 mg
  • Fiber – .8 g
  • Iron – .66 mg
  • Potassium – 23 mg

Cinnamon

  • Fights yeast infections
  • Aids in weight loss
  • Helps fight cancer
  • Antioxidant
  • Weight loss
  • Lowers LDL & triglycerides
  • Helps increase alertness
  • Phosphorous – 2 mg
  • Magnesium – 2 mg
  • Calcium – 26 mg
  • Iron – .2 mg
  • Magnesium – 1%

Nutmeg

Note: just a dash of nutmeg is all that’s needed

  • Detoxifies the body
  • Antioxidants
  • Improves kidney function
  • Improves blood circulation
  • Good for oral health
  • Improves oral health
  • Fiber – 1.5 g
  • Potassium – 25 mg
  • Magnesium – 3%
  • Iron – 1%

Ginger

  • Aids in weight loss
  • Boosts immunity
  • Anti-cancer
  • Nausea relief
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Heals ulcers
  • Decreases ulcers
  • Potassium – 46 mg
  • Vitamin C – 1%
  • Magnesium – 1%

Garlic

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Rejuvenates skin
  • Boosts metabolism
  • Relieves stress and fatigue
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Detoxifies
  • Vitamin B6 – 2%
  • Fiber – .6 grams
  • Vitamin C – 1%
  • Manganese – 2%
  • Selenium – 1%

Apple Cider Vinegar

  • Helps control blood sugar
  • Strengthen immune system
  • Regulates pH
  • Improves digestion
  • Assists in weight loss
  • Potassium – 11 mg

Green Tea

  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Boosts metabolism
  • Decreases food poisoning risk
  • High in antioxidants
  • Stabilizes blood sugar levels
  • Protects against heart disease
  • Potassium 21 mg

Black Seed Oil

  • Antioxidant
  • Protects liver
  • Fights allergies
  • Boost immunity
  • Aids weight loss
  • Anti-bacterial
  • Aids digestion
  • May help with blood sugar levels
  • Anti-depressant
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Potassium – 98 mg
  • Calcium – 6%
  • Iron – 6%
  • Magnesium – 5%
  • Vitamin C – 2%

Here are some of my personal favorites for my medicine cabinet:

While most people like multivitamins, I’d rather consume these, as I know the human body can utilize them much better than a man-made pill.

Did you know our bodies are able to store nutrients in our bones and fat? Another thing many people may not know is these spices have quite a few nutrients in them. (We all know the body can store excess fat, but don’t think about it storing nutrients.)

This is important because many of us are deficient in many nutrients. There can be instances where we feel sick, but it’s actually a vitamin deficiency and not realize it. For more information on nutrient deficiency, click HERE.

Call To Action

Change your mindset when it comes to health and nutrition. Don’t wait until you’re sick to start taking better care of yourself, start now by adding these and other spices to your diet. Your body will thank you.

Get more great tips in my books The 3 Pillars of Strength: Increasing Your Physical, Mental and Spiritual Fitness and The Diet of Success: Healthy Eating Tips for Hard Working Professionals. Both available in audio, kindle and paperback versions.

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