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Curcumin may help reverse decreases in gut bacteria diversity after ovariectomy, according to recent science.


According to findings demonstrated in a recent study conducted by scientists in China from the Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, Beijing, the Institute of Basic Theory in the Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, also in Beijing, and the School of Pharmaceutical Science in the Dalian University of Technology, Curcumin, the active ingredient in Turmeric (which is also often called Curcumin) - the important spice and very healthy food nutrient - may help to reverse harmful decreases in gut bacteria. Curcumin had previously demonstrated weight-gain prevention effects in earlier studies in menopausal rats. The researchers wondered whether possible changes in gut microbial composition induced by Curcumin might be involved - an aspect that had not been investigated until this study. Thus, using animal models in the present study, all of which had their ovaries removed (ovariectomy), one group of subjects (laboratory rats) were fed Curcumin-Turmeric for twelve weeks after undergoing the ovariectomy, and after which they showed a greater and healthier gut microbiome diversity than the other placebo group, which had been administered a distilled water placebo, and which had also undergone the ovariectomy, but which showed reduced gut bacterial diversity, compared to the Curcumin-fed group that displayed significantly different (better) numbers of seven bacterial genera. Estrogen deficiency induced by ovariectomy caused changes in the distribution and structure of intestinal microflora in the animal models, and the results showed that Curcumin could partially reverse changes in the diversity of gut microbiota. Previous studies in both menopausal women and animals have displayed significant changes to microbiome composition after ceasing ovulation. Additionally, a higher Firmicutes-Bacteroidetes ratio has been associated with obesity in humans. Interestingly, in previous studies, Curcumin, the active ingredient of Turmeric, had already demonstrated weight-gain prevention effects in menopausal rats. The researchers wondered whether possible changes in gut microbial composition induced by Curcumin might be involved - an aspect that had not been investigated until this study, since consistent with previous studies, the placebo group rats displayed significant weight gain compared with the Curcumin group. In fact, Curcumin supplementation prevented this weight gain, and the scientists also observed two other potentially beneficial effects of Curcumin. The Curcumin group showed lower levels of a bacterium that has been linked with pre-natal stress and age-related macular degeneration. Additionally, the researchers found that Curcumin lowered the abundance of Helicobacter pyloriae bacterium responsible for stomach ulcers, but the scientists also proposed that more research is needed to explore the relationship between H. pylori, menopause and Curcumin. The small group number size of subjects (eighteen) is a limitation of the study. However, if results are replicated in subsequent larger animal trials, it may well justify future human intervention trials with Curcumin as a possible therapeutic agent to prevent post-menopausal weight gain and also to maintain gut health.


Sources: U.S. National Institutes of Health and NutraIngredients







For further important study details, read the full article:


Could Curcumin Benefit Gut Diversity And Prevent Post-Menopausal Weight Gain?








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And is always important to remember a Recipe for Safe Cooking during the entire busy festive season to follow: Stay in the kitchen when preparing the turkey and other foods, and keep an eye on the stove/oven. Keep the oven door closed (children may climb on it and tip the stove or get burned). Wear short or close-fitting sleeves (loose clothing can catch fire). Watch the children closely, and when the children are old enough, teach them to cook safely. Clean cooking surfaces to prevent food and grease buildup. Keep curtains, towels and potholders away from hot surfaces. Turn pot handles inward to prevent food spills and burns. Store solvents and flammables away from heat sources, and never keep gasoline anywhere in the house. When all is ready to serve, sit down and enjoy all the delicious foods you have prepared safely and enjoy the happy faces of the family and guests for this wonderful meal and a Wonderful Thanksgiving for all our blessings.



Being overweight places a strain on the heart and increases 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 fatty foods and added sugars, while increasing fruits, vegetables, lean protein, and fiber. Even losing 10 pounds can make a difference. If you need help (don't we all?), talk to your doctor about Being overweight places a strain on the heart and increases 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 fatty foods and added sugars, while increasing fruits, vegetables, lean protein, and fiber. Even losing 10 pounds can make a difference. If you need help (don't we all?), talk to your doctor about Glucomannan, a calorie free natural plant fiber that helps to remove fat from the colon wall and gently cleanse the intestines . It also increases bulk in the stomach (and intestines) and gives dieters a feeling of fullness, which can help reduce the appetite and assist in weight loss programs. Read about its many healthful benefits, and be amazed.


