76 Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Noni

Noni fruit, an ancient Polynesian healing remedy, has at least 76 potential health benefits backed by recent scientific evidence Continue reading

Skin care 101: How essential oils help reduce acne

Acne is a common skin disorder that affects most people at some point in their lives. In fact, the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases claims that an estimated 80 percent of individuals aged 11 to 30 experience outbreaks. Continue reading

Four Natural Remedies for Vaginal Dryness

Vaginal dryness is common among women, and not only during menopause. Natural remedies, including dietary changes, natural lubricants and more, can offer safe and effective relief  Continue reading

Five Evidence-Based Ways to Boost Testosterone

Low levels of testosterone can come with glaring symptoms such as erectile dysfunction and reduced bone mass. Before opting for hormone replacement therapy and facing the risk of serious side effects, here are five science-backed ways to optimize your testosterone levels naturally Continue reading

Food storage 101: DIY pickling tips and tricks

Pickling is a process that involves soaking foods like fruits and vegetables in an acid or brine, which prevents harmful bacteria from growing. Considered one of the oldest forms of food preservation, this process is a fantastic way to extend the shelf life of any fresh produce, especially if you plan on stocking up for the winter with summer vegetables or vice versa. In fact, almost any produce can be pickled, as long as you know how to do it properly. (h/t to PrimalSurvivor.net) Continue reading

Science Review Confirms Yoga Benefits Your Brain

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  • Like many other forms of exercise, yoga — which is suitable for most people, regardless of age or fitness level — has been shown to support healthy brain function and stave off neurological decline
  • Through modern imaging technology, researchers have been able to objectively confirm that yoga impacts the brain in beneficial ways that translate into improved attention, mental processing speed, executive function and emotional regulation
  • Regular yoga practice has also been shown to lower stress, reduce body image dissatisfaction and anxiety, and much more
  • Yoga practitioners have thicker cortexes and greater gray matter volume and density in several brain regions, including the frontal, limbic, temporal, occipital and cerebellar regions. Yoga also appears to negate the otherwise normal decline in total gray matter volume that occurs with age
  • It appears to be the unique combination of physical movement, breath work and meditation that confers these beneficial brain benefits 

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Bad Dreams Serve a Useful Purpose

Bad Dreams Serve a
Useful Purpose

Ancient Greeks and Romans believed dreams predicted the future. Continue reading

Dill: Nature’s Lesser-Known Antibiotic

Dill is chock-full of nutrients and compounds that are widely used for reducing excess gas, aiding in digestion and boosting the immune system. But the perks don’t end there: dill also provides strong antibiotic properties Continue reading

You May See a Vitamin B12 Deficiency in Your Eyes

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  • Vitamin B12 deficiency can lead to liver enlargement and jaundice; some with a deficiency report eye twitching or spasms
  • Low levels of vitamin B12 may easily be missed as many physicians don’t routinely test for it, and symptoms may appear gradually
  • Symptoms include anemia, mental fogginess, muscle weakness and fatigue; left untreated it may cause severe or permanent neurological disease, blood disorders or death
  • Low stomach acid, needed to absorb the vitamin, contributes to insufficiency. Consuming conventionally grown meat can also contribute to a deficiency; you may need a supplement

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Can Chili Peppers Prevent Heart Attacks and Strokes?

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  • Chili pepper consumption may significantly reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke
  • Chili peppers contain capsaicin, which is known to help with a variety of health issues from digestion and inflammation to weight management and even cancer
  • Chili pepper consumption is not a one-stop solution, however, and it may not be the best choice for everyone. Consult with your doctor for the course of treatment that’s right for you 

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Asafoetida: Why This Stinky Herb Is so Beneficial

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  • The Indian cooking spice asafoetida is a gum obtained from a type of giant fennel. It has an offensive smell akin to that of rotting garlic and sweaty feet, but an appetizing savory, umami taste
  • With its onion-garlic flavor, you can use it as a substitute for either of those ingredients. Many recommend using it in bean-based dishes, as it helps prevent gassiness
  • Asafoetida has antibacterial, antiparasitic and antiviral properties. In 2009, researchers discovered certain compounds in the herb were more effective at killing the H1N1 influenza virus than the commercial antiviral drug amantadine
  • Asafoetida also has antispasmodic, carminative, expectorant, laxative and sedative properties, just to name a few. Historical uses include the treatment of nervous conditions, bronchitis, asthma, whooping cough and more
  • This smelly herb can also be useful for the prevention and treatment of various gut ailments, and for feminine health issues such as sterility, premature labor, painful and excessive menstruation and leucorrhoea 

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New Proof the Ketogenic Diet Plan Fights Cancer

Since ancient times, healers have known that food can be medicine – even if our conventional medical establishment has stubbornly resisted this fact. Continue reading