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For Your Pet’s Health

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For many people, your pet’s health is as important as your own, and finding natural health remedies for your beloved cat or dog is very important.  Just like with humans, there are many factors which affect your pet’s health including age, diet, lifestyle, and stress level.  Natural health remedies for pets include making positive changes in the food you feed Fido, the amount of exercise your furry friend gets, and utilizing safe, natural remedies to treat symptoms of disease.

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Herbs and Drug Interactions

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While herbs tend to be much safer alternatives to pharmaceutical remedies, it is important to keep in mind that there can be herbal interactions with medications you are already taking.  It is important to know about some herb-drug interactions if you are on pharmaceuticals and interested in adding herbal medicines to your lifestyle.  Herbal products tend to be safe, but there are certain herbs which people taking particular medications should avoid. For example:

  • Anyone taking drugs for sleep such as tranquilizers or sleeping pills, should avoid taking herbs which promote sleep, such as skullcap, valerian, and hops, as they could potentiate the effects of the sleep drugs.  These herbs should also be avoided when taking any drugs which can make it dangerous to operate machinery or drive a car if you are planning on doing either of those activities.
  • Herbal interactions can also happen when you are taking blood thinning drugs such as Warfarin (Coumadin), you should avoid taking herbs which can thin the blood like cayenne, garlic, feverfew, gingko biloba, and prickly ash.  You should be monitored closely if taking herbs such as chamomile and ginger.  These herbs should also be avoided if regularly taking NSAIDs like advil, ibuprofen, or aspirin as they can increase the chance of bleeding ulcers.
  • If you are taking medications which increase sun sensitivity, you should avoid taking St. Johnswort, as this can potentiate that effect.  On its package, St. Johnswort does have some amount of sun sensitivity reported as a side effect.
  • If taking Digoxin for congestive heart failure, you should avoid herbs which can make the effect stronger such as Siberian Ginseng and foxglove.  The combination of the medication and herbs could potentially cause serious or fatal reactions.

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Best Herb for Weight Loss

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The best herb for weight loss is a controversial issue.  Weight loss herbs such as ephedra have been banned from the market due to dangerous side effects, so many people may have a poor opinion of herbs for weight loss in general.  The most effective weight loss herb may just be one of the most common and generally safe herbs known to our culture, green tea.

Green tea is chock full of antioxidants, substances which reverse free-radical damage in the body and helps to keep you younger and healthier.  Along with these benefits, the small amount of caffeine in green tea can help people feel energized enough to get out there and get active, while not having the same kinds of side-effects as the caffeine levels in drinks like coffee and black tea.  Green tea has also been shown to increase metabolism, helping our bodies to burn fat and have more sustainable energy.

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Best Herbology Books

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There are many books on herbology and herbal medicine to choose from, so the best herbology books depend upon what you want to learn and regularly access. Herbology training can come in many forms including studying how to grow, harvest, process, and prescribe plant medicines.  From knowing how to read constitution types, to understanding potential hazards and drug-herb interactions, there can be a lot to know about the use and efficacy of herbal medicine.

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Do Natural Drug Detox Methods Really Work?

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Interested in natural drug detox methods? There are a lot of supportive natural therapies out there for drug detox and withdrawal. But be sure to be in close contact with your health care provider as the withdrawal and detox from some drugs can be potentially dangerous. Natural therapies include forms of herbal drug detox which can be very successful.

Natural drug detox methods are a more holistic and long-term approach to removing the buildup of toxins in the body from chronic drug use. Often these methods need to be applied after working with a Doctor or Rehabilitation Center during the initial withdrawal.

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Health Benefits of Tofu

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The health benefits of tofu have been touted by vegetarian advocates for the past 40 years. What are the health benefits of tofu, and how do they measure up against the negative aspects? Soy has been said to reduce the risk of heart disease, prevent osteoporosis, alleviate symptoms of menopause, and reduce the risk of certain cancers.

Much of the evidence for these claims come from Asia, where it must be noted, the predominant forms of soy being consumed are fermented varieties such as tempeh, natto, tamari, and miso. Tofu is actually not a traditional Asian form of soy food. So can people truly claim that the health benefits of tofu are the same as the health benefits of soy, when so many of the studies have been done on populations who eat fermented soy products?

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Natural Cholesterol Reduction and Niacin

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Are you considering taking statin drugs to combat your rising cholesterol? One option before you take the pharmaceutical route can be making some changes in your diet and lifestyle. One essential nutrient that has been shown to help reduce cholesterol is niacin (or vit. B3).

The Mayo Clinic suggests supplementation with niacin to help increase HDL, or good cholesterol, as well as lowering overall cholesterol and LDL, or “bad” cholesterol. Specifically, this heart supplement has been shown to lower LDL cholesterol, Lp(a) lipoprotein, triglyceride, and fibrinogen levels while simultaneously raising HDL cholesterol levels. HDL cholesterol helps sweep up low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or the “bad,” cholesterol, in your bloodstream, reducing your risk of coronary artery disease and other coronary complications.

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Natural Cures for Insomnia

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I used to have a lifelong battle with sleep. In fact, I never wanted to go to bed because I knew sleep would always elude me. But that was before I discovered some natural cures for insomnia. While I still don’t sleep like a baby, I no longer toss and turn, desperately praying for sleep.

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Low Energy? Try Menopause Energy Pills

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Low energy and menopause can go hand in hand, so what’s a woman to do?  Luckily there is simple herbal treatment which can help to combat low energy associated with menopause, naturally and simply.

The symptoms of low energy and menopause can include:

  • Lethargy
  •  Weakness
  •  Low attention span
  •  Easily winded
  •  Depression
  •  Slowed responses
  •  Mental sluggishness
  •  Impaired digestion

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Natural Treatments for a Sinus Infection

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Having a sinus infection is not fun. Some people get sinus infections only occasionally and some — approximately 37 million Americans — get them chronically. But there are natural treatments for a sinus infection that will help to relieve your suffering and even your frequency of developing this condition.

Symptoms of a Sinus Infection
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