Archive for the ‘Health’ Category

We all think of fruits and vegetables as being great for promoting wellness, but most of us don’t immediately consider herbs and spices when we imagine the foods we should be consuming for ideal health. The reality is that herbs and spices are jam-packed with health-promoting chemicals, and they have more antioxidants than most fruits and vegetables. Here are five herbs and spices that are especially great for fending off disease. → Read more

7 Health Benefits of Deep Relaxation

The next time you tune out and switch off and let yourself melt, remind yourself of all the good work the relaxation effect is doing on your body. These are just some of the scientifically proven benefits…

1. INCREASED IMMUNITY

Relaxation appears to boost immunity in recovering cancer patients. A study at the Ohio State University found that progressive muscular relaxation, when practised daily, reduced the risk of breast cancer recurrence. In another study at Ohio State, a month of relaxation exercises boosted natural killer cells in the elderly, giving them a greater resistance to tumours and to viruses. → Read more

Maybe you’ve started off on a new health or dietary approach by making a list of all the foods and beverages that you are going to avoid. This approach is not very effective in the long term for a number of important reasons: → Read more

One of my favorite botanical substances is Carbon, also known as Activated Charcoal.

Carbon, or it’s more common name, Activated Charcoal has been around for thousands of years. It was even used by Hippocrates and Pliny in their day.

Activated Charcoal, derives it’s name from the process of taking the charcoal which results from the activity of controlled charring of the starting material (usually Willow Bark, aka Salix alba), and subjecting it to an oxidizing gas, i.e. air or steam, at elevated temperatures (which enhances the absorptive power of the charcoal by developing an extensive internal network of fine pores in the material). → Read more

Close your eyes and picture long rows of purple lavender with pale green stems stretching for miles on the French countryside. Now imagine breathing in that fragrant air. Are you feeling calmer already? The simple truth is that breathing in the scent of lavender can make you feel more relaxed, even drowsy. → Read more

If you’ve ever said something to the effect of “I can’t imagine life without my smartphone,” have we got a challenge for you.

A digital detox is a simple, free and healthy way to reconnect with your loved ones, your physical surroundings and yourself. Not to mention the benefits from this time spent unplugged range from rediscovering balance to improving your sleep to reducing feelings ofanxiety and depression. Basically, you’ve been missing out on something truly amazing, and that should end now. → Read more

Until just a couple of years ago, kale did not get nearly the same attention as other leafy greens like spinach or Swiss chard. Many people had not even tried kale and were not quite sure how it was prepared! Fortunately, that has all been changing in these past couple of years as people start to understand more about the amazing nutritional value that kale has to offer – and the amazing health benefits it offers as well. Whether it is chopped in a salad, sautéed in olive oil and garlic or put in a juicer and added to the morning smoothie, kale has got what it takes. → Read more

Is there a difference between the two aside from a few vowels?

The studies that boast of chocolate’s amazing health benefits are not referring to your average store-bought chocolate bar (damn misleading researchers). The chocolate that they’re referring to is raw cacao.

Raw cacao is made by cold-pressing un-roasted cacoa beans. The process keeps the living enzymes in the cacoa and removes the fat (cacao butter).

Cocoa looks the same but it’s not. Cocoa powder is raw cacao that’s been roasted at high temperatures. Sadly, roasting changes the molecular structure of the cacoa bean, reducing the enzyme content and lowering the overall nutritional value.

What are the health benefits of raw cacao?

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Are you drinking enough water? Exactly how much water are you supposed to consume on a daily basis? Most people do not drink the minimum amount of water that their body needs hoping that their daily consumption of soda, coffee, juice, and tea will make up for the amount of water that they are missing. → Read more

Your love for avocados is oh-so right, according to a new study that finds that eating an avocado a day can improve bad cholesterol levels — at least in overweight and obese people.

Avocados have gotten a bad rap in the past because they’re high in calories and fat. But it’s their richness in monounsaturated fat that researchers say gives avocado its ability to lower bad cholesterol. → Read more

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