If you feel the scratchy, burning feeling of dry eye, you are not alone. It is a chronic condition that can be very distressing, and more common as you age - particularly in postmenopausal women and in people with rosacea and auto-immune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis. Your tear reduction can also be affected by drinking alcohol, taking certain medications, wearing contact lenses or being in a dry environment. Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley Hospital doctors say that while dry eye can be painful, it is rarely a long-term vision threat. To ease your symptoms, blink your eyes often, use a humidifier, avoid dry environments like airplanes, and overly-heated homes, minimize alcohol, avoid smoke and use artificial tears.
'Tis Still The Season
For Colds, Flu and Coughs ~
There is a good reason why people have long been using time-honored Wild Cherry cough drops and syrups. Wild Cherry Bark is considered by herbalists to be a fine expectorant that may help to loosen and expel phlegm from the lungs and also help support relief of bronchitis, colds, flu and dry coughs. Although naturally sour, Wild Cherry Bark and the Wild Cherry's antitussive qualities, have long been considered by herbal practitioners to be a powerful support for relief in cases of whooping cough, nervous or chronic coughs - but always check with your doctor for guidance before using this potent botanical for therapy.
INSOMNIA STILL A PROBLEM?
Try A Few Tips: Avoid stimulants after 4:p.m. Coffee, colas and even chocolate contain caffeine, the powerful stimulant that can keep you awake. Eat a light snack before bedtime; bread and fruit an hour or two before bedtime is great and so is a glass of warm milk, but avoid sugary snacks that excite the system or heavy meals that can stress your body. Don't smoke; nicotine is also a stimulant - and no nightcap before bed. Alcohol at dinner or evening can depress the central nervous system and also disrupt sleep when the effects wear off, waking you in the middle of the night. When insomnia results from anxiety, speak with your doctor about Kava Kava, which can be particularly effective. Research suggests that Kava promotes sleep by acting upon the brain's emotion centers and by relaxing muscles when taken an hour before bedtime. Sweet dreams.
WHAT CHILDREN EAT
DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE ~
Especially in School:
says a study from Canada's University of Alberta, where scientists evaluated 5,000 children. Students who ate more fruits and veggies and less calorie intake from fat and sugar, did better on their literacy tests than those eating foods high in sugar, salt and saturated fats. Parents take note: Ample fruits and vegetables, along with WHOLE grains, more fiber, protein, calcium, moderate fats (the right kind) and less sugar, have the potential to both improve a student's academic performance and long-term health. Parents: You can also benefit from a healthy diet too. Don't miss out.
HOW JUNKY IS JUNK FOOD?
TOO JUNKY!! Researchers found that parts of the brain linked to memory, learning and mental health are smaller in people who consume lots of fries, burgers, potato chips and soft drinks, etc. However, berries (especially delicious Blueberries, whole grains, nuts and green leafy veggies), can preserve brain function and slow mental decline. An interesting aside? Blueberries have even acquired the nickname of "Brainberries." So the next time you reach for a bag of chips, grab a handful of nuts or berries instead. Your brain might just remember to thank you - for a nice long time.
EXERCISE PLAYS A VALUABLE ROLE IN CONTROLLING BLOOD PRESSURE
According to Johns Hopkins research, experts recommend engaging in moderate physical activity for at least thirty minutes for five to seven days of the week. You do not need to push yourself to the point of discomfort to achieve the benefits. In a recent analysis of more than fifty trials, regular, moderate physical activity reduced blood pressure by an average of 4/3 mm Hg. When it comes to blood pressure lowering, aerobic exercise is very important. Aerobic exercise raises your pulse, expands your lungs, and works the heart and circulatory system. Some examples of aerobic exercise include walking, swimming, cycling, gardening, yard work, dancing, cleaning the house, tennis and playing golf (better when carrying your clubs without a cart). Need natural help? Talk to your doctor about Olive Leaf. This simple plant has been shown to help support lowered cholesterol, plus lower blood pressure and increased blood flow through the coronary arteries (by dilating them) - all good news for healthy heart function.
