Fight Deadly Infections as Sepsis with Mung Beans

[singlepic id=270 w=320 h=240 float=left]Did You Know…

…that a powerful ingredient in mung beans may fight deadly infections?

The most recent edition of Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine (eCAM) has the health and wellness industry buzzing.

The journal reports the results of a new study suggesting that mung beans Continue reading

Two Natural Ways to Protect Your Brain Cells

When thinking about the health issues that we struggle with and worry about most in North America, cancer and dementia are likely near the top of the list. Even though heart disease is a major threat, it’s the thought of us or someone we know getting cancer or Alzheimer’s that seems to be a major preoccupation. These two diseases are front and center in the media day after day. Continue reading

Ten Ways to Use Apple Cider Vinegar in DIY Remedies

If time is a teacher, one thing we know is that apple cider vinegar is good stuff. The Babylonians used it as a tonic in 5000 B.C. so it’s been around for a while. It was also used in ancient Egypt (3000 B.C.) and by Samurai warriors in Japan (1200 B.C.), so it’s grandfathered in – doesn’t need a double-blind study to prove its effectiveness. Continue reading

Muscle Trigger Point Pain Neutralization Technique Using Your Fingertips

Did you know…that there is a pain neutralization technique that instantly eliminates migraines, headaches, sciatica and other chronic joint and muscle pain…with the simple use of light fingertip pressure?

Let’s admit it: We are a quick-fix society. We want—no, needimmediate results from the healing therapies we use. Otherwise we move on to yet another healing modality with a resounding “Next!”

Listening to his patients’ desires Continue reading

Swiss Government Report Declares Homeopathy Is ‘cost effective’ in Treating Patients

In a story akin to “the mouse that roared,” a major report from the Swiss government has determined that the very small doses commonly used in homeopathic medicine are both effective and cost-effective. Despite the impressive technological prowess of conventional medicine today, the Swiss government has determined that homeopathy is considerably more cost effective. Continue reading

A Relaxing Way to Fight Inflammation

Need an excuse to get a massage? A new health breakthrough in the area of natural health news has proven that this alternative therapy could reduce inflammation in the body. Since inflammation is implicated in a wide swath of chronic diseases, it seems that seeing a massage therapist might not be just about stress relief.

On a cellular level, massage lessens inflammation and promotes the growth of new mitochondria in skeletal muscle. Mitochondria are the energy center of every cell in the body. The research appears online in the journal “Science Translational Medicine.”

The study involved the analysis of muscle biopsies taken from the quadriceps of 11 young men who had exercised vigorously on a stationary bicycle. One of each participant’s legs was randomly chosen to be massaged. Biopsies were taken from both legs prior to the exercise, immediately after 10 minutes of massage treatment and after a 2.5-hour period of recovery. Continue reading

Two Natural Methods to Lower Your Blood Pressure

Yoga and meditation have been practiced in India for thousands of years. In the last few decades, these two practices have flourished in North America. Yoga studios have popped up between bars and restaurants on main streets and meditation classes are offered everywhere, from churches to libraries.

There are many health benefits to doing yoga and meditation. In Western culture, the two practices have been utilized for their ability to reduce the symptoms of stress associated with a driven and fast-paced society. It’s no secret that meditation and yoga can calm the mind and unwind the body, encouraging relaxation.

Now researchers have been investigating yoga and meditation for cardiovascular benefits. Continue reading

Try Pancakes to Regulate Blood Sugar

Have you ever tried buckwheat pancakes? Worried that all that flour and syrup will spike your blood sugar? Well, here’s some health advice: make your pancakes from buckwheat flour and you might actually be normalizing your blood sugar rather than the opposite. Researchers have discovered that special nutrients in buckwheat may contribute to blood sugar control. Buckwheat bran is an important natural source of quercetin and isoquercetin. Quercetin and isoquercetin are both powerful “a-glucosidase inhibitors” — meaning they prevent the digestion of carbohydrates and reduce their impact on blood sugar.

A Chinese research team studied the blood-sugar-lowering effect of isoquercetin in mice with type 2 diabetes. Isoquercetin was administrated at doses of 50, 100 and 200 milligrams/kilogram (mg/kg) for 35 days. They found that fasting blood glucose concentration was decreased with the 200 mg/kg group the most efficiently compared with a diabetic control group. Continue reading

Four Natural Therapies to Fight the Blues

To many, the weeks following the December holidays can be a little depressing. This is a mental state that can affect anyone, regardless of age or gender. For most, this brief bout with the blues will pass. But for those with bipolar disorder, the roller coaster of emotions, running the gamut from depression to heightened anxiety, can be a weekly challenge.