If you are travelling lengthy distances to follow the annual leaf changing beauty, remember that long drives can be great fun (but stressful too); thus, your immune system may be stressed and not at its best. Furthermore, when travelling, you may be exposed to unfamiliar germs. So, in order to travel well (and return home happy and healthy), why not try good 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 an old timer with a great reputation. Have fun and enjoy nature's heavenly sights. Great fun times are always more fun when you're feeling Great.


Follow a 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 (get rid of plaque buildup). If you have frequent bad breath, tell your doctor or dentist (it can signal gum disease or a serious health condition). Drink plenty of water, and cut back on sugary snacks that promote decay and also too much caffeine, which will also promote dry mouth. Massage your gums occasionally (stimulates circulation), and did you know that Green Tea has demonstrated antibacterial activity that helps reduce plaque, periodontitis, dental caries and even minimize bad breath? It is true, so why not read about Green Tea and be amazed at its wonderful benefits.


For Your Health ~  For Your Life ~

Scientific evidence has proved that secondhand smoke has the same effect on nonsmokers as well as being a smoker with its known cancer-causing agents. For Pregnant Women? Secondhand smoke deprives the fetus of oxygen, leading to low birth weight, abnormal brain development and increased risk for miscarriages and stillbirths. For Older Adults? Those being exposed to secondhand smoke for 30+ years are thirty perce...nt more likely to develop dementia, and it is also very dangerous for Elderly People, as heart attack risk rises after just a half hour of exposure because it causes arteries to stiffen and blood to thicken. Babies are at a great risk for sudden infant death (SIDS). Secondhand smoke weakens children’s lungs, making them prone to asthma, bronchitis and pneumonia, as well as middle ear infections and colds. Thus, A NON-SMOKING HOME WILL BENEFIT THE WHOLE FAMILY'S HEALTH - and your stained walls and ceilings and smoky furniture and clothing will also see an improvement - A HAPPY ENDING: EVERYBODY IS A WINNER WHEN THE SMOKE DISAPPEARS AND GOOD HEALTH STAYS WITH US......for a nice long time.


Did you know that many headaches are caused by your teeth? Recent research indicates that temporo-mandibular joint syndrome (TMJ) may be the source of painful headaches, including migraines. Instead of reaching for nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen or aspirin, etc., why not try some Chondroitin Sulfate to cushion, lubricate, soothe and promote elasticity in sore joints. When taken in conjunction WITH Glucosamine Sulfate (which can provide pain relief to ease the discomforts of TMJ), its beneficial effects as an anti-inflammatory are enhanced. Speak with your doctor for advice and read about their interesting benefits.


If you are planning a trip, be sure to eat healthy when you arrive at your destination: Eat and drink in moderation (share a restaurant dinner with your companion or child and do not waste calories on ho-hum dinner rolls and potatoes; you will feel more energized with fewer calories). If in a hotel, get a room with a refrigerator and microwave, so you can make your own healthy breakfasts and lunches. Keep healthy snacks handy. Ask for raw carrots instead of fries with meals (including meals for children). Watch those treats (skip dessert if you had ice cream in the afternoon). At dinnertime, try the local specialties, but be careful of highly seasoned, fried or fatty foods that may repeat during the night. The wrong food choices while on holiday can leave you feeling lethargic and bloated, fatten up your waistline, increase blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure levels - and generally make the trip less enjoyable. Do not forget to drink lots of pure water, and do not forget to take your medicines. Have a great time and a healthy time. Enjoy.


We all know about the foods that are bad for our teeth, but there are plenty of great healthy and delicious foods that are good for our chompers and for our smiles. We can help rebuild enamel with yogurt, milk and cheese (good sources of calcium). Cauliflower, Cranberry, Spinach, Lettuce and Broccoli are sources of minerals that create a protective film on teeth to help thwart stains from coffee, colas, spaghetti sauce or red wine, etc., from penetrating enamel. Boost your enamel with Grapefruit (helps decrease gum bleeding, collagen breakdown and tooth loosening). Cranberries, oranges, limes and strawberries are rich with vitamin C, a powerful killer of oral bacteria. Green Tea (especially great for teeth) contains catechins that kill bacteria in the mouth that cause bad breath and cavities. Mint and Parsley Leaf not only kill bacteria, but also sweeten the breath with compounds that rapidly move through the blood to counter odor in the mouth. Reduce plaque with crunchy foods like carrots, apples, fresh celery, nuts and seeds. Read, and see how great foods can really help great teeth - and great SMILES!   Add these to your diet, and you will have a happy reason to Smile.