FAREWELL HEARTBURN ~
Now that all the eating and drinking and stress that acccompany holiday celebrations are over, if digestive and heartburn issues are still a problem for you, some health advisors tell us that a teaspoon of baking soda diluted in water prior to a big meal can help make the stomach become more alkaline and less likely to overreact. Whatever you do after a big meal, do not let carbohydrate overload or other foods put you to bed. Lying down will make indigestion worse, so use the power of gravity, and take a walk instead. This can help settle food and aid digestion. If indigestion gets the better of you, speak with your doctor about old-reliable Peppermint Leaf, which has been known for centuries by herbalists to help neutralize acids, ease heartburn and settle your stomach. Check it out, and see whether it is right for you.
FAT IS NO FRIEND ~ But You Knew That!
Fat in the body generates it own hormones, and excessive body weight (especially abdominal fat) can lead to increased levels of estrogen (and high levels have been linked to breast cancer). Research published in the esteemed Journal of Internal Medicine reported that consuming cruciferous vegetables can help to counteract excessive levels of estrogen. Cabbage, Cauliflower, Brussels Sprouts and Broccoli, etc., contain remarkable detoxifying, anti-cancer substances that bind up the estrogen and help elimiminate it from the body. They also contain indole-e-carbinol (indoles), which may have anti-carcinogenic effects, so think about looking to healthy Broccoli and other cruciferous veggies for an EXTRA BOOST - but NO EXTRA FAT. Read about these wonderful healthy veggie gifts from Nature and enjoy the benefits.
WE WISH ALL OUR VISITORS A JOYOUS WEEKEND AND LONG, HEALTHY LIFE.
INSOMNIA? Since it is often caused by stress, it is important to relax once you are in bed. The harder you try to sleep, the chances are you'll end up awake all night rather than falling asleep. Try some tips to promote a relaxing sleep: Make your bedroom comfortable. Update the decor with your favorite colors. Soundproof the room and hang dark curtains on the windows to keep out light. Buy a comfortable bed that is right for you. Wear loose-fitting sleep clothes. Make sure the bedroom temperature is just right (not too hot - not too cold). Don't have a lighted clock within view during the night to distract you. Don't turn your bedroom into an office: When you go to bed, be prepared to sleep. If there's something else to do, you won't be able to concentrate on sleep. DO NOT watch TV, talk on the phone, argue with anyone in the room, eat, read, or perform mundane tasks in bed. Speak with your doctor about the herbal approach:
Valerian Root is considered the best studied botanical sleep aid, and research shows that taking this herb 30-45 minutes before bedtime not only can help you fall asleep faster, but also improve sleep quality. Sound good? Then, it's something to think about.
WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU WORKED OUT YOUR BRAIN?
Just as you exercise your body, you should also exercise your gray matter to stay sharp and avoid mental decline. In fact, exerting your brain may even stave off dementia, Alzheimer's and memory loss. Get started: Tune up your fine co-ordination skills to improve body and mental dexterity. Play a sport that requires hand-eye co-ordination like ping-pong, or learn to knit; and once in awhile, try writing with your opposite hand. Keep your eyes and ears tuned: Your brain needs to keep its visual and auditory processing in top shape, so buy a book with pictorial puzzles, play a musical instrument and listen to books on tape. Do something new: Crosswords are great, but if you do them all the time, your brain won't stay in the learning mode it needs to prevent cognitive decline. Feed your brain: Eat antioxidant-rich vegetables and fruits like
Blueberry (often called the "Brainberry"), as well as foods rich in
Omega-3 Fatty Acids like flaxseeds or cold-water fish (tuna, salmon, etc.) that act like mental grease for the brain's complex machinery. Get those wheels turning - and keep them turning well for many, many more years.
READY FOR ANOTHER FUN QUIZ?