How does someone with bipolar disorder safeguard their mental health? Australian researchers suggest that four complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies in particular might be of benefit to those wishing to improve their mental health.

Bipolar disorder can be a debilitating syndrome that is often undiagnosed and undertreated. But the Australian research team notes that people with bipolar disorder can and do self-medicate with complementary and alternative medicine. They conducted a review to find out which of these CAM treatments appears to be more effective. Continue reading

Inversion Therapy: A Little Time Upside Down Could Make Your Life Go Right Side Up

Inversion therapy has been a secret health practice, revered for centuries among yogis, ninja warriors, and other clandestine societies. Inversion is the act of hanging upside down, performing a headstand, or using a simple surface to lie at an inverted angle.

The coveted wisdom of this practice is understood only in the tightest-knit circles, even now. Why? Because its health benefits were so powerful and wide ranging that few were willing to share their special advantage with outsiders!

It’s little wonder you’ll now find the tradition of inversion being carried on among modern elites such as the Army Rangers, who perform gravity boot inversion exercises behind the walls of Fort Bragg, at the U.S. Army Physical Fitness School inversion therapy

But the secret of inversion has also found its way into another kind of society — high society. Among rising stars and socialites, inversion is fast becoming the hottest new treatment for its growing list of positive benefits. Continue reading

Is Frozen Yogurt a Healthy Choice?

Trying to lose weight often means dropping beloved high calorie foods from your diet. Sometimes a swap is barely noticeable – skim milk for whole, low fat cheese for full fat – but when trying to drop ice cream, you may not be pleased with your choices. Low fat or no fat ice creams are indeed lower in calories and fat, but many times have a different mouth feel or slightly bitter aftertaste. One of the most popular lower fat frozen desserts is frozen yogurt.

Drive through your city, and you’ll see an overwhelming number of businesses offering frozen desserts. Ice creams, custards, Italian ices, and the newest fad – frozen yogurt. From scoop shops to dispense your own, and many with massive topping choices, these dessert bars are popular for the ability to create a dessert that is exactly what you want – Continue reading

Perfecting Your Companionship

Everyone wants a healthy body. But what is supremely desirable and necessary for optimal health and contentment are daily feelings of peace and rewarding emotions. In this area, the foundation of a fulfilling, intimate relationship rests on you and your companion feeling satisfied and happy about how you relate to each other.

Men and Stress

Men usually don’t like to talk about their feelings of worry or sadness — not even with wife and family. At an early age, a man’s self-esteem becomes tied to his accomplishments in life. And, later, his self-esteem becomes dependent on his ability to provide for himself and his family.

Consequently, Continue reading

Heal Nerve and Muscle Injuries with a Swim

Have you ever experienced sciatica pain? It usually crops up when you irritate your sciatic nerve. The pain can typically radiate from your lower back, down the back of your thigh. Sometimes the shooting pain can even reach as far as your knees. Prescribed treatments run the gamut from painkillers to surgery.

Here’s an alternative remedy for those of you who want to avoid prescription side effects and resorting to something as invasive as surgery: swimming. Researchers in Brazil have conducted a clinical trial to assess the effect of swimming on nerve injury to the sciatica.

For their animal study, the researchers wanted to find out not only if swimming could help heal a sciatic nerve injury, but also how soon exercise should be started again after an injury. Continue reading

Simple Tips for Getting To Sleep and Staying Asleep

 

You know the drill. The blaring alarm jars you from your few minutes of sweet slumber after you’ve been tossing and turning much of the night. You’ve already hit the snooze button twice. The clock’s display: 6:21 a.m. You know if you don’t get up right this minute, you’ll be late again. But you’re still tired.

You hesitantly peel yourself from that warmly embracing mattress. You hardly feel excited about the long day ahead, full of responsibilities and deadlines. But that’s morning and that’s life. Isn’t this how everyone feels?

It is the way many of us feel because we’re not getting enough quality sleep.

Overall Health

A lack of good sleep plays an important role in our overall health and the aging of our bodies. Increasingly, many scientific studies show associations between lack of sleep and health problems: Continue reading

There is Proof that Meditation Can Improve Your Health

Increasingly becoming part of regular doctors advice are the benefits of meditation. Relaxing and tuning your inner spirit can be an excellent part of your natural health. Over the years, meditation has been tied to a long list of health benefits. A new study proves that those who meditate tend not to have to see the doctor.

The study is published in the “American Journal of Health Promotion.” It found that people with consistently high healthcare costs experienced a 28% decline in physician fees after an average of five years of transcendental meditation. These were people who were visiting the doctor often, illustrating that meditation can actually change your life.

Generally, Continue reading