How can one food group offer so many incredible health benefits, from preventing heart attack, stroke and dementia to protecting you from the flu? The answer is phytonutrients, and berries are simply loaded. Reading this “berry primer” will have you snatching them by the handfuls.
If you’re pregnant or planning to be, focus on minimizing processed foods while increasing your intake of vegetables, healthy fats, and high-quality sources of protein
Vitamin D is also crucial for a healthy pregnancy and Continue reading
Seasonal change brings a bounty of beautiful fruits and vegetables, but a few botanical powerhouses stand out for their exceptional nutrition
Tomatoes, avocados, berries, cucumbers, and leafy greens top my list for overall health benefits, Continue reading
Constipation is uncomfortable-physically and even just talking about it. Let’s just say it’s not high on the list of topics people want to discuss. It is, however, a problem that 63 million Americans will encounter.
The problem is exacerbated for seniors, who often experience higher rates of constipation. Continue reading
Imagine how excited Big Pharma executives would be if they could come up with a drug that could slash women’s risk of heart attacks by one-third. To top it off, what if this prescription could be conveniently taken three times a week and — as an added bonus — what if the medicine tasted great and had no side effects? Drug makers would have doctors pushing these pills as a “miracle drug” and Big Pharma would Continue reading
Eczema is known as a chronic dermatological condition that is characterized by skin rashes, dryness, crusting and flaking skin. Research indicates that eczema is caused by chronic inflammation that affects the skin cells and causes scarring. Natural lifestyle strategies allow the body to de-inflame and beat eczema. Continue reading
That’s what cancer cells are about. That’s why anything that oxygenates cells works to cure cancer, and that’s why cancer patients should avoid sugar.
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Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic inflammatory disease in which the myelin sheath on the nerve endings gets inflamed and damaged. This leads to scarring of the neurological tissue in the brain and spinal cord. While the medical model has very little support, many individuals have found ways to beat multiple sclerosis with natural lifestyle strategies.
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Diet is inextricably linked to conditions such as heart disease, obesity, and diabetes. However, what we consume also seems to have significant implications for the brain: Unhealthy diets may increase risk for psychiatric and neurologic conditions, such as depression and dementia, whereas healthy diets may be protective.
Make for Malta in Depression, Stroke, and Dementia
A 2009 study published in Archives of General Psychiatry found that people who follow Mediterranean dietary patterns — that is, a diet high in fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains, fish, and unsaturated fat (common in olive and other plant oils) — are up to 30% less likely to develop depression than those who typically consume meatier, dairy-heavy fare. The olive oil-inclined also show a lower risk for ischemic stroke[2,3] and are less likely to develop mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer disease, particularly when they engage in higher levels of physical activity.[4,5] Continue reading
Sometimes one of the compounds in bile — usually cholesterol — becomes so saturated that it forms a solid. This is called a gallstone. It is estimated that as many as one in 10 people have gallstones, though they might not know it. Gallstones may not necessarily cause you any problems, but sometimes when one is pushed out of the gallbladder, it gets stuck in your bile duct. This can cause a lot of pain and is what is known as a gallbladder attack.
Nobody wants to have a gallbladder attack. The best natural health advice is to avoid having one in the first place. With that in mind, here are 10 tips for avoiding stomach problems and painful attacks.
1. Get your doctor’s advice about testing for food allergies. Eliminate any food allergens you might have, such as dairy (milk, cheese, and ice cream), wheat (gluten), soy, corn, preservatives, and chemical food additives. Eggs, especially, Continue reading
Many people take aspirin — especially seniors. This over- the-counter-medication is used to relieve pain associated with inflammation. Some even take aspirin to balance their blood pressure. But now, in the latest health news, researchers from the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience say that seniors who take aspirin daily may suffer from an unusual prescription side effect — a higher risk for macular degeneration.
Macular degeneration (MD) can be a serious condition that can lead to age-related loss of vision. Basically, there are two types of the eye disease: wet and dry. The wet form is caused by leaking blood vessels in the eye and can affect the vision in the center of your eye’s field of vision. The dry form of MD is far more common and can also lead to vision loss, though not as dramatically.
For the study, the European research team collected health and lifestyle information from nearly 4,700 people over age 65. The researchers found that 839 people took aspirin each day. Thirty-six participants in this group had the more serious condition of wet MD. Statistically, this means that, for every 100 daily aspirin users, four will get wet MD. In comparison, for every 100 people who took aspirin less frequently, only two will get MD.
The researchers caution Continue reading
What could be better than a delicious fruit that is also a cancer-fighting food? Raspberries are an antioxidant food that contains some special compounds called “ellagitannins.” This family of compounds, which are almost exclusive to the raspberry, is reported to have anti- cancer activity.
In recent health news, a study performed at the Ohio State University has found that raspberry extract could inhibit cervical cancer growth.
Cervical cancer is the second most common female cancer worldwide. It is a challenge for doctors to treat this type of cancer. Because of this, the researchers at Ohio University set out to investigate food-based cancer preventative measures — specifically, the raspberry. Three human cervical cancer cell lines were treated with a black raspberry extract for the clinical trial. Various tests Continue reading
Home treatment for a urinary tract infection (UTI) is often enough to resolve the problem if the right methods are used consistently. In fact, using natural methods to treat a urinary tract infection at the first sign of symptoms may help prevent a more serious infection from setting in.
Symptoms of a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
Common symptoms of a urinary tract infection include:
– Urge to urinate more often
– Decreased quantity of urine passed
– Pain during and after urination (usually a burning or stinging sensation)
Symptoms of a serious urinary tract infection include nausea, fever, vomiting and constant pain in the abdominal region. Continue reading
The wonderful sweet berry is not just for dessert anymore; it has healing power. Berries contain large amounts of insoluble fiber (absorbent fiber); therefore, berries help prevent constipation. The blueberry is a powerhouse of nutrients that may improve memory as well as lower blood sugar. A cup of strawberries contains enough vitamin C for the day to fight against arthritis. Ellagic acid in black raspberries may help prevent the growth of cancer cells.
The healing power of apples is amazing; Apples contain, in their skin, Quercetin, an antioxidant that may fight Alzheimer’s disease. Apples are also full of pectin, a natural ingredient that can lower cholesterol. Apples are also full of soluble fiber which helps slow down glucose in the bloodstream.
Don’t forget the healing powers of papayas. They are full of beta cryptoxanthin, an antioxidant that may control arthritis in your knees. Heal a wound with papaya. Make a dressing of unripe papaya. It encourages new skin growth and reduces infection.
The healing powers of bananas Continue reading
Men with early signs of developing prostate cancer were able to prevent tumor growth by eating broccoli four times a week, according to a British study covered on MSN (http://health.msn.com/health-topics…). But broccoli is not the only cruciferous vegetable with anti-cancer properties.
Cabbage has a long history of use both as food and medicine, according to The George Mateljan Foundation for the World’s Healthiest Foods. Manual laborers were fed salted cabbage with their rice, according to William Duffy’s “Sugar Blues”, to keep them strong and healthy during the building of the Great Wall of China (http://www.naturalpedia.com/cabbage…). It was the only food they had besides their rice. Cabbage was also grown in Ancient Greek and Roman civilizations that held Continue reading