Did you know that Tarragon's botanical name, dracunculus, is derived from the Latin word, "Little Dragon," giving it several of its common names: "Dragon's Mugwort" and "Little Dragon"? To this was ascribed the power of curing the bites and stings of venomous beasts and mad dogs (having fun yet?). In the modern world, cooks know the value of its rich flavor, and herbalists find Tarragon Leaf to be indespensable for helping our digestive systems and stomach disorders like dyspepsia, flatulence, hiccups and general indigestion. It is also an old-time natural sedative and has been long used to help insomniacs by inducing sleep. Nature has certainly bestowed upon us so many gifts to keep us healthy while even pleasing our taste buds. Read about Tarragon's long-revered history and healthy uses.
DON'T GET SICK DURING THE HOLIDAYS (Or Any Day)
There are so many germs to avoid during the holidays (shopping malls, parties, eating out, entertaining), and we like to remind you that the best defense against germs is simple (but important) hand washing. Do it right: Wash with soap and warm/hot water (with a good lather) for at least twenty seconds. Make sure you thoroughly scrub your palms, fingers, wrists, nails (a nail brush is great) and the backs of your hands. Be sure to wash your hands before you cook, eat, touch your eyes or apply a bandage. Wash after you use the restroom, change a diaper, eat out, handle doorknobs or garbage, blow your nose, cough, clean up after a pet, as soon as you return home and especially after being in contact with someone who is sick. Holidays are a time for joy - not for sneezing, wheezing or curling up in bed. Enjoy Every Moment of
the Holiday Season in Good Health.
WANT A LONG LIFE?
Stay Calm, Busy and Organized. If you do, you may live a few more years than your anxious, depressed and angry peers, according to recent research from the National Institute on Ageing. In the study, those who scored above average for emotional stability, for staying active physically and mentally and for conscientiousness lived an average of two or three years longer than those with lower scores. The message is clear: Smile and Stay Busy, but don't forget to Rest awhile when you need it. If you need help, talk to your doctor about nature's beautiful
Passion Flower. It has helped many people over the years. Read and see how.
STAND UP AND BE COUNTED
Don't Just Sit There (especially for long periods of time): Take breaks every 20 to45 minutes to prevent strain. Stand up and walk around for a minute or two and stretch if possible. Try neck rolls from left to right and vice-versa. Do chin tucks and shoulder rolls. One Swedish study found that sitting upright increases the force on the spine by 140 percent, compared to standing. If you slump while sitting, the force on the spine is 185 percent. Sit properly by lining up your head over your shoulders and your shoulders over your hips. Rest on your "sitz" bones, which are the two bones in your rear-end (sit on your hands and you can feel them). Place your feet flat on the floor with your legs at a 90-degree angle, and try to bend back with your hands on your hips. Then grab onto the back of the chair and bend forward with your head down and keeping your spine straight. You should be able to get a few clicks of relief. Need extra help? Reliable old BOSWELLIA is a natural way to help with joint and muscle aches. Read and see why it is so popular.
TIMELY KITCHEN REMINDERS
Holiday season is always the time for lots of delicious, old-time traditional holiday recipes and even wonderful and varied exotic entertainment dishes. So, be careful not to let harmful bacteria make you sick. When cooking, use a few simple tips: Use a clean thermometer to cook food to their proper temperatures (all the way through), and be sure to know the correct temperatures that will effectively kill bacteria in differents foods. Cook eggs until the yolks and whites are firm, and do not use recipes that call for raw or only partially cooked eggs. Fish should be opaque and also flake easily with a fork. Be sure to refrigerate leftovers immediately, and when reheating sauces, soups or gravies, bring to a rolling boil, and also heat leftovers thoroughly to 165 degrees Faherenheit. Enjoy eating the festive holiday dishes, and enjoy good health at the same time. Happy, Safe Holidays To All!
