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17
DEC

Chicken Noodle Soup Rx:

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Herbs,Nutrition at 8:00 am | By: Jeremy Michael, Contributing Author

 

With cold and flu season quickly approaching I wanted to breakdown one of the most commonly prescribed remedies to help get you back on your feet. No, I am not talking about antibiotics, cough syrups, decongestants, Tylenol or any type of prescription or over the counter drug. I am talking about chicken noodle soup. Moms and grand moms everywhere have long prescribed this hearty broth to help combat colds and flues. How is it though that a soup can make you feel better?  Lets breakdown a typical recipe and discuss how each ingredient plays a key role in making you feel better.

Normally when we sit down to eat soup it is boiling hot. Not only do the ingredients of the soup help make you feel better but also the temperature. This burning hot soup actually causes a change in our body temperature. We feel warm inside, maybe even start to sweat a little. This increase in body temperature helps us to fight off the infection.  It causes our blood vessels to dilate improving blood flow, which contains our natural defenders. Hot soup can actually help to clear that awful congestion you might be suffering from. A study looking at mucus velocity showed that hot chicken soup, either through aroma or taste was superior in increasing mucosal flow vs. hot or cold water. Besides the temperature the broth of this is also very hydrating for when you most need it.

Allium Sativum and Allium Cepa more commonly known as garlic and onion are two key ingredients found in almost every chicken noodle soup. Besides offering remarkable flavor profiles these vegetables actually have numerous health benefits. Both garlic and onion are anti-viral and anti-microbial, which means they help fight against unwanted pathogens. Onion is also considered a diaphoretic herb, which means it is causes the body to heat up and thus sweat. These are not the only ingredients in your soup that have health benefits though.

Herbs like Thymus vulgaris (Thyme) and Petroselinum crispum parsley are also common added ingredients in chicken noodle soup. Thyme is another one of those herbs that are antimicrobial. Another added benefit of adding thyme to your chicken noodle soup is that it is a relaxing expectorant. Relaxing expectorants are used to help break up mucus so you can get rid of the unwanted congestion.  Parsley is rich in vitamins C & A which both play a key role in supporting your immune system. This cold and flue season don’t forget that food is medicine. Try out some different chicken noodle soup recipes using a combination of different ingredients.

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30
NOV

4 Mushrooms You Need this Winter

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Supplements at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

 

 

A lot of people think of mushrooms as a pizza topping but there’s so much more to this culinary delight. Recently, more research is showing the medicinal benefits of mushrooms. Especially, when it comes to our immune system. This cold and flu season, see what all the magic is about with these mushrooms.

Agaricus Blazei Murrill Mushroom is an edible Brazilian mushroom with a low caloric content and high nutrient density. Agaricus, nicknamed “God’s Mushroom” due to its near-miraculous curative benefits for the afflicted, has been used for generations by people looking to combat chronic and acute allergies, stress, and chronic fatigue, as well as to treat a litany of diseases and disorders relating to the immune, cardiovascular and digestive systems.

Shiitake (for centuries referred to as the “Elixir of Life”) is rich in several anti-oxidants. Mainly known for their immune system support, the shiitake variety of mushroom contains lentinan, which helps strengthen the immune system so that it can better fight off disease and infection. According to the American Cancer Society, lentinan is believed to stop or slow tumor growth, too, though it notes that more clinical trials are needed to fully gauge the mushrooms’ effectiveness. The shiitake also contains a compound called D-Eritadenine (DEA), which has been known to lower cholesterol and support cardiovascular health.

Maitake, also known as “hen of the woods”, are a large species of mushroom native to Japan, North America and Europe. Often found growing in clumps around the base of oak trees, maitake can reach a weight of 50 pounds. Scientific studies show the extract of this highly prized edible mushroom to have potential benefits for stabilizing cholesterol and blood sugar levels, promoting healthy immune functions and aiding in cancer treatment and prevention.