Stress Morphs Into~ FAT ~

AND...chronic stress - in tandem with an unheathy junk-food diet, will deposit fat on your belly. Scientists at Georgetown University Medical Center have shown in studies that stress activates the hormone, Neuropeptide-Y (NPY), which leads to fat accumulation. The findings have raised hopes that NPY may be manipulated to treat obesity and helps our understanding of why we gain weight when under stress. Time to cut out the junk food, do some exercise and relax a little. Try some gentle, relaxing Chamomile; it is a great herbal treatment for soothing frayed nerves and relieving pressure and anxiety. It is your good start for banishing nervous tension and even a road for a better body.


GOOD NEWS! July happens to be NATIONAL BLUEBERRY MONTH in the United States. Blueberries are grown in 35 states, and the United States produces over 90% of all of the Blueberries in the world. Did you know that eating Blueberries could also be one of the keys for living to a ripe old age? Well, if you take a look at the research, foods that are rich in antioxidants are believed to help reduce your chance of getting cancer and heart disease, and the Blueberry is loaded with them. Read about this remarkable berry, and then Celebrate National Blueberry Month, and be sure to include Blueberry in your daily diet. Read about Blueberry, and you'll be convinced.


Did you know that the White Kidney Bean has been cultivated in the New World for over seven thousand years? Long considered a highly nutritious food staple, scientists now say that it acts as a “starch blocker” that interferes with the absorption of complex carbohydrates (pasta, breads, potatoes, etc.) and can be very helpful in weight loss programs. IMAGINE: A delicious, nutritious, healthy (and filling) food that can actually benefit weight management. Make sure you add it to your diet.
Read about the fascinating, healthy WHITE KIDNEY BEAN.


Summer is almost officially here, but hot weather and burning sun will not await the formality. It's time to think of sun protection to keep you safe. Sunscreen protects us from the sun's rays that can damage skin and even cause cancer, but it isn't helpful if it's not used properly, so here's how to get the most from your sunscreen: Use one that protects against both UVA and UVB rays and has enough SPF (30 or more will block 97% of damaging rays). Apply sunscreen fifteen-to-thirty minutes before going outdoors, and reapply every two hours or after swimming or sweating heavily. Apply it to often-forgotten areas (tops of hands and feet, backs of knees, scalp and the part in your hair). Wear an SPF-rated lip balm (lips can burn too). Apply it even on cloudy days (80% of sun's ultraviolet rays pass through clouds). Check expiration date, and toss expired sunscreens (they're no longer effective).


A fun slice of history with a healthy twist.

Picture this dramatic scenario: Ninth-century Arab physicians, using an herb so precious, it was kept secret. But finally, it was allowed to make the long sea voyages from the exotic ports of Madras in India - then on to Alexandria, Cairo and the Red Sea in Egypt - and finally making its way to Europe and the New World. What could have this precious plant have been? It was Senna, and it is one of the few herbal medicines approved by the USFDA for over-the-counter use as a colon cleanser that leads to evacuation of the intestines and bowel in approximately ten hours. It may be one of the most widely used herbal medicines in the United States. Ask you doctor about its safe laxative benefits.




Just like produce from the market, edibles from the garden must be washed well - especially if they are to be eaten raw - and especially if you have put any insecticides or fungicides on the leaves of the plant, vegetables, fruit or edible flowers. According to the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, any chemicals you apply to edible plants should not be systemic, or drawn into plant internal parts. Chemicals you apply should be surface treatments only, and easily washed off. Some systemic insecticides contain organophosphates, which are known to be toxic and may cause nerve damage. Carefully READ THE LABELS of any product you intend to use. There are eco-friendly alternatives to chemicals, including Neem oil and insecticidal soaps that can be used for killing insects; and some people use seaweed fertilizer or compost tea, which is water filtered through compost. REMEMBER: WHEN YOU EAT WHAT YOU GROW, YOU REAP WHAT YOU SOW (a word to the wise). Eat fresh, eat healthy, and enjoy the results.


