HEALTH TIPS ~
FIND YOUR FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH ~
With 5 Daily Anti-Ageing Tips from diet and health experts:
HYDRATION is important for cellular functioning, so be sure to drink liquids regularly throughout the day (water is best). EAT HEALTHY: Plant-based nutrients are essential for health and wellness, so have plenty of vegetables and low-sugar fruits every day. REST is necessary for your body to run at its best. Figure out how much sleep you need by recalling how much you sleep on a relaxing vacation, when you fall asleep naturally and wake up without an alarm. The number of hours per day you get on a relaxing vacation is generally how much sleep time your body craves. HAVE FUN: Take time to enjoy your friends and loved ones. Social support and positive experiences have been found in studies to be beneficial to health. MOVE: Be sure to keep your body moving every day - even if it's just walking up and down stairs at work or taking a noon-time or evening stroll around the block. Exercise is the key to living a long and healthy life!
("Live Long and Prosper").
FOLLOW THE RAINBOW ~
Fruits and vegetables of different hues offer a complete range of nutrients to support healthy eyes, heart, gastrointestinal tract, skin, hair, nails and bones. This week create meals with green
Spinach, black or White Kidney Bean, orange Carrots, red Beet Root and yellow Squash for hearty, colorful meals. And don’t forget to munch on Peaches, Blueberry, Bananas, purple
Grapes, Red Raspberry , and Plums when looking for healthy snacks. Everyone needs some color in their lives ~ Color Your Life With Great Health - Naturally!
WHAT NO HOME SHOULD BE WITHOUT ~
Used for centuries (both internally and externallly), ALUM ROOT is an antiseptic and powerful astringent. Internally, it helps to ease inflammation of the mucous membranes and heal the gastrointestinal tract, as well as work to control diarrhea, hemorrhage and excessive menstruation, plus bleeding gums after tooth extraction. Alum Root is an old reliable when used for helping to relieve internal piles and hemorrhoids. Used externally, it is a potent blood coagulant: The dry powder sprinkled on a wound or cut will stop bleeding immediately. Barbers have been using Alum Root on razor cuts for years as a styptic - an astringent that arrests hemorrhage and bleeding. No home (or barber shop) should be without Alum Root.
High Blood Pressure NO!
Exercise is an important key to lower your blood pressure, and it also enhances efficacy of blood pressure medication if you’re already being treated for hypertension. You don't have to be an athlete, either (hurrah)! Find activities you enjoy, and aim for 30 minutes of some "exercise" most days of the week. If you can't stand the gym, not a problem.
Dancing counts. So do yoga, hiking, gardening and anything else that gets your heart beating a bit faster. Since you're going to be making it a habit, pick things you'll want to do - often - and enjoy the fun and better health..
ENJOYING THE OLYMPICS
Here is an interesting tidbit:
Yerba Mate is a powerful stimulant and more popular in its native South America than tea or coffee. Mate (or chimarrao) is the National Drink of Argentina, where it is revered as an energizer and a tonic. In a tea or herbal supplement, Yerba Mate is an invigorating, bracing tonic that will boost energy, revitalize the body, while also working to stimulate the mind; and some even claim that it combats the ageing process. Wonder whether Olympic athletes are enjoying Argentina’s National Drink this week?
A FUN HISTORY and
Did You Know? For centuries Juniper Berry has been (and still is) an herbal remedy for urinary tract infections, urine retention, gallstones and an old folk remedy for gout. And did you know that in the 1500s, a Dutch pharmacist used Juniper Berries to create a new, inexpensive diuretic drink for medicinal purposes? Did you also know that its delightful Juniper-flavor became a very popular beverage? But again, did you know that he called that beverage GIN? It’s true - and today, Gin is still very much with us, and herbalists also still use JUNIPER BERRY as an effective diuretic and antiseptic to promote urine flow and help manage urinary tract infection.
DIRTY DIVING? OH NO!
