Wednesday, November 30, 2011

6 Home Acne Remedies

Acne is an inflammatory skin condition that affects millions of people around the world. Acne comes in various types, and people experience different levels of severity. Of course, there are some cases of acne that definitely require medical treatment to get rid of them. However there are many instances where home remedies can be used to get rid of the acne problems fast and without breaking your budget. Here are six home acne remedies that you can use to cheaply and effectively get rid of acne.

Monday, November 28, 2011

8 Disease-Fighting Spices

Keri-Ann Jennings discusses the eight of the world's healthiest spices and herbs that you should be eating.
As a registered dietitian and associate nutrition editor at EatingWell Magazine, I know that herbs and spices do more than simply add flavor to food. They let you cut down on some less-healthy ingredients, such as salt, added sugars and saturated fat, and some have inherent health benefits, many of which Joyce Hendley reported on for EatingWell Magazine.

Modern science is beginning to uncover the ultimate power of spices and herbs, as weapons against illnesses from cancer to Alzheimer's disease. "We're now starting to see a scientific basis for why people have been using spices medicinally for thousands of years," says Bharat Aggarwal, Ph.D., professor at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and author of Healing Spices (Sterling, 2011). Read more

Friday, November 25, 2011

Herbal Plant Remedies: Rosemary for Depression

Rosemary is an herb for stress that rekindles energy and lightens the spirit when brewed into a tea twice a day. Use Rosemary to reduce stress and anxiety with tips from a nutraceutical supervisor in this free video on herbal remedies.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Green Tea Supplements Prevent Flu Better Than Vaccination

Every year, people are pestered and even bullied by the government, the mainstream media, the medical establishment, and pharmacies into being vaccinated against the flu. However, a recent clinical trial showed that green tea supplements are more effective against the flu than vaccinations, and I'm sure you don't have to be told that they're also safer and cheaper.
Flu season is now in full swing and seasonal vaccinations are being pushed from every corner. Nonetheless, a recent clinical trial showed that green tea-based supplements reduced the risk of flu by 75%. This is far better than the 60% risk reduction recently reported in the Lancet for vaccinations. Given that green tea provides a host of other health benefits and none of the risks of injections, it would appear to be a far superior alternative to vaccination. Read more

Monday, November 21, 2011

10 Frightening Facts about Prescription Pain Pills

Prescription painkillers are among the most dangerous of pharmaceutical drugs. Here are ten frightening facts about prescription pain pills.
Prescription pain pills have changed the face of medicine in many good and bad ways. These powerful pills have helped many people manage their pain and increase their quality of life, yet the fact remains that painkillers have taken thousands of lives and are one of the most commonly abused and dangerous substances in the country. The rising mortality rates from prescription drug overdoses have now exceeded traffic fatalities, resulting in at least 37,485 deaths in 2009. This statistic is just one of many startling facts about prescription pain pills and the national epidemic they’ve caused. Here are 10 frightening facts about prescription pain pills: Read more

Friday, November 18, 2011

Warming Ginger Bath for the Winter

Learn a recipe for a warming bath, especially great to warm up during those cold winter days!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The Glycemic Index: How It Affects Your Diet

Margaret Durst explains how the glycemic index to choose which foods to eat.
Glycemic Index or GI is a measure of the effect of the carbohydrates in foods on blood-glucose levels. Carbohydrates that break down quickly in the process of digestion have high GI values, while carbohydrates that break down slowly have low GI values.

The concept of glycemic index is so important as it is helpful to the many people that struggle with diabetes and metabolic syndrome, also known as pre-diabetes. Not knowing how to eat for balanced blood sugar is an underlying cause in most diseases that plague Americans. Anyone can benefit by eating a low glycemic diet – especially those with high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, excess weight and many other conditions.

The glycemic index rates specific foods using the effect of pure glucose on blood sugar as the reference point – with pure glucose being 100 percent. High GI foods have a GI of 70 or greater. Intermediate GI foods have GI’s of 56 to 69 and low GI foods have a GI of less than 55. Read more

Monday, November 14, 2011

10 Health Benefits of Alfalfa Leaf

Edward Group calls Alfalfa Leaf the "father of all foods."
It should come as no surprise that the word Alfalfa actually comes from the Arabic phrases, al-fac-facah, meaning "father of all foods." This respect for the semi-woody plant is not only found in the Arabic world, but across the globe. The Chinese have long used Alfalfa Leaf as an appetite stimulator, as well as a healing digestive remedy for alleviating ulcers.