The next time you enjoy your delicious Papaya Fruit, you might also be happy to know it contains papain, a remarkable, protein-dissolving enzyme that eases many stomach ailments and is an exceptional aid to digestion. It is so powerful that it is also included in commercial preparations as a meat tenderizer. Even better? Papaya is a rich source of minerals and vitamins A, C and E and also breaks down wheat gluten, which may even be of help with Celiac problems. Read about delicious PAPAYA and enjoy all it can do for us.


Pansy is not only a bright, colorful addition to our salad bowls, it was also actually used in ancient love potions. More interestingly, Pansy occupies an important place in herbal medicine as a soothing expectorant, supporting lung problems (bronchitis, dry cough and asthma), as well helping with numerous skin problems. Wow! Read about this remarkable and beautiful flower - another one of nature's blessings. Aren't we lucky?


Make the most of the Springtime weather with everyday outdoor activities! Take a brisk walk in the early morning sunlight for some healthy natural vitamin D or in the evening after dinner to help digest food and get some extra exercise. Wash the car, do some gardening (great way to burn calories), clean the garage or finally finish some home repairs. You can take pride in your handiwork and your workout - and maybe even your figure.

ENJOY ALL YOUR WEEKENDS  With Cookouts and Casual Dining SAFELY ~

To Avoid Salmonella Poisoning, follow a few basic rules for preparing food hygienically: Wash your hands when you switch from preparing one type of food to another, i.e., vegetables to meat (this helps prevent the exchange of bacteria between different ingredients). Always wash your hands with soap and hot water before preparing food and after using the bathroom. Dry them on a dry towel (preferably disposable ...paper). Cooking utensils must be properly washed with soap and water before use with another type of food (again, this stops bacteria from being exchanged). Use different cutting boards and knives for preparing different foods. Change the dishcloth often (or better, use paper towels), and wash dishcloths in hot, soapy water. Store foods in the refrigerator (meats, poultry and fish must not be left out of the fridge for long periods, and do not leave salads with mayonnaise out in the open for long periods either).  



Light is one of the body's most powerful time cues. The rising sun can wake up the brain long before the alarm goes off and prevent you from getting the sleep you need. A darkened room is the most conducive for sleep - day or night. If your room is darkened and silent (no TV or electronic devices) and you still toss and turn, unable to fall asleep because you are over-stressed, anxious and exhausted, talk to your doctor about some great natural botanical therapy: Passion Flower. It is often called Nature's Tranquilizer for a very good reason. Read and see why.



Whether traveling or at home, be careful of that water you’re drinking: If you are unsure, pass up the glass of water at restaurants, and avoid using ice unless you feel secure about the purity of the water from which it was made. Remember that automatic ice makers use unfiltered tap water. Freezing kills most parasites but does not kill bacteria. Use pure water for brushing your teeth and rinsing your toothbrush. To discover the source of any bottled water, call the bottler and request documentation about the nature and purity of the source. Bottled water that comes from municipal water supplies or lakes should be treated by REVERSE OSMOSIS before being bottled, if it is to be considered safe. Drink up, but think before you drink.


Macular Degeneration is the main cause of severe vision loss in older folks, so do your best right now to maintain your eyesight by following a few helpful tips from St. Luke's Warren Hospital, N.J. Don't Smoke ~ Wear Sunglasses to avoid glare ~ Eat Healthy Eye-Friendly Foods like Spinach, Kale, Carrots, Cold-water Fish with Omega-3 Fatty Acids and nuts (especially Walnuts), and don’t forget fruits like Blueberry and especially BILBERRY, plus nature's own, plant-based EYEBRIGHT. To quote a famous movie comment, "Here's looking at you, kid" - and always see everything crystal-clearly.


Keep Your Teen Safe: It’s the night your teenager dreams about - It's prom night, and each year we like to remind parents to be sure your teens are safe by also reminding them about smart driving. “Driving is one of those times when you don’t want to multitask,” says emergency medicine physicians from Lehigh Valley Health Network. Caution your teen: Do NOT Drink and Drive. Do NOT get in a car with a friend who has been drinking. Do NOT attend parties with underage drinking. Do NOT get distracted by your friends in the car. Do NOT use your cell phone or text while driving. DO call home if you have any problems on prom night - and one more thing: For the rest of us, making phone calls, drinking hot coffee, applying makeup, disciplining children or reading maps could spell disaster. SAFE DRIVING MEANS EVERY DRIVER...ALL YEAR ROUND!