WE REALLY CAN
ENJOY THE BUSY HOLIDAYS
BE SELECTIVE: Don't try to do everything. Choose which invitations to accept, and keep your schedule manageable. SLOW DOWN & ENJOY: Focus on activities that are relaxing, and take some time for yourself and your family. AVOID EMOTIONAL MINEFIELDS: Try to steer clear of problem family members or acquaintances at social gatherings and keep actions neutral. Don't fake affection, but don't bring up conflict. ASK FOR HELP: If you need support because of personal or health challenges, let others know. ENJOY FESTIVE MEALS (in moderation). Take small portions and if returning for seconds, choose veggies and salads. COOK HEALTHY: Adapt traditional or family recipes with healthy substitutes like trans-fat-free margarine instead of hydrogenated. Try delicious, healtlhy powdered Cinnamon as a sweetener. Add raisins or toasted nuts to cakes/cookies, rather than chocolate chips (sometimes). BURN CALORIES AND STRESS: Get the family together outdoors for after-dinner walks to enjoy the holiday decorations and lights. Finish the evening back home with warmed apple cider garnished with Cinnamon by a fireplace (if you have one) or simply enjoy your own holiday decorations together and happy - the best gift of all.
CHOLESTEROL TOO HIGH?
Lowering your cholesterol levels with a healthy lifestyle can significantly lower your risk for heart attack and stroke, so follow a few diet hints to help control your cholesterol: Maintain a healthy weight. Follow a low-fat diet. Replace saturated fats (red meats, dairy products, shortening and coconut oil) with fish, mono-unsaturated fats, vegetable oils, Olive Leaf, nuts and seeds. Eat only small amounts of high cholesterol foods like egg yolks. Add more daily fiber to your diet (fruits, vegetables, whole grains). Eat a serving of fish each week with essential
Omega-3 Fatty Acids, (already shown to lower "LDL" (bad) cholesterol levels. Watch that diet, and then watch those cholesterol levels drop - and your good health rise.
HOLIDAY SEASON? IT'S HERE!
Plan Ahead to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain and Follow Some Tips: Eating regular meals and snacks every day makes it easier to resist overdoing it at festive events. At parties fill your plate with lower-calorie dishes to limit high-calorie splurges. The following picks have fewer calories, fat, sodium and are higher in fiber than other holiday fare: Whole Grains like wild rice, whole-wheat rolls and quinoa. Salad Greens (very lightly dressed). Steamed Seafood (shrimp or lobster). Plain or Lightly-dressed Vegetables. Meat or Poultry (without gravy). Fresh Fruit. When you occasionally skimp on meals because you are busy shopping, wrapping or baking, nosh on a protein-packed snack like reduced-fat cheese or low- or non-fat yogurt, and don't forget to Drink Water to blunt your hunger before gathering with family and friends. Start the New Year right by starting it healthy!
GRIN AND SHARE IT: YOUR SMILE
TARGET? YOUR TEETH! Follow these few easy oral health tips to save that big smile. Visit your dentist regularly. Brush your teeth at least twice daily (don't forget your tongue). Floss at least once daily to get rid of plaque buildup. If you have frequent bad breath, tell your doctor or dentist (it can signal gum disease or serious health problem). Drink plenty of water and cut back on sugary snacks (they promote decay) and caffeine (promotes dry mouth). You may be interested to know that Green Tea has demonstrated antibacterial activity that helps to reduce plaque, periodontitis, dental caries and minimize bad breath. Green Tea supports lots of good health, and that means lots of good smiles
TOO EMBARRASSED TO EXERCISE?
You may be afraid
you won’t fit in with the “beautiful people,” but in reality, you will probably find people of every size, shape and age. Focus on similarities, not comparisons: Everyone is there for the same reason - to get fit and healthy. Start small (observe a class; many gyms let you do this for free, to see if you’ll be comfortable). Go with a friend (you can encourage each other).
Keep your schedule flexible (avoid crowds by asking staff which times are less busy). Exercise at home (if you are certain the gym isn’t for you, try a beginner’s Exercise DVD). Even if you start with a walk after dinner, just be sure to get some exercise.
It’s particularly important during holiday big meals. Ask your doctor about Magnolia Bark for natural weight management help.
SMOKING - IN BAD TASTE?