Reishi are hailed in ancient Eastern medicine as the “mushroom of immortality” and the “medicine of kings”. The reishi more than lives up to its lofty reputation by helping boost the immune system, fight cancer, ward off heart disease, calm your nerves and relieve both allergies and inflammation.

 

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16
NOV

Essential Homeopathic Cold & Flu Medicines for the Whole Family

Filed Under: Baby and Child Health,Health Concerns & Ailments,Homeopathy at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

 

As winter weather and the holiday season approaches, we spend more time indoors with family and friends, trading hugs and handshakes and sharing meals. Unfortunately, this increases our risk of catching a cold or flu. Simple proactive steps such as frequent hand washing and getting adequate rest can make a difference. However, if cold and flu-like symptoms can’t be avoided, try nipping them in the bud with a homeopathic medicine.

For cold symptoms: Coldcalm® addresses symptoms at every stage of a cold, such as sneezing, runny nose, nasal congestion and minor sore throat. These quick-dissolving tablets are recommended for everyone ages three and up.

 For coughs: Chestal® Cough Honey works naturally with the body to relieve all types of common coughs. The natural goodness of honey coats and soothes the throat, while the blend of homeopathic medicines loosens chest congestion. Recommended for everyone ages two and up, this dye-free syrup does not contain artificial flavors or colors.

For flu-like symptoms: At the first sign of fatigue, fever, chills and body aches, families around the world have relied on Oscillococcinum® for more than 65 years to reduce both the duration and the severity of flu-like symptoms. Recommended for everyone ages two and up, Oscillo’s sweet-tasting, kid-friendly pellets dissolve quickly under the tongue, meaning no water, chewing or swallowing is required.

These three medicines are must-haves for your family’s medicine cabinet this winter. They do not cause drowsiness or sleeplessness, and they do not interact with other medications. They work best when taken at the first sign of illness, so you can take them as soon as you develop symptoms. There’s no need to wait until you’re “sick enough,” so you won’t miss out on your office’s holiday party or a trip to cut down the family tree with your children.

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12
NOV

Get More Energy

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Nutritional Bars,Supplements at 8:00 am | By: Jeremy Michael, Contributing Author

 

 

Do you have problems finding the energy to get up and work out in the morning or have trouble maintaining your energy throughout your work out? Don’t worry, LuckyVitamin has an array of energy chews, shots, gels and bars that can help get you going and even keep you going throughout your workout.Your body uses two primary sources of fuel to feed the muscles when you’re running: fats and carbohydrates. Your body relies on carbohydrates as its primary fuel source when racing.

I personally find myself getting home from work struggling to find the energy to make it to the gym. The first thing I do when I feel like this is reach for my energy chews. Products like Honey Stinger Energy Chews are naturally caffeinated from white tea.  These chews contain 32mg of white tea extract per package, are comprised of 95% organic ingredients and sweetened with organic honey. They are perfect for athletes and other individuals looking for a little extra energy to help them get through their workout. Another product that I couldn’t live without are the GU-Energy Chomps. This company makes Chomps that are both caffeinated (20mg per serving) and non-caffeinated as well contain a proven blend of carbohydrates, amino acids, antioxidants and electrolytes. These products are not only good to take before a workout, but can also be useful while you are out on your run, bike ride, walk, etc.

Need more then a chew to fill you up on your long workout? We got you covered with a large assortment of energy bars. We have bars that are gluten free, dairy free, soy free, vegan and even kosher. The Vega Sport Immediate Sustained Energy Bar is not only packed with 27g of carbohydrates (the preferred energy source during a workout), but it also taste great!  It is vegan, gluten free, artificial color free, artificial sweetener free, eco-friendly and non-GMO.

The last must-have workout pick-me-ups are energy gels. These carb-packed energy fuels come in tiny packets, but deliver a great a deal of energy. These gels are designed to replenish carbohydrate stores that are depleted when running, biking, walking or doing any other form of exercise. Fueling the body with what it needs during your workout will help keep you going. Some of these gels also contain caffeine for that extra little pick-me-up. I specifically enjoy the taste of the GU Energy Energy Gels. They come in a variety of flavors and each one seems to be more delicious than the next.

