When we think of stamina, we tend to think of long-distance runners and other intense athletic endeavors. Stamina, however, is also a measurement of your everyday physical capabilities. We need stamina to carry groceries, take the stairs, and rock our children to sleep; among a thousand other daily tasks.
Shopping for supplements can be a challenging task. After all, everyone has come across shelves full of bottles of the most varied colors and sizes and spent minutes, or even hours, contemplating them, not knowing what to take home. Those who buy online face the same problem as the variety of brands with a virtual presence is huge. This article clarifies the main criteria you should evaluate when choosing a dietary supplement brand.
Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the US, and according to the CDC, by age 70 one in five people will have developed a form of it. This summer–and always–skin health should be a priority. To maintain proper skincare in the sun we need to know what to look for in a sunscreen, how to apply it correctly, and other preventative measures we can take alongside it.
Keeping good blood pressure is essential for a healthy and happy life. Yet, half the American adults live with hypertension or high blood pressure.1 This article explains what blood pressure is, the consequences of having high blood pressure, and how to control your blood pressure to stay healthy.
This is probably not the first time you have heard to not drink, smoke, or take drugs. Perhaps you’ve heard it from parents, community leaders, or government-sponsored PSA’s about the war on drugs and to “just say no.” While the science overwhelmingly shows that common recreational substances can be dangerous, people are going to do what they’re going to do.
Invisible illnesses are those you don't recognize easily just by looking at someone. But that doesn't mean they aren't suffering or that they don’t have limitations. Read on to understand what invisible diseases are and to learn some strategies to cope with them.
Studies show that people who eat breakfast regularly tend to have healthier eating habits overall. Overnight, the liver breaks down glycogen and releases it into your bloodstream as glucose to keep your blood sugar levels stable. Your brain relies almost entirely on glucose for energy, so replenishing those stores in the morning is crucial if you want to get through your day clear-headed and make healthier choices for lunch and dinner.
It’s impossible to avoid them since they’re everywhere, as much as we don’t see them. Could environmental toxins be a threat to human health? Let’s find out.
While one in five adults has some form of mental illness or disorder that may meet the qualifications to be considered disabling. These already-high numbers are almost certainly under-reported, due to societal stigma and fear of being labeled “crazy.”
The link between digestion, mood, and health relies on a double layer of millions of nerve cells covering the GI tract from the esophagus to the rectum. Scientists call it the enteric nervous system (ENS), or the gut’s brain. This article will explore the two-way relationship between the brain and the gastrointestinal (GI) system to understand how it affects our physical and mental health.
Self-actualization is a mountain of a task, but you have your whole life to figure it out. By breaking down your goals for a healthy mind, body, and soul into manageable habits, you greatly increase the likelihood of reaching a point where you reap the benefits of balance.
As far as we know, aging is inevitable. And during this process, our memory can start to fail. Luckily, there are natural ways to prevent this from happening too soon.
Take Care of Your Heart. In a world with stressful jobs and ubiquitous transportation it’s easy to not exercise, and building a healthy habit takes time. However, taking care of your heart is worth it. You can’t change your genes, but a proven way to prevent heart disease is proper exercise.
A shift from short to long term inflammation causes changes in all tissues and organs, affecting the cell´s physiology. Furthermore, the impaired immune function increases the susceptibility to infections. Many health conditions have a known inflammatory component. Some of them are pretty common such as metabolic syndrome, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, Alzheimer´s, Parkinson’s, and depression.
The key is that it’s not about being restrictive. “Plant-based” best aligns with semi-vegetarian habits, which simply means: the fewer processed foods and the more plants, the better. Some meat and other animal products are an option, but it’s up to the individual and their own goals.
Healthy, Natural Dessert Alternatives: Recipe Included! If you don’t give a Christmas fig and just want all the pie this holiday season, we’re not going to stop you from living your best life. But if you, like many of us, know you will regret that extra slice; here are some ways to handle this particular holiday hurdle.
This holiday season, once again, Thanksgiving comes after a long year of pandemic upheaval. There have been political battles, social schisms, and periods of prolonged economic unrest. As the fall chill settles in and fires light in hearths around the country, it’s a time for reflection and some much-needed self care. This article is about finding what makes you feel grateful this Thanksgiving - and no, it’s probably not just that big sale coming up at your favorite store on Black Friday.
The lungs are vital organs for our health. They are part of the respiratory system, responsible for delivering oxygen to our cells and removing carbon dioxide from our bodies. For this reason, it is crucial to take good care of your lungs. And did you know that you can do this without having to use drugs or spend money on expensive medical treatments? In this article, we'll look at 10 ways to take good care of your lungs in a natural way.
