Natural Ways to Prevent the Flu
According to Natural News, “Previously, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s own studies showed that they believe the flu vaccine to be only 16 to 63 percent effective against the flu. This is the same percentages as those who do not have the flu shot.”
Instead of getting the flu shot, some people are opting for homeopathic medicine or simply taking vitamins.Vitamin D has been effective not only in preventing the flu but also in reducing its symptoms. In a 2007 study, only one percent of those who took a vitamin D supplement actually got the flu.
Things to Do for Better Health in 2013
If you didn’t have any particular New Year’s Resolutions but you simply want to stay healthy and stress-free, here are plenty of ideas you can try.
For example, do deep breathing exercises for 5 minutes or more a few times a day. Deep breathing has been proven to reduce stress and anxiety and it can even be good for weight loss. Or, exercise during the commercials while watching TV. If you don’t have any exercise equipment, simply doing push-ups, sit-ups, and squats will make a big difference in your fitness level.
Three-Day Plan to Cleanse Your Liver
If you’re feeling tired or drowsy, it could be a sign that your liver is working too hard to eliminate toxins from your body. Other signs include digestive problems, a metallic taste in the mouth, dark circles under the eyes, or a metallic taste in the mouth.
The liver performs over 40 essential function in your body, so it’s no wonder it may get run down once in a while, especially if you’re on a less-than-healthy diet. So how do we detox the liver? This three-day meal plan by nutrition expert Fiona Kirk should do the trick.
Cleansing Foods for Optimal Health
If you’d like to try the Fit and Fabulous challenge by Marie Claire, week 1 begins with a cleansing and detoxing diet. It includes delicious foods like lean poultry and fish, a blend of spirulina and chlorella, herbal teas, gluten free grains such as quinoa, brown rice, or buckwheat, and Stevia, a natural sugar substitute.
Of course, coffee is a no-no, but if you miss it and need a substitute, try dandelion root tea. It has a very similar taste, but unlike coffee it also cleanses your liver.
Geeky Food Trends Keep People Grounded
Isn’t canning and pickling food something that your grandmother does? Not anymore. This “geeky” trend is becoming popular once again as more and more people want to feel connected to the food they eat.
It may have something to do with the urge to feel grounded in real life. The fast food lifestyle can be seen as representative of alienation from one’s body and from the rituals of old-fashioned meals. Taking the time to make our own food can automatically instill a slower pace and keep us grounded in our human experience.
Asparagus: a Super Food for Women
In Ayurvedic medicine, asparagus is called as Shatavari (one who possesses a hundred husbands and also that which cures 100 diseases) and Shatamuli (plant with 100 roots). In fact, this herb does have an amazing number of benefits, especially for women’s health.
It helps relieve PMS symptoms, restore healthy libido, enhance fertility. It also supplies the body with estrogen and helps to balance the female hormonal system, which is especially helpful to women who are experiencing menopause.
A Cocktail to Cure Your Cold
If you’re ever in Calgary, Canada, check out Meet, a lounge that boasts detox cocktails that cure anything from a cold to a hangover (in a hair-of-the-dog sort of way).
If hot toddies have traditionally been taken as cold and flu remedies, the cocktails at meet can be considered “cold toddies.” The Kung-flu-fighter contains bourbon, honey, lemon and ginger to ease cold symptoms such as sore throat or stuffy sinuses.
Super Ingredients for Detox Smoothies
Marc Grossman, author of “Smoothies : Cocktails de fruits et legumes d’un Américain à Paris” (Fruit and vegetable cocktails from an American in Paris) was one of the first people to bring juicing to the city of light. He has plenty of great ideas for surviving the winter blues and detoxing with delicious ingredients.
Because cocoa is rich in antioxidants and has been proven to increase the feel-good chemical of serotonin, Marc makes chocolate the prime ingredient in a mood-boosting shake that includes almond milk and flax seeds.
More and More Pregnant Women Seek Alternative Healthcare
Almost 50 percent of Australian expecting mothers are consulting alternative medicine practitioners for issues related to their pregnancy. A nation-wide study led by Amy Steel at the UTS Australian Research Centre in Complementary and Integrative Medicine surveyed 1835 women across Australia.
“There is not a lot of research on how women use [alternative medicine] during pregnancy, especially regarding consultation patterns with conventional and CAM practitioners,” said Ms. Steel. “Our study found that a substantial proportion, 49.4 per cent, of women consulted a CAM practitioner for pregnancy-related health and identified a pattern of selective use across different CAM practitioner groups for different health conditions.”
Go Ahead and Get Muddy
“For millennia, people have been using mud, clay and peat for healing purposes,” says Laurel Kallenbach of Experience Life “Traditionally, this has meant submerging in natural mud pools, typically found in regions with geothermal hot springs, like Ojo Caliente or the famed spas of Calistoga, Calif., where soaking in tubs of volcanic ash and peat has been popular for decades.”
“Mud relaxes you and improves your skin texture, but it does much more than that,” says Anne Williams, a spa consultant and author of Spa Bodywork (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2006). “Some types of mud can help relieve pain from arthritis or soft-tissue injuries and support the body’s natural detoxification processes.”