Did you know? Since the 1700s, Safflower has been occasionally used in cooking as a cheaper substitute for rich Saffron. It is true, and that is why Safflower is sometimes commonly called 'False Saffron.' Polyunsaturated-rich and healthy Safflower oil has become synonymous with maintaining good heart health by supporting lower cholesterol blood levels and relief of painful, stiff joints of arthritis and gout. Read about the popular, remarkably and naturally-healthy Safflower.


Although it is now early springtime, protection from sun exposure is important ALL YEAR ROUND, not just during the summer, which is approaching soon. Any time the ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun are able to reach the earth, you need to protect yourself from excessive sun exposure. UV rays reach you on cloudy and hazy days, as well as on bright, sunny days, and they will also reflect on any surface like water, cement, sand and winter's snow. The hours between ten a.m. and four p.m. are the most hazardous. Use suntan lotion (AT LEAST 15 SPF), moisturize your skin daily, apply lip gloss, and wear a hat and sunglasses. Be aware that if you are at the beach, on the water, or on ski slopes (next winter), you should wear sunglasses with a darker tint to block more light. If you're out boating or camping this weekend, remember that the risk of eye damage from the sun is greater because of reflection off water, so keep slathering on the lotion, wear the hat and the sunglasses - AND - IF YOU ARE COOKING OUTDOORS, BE SURE ONLY THE FOOD GETS COOKED. Enjoy fun in the sun - with a happy ending.


Did you know that physical activity can help us keep away obesity,heart disease, high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis and even depression? How do we get started? Well, if you haven't been active, start slowly. Choose something that fits into your daily life, and be sure to choose an activity that you really, really like. Ask a friend to exercise along with you (a pal can make it easier to start and also be a lot of fun) - or you can join a group. Physical activity can really help you feel so much better and happier - SO JUST GET STARTED AND ENJOY THE RESULTS..


Interestingly, both male and female White Pine Trees produce long, slender cones and can live for as long as four hundred years. Even more interesting, White Pine Bark is an old and trusted remedy for colds and flu. This beautiful, natural botanical helps loosen and expel phlegm from the respiratory tract, supporting bronchitis and lung congestion relief, and its warming qualities may also help ward off colds and flu before they settle in. Read about White Pine Bark and its many, many varied health benefits. You'll be amazed. Isn't Mother Nature Wonderful?


Did you know that protein- and nutrient-rich Pumpkin Seed contains four times the amount of beta-carotene than carrots? It’s true, but, even better, Pumpkin Seeds are also often called a "Male Tonic," because they are a natural way to help revitalize the prostate gland, ease inflamed bladder and stimulate male hormone production. Read about prostate health and how and why Pumpkin Seed has been revered for centuries for male health and why it may be of help to you. Of course, always speak with your doctor too.


Also called mycotoxins, molds may suppress the immune system and even cause cancer. Refrigerators are a haven for toxic mold fungus, which loves to grow on bruised fruits and vegetables. If a “hard” food that is uncooked becomes moldy, cut and discard the moldy part and at least one inch of the food in each direction from the site of mold. (“Hard” foods include apples, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, hard cheese in chunks, garlic cloves, onions, pears, potatoes, squash and turnips.) If a "soft" food, juice or cooked leftover becomes moldy, throw it all away. Do not attempt to salvage any of it. Refrigerated leftovers not consumed within forty eight hours should be discarded, even if they are not visibly moldy. IF IN DOUBT, THROW IT OUT ~


Do you know how  Butterfly Weed got its name? Answer: The beautiful herbaceous plant is a good larval food source for the equally beautiful Monarch Butterfly. It also happens to be an important nectar source for bees - but the plant is even more helpful for people. It has been used since ancient times as an exceptional expectorant for respiratory system support. It helps discharge and expel mucus and break up colds, ease symptoms of consumption, bronchitis, asthma, pneumonia, dry cough, clogged nasal passages, catarrhal affections of the lungs and throat, and virtually most bronchial complaints (that’s why it’s also called Pleurisy Root). Read about the fascinating Butterfly Weed,and ask your doctor how it may help with respiratory problems.  


According to researchers at Prevention Magazine, here are the top seven steps you can take: Take brisk walks - Keep your waist trim - Eat a wide variety of fruits and vegetables - Strength-train a few times a week (it doesn't have to be too strenuous) - Get Enough Sleep (most people need seven or eight hours nightly) - Manage Your Stress - Keep a Positive Outlook (more important than you think). Best of all: Live Well - Live Long & Look Good!


