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Natural Cures For Stress


Stress is a huge problem in the world today. According to a National Health Interview Survey, “75% of the general population experiences at least some stress every two weeks.” Perhaps the reason for this is not surprising. After all, the downturn in the economy has caused extreme financial hardship for many people. Unfortunately, prolonged stress is not a harmless emotion. Stress has been linked to such diseases as cancer, heart disease, cirrhosis of the liver, and lung conditions. It has been linked to accidents and – most alarmingly – suicide.

To deal with their stress, many people turn to prescription antidepressant and anti-anxiety remedies. The problem with these medications, however, is that they can have unpleasant and sometimes dangerous side effects. But natural remedies can offer the same benefits without the risks. Here are three of the best natural cures for stress.

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Add Mustard: Turmeric In Your Life


Turmeric is a common spice used in India both in foods and dyes. It naturally changes whatever it touches into an earthy yellow hue. When ground as a powder, it is a tasty seasoning to many culinary creations from curries to condiments. It also has the potential to strengthen and protect your body.

One tablespoon of turmeric contains: 12mg of calcium, 3mg of iron, 13mg of magnesium, 18mg of phosphorus, and 172mg of potassium. While none of these amounts measure to the daily recommended intake, it still goes to show how much of a boost your body stands to gain with just this simple spice added to a meal.
It is also suggested that turmeric can be of aid to bruises, cuts, arthritis pain, diarrhea, and stomach issues. The spice also contains a compound called curcumin, which has been shown to have anti-cancer, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory value.

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Watching Your Blood Sugar Through the Holiday Season

Watching Your Blood Sugar Through the Holiday Season

We hope you all enjoy the holiday season and all the sweets and treats that go along with it. Desserts around Christmastime are always particularly delicious, and even though you’re entitled to overindulge a little, we’ve compiled a list of tips and ingredients to help you keep your blood sugar at a safe level. Just think of it as our gift to you. Happy Holidays!

1. Cinnamon – Don’t worry about going heavy on it. Cinnamon increases the body’s ability to metabolize sugars, breaking them down and keeping your blood glucose in check. Fortunately for us, it is also delicious and super-versatile, especially in dessert recipes. It can be easily incorporated into teas, muffins, cakes, and other treats. So if you want to grab another cinnamon roll, then go right ahead.

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The Natural Love Of Whole Foods


A major trend in modern lifestyle focuses on mindful eating. By understanding what your particular body’s needs are, you can craft a diet best suited to your overall health. Every metabolism is unique and requires a bit more of this and tad less of that to keep things in balance. Individuals with deficiencies or intolerances are especially challenged to develop an adjusted diet.
But where to go to obtain the healthiest cereal, the freshest assortment of various vegetables, or the best choice between cuts of meat? Whole Foods not only caters to the trend of organic items but also the demand for variety amid grocery options.

Whole foods was the first nationally certified organic grocer in the United States and they emphasize that their products are free of contaminated eco-systems, long lasting pesticides, synthetic preservatives, and genetically modified ingredients. All organic meat comes from humanely treated livestock, fed organically grown meals and given access to fresh air. No antibiotics or growth hormones are added to them.

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Can Chocolate Enhance Your Intelligence?


There of few people who don’t enjoy the delicious taste of chocolate, but of course you have to try not to each too much, especially if you are watching your weight. But the good news is that chocolate has health benefits. So you have a legitimate reason to indulge yourself now and again.

Several recent studies have shown that chocolate can stimulate mental focus and boost your brain power. According to researchers at Britain’s Nottingham University, dark chocolate may provide a short-term improvement in mental clarity. It may also be responsible for helping people stave off fatigue and insomnia.

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Is Pumpkin The Next Healing Food?


Thanksgiving wouldn’t be the same without delicious pumpkin pie, but you may not realize just how good for you this delicious vegetable is. This colorful winter squash known for its association with Halloween is low in saturated fat, sodium and cholesterol. It is also rich in many nutrients including: vitamins A, C and E, Niacin, Thiamin, Vitamin B6, iron, folate, magnesium, copper, manganese, and fiber.

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Why Fish Oil Works


What’s the big deal about fish oil? The short answer: Japan. Although Japan is a high-income and high stress corporate country, its lifetime rate of bipolar disorder resides at .07%. This is a daunting figure when compared with the United States’ 4.4%, which is the highest in the world. Even though Japan has an equally rigorous corporate industry including a challenging work-life balance, its citizens still retain a sane state of mind. Intrigued by this finding, researchers have found a correlation between brain health and fish consumed.

The average Japanese citizen consumes 154 pounds of fish per year, whereas Americans consume only 16 pounds per year. Fish are well known to have omega-3 fatty acids, which have been established through many studies to be effective in treating bipolar disorder and improving all around brain health. The discovery of this fish-brain correlation led to new research and many new products, including Fish Oil.

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What Can a Homeopath, Naturopath, or TCM Doctor Do for You


As medicine continues to evolve, many have sought to find less invasive and drug driven forms of treatment and health. Whether it be a healthy skepticism for pharmaceutical corporate interests or a belief in a spiritual form of vital energy, individuals have found a satisfying option in alternative forms of medicine. When you take your body’s health into your own hands, deviating from western science, it is up to you to be well informed and intelligent about your decisions. Health is our life itself and to play around with that is a serious matter.

Three commonly sought after forms of alternative medicine are: Homeopathy, Naturopathy, and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Each offers a perspective on the functional health of the human body, how to keep it in harmony, and how to treat it when that harmony is disrupted. While there is anecdotal evidence for the effectiveness of these alternative forms of medicine, western science has taken issue with the reality behind certain practices.

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The Health Benefits of Green Tea


There are few things that natural health enthusiasts and doctors can agree on with respect to natural remedies. However, there has never been such a widely recognized supplement beneficial for health other than green tea. Green tea’s epic roots go some 4,000 years back in China, where it was used both as traditional medicine and an enjoyable beverage. Japan, Vietnam, Korea, and Thailand all historically used green tea as a medicinal method for healing wounds and promoting digestion. But what are the benefits that green tea drinkers can realistically expect in the modern world?

The magic ingredient that scientists found in green tea is a mouthful: epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). However, a mouthful of EGCG may very well save your life. Not only can it inhibit the growth of cancerous cells but it can also kill those cancerous cells without harming the healthy tissue around it. It also hinders the formation of abnormal blood clots, which are the leading cause of stroke.

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What is Holistic Dentistry?


The idea behind holistic medicine is that any symptom, illness, or disease acts as a reflection of the body as a whole. When something is wrong with the body, the psychological, physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs of the patient are taken into consideration. Therefore holistic dentistry involves the mind, body, and spirit of the individual when treating symptoms that have presented themselves in the teeth and oral region.

The appeal for holistic dentistry arose when certain people grew concerned with the materials employed in tooth fillings. Many of the amalgams commonly used in tooth cavities include mercury and other possibly toxic materials. Additionally, oral surgery is known to run the risk of exposing the rest of the body to the bacteria trapped in the mouth. Holistic dentistry offers an alternative to these potential hazards.

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