Lose Weight Fast
How Twitter Can Help You Lose Weight
While many people think posting on twitter just takes up valuable time, recent evidence shows that using this social network can have direct and positive results on weight loss.
A study conducted over a six-month period by the Arnold School of Public Health at University of South Carolina has shown that the participants who used a twitter app in addition to their regular weight loss program lost more weight than those who did not. In fact, they more actively they participated in Twitter the more weight they lost.
Five Surprising Weight Loss Tips
Nobody likes having extra weight around their midsection, especially belly fat or the side bulges known as “love handles.” As martial arts and fitness expert Matt Fury once said, “They’re not ‘love handles’ – they’re ‘hate handles.’ I’ve yet to meet one person who truly loves them.” Here are a few surprising weight loss tips that you can use to successfully battle the bulge.
From getting extra sleep to calcium supplements, you’ll be amazed at the little things you can do that will have an impact on your weight loss.
Can Juice Improve Your Sex Life?
“Nutrition specialist Drew Canole is all about juicing for its between-the-sheets benefits,” reports Diana Vilibert of Care2.com, “So much so that he’s created two recipes—one for women and one for men—made up of a unique blend of vitamins and hormones that’ll keep things steamy from start to finish.”
Some of the vegetables included in these juice cocktails are ones you probably use every day. For example, celery contains androsterone, a hormone that stimulates the sex drive. And kale is known to be super-healthy, but it is also a good libido-booster, being high in zinc, often called “the ultimate sex mineral.”
UK Vogue’s Unofficial Expert Weighs in on Juice Cleanses
Vogue’s “unofficial health expert” Calgary Avansino says the best way to create well-being is a long-term commitment to healthy living, but since everyone was asking her about juicing, she decided to recommend some juice companies in England and share her thoughts on juicing:
“The concept of a juice fast is fantastic – a restorative break for your system and most importantly serving as the physical and mental kick-start people need to turn over a new leaf (literally) and begin looking at whole living in a new light. If this is your intention then I’m all for it, but please don’t pay for a week’s worth of juices and expend all the energy it takes to stick with it just to jump right back on the processed food train the next day.”
Mindfulness over Positivity
There is a widespread belief nowadays that positive thinking will help you overcome every obstacle and that through this “special power,” you will become more healthy, attractive and successful. There are books, facebook pages, and even companies dedicated to spreading the word of positivity.
Dr. Neala Peake, Editor-in-Chief of All Things Healing website, says that constantly striving to have a positive attitude may not be the answer to all our problems; in fact, it could have a negative outcome because it basically means repressing any thoughts or feelings that are not part of your positive agenda. She suggests a mindful attitude instead.
Ending a Toxic Friendship
There are times when you just know that a friendship needs to end. Your so-called friend could be demanding more of your time than you’re willing to give, making you feel bad about yourself, or not reciprocating your kind gestures. Whatever the issue is, you should try to break up in a graceful way.
It’s important not to feel guilty or like you have somehow “failed.” Life coach Christine, Hassler says: “The purpose of any relationship is not to last forever, and one that doesn’t is not a failure. All relationships, from friendships to romantic ones, are teachers for us. Nothing makes us grow more than relationships.”
How to Protect Yourself from Electromagnetic Radiation
Did you know that your microwave is conspiring to give you cancer? Did you know your computer saps your energy, while your cell phone is plotting to give you a brain tumor? These are just a few conditions potentially caused by electromagnetic radiation emanating from devices you use on a daily basis.
Okay, so maybe your technological gadgets aren’t evil, but they do have a dangerous effect on the human body. The good news is you can minimize these effects by eating certain super foods and making simple adjustments in your home such as turning off and unplugging appliances you’re not using, talking on your cell phone in speaker mode, and avoiding fluorescent or halogen lights.
How to Stop Being Sleep-Deprived
Jackie Ashton is a SF-based writer, yoga teacher, and mindfulness practitioner who is “passionate about the intersection of design and well-being.” She offers some of her secrets to getting our well-deserved rest.
“Lots of things contribute to our well-being: our homes, our relationships, and, of course—our sleep. As we dive into the New Year, consider creating a sanctuary for slumber, a place that looks beautiful, yes, but also cultivates a state of serenity. Your bedroom should feel calming to your senses; a dark and quiet haven and a place to delight in the simple pleasures.”
To read more about getting a better night’s sleep, head over to Care2.com
Literature Better than Self-Help Books
And now science has proven him right. Reading works by authors like William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, and Wordsworth himself acts like a “rocket-boost” to the brain. According to English Professor Philip Davis, “The research shows the power of literature to shift mental pathways, to create new thoughts, shapes and connections in the young and the staid alike.
The Self Love Series with Author Christina Rosalie
Christina Rosalie’s book, A Field Guide to Now: Notes on Mindfulness and Life in Present Tense, promotes bothe self-love and following one’s passions. Christine will be offering her thoughts in a month-long series on PsychCentral.com. How does Christina herself practice self love?
“Remembering to breathe, and bringing awareness to the moment at hand and really deeply observing: my strong legs, my steady heart beating, my clear eyes that are able to take in the pale sky and the snow melt falling from the gutters, the latte in my hands, or my pen. When I do this, it gives me context and space to shift focus again back out into the world, and towards whatever I am doing in a way that offers more perspective.”