Steer clear of your early morning 'java jolt' and your evening cocktail if you are seriously trying to stop smoking, advises a Duke University study. Coffee, alcohol and even meat were shown to favorably enhance cigarette flavor for study participants (not good); while (unfortunately) fruits, dairy and vegetables made the same cigarette taste terrible and more unpleasant - BUT did you know that Plantain may be helpful for smokers who really wish to "quit the habit" by including it in a gargle? That's good news: Check it out.
NO CRYSTAL BALL NEEDED
Druids used the stems of the colorful Yarrow plant to foretell the weather; and in China Yarrow stems were used to see into the future and acquire wisdom. You don't have to be a clairvoyant to know what the sages have understood for thousands of years: Yarrow is a healer of wounds (managing hemorrhages and infection), a tonic for the gastrointestinal system (easing indigestion, flatulence and dyspepsia), a system purifier, AND it is greatly
respected by herbalists to manage large amounts of fat (lipids) in the blood and high blood pressure.
Did those Druids know something we should know?
A FUN BOTANICAL QUIZ
What plant family is associated with the Lemon Balm plant? If you answered Citrus - Ooops - you'd be wrong. If you thought Lemon Balm is
a member of the citrus family, think again! Surprise! It is a member of the mint family.
The name, Lemon, describes the plant's 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 palpations (caused by anxiety).
Known as “The Calming Herb,” and one of the most fragrant of herbs, it is used to relax muscle tension without daytime drowsiness. Read about it and see why it is so popular.
HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF
It's interesting to note that cardiovascular disease has been affecting civilization for thousands of years, and modern practitioners of India’s ancient and still highly respected Ayurvedic medicine already understand many of its timeless principles, including
arteriosclerosis, already described in ancient medical treatises as “coating and obstructing channels” by fatty streaks in blood vessels and still prescribe a rich amber-like resin that oozes from the Gum Guggul (Commiphora makul) tree. Modern research has confirmed that this ancient botanical member of the Frankincense family may still help support lower serum cholesterol and triglycerides (check with the doctor for natural help).
SOMEONE IN THE HOUSE WITH SNIFFLES?
Germs that cause colds are easy to spread, and sick people leave them on common objects like door handles, TV remotes, light switches, salt/pepper shakers, refrigerator and dishwasher handles, phones and faucets, where they can live for several days. Cold germs survive for two days or longer in hotel rooms after guests leave and are picked up by the next person checking in. Controlled tests found that more than half the participants who were in contact with common mucus-contaminated surfaces came down with rhinovirus 48 hours after touching the objects. Don't forget waiting rooms where there are sacks of toys with potential germs. With flu season descending, speak with your doctor about flu shots for the whole family and also some natural botanical help to stimulate the body's resistance to infection with Echinacea Purpurea
and Elderberry when feeling a common cold or flu coming on.
You're working against a deadline at work, your love life is in crisis, and everyone needs something - now. Stress can be contagious. People with heightened sensitivity especially can be set off by someone else’s mood, so protect yourself from stress infection by having calm-down strategies in place and ready when stress threatens. If someone’s behavior is affecting you, let him/her know how you’re feeling without being accusatory. Resist the fix-it urge, and support the stressed person by listening (don’t try to solve the problems). Exercise ~ Eat regular, balanced meals ~ Get enough sleep ~ Breathe deeply ~ Talk things out ~ Take a walk ~ Do something happy for yourself every day. Think about natural relaxing herbs like Valerian Root to relieve tension, anxiety, irritability, nervous exhaustion and stress. Sometimes we all need help.