Women’s health, and menopause in particular, are topics filled with misinformation. Whether due to the lack of historical importance placed on educating around women’s health or just an abundance of fraudulent product marketing, some of this misinformation can damage our perspective on what it really means to make a healthy lifestyle choice.
An invisible illness, also known as an invisible disability, is a chronic health condition without outward symptoms. In other words, you cannot see any physical signs of the illness on the person suffering from it. Many invisible illnesses are autoimmune diseases, meaning the immune system overreacts to regular stimuli, causing damage to your body's cells.
Before Westernized Medicine, how did we as humans heal ourselves? Since the dawn of civilization, humanity has been working with the natural world, healing itself in holistic methods and through the use of traditional medicines. Traditional medicine has strong historical roots from various cultures and groups around the world. Using natural remedies and healing herbs, people have been healing themselves and others for centuries. We have put together some common healing practices from various parts of the world to show how alive this holistic type of healing is.
We have been fighting COVID-19 for over a year. If you or a loved one has recently recovered from COVID, you may be interested in knowing how to strengthen your immune system to be prepared to fight against flu and other respiratory illnesses, as the flu season is almost upon us.
If you have autoimmune disease you have to be very careful of excess salt. Salting to taste at home should be okay but once you are eating out the salt level can be way too high. Excess salt can increase your inflammatory T cells which include your T helper 17 cells. Your T helper 17 cells then send inflammatory signals throughout the rest of your body.
Have you ever wondered why you feel sick to your stomach when you are nervous or anxious about something? Or why do you feel butterflies when you see someone you like? The reason for this is the scientifically proven connection between our gut and brain, which allows both systems to be affected by each other. Hence every time that you have felt a change in your gut functioning due to changes in your emotions and thought it was a mere coincidence, it was not, and the association is actually proven by scientific data and reasoning.
Changes in the Gut Microbiota: Studies have shown a change in the gut microbiota in individuals who constantly find themselves in stressful situations. This has been demonstrated by a higher number of inflammation-causing microorganisms in the gut as compared to those that benefit the gut, in turn promoting an unhealthy gut.
Not everyone who endures trauma develops PTSD, and not everyone requires treatment. But for many, these symptoms can be disabling and intense. With the proper holistic and psychological support, PTSD is treatable. A holistic approach allows the survivor to repair their body and mind to help them live a happier, healthier life. Here are a few treatment options for treating PTSD...
Alzheimer’s disease is one of the frightening diseases of old age people. Imagine you start forgetting little things, you don’t even recognize the face of your close ones. It's not just about waiting and hoping that by taking pharmaceutical care, we might fight Alzheimer’s disease. Many types of research have been put forward extracting ways on how you can reduce the disease from developing and progressing.
Most people, as they age, will begin to focus more attention on their physical needs than mental ones. Between the increase in aches, pains, and limitations, it is hard not to. Unfortunately, life doesn’t ever really slow down for any of us, so we try our best to ensure our bodies can keep up with it all - but what about our minds?
Suggested alternative treatments often include acupuncture, massage therapy, nutrition, and various forms of exercise, such as yoga and tai chi. While it is always important to speak with your primary care physician, some or all of these approaches may be used to reduce arthritis symptoms and improve health.
Alcohol has a great prevalence in our culture today both in regards to ingesting and for topical use. How often do you go to a social gathering where they are serving a variety of alcoholic drinks? Maybe its wine, hard alcohol or even beer. It seems to be the norm to have one, two or three drinks. If we aren’t careful this can lead down a slippery path as our bodies are not made to consume alcohol in excess.
The vast number of commensal bacteria living inside the gut also help the immune system by competing with invaders for attachment sites and nutrients, and producing antimicrobial compounds that destroys pathogens. They also help educate the immune system from birth, thus teaching it to distinguish between commensals and intruders.
Ask yourself: How colorful was your lunch today? Did you include fruits and veggies in every meal? Did most of my plate include plant-based foods? Maybe it’s time to help our systems along in the daily battles against the sneaky pathogens we are exposed to.
The Traditional Japanese diet is highly recommended for optimal wellbeing. It supports life quality, improves longevity, and increases life expectancy. The diet composition is highly nutritious and offers various health benefits. It reduces the risk of certain medical conditions, including cardiovascular dysfunctions, obesity, and diabetes, that help prevent premature death.
Controlling inflammation to prevent cardiovascular disease is highly beneficial. Hypertension, high blood sugar and high cholesterol activate the body’s inflammatory response so lifestyle modifications that control these conditions will have long lasting health benefits. Some of these lifestyle changes include...
The immune system is weaker among those with heart disease so it is more difficult to combat infection. At the same time, Covid-19 may affect the cardiovascular system so those who already have preexisting heart problems can have a more severe infection.