Don’t let fatigue get in the way of good workout.  Shop LuckyVitamin for your energy boosting needs.

 

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6
NOV

Chocolate Helps with Memory

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Health Foods,Nutrition at 8:00 am | By: Jeremy Michael, Contributing Author

 

As if you didn’t already love chocolate enough, a small-scale study found that an antioxidant in chocolate might improve memory skills associated with age related memory loss. The study, which was released by the Journal Nature Neuroscience, included healthy people ages 50 to 69, who for three months drank a mixture high in antioxidants called cocoa flavanols. This group performed better on a memory tests than those who drank a low flavanol mixture. Flavonoids are naturally occurring compounds that can be found in a variety of foods such as fruits, vegetables and other plant-based foods. Cocoa flavanols are a unique blend of phytonutrients that can only be found in the cocoa bean. This research supports other findings showing that flavanols, especially epicatechin (found in cocoa beans), improved blood circulation, heart health and memory in mice, snails and humans.  The researchers of this study also found that the flavanol mixture was able to increase activity of the dentate gyru: the part of the brain that is involved in memory associated with recognizing faces and remembering where you parked your car.

Unfortunately for us chocolate lovers out there you would need to consume about seven average-sized chocolate bars to replicate the amount of epicatechin (138 mg) used in the study. However, if you do want to try to increase the cocoa and chocolate in your life then shop LuckyVitamin. We carry chocolate bars like Theo Chocolate, which is organic, non-GMO, vegan, kosher, soy free and fair trade. We also have other top brands like Chocolove, Green and Black’s Organic, Dagoba, Newman’s Own, and Endangered Species.  Endangered Species chocolate is protecting diversity of life on our planet and promoting true global change with each chocolate bar.  They donate 10% of net profits to organizations that support species conservation, habitat preservation and humanitarian efforts. While you might not increase your memory overnight eating our organic chocolates, at least you will be happy doing so.

 

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3
NOV

7 Herbs to Control Blood Sugar Levels

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Herbs,Supplements at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Hyperglycemia or high blood sugar levels is a major problem in the U.S. According to the American Diabetes Association, nearly 30 million Americans have diabetes and 79 million are likely to develop diabetes over time. High blood glucose happens when the body has too little insulin or when the body can’t use insulin properly. Changes in your diet and exercise can help but if you need a little more help, here are 7 herbs to help regulate blood sugar levels:

1. Cinnamon: has been shown to improve insulin sensitivity and lower blood glucose levels. Only about half of a teaspoon of cinnamon per day can improve one’s insulin sensitivity and help controlling weight, thereby decreasing one’s risk for heart disease. Studies have proved that cinnamon can significantly lower HbA1c levels, as well as significantly reduced blood pressure. Cinnamon supplementation may be considered as an additional dietary supplement option to regulate blood glucose and blood pressure levels.

2. Gymnema: this herb Ayurvedic name, Gurmar, means ‘destroyer of sugar’ and it has some unusually beneficial properties for treating diabetes. One of the primary active ingredients in Gymnema sylvestre is gymnemic acid, a unique compound which increases the production of insulin, improves glucose utilization and may even help to regenerate islet beta cells within the pancreas which produce insulin. Gymnema sylvestre supplementation appears to improve glucose control in patients with type II diabetes.

3. Bitter melon:  this vine-grown vegetable is also called bitter apple, bitter gourd or bitter cucumber. Diabetes Health reports that several compounds in bitter melon may have glucose-lowering properties, including polypeptide P, vicine, and momordin and charantin, which are glycosides. The taste of bitter melon is very bitter, so you may consider supplements or eat it with sweeter vegetables such as onions, baby corn, or bell peppers.

4. Neem: found abundantly in India, the bitter leaf has a number of amazing medicinal properties. Neem enhances insulin receptor sensitivity, helps improve blood circulation by dilating the blood vessels and, consequently, lowering blood glucose levels

5. Fenugreek: its dried seeds have culinary uses but this traditional herb has also been part of herbal medicine for centuries. Practitioners recommend fenugreek to improve symptoms of menopause and also to increase milk production in breastfeeding women. However, fenugreek supplements can also be used as a traditional remedy for high cholesterol and diabetes.