DEEP BREATHING CHASES STRESS
Breathing is such a fundamental part of our lives,
but stress can interfere with it in negative ways by shortening our breathing, making it shallower, and breathing with our chest more (which constricts air and blood flow). But we like to remind everyone that engaging in deep abdominal breathing can counteract many of the body’s physical reactions to stress, such as lowering heart rate, releasing muscle tension, and lowering blood pressure. It’s also great for stimulating a relaxation response for a calmer, less stressed you. This Monday (and whenever you feel stressed) breath in and out slowly to help you feel instantly better and lower your stress levels! Sit or lie down in a comfortable spot, close your eyes, and take a few moments to breathe regularly, allowing your body to slow down. Place one hand on your chest and the other on your belly. Inhale deeply through your nose for a count of four, making sure your belly is expanding and not your chest. Exhale for a count of four, breathing out stale air, stress and anything you want to leave behind. Continue this breathing cycle for a few minutes, keeping your breath even and smoother. Feel better now?
A buildup of belly fat in middle age isn't uncommon, but is isn't healthy either. The National Institutes of Health found that women who pumped iron only twice a week (machines or free weights) prevented or slowed unhealthy fat accumulation around the midsection, which is linked to heart disease and other ailments. Strength training also helps relieve arthritis, improves balance, reduces falls, strengthens bones, helps control weight, manages blood sugar, improves sleep and boosts self esteem. Something to think about, Ladies: Good health and a toned midsection - Looking Good, Girls.
AN HERBAL TEA...For Digestion?
The Chamomile plant is widely used for multiple ailments. Naturalists tell us that whether it is taken in easy supplements or infused in a warming, soothing tea,
Chamomile helps to soothe digestive problems such as upset stomach, IBS, colitis, dyspepsia, gas, colic and nausea, as well as anxiety, stress and insomnia (sounds good!). Remember, however, that people who have allergies to
some plants or flowers like daisies, asters or ragweed may possibly be allergic to Chamomile, so always discuss your use of all supplements and meds with your doctor before trying anything new.
KNOW THE SKIN YOU ARE IN ..ALWAYS
Examine your skin carefully at least once a month. It takes only ten minutes to do a self-examination to check for any changes on the skin. See a dermatologist for any potential skin problems that develop, such as discolorations or growths. Protect your skin and choose a sunscreen with SPF of 15 or higher, and use it all year-round. Clouds do not protect you from ultraviolet ray exposure. Take Vitamin C, a key ingredient for keeping skin plump and moist and reducing damage to ageing skin after exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. Take a look at natural help with Avocado. In supplements or as a food, Avocado fights the ravages of age, sun and wind damage as it softens and smoothes the skin. Don’t neglect your skin - Ever!
"WE STEEP TO CONQUER"
According to the National Cancer Center in Tokyo, Japan, drinking Green Tea can stall prostate cancer’s progress. The researchers found that men who drink five or more cups of Green Tea daily were half as likely to get advanced prostate cancer (the type that spreads beyond localized disease) than those who sipped less than a cup per day. The study authors credit powerful compounds called catechins in Green Tea and Green Tea extract that control the levels of testosterone linked to advanced disease.
GOLF...LINKS TO GOOD HEALTH
Want to make your next round on the links healthier?
Forego the cart, carry your golf clubs and burn at least 350 calories an hour. Health experts say that walking is the most beneficial way to increase the health benefits of golf. If you’re not used to golf shoes and have trouble walking in them, wear comfortable athletic shoes with good support. Enjoy the sport and be rewarded with its health benefits.
PROTECT YOUR KIDNEYS, PROSTATE, BLADDER & URINARY TRACT
Drink plenty of fluids, stay active and maintain a healthy weight. If you smoke, quit, and ask for a urinalysis during doctor's visits to give your doctor valuable information about your overall kidney, bladder and prostate health. Check out natural help with an old reliable botanical like Hydrangea for urinary tract support. It has a long history of promoting a healthy prostate and urinary tract. Hydrangea stimulates the kidneys to release retained fluids, helping to fight against harmful urinary, bladder and kidney inflammation and infection. Hydrangea also supports kidney-related backache relief while working to expel kidney and bladder stones. Watch those painkillers: Over-the-counter painkillers like aspirin, acetaminophen and ibuprofen can harm your kidneys if taken long term. Speak with the doctor about it, and discuss Hydrangea’s natural help too.