Unclean Swimming Pools Spread Disease: It is still hot summer, so the Centers for Disease Control advises us to look before leaping into that public swimming pool. Public pools are often closed because of dirty water or other problems. Fecal matter is a common factor, especially in kiddie pools and fountains where children frolic. But urine is also a problem: It contains nitrogen that eats up chlorine in pool water, depleting the supply. Sweat and suntan lotion have the same effect.
Each year, there are about fifteen/twenty outbreaks from stomach bugs blamed on pools, and a quarter of them are caused by bacteria, viruses or parasites that should have been killed by proper pool treatment and chlorination. Before you go swimming, the CDC suggests buying a test kit from a hardware store and checking the water at public pools. (If it doesn’t measure up, tell the lifeguard the water needs further treatment, and do not go in). Health officials also say people who've had diarrhea shouldn't swim; and everyone should avoid swallowing pool water. Try earplugs and swim goggles too. Simple precaution beforehand can make all the difference after the big dip.
GREAT NEW USES FOR
GREAT OLD THINGS ~
The Birch Tree may have been indespensable centuries ago for making Native American dugout canoes and even functioning as ancient flogging switches (ouch!); but since there isn't much need for either one nowadays, we have found a much better use for the remarkable Birch: Did you know that the USFDA has approved the salicylates in the Birch Bark as a treatment for warts? It's true. Read about it and all the wonderful health benefits found in the great old Birch.
Stop and Smell the -LAVENDER
Take time this week to “savor” things in your life – summer fun, fragrant and colorful flowers, a veggie garden, picnics: Eat slowly to enjoy the flavors of your meal (you’ll also be more aware when you’re full); and take time to relax and enjoy the people and hobbies you like. Herbalists use LAVENDER to relax and calm nerves, relieve fatigue, depression, tension headaches, nervous exhaustion, irritability and too much excitement. It can act as a mild sedative and may help support lower blood pressure. Even better? Added to bathwater, Lavender calms and relaxes us, and mixed with water, it makes a fragrant hair rinse.
Let us count the ways: Medical experts from Easton Hospital, PA., recommend (1) Stay Active: Your body uses testosterone to fuel movement, and when you stop moving, it doesn’t have a reason to produce as much testosterone. Try to be active for at least 30 minutes daily. (2) Eat Well: Certain foods (Garlic, nuts and beans) can boost testosterone production. (3) Pump Iron: Lifting weights is said to stimulate the production of testosterone - and - (5) Don’t forget to discuss Herbal Support with your doctor, i.e., Tribulus Terrestris, which is believed to promote higher body levels of testosterone - and is also widely used to enhance muscle cell growth and improve bodily strength - as well as support better sexual function.
GET A GOOD NIGHT'S SLEEP~
For energy to face the day ahead, try a few hints to promote good sleep: Establish regular sleep hours (even during weekends and holidays). Nap wisely (okay, but not longer than fifteen or thirty minutes, interfering with nighttime sleep). Exercise regularly (but not too close to bedtime; you’ll fall asleep faster,and sleep will be more restful). Monitor bedtime foods (light snack with carbs okay, but heavy food may cause heartburn and interfere with sleep. Also, NO alcohol, caffeine or nicotine). Unwind at day’s end (listen to calming music, soak in a warm bath, read a book). Minimize distractions (NO TV, work materials, electronic devices, computers); and then, close bedroom door, lights out, use a fan to muffle noises). Keep temperature comfy (not too hot; not too cold - just right - for a sound sleep). Don’t forget CHAMOMILE, the age-old, gentle, pleasant way to unwind, soothe nerves and induce SLEEP.
A GOLDEN RULE?
Once considered a weed that caused hay fever, it is now said that GOLDENROD pollen is not airborne at all, but is carried by bees; and because it blossoms at the same time as the inconspicuous ragweed (the real culprit), it was falsely accused and, in fact, may actually be of some help in managing hay fever (helps to thin and expel mucus and congestion from the upper respiratory tract). Goldenrod supports overall good kidney health and has been used to flush impurities from the kidneys, clearing kidney stones and gravel, as well as help with urinary inflammation and infection (cystitis, urethritis, vaginitis).