Ayurvedic medicine in India has used alfalfa leaf for a variety of applications, including ulcers, water retention, and arthritic pain. Colonial Americans used the plant to ward-off cancer, scurvy, menstrual difficulties, arthritis, as well as urinary problems. Alfalfa Leaf has also been traditionally used to effectively combat a variety of infections. Read more

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Heal with the Miraculous Powers of Garlic

Garlic is nature's wonder drug. Its medicinal value has been understood by herbalists for at least 2000 years
When you're sick with the flu, an infection, or simply unwell, doctors will usually prescribe antibiotics. We all know however, how dangerous antibiotics can be. But what if you could find that very cure for these things in nature, where you wouldn't have to suffer the dismal side effects of nausea, wrenching stomach pains, potential hallucinations, and a gruesome attack on the friendly flora that lives in your intestines? What if you didn't have to feel like a run-down old tractor, or like you've suddenly run out of batteries?

Yes, it stinks a bit - no wonder vampires hate it! But the abundance of health benefits contained in a single clove of garlic should be enough to make you embrace it - for there is a whole list of those benefits. In Russia, garlic is even called the 'Russian Penicillin', where it's healing properties make it the most potent antibiotic nature can offer. Read more

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Are You Getting Enough Folic Acid?

Are you getting enough folic acid? Edward Group lists 15 foods high in this critical micronutrient.
It’s important to get adequate amounts of folic acid in the diet for a variety of health reasons, both physical and mental, but mostly for cellular growth and regeneration. In fact, a recent article from the New York Times named folic acid one of the most “luscious micronutrients” found in foods, and multiple studies suggest that a lack of folic acid may lead to mental conditions such as depression.

Physiologically, consuming enough folic acid allows the body to perform many of its essential functions, including nucleotide biosynthesis in cells, DNA synthesis and repair, red blood cell creation, and also helps to prevent anemia. Folic acid, also known as vitamin B9, is perhaps most well known for its applications in the prevention of fetal deformities, Alzheimer’s disease, as well as several types of cancer. The good news is that there are many rich sources of folic acid that are easy to incorporate into your daily diet.

List of Foods with Folic Acid

The following list will discuss the top ten foods with folic acid. Of course, organic is best (especially if you are pregnant!). Read more

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

26 Reasons Why You Should NOT Take Prescription Drugs and 14 Reasons Why You SHOULD Take Natural Medicines

Bill Sardi lists 26 reasons why you should not take prescription drugs and 14 reasons why you should take natural medicines.
Prescription drugs – more than 100 million Americans take them, often without question. But why? Despite decades of studies showing Rx drugs are potentially harmful, sometimes prompting drug recalls and news reports of needless deaths, most patients never question their doctor when given a prescription for an FDA-approved drug. True, many senior Americans are forced to forego filling their prescriptions for financial reasons, but they aren’t forgoing their medications because they perceive their medicines are problematic.

Americans love to take pills. The average 75-year-old has three chronic conditions and uses five prescription drugs. Americans feel blessed they live in a country that has miracle drugs that are the envy of others all over the globe, and often feel they want the best that modern medicine has to offer. Newer drugs are often avidly preferred after hearing about them on television ads even though their safety record will not be fully known for a few years. Read more

Friday, November 4, 2011

8 Unusual Uses for Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is not only a natural remedy, it's a mold master, vegetation avenger, and much more, says Mark Sisson.
Besides the odd scraped knee and that one fateful summer where you decided you’d look better as a blonde, you haven’t had much time for the medicine cabinet staple hydrogen peroxide. However, it should be noted that it does have a number of wild and unusual purposes…

But first, a discussion of what exactly this bubbly little solution is: In its purest form, hydrogen peroxide, or H2O2 as it is referred to by chemists and other science-nerds, is actually highly toxic. What you are generally getting when you buy an over-the-counter variety is only 3% hydrogen peroxide, with the rest made up of plain ol’ H2O! Hydrogen peroxide is probably best recognized by its signature brown bottle, which is used not as a marketing strategy, but to actually protect the bottles’ contents, which are highly sensitive to light.

But let’s talk about all of its many uses: Read more