6. Prickly Pear Cactus: often part of the diet in Mexican and Mexican-American cultures, Prickly pear cactus can also be used for type 2 diabetes as studies have shown that frequent intake of this prickly pear can help to regulate blood sugar levels. Prickly pear cactus contains fiber and pectin, which can lower blood glucose by decreasing the absorption of sugar in the stomach and intestine.

7. Ginseng: several studies have found that American ginseng lowered blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes. The effect was seen both on fasting blood sugar and on postprandial glucose levels. One study found that people with type 2 diabetes who took American ginseng before or together with a high sugar drink experienced less of an increase in blood glucose levels.

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3
NOV

What to Eat to Beat High Blood Sugar Levels

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Nutrition at 3:17 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What you eat can help control your diabetes and keep your blood sugar under control. Next time you’re at the grocery store, start stocking up on the following heart healthy foods:

It’s important to get your daily dose of friendly fats.  Monounsaturated fats lower the risk of diabetes. These foods include applesavocado and nuts.

Taste the rainbow and improve your insulin sensitivity with nutrients found in colorful plants, especially in vegetables and fruits called anthrocyanins. Load up your cart with sweet, delicious blueberriesraspberries and blackberries.

Fill up on fiber. Roughage has been shown to slow the release of glucose into the body. You want to aim for 20-30 grams per day from fresh vegetables (think broccoli,artichokes and peas) and legumes, like beans and lentils.

Carb quality counts. Stay away from refined starches and stick to complex carbs that metabolize slower, such as whole grains and brown rice.

 

Also, keep in mind these healthy living tips:

Drink 64 ounces of water a day.

Catch more than six hours of sleep each night.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

Get at least 30 minutes of exercise a day.

 

 

 

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20
OCT

Think Beyond the Pink

Every month it seems is an “awareness” month and October is one of the biggest with “Pinktober” where everything feels like it turns pink!  Since most of us are already aware of women and breast cancer, we want to expand your awareness so you know there is more than women and pink. There are men too!

Yes, it’s true that 1 in 8 women (about 12%) will most likely be diagnosed with breast cancer but do you know that men can be diagnosed as well? This year it is projected that over 2,240 new cases of male breast cancer will be diagnosed and over 400 men will die from the disease.  Although a large percentage of breast cancers are not genetic, many are due to a genetic or hereditary background.  Approximately  5-10% of breast cancer can be caused from a variety of gene mutations including the BRCA (breast cancer susceptibility gene).  50% of BRCA carriers are male! In general there is a 1% chance of a man being diagnosed with breast cancer (1 in 1000) however this percentage increases up to 7% if a man is a carrier of the gene mutation.

There are many factors that increase the risk for men regarding breast cancer.

First, do men (or women) acknowledge that men have breast? Aren’t they just pecs?!

Is there a family history of breast and other cancers as most don’t equate this with a male breast cancer risk.  Learning about your hereditary health can save your life. If you have a family member with early age diagnosis of Prostate, Melanoma, Pancreatic, Breast and other cancers, then you may be at a higher risk. Even if you are a carrier of the BRCA or other gene mutation this does not mean you will get breast cancer, it just means you are at a higher risk and need to take the necessary precautions and be educated.  Perform a self breast exam more often or having frequent mammograms (yes men can have a mammogram and should do self exams!) are important tools for early detection. Unfortunately since no is checking, men are often diagnosed far too late.

In addition to knowing your risk factors, changes in your diet, supplementation, exercise programs and meditation may also help. Choosing more organic foods with little to no hormones added has been found to be helpful as breast cancer is often hormonally driven in men. A diet filled with organic cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, kale along with berries can also be beneficial.  Since we can’t always eat our nourishment, taking additional supplements or choosing green powders for drinks can help get the proper daily intake as well as supplements such as Vitamin D, Turmeric, Green Tea and natural products that works as an anti-inflamatory or antioxidants.