Oops! FORGET TO EXERCISE?
We already know that exercise can help delay or even stave off dementia, but did you know that regular workouts may actually reverse ageing in the brain? Aerobic exercise enhances speed and sharpness of thought, but it also increases the volume of brain tissue. As little as fifty minutes of brisk walking three times a week was found to have this brain-expanding effect. For an added boost, walk in the park: Researchers found that test subjects whose course took them through a tree-filled setting performed twenty percent better on memory and attention tests than those who walked in town. Think about natural help with an herb like RHODIOLA Root, which is recommended for or anyone with memory problems, because it is believed to improve bodily blood circulation and to the brain. But remember to exercise, and no forgetting.
Fighting The Ageing Process?
Stop Eating So Much!
Scientists who have studied longevity have learned lessons from the longest-living people, say one of the best secrets for Staying Young is to Eat Less. Okinawa, Japan is home to some of the world’s oldest people - centenarians who traditionally stop eating when they’re eighty percent full. They are onto something: Scientists at St. Louis University found that while both exercising and eating less not only leads to healthy weight loss, cutting calories also lowers production of a thyroid hormone that may also slow the ageing process. The lesson? Count calories, and keep your weight in check.
Need help? Talk to your doctor about diet and herbal therapy - Garcinia - often praised as a natural way to lose weight by helping to suppress appetite, decrease the rate of dietary carbohydrate conversion into fat and cholesterol, increase metabolism (helping to burn fat), and elevate the production of body heat (which may also increase caloric burning).
HANG OUT WITH FRIENDS
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh found that being around people can help your mental and physical health - and those who have more social ties were less susceptible to the cold virus than those with fewer connections. Further research has found that women with more social support are less likely to be depressed. All good reasons to nurture our friendships.
BONE UP ON GOOD BONES
Strong bones are essential to good health, and adequate Calcium and Vitamin D (necessary for calcium absorption) - and physical activity are essential for strong bones.
Calcium is needed throughout life, particularly during peak bone-building years and to reduce the risk of brittle bones later in life. Good sources of calcium include dairy products (low-fat or non-fat milk, cheese and yogurt), dark green leafy vegetables (broccoli), nuts (almonds) and calcium-fortified foods (soy beverages, orange juice, cereals, whole-grain breads).
If you don’t get enough calcium from your diet, consider taking supplemental
Coral Calcium, and don't forget the Vitamin D and Exercise.
SET YOUR LIFE TO MUSIC
Whether it's rock, classical, opera or hip-hop, we all know how music can shift our moods. Recently, scientists have been exploring how music can even be used as a form of medicine - reducing chronic pain and relieving depression and anxiety. Be aware of how music personally affects you, and take note of how certain pieces make you feel calmer, happier or more energetic. As you become more familiar with your own personal music-mind-body connection, you can list your own "go to music" prescription whenever the need arises. Start your own new week off with music that makes you happy. Then re-listen during the week whenever you need a refresh.
HEADS UP FOR PREVENTING HEADACHES ~
Poor posture is an important
factor in head pain, and one of the leading posture pitfalls is forward head posture (FHP). When your neck juts forward, you have to tilt your head up to see, and that can compress the nerves and muscles at the base of the skull. A common cause of FHP: slumping in front of a computer. Follow a few hints to help you get your head on straight: Imagine a cord attached to the top of your head, pulling toward the ceiling. Periodically check to make sure your ear is in line with your shoulder. Set your computer to remind you every half hour to repeat the first two tips. Look at natural botanical help with Feverfew. It has been found to be effective for headache relief and also in preventing migraines.
THE CARDIOVASCULAR CONNECTION
Stroke and coronary heart disease are two distinct conditions, BUT they have more in common than we think. When oxygen-rich blood fails to reach the heart or brain through damaged arteries, atherosclerosis, a buildup of fats, cholesterol and other substances in and on your artery walls (plaques), cause trouble for the heart and brain. Although often considered a heart problem, atherosclerosis can affect arteries anywhere in the body; it is the leading cause of heart attacks, stroke and peripheral vascular disease and among the five leading causes of death for American women. Stroke and heart disease share risk factors that contribute to atherosclerosis, so it’s Time To LOWER CHOLESTEROL and BLOOD PRESSURE, STOP SMOKING and LOSE WEIGHT. Talk to your doctor about plant-based botanical therapy with Hawthorne Leaf to fight both risks.