HEART DISEASE is a woman's biggest health risk...so know the symptoms: shortness of breath, unexplained indigestion, extreme fatigue, chest pains or constriction, shooting pains that travel up to the neck, left arm/shoulder, jaw or back, sweating, nausea, vomiting, palpitation, dizziness.
You’re at greater risk post menopause and if you smoke, you are overweight, have high blood pressure, high cholesterol or a diabetes family history. Know Your Numbers: Get blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol tested regularly. Exercise, Eat Sensibly (the Mediterranean diet with Olive Oil, Omega-3 Fatty Acids-rich fish, Garlic,Whole Grains, and Tomato is best). Take your vitamins, and check out some heart-friendly supplements like Olive Leaf with your doctor - AND don’t forget to take time out to relax. By the way, this advice works for men too (something to ponder).
AUTUMN LEAF WATCHING ADVENTURES
ON THE HORIZON?
If you're travelling distances, lengthy drives can be great fun (but stressful too); thus, your immune system may not be at its best. Furthermore when travelling, you may be exposed to unfamiliar germs. So, in order to travel well (and return home healthy), why not try the old reliable Echinacea before you leave (even a week earlier if you can), and continue taking it while you are away from home. It’s a oldtimer with a great reputation. Have fun and enjoy the sights. It's always nicer when you're feeling great.
COLD AND FLU SEASON IS HERE
Fight It Naturally ~ Cold season officially begins in late August or early September (according to statistics) and then becomes progressively worse and lasts all the way until late March or early April. That means you and your family are at risk today and every day for quite a few months. Fortunately, there is a well-known way to help shorten the duration of your misery if you do begin to develop a cold. At the very first sign of a cold or flu virus, a regimen of natural botanicals - Elderberry and Echinacea Purpurea may be as effective as the anti-viral drug Tamiflu® for early treatment of flu - according to a brand-new clinical trial. Don't forget your flu shot too.
RECOGNIZE HEART FAILURE SYMPTOMS
....and take note of ANY of the following:Shortness of Breath during rest, exercise or while lying flat. Weight Gain - Visible Swelling of Legs and Ankles due to a buildup of fluid - Abdominal Pain or Occasional Abdominal Bloating - Fatigue and Weakness - Loss of Appetite - Nausea - Persistent Cough.
If any of these symptoms seem familiar to you, it’s time to ring the doctor and get a diagnosis. Don’t forget to discuss diet and helpful botanicals, like Grapeseed Extract (with the important Resvertrol) which is used to support cardiac and vascular health.
BED DOWN FOR BEAUTY ~
Beauty Needs Sleep
Getting enough sleep helps your skin look brighter and fresh (and younger).
Sleep can help prevent dark circles under your eyes, and it also gives the rest of your body a chance to recharge. On the other hand,
lack of sleep can change your hormone levels and metabolism in many of the same ways that ageing does. So shoot for a solid eight (maybe even nine) hours of shut-eye every night. Having trouble? Try natural therapy with some gentle Chamomile or “Nature’s Tranquilizer,” Passion Flower.
When trying to lower your bad (LDL) cholesterol,
Omega-3 Fatty Acids, found in fish, can be of great help in meals with salmon, albacore tuna, sardines and halibut or also in Omega-3 fish oil supplements - all of which are rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids and can also support reduced
triglycerides in the blood. If you are taking your Omega-3s in fish meals, aim for eight ounces per week, and bake or grill the fish - don’t fry it - to keep it healthy.
HEART ATTACK RECOVERY HELP?
Good News for Heart Attack patients: New research from scientists at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital found that large doses of Omega-3 Fatty Acids from fish oil can help recovery from a heart attack. Pointing out that the heart's shape and function may be "remodeled" after a heart attack, they note that in clinical trials, Omega-3 consumption improved heart function, adding that the findings show that Omega-3 Fatty Acids are a safe and effective treatment in improving cardiac "remodeling." Good News Indeed!
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.
A FUN HISTORY and HEALTH QUIZ:
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.
NEW USES FOR 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.
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.
OOOPS! 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).
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.
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.