So this month while everything is turning pink, think about turning your lifestyle a little green. Now that you’re aware, become educated with your genetic background, know your risk and make healthier choices. And remember this month it’s not just about the women, it’s about the men too!

For more information on Male Breast Cancer, to purchase awareness products or to donate, visit HIS Breast Cancer Awareness (a fully accredited 501c3 nonprofit organization); http://hisbreastcancer.org/

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2
OCT

Breast Cancer: What the Medical Professionals Don’t Talk About

 

WARNING! This is NOT just “another” story for October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

Read on to learn something most people and medical professionals don’t know or talk about…

Let’s face it, if you’re a man you probably tune all the “pink stuff” this month right out!  But what if the pink ribbon had a little BLUE in it? Then would you notice it? Do men even know they have breast tissue? And if so, how many of you really DO anything with this awareness?

Ask yourself these questions and see how educated you really are?

(Questions below should be answered by both men and women);

  • Do you know or talk about a family history of ALL cancers for both genders?
  • Do you know that men can be diagnosed with breast cancer?
  • Do you (men and women) perform a self breast exam once a month?
  • Have you changed or improved your diet or nutritional intake to increase prevention?
  • Do you fit in at least 3-5 hours of exercise a week?
  • How much alcohol is “ok” to consume if you’re concerned about breast cancer?
  • Has anyone in your family (men and women) been tested for the BRCA (breast cancer susceptibility gene) mutation?
  • If you have family members (with or without a gene mutation) with Prostate, Ovarian, Melanoma, Pancreatic and other cancers does this increase your risk of Breast Cancer?
  • Does your family doctor, gynecologist or urologist talk to you about your risks due to a family history of cancer(s)?
  • Does your doctor perform a routine breast exam if you’re a man? If not, who is checking you for this if you do have a family history?
  • Can a man have a mammogram?
  • Do men have breasts?

 

Most of us know the stats on breast cancer in women (1 in 8 women will be diagnosed) but do you know;

  • This year it is projected that over 2,240 new cases of male breast cancer will be diagnosed and over 400 men will die from the disease.
  • 50% of the worlds BRCA (breast cancer susceptibility gene) carriers are male and there is an increased risk from 1% closer to 6% of a diagnosis as a male if a carrier of the BRCA gene.
  • Percentage fatality rate is often higher for men diagnosed with breast cancer as usually no one is checking, men don’t notice the symptoms, men are not aware they can be diagnosed with breast cancer and are not screened on a regular basis with the current insurance regulations.
  • Male breast cancer treatment consist of mastectomy due to limited amount of tissue and often followed with some or all; radiation therapy, chemo therapy and hormone therapy

This October, we need to stretch the boundaries of breast cancer awareness to include men and really help educate. Let’s add some blue to the pink and help men to learn they too can be affected by this disease. Men need to know they do have breasts and what their risk factors are. Women need to be informed not just for themselves, their sisters or daughters but for their husbands, brothers and sons. Let’s show what awareness is really all about and educate all genders.

For more information on Male Breast Cancer, to purchase awareness products or to donate, visit HIS Breast Cancer Awareness (a fully accredited 501c3 nonprofit organization); http://hisbreastcancer.org/

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26
SEP

The Natural Defense

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Supplements,Vitamins and Minerals at 8:00 am | By: Jeremy Michael, Contributing Author

With fall already here and the winter months rapidly approaching, the temperatures are going to start dropping.  This means sweaters, jeans and winter jackets are going to make the move from boxes to closets. This winter everyone is going to be looking for ways to boost their immune system and stay healthy. But you don’t need to worry; there are natural alternatives to help you save those sick days for when you really need to use them.

Probiotics are a great way to not only improve your digestive system, but also boost your overall health and well-being. These beneficial bacteria aid in the development of the intestinal cells, stimulate the maturation and development of immune system by aiding in the fight of pathogenic bacteria, detoxify the body, improve digestion and help to synthesize vitamins. Eighty percent of your immune system is found inside your digestive system, which means that a healthier gut equals a healthier you.