DON'T LET ANXIETY EAT AWAY AT YOU - EAT AWAY YOUR ANXIETY Stress is a part of life, but your diet can help you make it a much smaller part of YOUR life. A high-nutrient diet can give you increased energy and a productive mindset to effectively handle stress. Loading up on complex carbs like green veggies and whole-grain cereals and breads will increase production of important serotonin levels in the brain where it contributes to mood balance, wellbeing and happiness - and less anxiety (serotonin deficit leads to depression). Eat foods like oranges, kiwis and green peppers (loaded with vitamin C) to build immunity and Omega-Fatty Acids in salmon, nuts and seeds (to lower blood pressure) and ask the doctor about Griffonia Seed to support increased brain serotonin levels and reduced anxiety. Add a little exercise to the mix, and you’re on your way to a natural improvement in your mood and a brighter outlook (better sleep too)
YOUR BODY’S BEST FRIEND-SLEEP
You may notice sleep’s benefits most, only when you miss them; that is, when you need them. Sleep deprivation has been known to cause 100,000 US auto accidents annually, in addition to depression, heart disease, diabetes and obesity. If stress, health problems and annoying interruptions thwart a good night’s sleep, try maintaining regular bedtime hours (even weekends), limit caffeine and alcohol, take a pleasant stroll under the stars before bedtime. Then engage in a soothing activity before bedtime: pray or meditate or enjoy a favorite book, and if you crave a hot drink in the evening, sip a soothing, naturally-caffeine-free herbal tea like (Chamomile). Next, turn off all technology, TV, radio, noise, and all the lights. Lastly, Now it's time to enjoy sweet dreams.
HEALTHY HEART? STRESS LESS!
When your body is stressed, it releases adrenaline, which increases your heart, breathing and blood pressure rates. A faster heart rate and higher blood pressure make your heart work harder and can weaken artery walls if these symptoms persist over time. Thus, chronic stress can increase risk for heart disease (leading cause of death in America). This week, observe your stress levels and what triggers them, as well as your heart disease risk factors. If you often exhibit Type-A behaviors (feeling rushed, impatient, irritated, angry or hostile), focus on reducing the frequency of these behaviors to stay heart healthy! Sometimes herbs can help: Look at one of nature's best natural stress relievers - VALERIAN ROOT - to help support improved cardiac health and lower blood pressure (particularly when anxiety is a factor), as well as helping to relieve nervous exhaustion, anxiety and stress.
SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS~
Scientists from West Virginia’s Jesuit University have found that the scent of Peppermint or Cinnamon in your car might make you more alert when behind the wheel. Their study found that drivers demonstrated decreased levels of frustration, anxiety and fatigue when exposed to the two fragrances - and they were also more observant. Previous research had indicated that Peppermint and Cinnamon aromas helped to enhance motivation, alertness and performance, as well as decrease fatigue and serve as central nervous system stimulants - all of which may be helpful when associated with prolonged driving.
Did You Know? GARLIC is not only one of the healthiest foods we can eat, but Garlic is also a natural antibiotic - without the harmful and deleterious effects of the drugs that kill all bacteria (both bad and good) within the body, and we need those good bacteria to support our immune systems and fight disease. We already know Garlic is also great in the kitchen too. Make sure you add Garlic to your diet
WHAT AN EYEFUL!
Macular degeneration is the main cause of severe vision loss as we get older. Here are six prevention tips from New Jersey's Warren Hospital: Don't Smoke ~ Wear Sunglasses ~ Eat Kale, Nuts, Spinach and Fish with Omega-3 Fatty Acids ~ Exercise ~ Keep Weight Down to avoid diabetes. Check out some eye-healthy botanicals too: Bilberry, Eyebright and Carrots are great for our eyes. Okay? Now...Here's Looking AT YOU!
