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HERBAL EXTRACTS PLUS INFORMATION.

Herbal Extracts Plus extends our warmest welcome to you, our friends (old and new) and longtime patrons! Having previously supplied fine botanicals and natural nutrients since 1995, our company now provides our rich storehouse of accumulated valuable health information. This includes current and previous scientific research and university studies, history and folk use, clinical trials and common usage of herbs, spices and natural supplements....and how alternative therapy using natural substances and lifestyle habits can enhance your health  right now - and maintain it for many years to come....the natural way.

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NEW RESEARCH ~

Red Wine Compound (RESVERATROL)

Can Reset Infertility Hormones ~

 

Resveratrol may help tackle a hormone disparity in women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), a common condition that can cause infertility.

Resveratrol is the powerful (and often extracted for therapeutic management) compound found in abundant quantities in Red Wine, Red Wine Grapes, Red Grape Skin and Seeds, Pomegranate and other dark red/purple/blue fruits and even some nuts; and because the compound also has anti-inflammatory properties, it is well known for many beneficial health qualities. According to a study conducted by scientists from the University of California and Poland’s Poznan University, Red Wine’s Extract (Resveratrol) can help tackle a hormone disparity in women with PolyCystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), a common condition that can cause infertility and provoke over-production of testosterone, and which has also been found to affect about 6-8% of women of reproductive age. Other hormones such as DeHydro-EpiAnrosterone Sulphate (DHEAS) are also produced in excess, and these elevated levels can contribute to irregular or absent menstrual periods, infertility or excess hair on the face and body. Moreover, those afflicted also have a higher risk of developing diabetes. In the randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, baseline testosterone and other hormone levels were determined by blood samples taken at the beginning and end of the study. Oral glucose tolerance tests were also taken at the start and end of the study to assess diabetes risk factors. In the study, which was designed to evaluate endocrine and metabolic effects of Resveratrol on PCOS, the participants were divided into two groups who received either 1,500 mg of extracted Resveratrol or a placebo administered daily. At the end of the three-month study, the scientists found that testosterone levels fell by 23.1% in women who took the Resveratrol supplement; but in contrast, testosterone levels rose 2.9% in the placebo group. DHEAS dipped 22.2% in the Resveratrol group, while DHEAS levels rose 10.5% in the placebo group. The researchers noted that several possible Resveratrol mechanisms can be considered, including the improvement of insulin sensitivity with consequent reduction of insulin levels, adding that their study was the first clinical trial to find Resveratrol significantly reduced ovarian and adrenal androgens, PCOS patients' levels of testosterone as well as DHEAS. Furthermore, they concluded that “This nutritional supplement (Resveratrol) can help moderate the hormone imbalance that is one of the central features of PCOS."

Sources: NutraIngredients-USA and the Oxford Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism

For complete research and study details, read the full article:

 

Red Wine Compound Can Reset Infertility Hormones

 


Read other, interesting research about the many health benefits of

Red Wine’s Extract

 

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IT'S THYME

FOR A HISTORY LESSON

 

Did you know that ancient Romans and Greeks burned Thyme to fumigate and decontaminate their rooms? It's true; the powerful Thymol component in Thyme, which is so remarkably effective against bacteria and fungi, was even used throughout history for embalming - and also to preserve meats and botanical specimens. In the Middle Ages a tea made from Thyme leaves was believed to prevent nightmares. In World War One, Thyme - with Thymol's potent natural antibacterial and disinfectant effects - was widely used as an antiseptic to treat soldiers' wounds (check out your LIsterine bottle ingredients to see antiseptic Thymol's important position). Today, Thyme is still indespensible in the kitchen and in your herbal closet as a powerful natural antiseptic, antibacterial and disinfectant that supports the gastrointestinal system and good digestion. Isn't it Thyme for you to keep that natural wonder on hand?

 

 

FEBRUARY IS NATIONAL HEART MONTH

Being heart healthy is important no matter what day or month it is. U.S. Centers for Disease Control report approximately 600,000 Americans die each year from heart disease, the leading cause of death of both men and women in the U.S.A. It's time to take heart disease seriously right NOW. Stop Smoking, Keep Your Weight Down, Exercise Daily (Aerobic is considered best for heart health, but walking, gardening, cleaning house, shopping for groceries, running errands also work. Eat Healthy:NO processed meats (cured, salted, fermented or smoked) - and fried or fast foods all accelerate heart disease. Eat lots of fruits and veggies; they contain dietary fiber that can significantly lower risk for heart disease. Barley and Oats also reduce the risk, and one weekly cold-water fish meal (salmon, tuna, mackerel, etc.) can reduce the risk by half. Grab a handful of nuts (especially walnuts or almonds). Dark Chocolate- Cocoa (not too much) can also support heart health. Limit Alcohol and finally, Stop Sitting So Much (get up and walk around). Make every month healthy for your heart, and the months will turn into happy, healthy years.

WINTER HOLIDAY DRIVE?