Vitamin D is one of the most talked about vitamins these days. It is a “powerhouse” supplement that has much more importance in the body than just aiding in the building of strong bones. This vitamin acts more like a hormone in the body by binding to different receptors. Vitamin D plays a critical role in your immune response by assisting your body in making well over 200 antimicrobial peptides which are necessary in fighting off a wide range of infections. Before starting supplementation, make sure to see your health care provider so they can check your vitamin D levels.

Elderberry, also known as Sambucus nigra, has traditionally been known for its ability to boost immune system function. Because of its strong antiviral properties, it has long been used to treat colds and flu. Sambucol, an elderberry based natural remedy, was shown to be effective in vitro against 10 different strains of influenza virus. Another study showed that Sambucol had the ability to reduce flu symptoms down to 3-4 days. Don’t worry about giving this to children either; it’s safe, effective and taste delicious!

This fall start boosting your immune system naturally so you are ready to fight off all the bacteria and viruses this winter. Check out all of these great products and much more found at LuckyVitamin.com.

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13
SEP

Nature’s Answer – Neem

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Herbs at 8:00 am | By: Jeremy Michael, Contributing Author

 

After reading an article last month about an incredible medicinal plant whose uses predate written records, I thought I needed to share some of the information I had learned. The medicinal properties of neem (Azadiracthaindica) have been known in India for over 4,000 years, yet most people have never heard of it.  A member of the Mahogany family, Meliaceae, neem is native to India and India’s subcontinent regions.

More than half of the world’s population still relies entirely on plants for medicines and neem is a great example of why they do so. This “jack of all trades” herb can be used for many different health conditions commonly seen today. Even more riveting is that almost all parts of the tree can be used, including the root, bark, resin, twigs leaves and more.  According to “The Medicinal Properties of Neem” the plant can be used to treat fatigue, coughs, fever, loss of appetite, worm infestations, chronic skin conditions as well as infections. The article also goes on to discuss one of the most important parts to the tree: the neem seed oil. This antimicrobial oil can be applied topically to fungal and bacterial skin infections.  Interestingly enough, the article also talks about the tree’s role in the treatment of cancer and other conditions.

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5
SEP

Easy Ways to Prevent Fall Allergies

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Summer is almost over. With less pollen in the air, summer allergies are almost done but it’s now time to prepare to prevent fall allergies.

Fall allergens like ragweed, mold and dust remain a problem for many people. Ragweed is the biggest allergy trigger in the fall. This yellow-flowering weed typically begins pollinating in August, affecting people as its pollen can travel for hundreds of miles with the wind. Mold allergies are also common as its spores can easily get airborne. Mold thrives in damp areas such as piles of leaves in yards and streets. Dust mites are a common indoor allergen and continue to make their way into your nose during the fall.

Runny nose, sneezing and itchy eyes are the most common symptoms of fall allergies, which are triggered when foreign invaders enter the nose and the immune system mistakenly releases antibodies, which attack the allergens, leading to the release of chemicals called histamines, and triggering runny nose and itchy eyes.

Boosting your immune system is one of the best ways to prevent fall allergies. Immune system supplements can strengthen the body’s defenses but there are a few easy ways for keeping these triggers at bay in your home to ensure that you are comfortable during the fall allergy season.

Cleaning is a must. Keep your house and work place clean and free of dust can make a big difference if you suffer from allergies. Vacuuming and dusting should be a priority in the fall.  Try to reduce the amount of mold by cleaning your bathrooms regularly as well as your bathroom windows and walls. Use a mix of water and bleach to kill mold and bacteria, and then turn on the fan to circulate air. Don’t forget to air out your home. Check local allergy forecast before you open the windows and avoid peak allergy hours.