YOUR MOTHER WAS RIGHT:
Eat Those Fruits and Veggies.
MOTHER EARTH AGREES!
A nine-year study from 2009 with 452,755 participants found that increased intake of fruit and vegetables may reduce the risk of colorectal cancer by as much as twenty-five percent! That large European study from the Dutch National Institute for Public Health revealed that the highest average intakes of fruit and vegetables were associated with a fourteen percent reduction in colorectal cancer risk, and a twenty-five percent reduction in the risk of colon cancer. Now, a 2016 study also found that antioxidant-rich COFFEE intake can help decrease colorectal cancer risk. Looks like MOTHER EARTH provides rich botanical nutrition to help us stay healthy, and...YOUR MOTHER AGREES!
Slippery Elm Bark soothes and reduces inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. Its high mucilage content soothes the inflamed mucous membranes of the stomach and neutralizes excess acids in the intestines. As a bowel lubricant it can be beneficial for Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, diverticulosis, diverticulitis and irritable bowel syndrome IBS). It has also been used to ease both constipation and chronic diarrhea. No more distress - only a soothed gastrointestinal tract!
HAVE TEETH ... WILL SMILE!
Dental experts say people's teeth are eroding with a loss of protective enamel at a faster rate than ever. Dental erosion occurs when enamel is worn away by acids in the mouth, leaving teeth sensitive, cracked and discolored. Dentists blame soft drinks, sports drinks and fruit juices with high amounts of acid, but sugar in most of those drinks also plays a role, because bacterial plaque on teeth absorbs sugar from drinks and foods and excretes an acid that eats away at tooth enamel. In soft drinks (especially colas), one of the main flavoring agents is phosphoric acid; and people often make the situation worse by holding the drink in the mouth to enjoy the flavor or fizzing - increasing exposure to the drink's acids and sugars. Consider a new drink regimen: Water is good for the whole body, Green Tea is actually good for teeth, and unsalted veggie juices are loaded with nourishment and very satisfying. After all, having NO teeth can make that smiling face a very sad one, indeed. Thank about that!
GUYS! PROTECT YOUR PROSTATES
The American diet, especially what you fellas refer to as “man food” (red meat, high-fats and few fruits and vegetables) dramatically increase risk for prostate problems and cancer. Studies say a preventive approach just might head off prostate trouble, and lifestyle changes and regularly consuming certain foods, herbs and other natural substances may protect or slow progress of prostate problems by targeting two bodily processes that underlie all prostate problems: oxidation and inflammation. Thus, reduce consumption of red meat, fried foods, high-fat dairy, sugar and simple starches (white flour, etc.), and eat more fresh fruits, vegetables and healthy supplements. Selenium and vitamin E may reduce risk, and Lycopene from
Tomato is another antioxidant associated with low risk. In Asia, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant,
Green Tea might be a clue to their low prostate cancer rates, and old-reliable Saw Palmetto supports good prostate health, especially prostate enlargement.
FRIENDS are KEY...at ANY AGE
We already know that exercise and a healthy diet help you live longer, but did you know that friendships do too? Studies show that friends boost your immune system, ease stress and help prevent depression. According to doctors at Lehigh Valley Health Network, humans need connections, and our friends make us feel good about who we are. While old friends may be especially dear, it’s vital to also add new ones; friendships naturally come and go in life. If your circle is too small, seek out people with common interests: Join that book club, gym, swim or dance class, political club or support group. Making friends takes time, but this is really worth the investment that truly pays off.
WHAT'S IN A NAME?
If you thought Lemon Balm is related to lemons or a member of the citrus family, think again! It is a member of the mint family. The name, Lemon, describes the plant's glorious fragrance when the leaves are bruised, and it has been used for thousands of years as an effective calmative for all kinds of nervous problems, including tension headaches, migraines, neuralgia, tension, stress, anxiety, excitability and heart palpations (caused by anxiety). Known as “The Calming Herb,” it is used to relax muscle tension without daytime drowsiness.
