Steps to Reducing Prescription Drugs “Side Effects”
Do you have “side effects” from the drugs you are taking?
The definition of side effect of a drug is any effect other than the intended effect. Anything that happens as a result of a drug that is undesirable is labeled as a “side effects”
- Make healthy lifestyle changes. The primary change that aids in reducing drug side effects is a healthy diet. Healthy eating is rich in protein, healthy fats, vegetables and low in carbohydrates, processed foods, and sugar. I cannot think of a single medical condition that is not aggravated by eating sugar and refined carbohydrates. Other healthy changes include drinking plenty of water, using Celtic sea salt instead of table salt and exercise regularly.
- Talk to your healthcare provider about lowering and potentially weaning off your prescriptions. Most drugs cause more side effects at higher doses. In my experience, many people are at a much higher dose than needed for symptom relief. In fact, it’s been my observation that less than 5 percent of all drugs prescribed are necessary.
- Take gentle detoxification supplements. Medications must be filtered out of the body and eliminated. If the body is not efficiently clearing these substances out, it can increase the side effects of the drugs. Most drugs are eliminated primarily by the kidneys or the liver. There are many whole food and herbal supplements that can support the body in these filtering functions. Whenever drug detoxification is involved, you should be monitored by a licensed health care practitioner well versed in the application of supplements for detoxification.
- Educate yourself. Make sure you read and research all side effects of your prescriptions online or in the packaging from the pharmacy. You need to be able quickly to identify what is happening if you do experience “side effects.” Make sure to check online many side effects go unreported and do not make it into the official labeling. You can just type the drug name plus the word “side effects.”