Don't Forget Snacking On The Go: If you're between meals, but still hours away from your destination (and possibly with hungry kids in the back of the car), don't give them potato chips or sweets. Instead, think healthy (and easy): Pack Fruits: Bananas, Grapes, Apples and unsweetened applesauce and fruit cups. Fill small re-sealable bags with their favorite whole-grain cereals and/or raisins or unsalted, small-sized chopped nuts. Kids love them, and they are healthy. Dress Up Veggies: Fill celery sticks with peanut butter or cut up carrot sticks for tasty munching. Hit The Trail: Mix a little low-fat granola with unsalted almonds and/or peanuts, raisins or fresh dried cranberries for your own trail mix. You'll have a carload of happy (and healthy) campers. And don't forget to make routine stops along the way for other needs and to stretch your legs for awhile. Happy Trails To All.

SUFFER FROM ALLERGIES?

Allergies can be with us all year 'round - and most people suffer from some kind of allergy. Happily, however, there are a few easy tips that can be very helpful and provide some relief. ELIMINATE COMMON FOOD SENSITIVITES or ALLERGENS from your diet for two weeks to see whether it makes a difference in your allergic responses, (i.e., Cut Out gluten, dairy, yeast, eggs, corn, soy and nuts). CLEAN HOUSE: Get Rid of Dust Collectors, i.e., heavy drapes, fluffy carpets, stuffed animals (often overlooked), and make an extra effort to keep your bedroom extra clean and dust free. USE AN AIR FILTER in the area where you spend the most time. CHECK FOR MOLD, and get professional help if needed. Try to EAT ORGANIC FOODS to minimize toxins. DRINK STEAM-DISTILLED WATER. TAKE PROBIOTICS to help maintain good bacteria in the gut and work to reduce allergies. Talk to your doctor about natural therapy, such as anti-allergenic and antihistamine Quercetin or Nettle, which have been known to reduce allergy symptoms.

THINK GREEN & YELLOW?

More Interesting Good News About BANANAS (this time in your garden):

According to the New Jersey Department of Human Services, Bananas are not only amazing for your health, they can also be good for your roses. If your roses are covered with aphids, carefully drape Banana skins over the branches (watching out for thorns). It is said that in about a day, the aphids will begin to disappear. It's worth a try - and you'll also benefit from eating and enjoying a Banana.

GO BANANAS ~

Research indicates that two Bananas can provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. More than that Banana may help overcome or inhibit a number of illnesses or conditions. Recent tests showed that people suffering from mild depression felt much better after consuming tryptophan-rich Banana. High in iron, Banana may stimulate production of hemoglobin in blood and may help in cases of anemia. Also, high in potassium and B-vitamins (but low in salt), Banana may even support lower blood pressure levels, normalize heartbeat and potentially improve heart health - plus send oxygen to the brain (helping alertness), regulate bodily water balance, ease stress and calm the nervous system. If you don't have a fresh Banana, talk to your doctor about Banana in natural supplemental form.

PREVENTING COLDS May Be As Easy As VITAMIN ZZZZZZs.

Sleeping less than seven hours a night greatly raises the risk of catching a cold, according to a Carnegie Mellon University study. Those who slept eight or more hours a night were less likely to get sick than those who slept less, whose risk was trebled. Lack of sleep can impair the immune system and the body's ability to fight off the viruses causing colds and flu. Previous research has suggested that people who sleep seven to eight hours a night have the lowest rates of heart disease, but until recently, there has been little direct evidence that getting a good night's sleep can help ward off a cold.The quality of sleep also appeared to be important. The researchers believe that lack of good quality sleep disturbs key chemicals produced by the immune system to fight infection. Other research from the University of Cardiff (Wales) confirmed that sleep and the immune system were closely linked, indicating that the immune system can control the sleep-wake pattern, and lack of sleep or sleep disturbance may depress the immune response to infection, concluding that there is now enough evidence that lack of sleep or poor sleep will reduce our resistance to colds and flu. Give your immune system a natural boost with some Elderberry fruit in your diet. Read and see how.

MASSAGE BENEFITS MORE THAN JUST YOUR BODY ~

If you think that message is only a luxury and not something that your body actually needs, you may be mistaken. Massage has real physical, mental and emotional benefits that relieve stress, promote relaxation and ease muscle tension. Although there are many types of message - lighter touch, deep pressure, those targeting feet, hands or shoulders, hot and cold stone, Reiki, etc. - the overall benefits are all similar: they enhance calm thinking and creativity, improve circulation, alleviate stress and muscle stiffness, ease discomfort during pregnancy and increase awareness of the mind-body connection. Massage is a wonderful opportunity to give yourself time and space - just for YOU!

EXTRA SLEEP IS FOUND TO LOWER

A SPECIFIC HEART RISK ~

Need another reason to get a good night's sleep? Sleeping an extra hour a night may help control coronary artery calcification, a major risk factor for heart disease. The effect, reported in the Journal of The American Medical Association, was so strong that researchers concluded that one extra hour of sleep was the equivalent of lowering systolic blood pressure to a normal 120 from 136. In the control group, studied over five years, those who averaged that extra hour of sleep every night reduced their risk of calcification by about one third. Lesson? Get those Zzzzzzz's - starting tonight.

