While pharmaceuticals often seem like the easiest way to conquer your health problems, they often come with a slew of risks and side-effects. Here are some effective alternatives to taking pharmaceuticals.

Physical Activity
Regular physical activity greatly reduces the risks of High Blood Pressure, Diabetes, decrease triglyceride levels and increase HDL levels. Taking care of your body lowers your possible need for heart and cholesterol medication like Lipitor, Capoten and Atacand, all of which have side-effects like diarrhea, headache and dizziness. Besides just helping your heart, cholesterol and preventing diabetes, engaging in regular physical activity also helps build strong bones, muscles and joints.

When you have a cold or sore throat, Honey mixed in a warm beverage like tea, may actually work better than many over the counter cough syrups. Not only is honey full of enzymes and vitamins that your body needs but it is also effective in killing cold causing bacteria.

Through out history Mint has been used as a medicine for relieving menstrual cramps, headaches, fever and pneumonia. Today, it is most often used for aiding digestion and easing stomach cramps.

Besides just being a food seasoning and vampire deterrent, Garlic is full of vitamins and minerals. Garlic has been the subject of many lab tests using it to improve circulation, increase HDL levels, decrease blood sugar levels and protect the liver from drugs.

Your feline loves it but did you know it can also be used as an effective treatment for anemia? Catnip has also been used to help gastrointestinal disorders and menstrual problems.

Long used by Native Americans for a number of purposes, plants in the Sage family have been shown to have many medicinal uses. The leaves can be used to reduce fever and sore throat symptoms. It has also been used to help heal sores and relieve intestinal problems. Sage is also an effective antiseptic that has been used in lab experiments to combat yeast infections, herpes simplex II and the flu.

The average person needs 8 hours a day. However, many of us do not get adequate sleep. Not sleeping lowers our immune system making us more susceptible to diseases. Our amount of sleep also effects mental health and our ability to make effective decisions.