BY ANY OTHER NAME?
Did you know that pungent, strong-smelling Onion is a cousin of the beautiful sweet-smelling and fragrant lily? Onion may not smell like a flower, but it is a powerhouse of health benefits and does help protect us against infection of all kinds, build the immune system and support healthy cholesterol and blood sugar levels. The ancient Egyptians must have known about these health benefits; they worshipped the Onion as the symbol of "Eternal Life."
SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS ~
Scientists from Wheeling, West Virginia’s Jesuit University have found that the scent of Peppermint Leaf or Cinnamon in your car can make you more alert when behind the wheel. Their study found that drivers demonstrated decreased levels of frustration, anxiety and fatigue when exposed to the two fragrances, and they were also more observant. Previous research had indicated that Peppermint and Cinnamon aromas helped to enhance motivation, performance and alertness, as well as decrease fatigue and serve as central nervous system stimulants - all of which may be helpful when associated with prolonged driving. Imagine! Some driving help in-between those coffee stops!
Be NATURALLY Sweet ~
Science tells us that artificially sweetened “diet” foods and beverages tend to trigger appetite, increase cravings for empty-calorie carbohydrates and stimulate fat storage. Opt out, or go for healthy natural sweeteners like honey, real maple syrup or plant-based Stevia Leaf. It’s used as a table-top sweetener, in soft drinks, baked goods, fruit juices, jams, jellies, candies, yogurts, chewing gum, sherbets and more.
WANT TO BE IN A GOOD MOOD? ..NATURALLY !!
Did you know that one in every ten adults suffers from some level of depression, according to CDC (Centers for Disease Control)? There are meds, but many often carry brutal side effects like lethargy or worse, but there are also readily-available natural botanical solutions. Saint John's Wort is a popular natural calming herbal supplement and mood enhancer that helps banish the blues, manage stress, anxiety and mood swings.
SPRINKLE A LITTLE CINNAMON
U.S.D.A. reports tell us that people with Type-2 diabetes who consume just a pinch or light sprinkle (one gram) of Cinnamon daily can experience a drop in blood sugar. The research shows that extracts of Cinnamon increase insulin activity, enhancing the breakdown of glucose and improving blood sugar concentrations. Enjoy your Cinnamon: Sprinkle powdered Cinnamon on your morning cereal, in your coffee or dusted on your yogurt.
WANT TO LOOK YOUNGER? Doesn't Everybody?
You may find help with Omega-3 Fatty Acids. Dermatologists often recommend this supplement to help improve skin. These essential fats - which must be obtained from the diet or supplements because our bodies cannot make them - are a key component of the lubricating layer that keeps skin supple. They also aid in the production of hormones that improve skin texture and help combat the inflammatory damage wrought by free radicals - one of the causes of wrinkles and blotchiness. You may find yourself looking younger, but (even better), you may actually start feeling better too. Eat salmon or tuna or take Omega-3 supplements to get the one great fat that is really healthy.
HEARD IT THROUGH
Resveratrol is the important compound found in the Red Wine Grape Skin and GrapeSeed. Research from the University of Colorado tells us that it can help fight off cancer by killing damaged cells before they replicate. Red Wine provides the compound and so will a handful of delicious Red Grapes, supplemental Red Grape (with resveratrol extract) or a morning cup of low-sugar Red Grape Juice (100% juice). Grab Grapes for Great Grape Gorgeousness - and Health.
Hypertension and Weight
Being overweight places a strain on your heart and increases your risk of high blood pressure. That is why diets to lower blood pressure are often also designed to control calories. They typically call for cutting down on fatty foods and added sugars, while increasing fruits, vegetables, lean protein and fiber. Even losing 10 pounds can make a difference. Think about that when getting into your new year health programs. If you need extra help, check out natural help with herbs like Garcinia for supporting decreased appetite, increased metabolism (helping to burn fat) and elevated body heat for potential caloric burning).