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21
AUG

Summertime & The Living’s Easy When You Have These Singles on Hand

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Homeopathy at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

Sometimes summer fun isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. The hot and humid temps and afternoon downpours bring nasty insect bites, painful bumps and bruises as kids of all ages play outdoors, and troublesome indigestion from seaside picnics and spicy backyard barbecues. Make the most of the season by keeping some popular single homeopathic medicines in your medicine cabinet to help relieve conditions associated with these common summer activities.

Start with Apis mellifica and Ledum palustre. Apis relieves itchy eyes, swollen eyelids, and swollen, itchy, burning skin or lips caused by insect bites or allergies and relieved by cold compresses. Use Ledum for non-bleeding wounds as small as an insect bite. It also relieves swollen and itchy mosquito bites, especially when taken at dawn and dusk. These singles can be paired up with Boiron’s topical Calendula Gel for cool, soothing relief.

You’ll also want to relieve your aches and pains more naturally. Arnica montana is best known for its ability to relieve muscle pain and stiffness, swelling from injuries and bruising. Arnica has been used for centuries for its pain-relieving properties. Nux vomica is also another summer must-have. Nux is useful for gastrointestinal issues such as nausea and cramps from indigestion, especially after eating a lot of spicy food or drinking too much coffee or alcohol.

To explore more homeopathic medicines for these conditions and many others, use Boiron’s Homeopathic Medicine Finder at BoironUSA.com/bmf.

 

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7
AUG

Vitamin D Deficiency Could Double Alzheimer’s Risk

Filed Under: Announcements & News,Health Concerns & Ailments,Vitamins and Minerals at 11:21 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

In the largest study of its kind, researchers revealed that in older people, not getting enough vitamin D may double the risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. The study was released August. 6, 2014, online issue of Neurology.

The study evaluated blood levels of vitamin D, which includes vitamin D from food, supplements and sun exposure. Dietary vitamin D is found in fatty fish such as salmon, tuna or mackerel and milk, eggs and cheese.

“We expected to find an association between low vitamin D levels and the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, but the results were surprising—we actually found that the association was twice as strong as we anticipated,” said study author David J. Llewellyn, PhD, of the University of Exeter Medical School in the United Kingdom.

The study evaluated 1,658 healthy people over the age of 65 without dementia and had their vitamin D blood levels tested. After an average of six years, 171 participants developed dementia and 102 had Alzheimer’s disease.

The results revealed people with low levels of vitamin D had a 53-percent increased risk of developing dementia and those who were severely deficient had a 125-percent increased risk compared to participants with normal levels of vitamin D.

Those with lower levels of vitamin D were nearly 70 percent more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease and those who had severe deficiency were over 120 percent more likely to develop the disease.

The results remained the same after researchers adjusted for other factors that could affect risk of dementia, such as smoking, alcohol consumption and education.

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6
AUG

Run Five Minutes, Prevent Heart Disease

Filed Under: Exercise and Fitness,Health Concerns & Ailments at 3:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

A new study suggests that even a five-minute run may help prevent heart disease. Published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, the research concluded that running can reduce your risk of dying from heart disease regardless of your running speed.

The results of this study may motivate more people to start running or increase the frequency of their runs. Previous research has indicated many health benefits from running but this study is one of the largest to pinpoint the positive effects of running, especially for non-marathoners or non-triathletes.

Researchers studied more than 55,000 adults between the ages of 18 and 100 over a 15-year period, looking at their overall health, whether they ran and how long they lived. Compared to non-runners, those who ran had a 30% lower risk of death from all causes and a 45% lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease. In fact, runners on average lived three years longer than individual who did not run. When data was broken down by age, sex, body mass index, and smoking and alcohol use, the benefits were still the same. Researchers found runners who ran less than an hour per week have the “same mortality benefits compared to runners who ran more than three hours per week.”

However, researchers concluded that consistency was the main element. Participants who ran consistently over a period of six years or more gained the most benefits, with a 29% lower risk of death for any reason and 50% lower risk of death from heart disease or stroke.

Activities like running can lower your blood pressure and decrease the production of glucose, which cuts your risk of developing diabetes, according to the American Heart Association.

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Harbinger – Polypro Dip Belt

 
 
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