PARENTS OF CHILDREN WITH AD/HD

Always Speak With Your Child's Pediatrician about diet or supplements to ensure your child gets proper nutrition and dosage, since nutrition choices may help symptoms. Essential Fatty Acids may be one fat that may be helpful for your child, as it has been said to be a potential key to unlock an AD/HD child's brain, as it is aso noted that children with learning disorders, including attention deficit and hyperactivity disorders, often have an Essential Fatty Acid deficiency. Omega-3 Fatty Acids from fish, Flaxseeds and Nuts are great sources. Avoid foods with MSG, nitrates or yellow or red food coloring, and any foods high in sugar. Discuss Vitamin-B, which has been linked with increaased neural activity and reduced stress - both useful for children with AD/HD. Good food sources can be whole grain cereals, breads, brown rice, fish, some meats, nuts, milk, eggs, fruits and leafy green vegetables. Choose some protein: Small portions of protein throughout the day (plus breakfast, lunch, dinner) evenly sustain energy. Offer string cheese wraped in whole grain bread or an egg, low-fat, plain yogurt with a banana for sweetness. After school, offer nuts, seeds, brown-rice cakes spread with hummus or any nut butters (check for allergies), such as cashews or peanut butter. Check everything with the doctor before proceeding.

'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.

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.

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.

WANT A LONG LIFE?

PERSONALITY COUNTS

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. .

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.

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.

STILL STRESSED?

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.

JELLY BELLY?

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.

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.

PROTECT YOUR KIDNEYS, PROSTATE, BLADDER & URINARY TRACT

(from INFLAMMATION)

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.

GIRL TALK?

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).

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 orNature’s Tranquilizer, Passion Flower.



 
 


 

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NEED IDEAS TO HELP

DEAL WITH BACK PAIN?

 

Try these: Wear Sensible Shoes (alternate between flats and two-inch heels, and wear well-fitting athletic shoes during your leisure time). Lose Excess Weight (a bad back and extra pounds are a bad combo, so slim down, and your back will thank you). Don’t Sleep On Your Back (Lie on your side with a pillow tucked between your knees, and avoid sleeping on your stomach). Take A Load Off (a heavy shoulder bag more than five pounds is too heavy. Unload unnecessary items, and switch the bag from shoulder to shoulder). If pain strikes, apply an ice pack for no more than twenty minutes; after 48 hours, try a heating pad. Try To Conduct Your Normal Activities (bed rest of four days can actually aggravate your condition). Try Natural White Willow Bark (it’s a great anti-inflammatory and painkiller for backache - including lower back pain - and nature's own gift to us and our pain-free backs).

 

BELLS ARE RINGING ~ SLEEP IS THE ULTIMATE SCHOOL SUPPLY

Start the school year off right by getting your kids back on a healthy sleep schedule! Go to bed at the same time each night and get a consistent amount of sleep. Young people’s growing bodies need a good eight (to ten) hours of sound sleep a night for good brain function and good overall health. A good night's sleep costs nothing, but pays huge dividends.

WANT TO HURT YOUR BRAIN?

MISS OUT ON SLEEP ~

You do a few things you know you shouldn’t (don't we all?). But some of those bad habits can take a toll on your brain. For example, lack of sleep may be a cause of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease (not good!). It's best to have regular sleeping hours. If you have trouble with sleep, don’t eat junk foods and avoid alcohol, caffeine and electronics in the evening - and start a soothing bedtime ritual. A nice warm bath and some Chamomile or Passion Flower are always soothing.

TV Prime Time DOES NOT MEAN

Prime Snack Time

Avoid munching in front of the television this week. It’s harder to keep track of how much you’re eating when you are preoccupied with entertainment (and plopped in a comfy seat). Remember: The pounds will add up - and snacks usually contain too much salt and fat, which only add to the health problem. Let this week be the beginning of better snacking habits and better health - and a better waistline.

CURB YOUR CHOLESTEROL ~

High cholesterol is one of the major risks for heart disease. If your levels are higher than they should be, try some hints from medical health experts: Check your numbers with a simple blood test to determine if your cholesterol levels are too high. Cut back on saturated fat (less than 7% of total daily calories). Avoid all trans fats, and Stock up on healthy foods: (fruits, veggies, whole grains and foods rich in OMEGA-3 Fatty Acids, i.e., unsalted walnuts and almonds, salmon or Omega-3-rich fish oil supplements, FLAXSEEDS or Brussels Sprouts. A healthy heart needs healthy foods). Get active: Exercise at least thirty minutes daily (you can do it in three, easy ten-minute segments). Lose weight: Being active and watching your diet can help. Dropping even five to ten pounds can lower cholesterol - and don’t forget to Stop Smoking.

ANNUAL GERM ALERT!

Now that the kids are back at school, remind them that Handwashing is a quick, easy (and best) way to cut down on the spread of infections. Colds, flu, ear infections, strep throat, food-borne illness and diarrhea are spread by unwashed, or poorly washed, hands. Most bacteria and viruses infect a person after entering the b

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