Do You Know What Your Medication Is Doing For You?

Do You Know What Your Medication Is Doing For You?

December 02, 2014

 

Today I had one of those ‘WOW’ moments….you know the kind that really make you sit there and say ‘WOW’.

It all happened while going to the local lab to get a sample of blood taken recently. So there I was chatting away to the nurse as you, do while she asked me the mandatory questions; Name, Date of Birth etc. Then she asked if I was on any medication, “No” I replied. She gave me this odd look and then repeated the question, “Nope nothing” I replied. Seeing her reaction, I said “You look surprised”, “Yes” she said “because you are one of a small percentage who don’t take something daily and half the people I see don’t even really know everything they are taking”.

How easy is it these days when we are so busy to start taking several medications at one time and eventually become dependent on them – both in the physical and emotional?….The answer is VERY EASY.

I don’t know about you – but to me that is plain scary because not only is it true, it is a reflection of the world we live in- the instant world.

There are so many illnesses that people are dealing with today that are purely born out of poor lifestyle choices and being overweight. Eating badly, not exercising, not getting enough sleep, not drinking enough water are all things we have control over.

It is so much easier to start popping a pill because the doctor said so then to take an honest hard look at how we live- and realise that with a bit of change we can heal ourselves, feel great and not be dependent on medication.

I personally know someone who has been on steroids for so long that even if she wanted to stop taking it she can’t…..because doing so could kill her.

Don’t get me wrong here about Doctors… they do their job. Unfortunately they do not have the time nor is it their area of expertise to follow their patient’s lifestyle choices to help them work towards getting off medication.  However having said this, statistics are staggering in favour of achieving and maintaining your ideal weight if you want to live a long and healthy life- and medication does not always need to be involved.

I could provide a long list of what being overweight does to your body but let’s just cover a few:

High Blood Pressure Many people are now taking this kind of daily medication. But did you know that loosing even 5kgs can help to reduce it? Exercise is a proven method for reducing blood pressure. Walking is one of the best things you can do and it doesn’t cost anything but a bit of time in your day to do it.

Are you on heart medication? - If you are and you are at a healthy weight then there is a very valid reason why you must be on it. But heart disease, which includes heart attack, congestive heart failure, angina and abnormal heart rhythm, is higher in individuals who are overweight or obese. Just eliminating unhealthy processed food and eating lots of healthy vegetables, fruits, good fats and lean proteins can have a huge impact on promoting and keeping a healthy heart.

Depression Medication Boy this stuff can seriously muck your system up. Some things you can do that embody leading  healthy lifestyle and can help you to start feeling better straight away (and eventually get off your medication) are:

Getting Into A Routine- Setting goals even if small gives you focus. Achieving the tinniest thing like washing dishes gives you a sense of achievement and you can build from here.

Exercise- It boosts the feel good chemicals called endorphins and regular exercise has been proven to encourage the brain to rewire itself in positive ways, this is called Neuroplasticity.

Eating healthy- there is evidence that food with omega 3 fatty acids (such as tuna, salmon and folic acid – spinach and avocados) could help depression.

Sleep – Put a plan in place to make changes to your lifestyle to go to bed earlier.

So I guess my big question to you is this: Do you really know all your medication you are on and what it actually does for you? 
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Do you have a plan or time line in place to be able to stop taking this….or are you relying on the Doctor to tell you? 

If your medication is  something that you can get off by making some positive lifestyle changes why wouldn’t you want too? Make a decision TODAY  to start healing yourself and feel great with these natural ways- it costs nothing but a little bit of planning and some time…and I swear to you your body will love you for it.