We need at least 25 grams of fiber daily, and since most Americans don't get enough fiber in their diets, look to a few simple tips to help you reach your daily fiber goals. SCAN FOR BRAN (look for WHOLE grain and WHOLE wheat on labels). Munch on whole fruits, rather than drinking fruit juices (you'll get all the nutrients - plus the fiber too). Eat your fruit and veggies with the skins on (helps to bump up the fiber and adds to the nutrients too). Use your "Old Bean" (high-fiber Kidney, Pinto and Black Beans, dried Peas and Lentils make a easy and tasty way to get our fiber). Pea Fiber is really great. Read about it and see why.


Did you know that highly nutritious and remarkably healthy Konjac plant fiber was added to the first national currency of Japan in the late 1800s to prevent counterfeiting? Did you also know that the practice was stopped after rats began to eat the bills? Konjack is considered a highly-important health food in Japanese cousine. Nourishing and calorie-free Konjac Root also removes fat from the colon wall and gently helps to cleanse the intestines and relieve constipation. Even better? It also increases bulk in the stomach and intestines, giving dieters a full feeling that helps lessen appetite. The healthy natural fiber also supports lower total cholesterol and blood sugar levels. (Who knew rats were so smart?)

CHEER UP! Things Could Be... BETTER?

Happy people may actually be better protected against disease, according to a study released from England's University College, London. The researchers found that people who had a more positive mental attitude displayed different responses to stress. The scientists followed the study participants who demonstrated that these patients were also less likely to suffer from heart disease, diabetes and depression. The University study leader, Andrew Steptoe, Professor of Psychology, noted that happy people rely on a different part of the nervous system, which slows the heart rate, and furthermore, they tend to recover more quickly from distress, anxiety and tension. The lesson? It's Very Simple: Think positive thoughts, and make an effort to look on the bright side of life. Smile more. Who knows? Life be just get brighter after all. And even better? Life may just also become healthier and genuinely happier and, hopefully, even longer!


Although surveys have linked higher education levels with better health and longevity, you do not necessarily need a long list of degrees to achieve well-being. According to health economist, Dr. Michael Grossman, of City University of New York, reading more often, following current events and engaging in activities that keep the mind as sharp as possible will reap vast health rewards. Get out those crossword puzzles, play word games or join a travel group (a truly fun and wide-ranging way to learn various new things and make friends at the same time). Maintaining a sensible weight, eating a healthy diet, no smoking, enjoying physical and mental exercises, and keeping strong social connections are vital components for a long and healthy life.


We know that skin breakouts are common during adolescence because active hormones stimulate sebum production, which blocks skin ducts; and hormone fluctuation is still common as women age. Many women experience skin blemishes the week prior to menstrual cycles, while others have no outbreaks, and while birth control meds often can clear acne in some women, they often bring on acne breakouts in others. Be on watch for oil exposure: Avoid oily cosmetics, shampoos, conditioners and oily foods. Watch for food allergies that trigger acne breakouts (keep note of those that affect you). Stress (including fear, emotional problems or anxiety) can bring out those blemishes, and hygiene is important too: Wash your face twice daily using very, very mild skin soap (with NO chemicals) and warm water. If acne persists, ask your doctor about natural help with Burdock Root, known as a powerful, natural blood cleanser that helps relieve skin diseases and inflammatory conditions, especially acne, psoriasis and eczema.


Did you know? During World War II there was a shortage of citrus fruit in England, and so, the British government organized the harvesting of all the Rose Hips in England as a substitute for Vitamin C. Did you also know that Rose Hips contain a reported sixty times the amount of Vitamin C than lemons? It's true, and even better, it is also true how absolutely essential Vitamin C is to the maintenance of good health and prevention of many health problem. Don't forget to include your Vitamin C from Rose HIps in your diet.


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 gastro-intestinal system and good digestion. Isn't it Thyme for you to keep that natural wonder on hand?


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.  


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).


Germs that cause colds are easy to spread, and sick people leave them on common objects like door handles, TV remotes, light switches, salt-and-pepper shakers, dishwasher and refrigerator 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.


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!


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.



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.


....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.


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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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).



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.



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.


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.


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.


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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