Holistic Diet Fights Rheumatoid Arthritis
Catherine Ruehle used to be a celebrity baker with regular appearances on the Food Network, but she almost lost the use of her hands through rheumatoid arthritis. She has overcome all her symptoms using a holistic nutrition program and has even found a way to help others by changing her career from baker to culinary wellness nutritionist.
“In the process of trying to understand the concept of nutrition in a holistic way, I kept coming across ‘Integrative Nutrition,’ and thinking, ‘Hmmm … that would be an interesting way for me to turn this into something that could help people.’?”
To read more about Catherine Ruehle’s story, head over to the Wichita Eagle
Upcoming Study on Dogs’ Holistic Health
Golden retrievers are the breed of dog chosen for a thorough study on holistic health that includes everything from diet to family interactions and environment. The goal of the study is to see how holistic health affects the dogs’ chances of developing cancer.
Dr. Rodney Page, professor of Veterinary Oncology at the Flint Animal Cancer Center at Colorado State University says that this study will track three types of cancers: bone cancer, lymphoma and cancer in blood vessels because all three can be fatal to humans and canines alike.
Weight Loss Success Story: Juice Cleanse Leads to Better Lifestyle
Allan from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, found out about juice cleansing by watching the documentary Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead in which Joe Cross goes on a juice cleanse and becomes a weight loss success story while traveling all across the U.S. Amazingly, Allan has lost 60 pounds, and he found his diabetes symptoms greatly reduced.
“I am a Type II Diabetic and after only 2 days of juicing I noticed my blood sugars lowering,” he said, “Currently my morning fasting sugars are near normal and more importantly, I did my 6 month A1C blood-work (much more accurate lab testing) with my doctor and he was very surprised and pleased to let me know I had stabilized my blood sugars to near normal and could come off ALL my oral medications.”
Herbal Teas for a Beautifying Cleanse
Hydration is the key to beautiful skin, so why not make it more exciting by drinking tasty, warming herbal teas this winter? Many herbal teas are created to deal with skin issues ranging from acne to dry skin.
Yogi Teas’ Skin Detox, for instance, is a delicious tea flavored with orange peel and stevia leaf. It contains burdock and yellow dock root, which are used to relieve dry skin, dandelion root to cleanse the liver, and rose petal and hibiscus to achieve clear skin.
Grocery Shopping Online
Shopping local is better for the environment, but if you live in an area where there aren’t any health food stores, then shopping online might be your best bet. Often, those hard-to-find or exotic health foods are not found locally, so many consumers are turning to the internet. The number of online grocery shoppers has risen by 9.5 percent each year.
And it’s hard to resist shopping online when companies like Netrition.com provide thorough descriptions and nutrition facts about their products that include gluten-free, low-carb foods, and health supplements for all those who find regular supermarkets lacking in their desired food.
Pizza Is Allowed: Alkaline Food by Natasha Corrett
Natasha Corrett runs her own company called Honestly Healthy. Teaming up with nutritionist Vicki Edgson, she has earned a reputation for amazing home-cooked meals that are praised by celebrities such as Robbie Williams and Lisa Snowdon.
“The basis of Honestly Healthy is that you stick to alkaline foods – green vegetables, almonds, garlic, olive oil, lemons, tea – and cut out acidic foods such as oats, milk, chicken and rhubarb,” she says, “But only 70 per cent of the time. The idea is that it’s a lifestyle, not a diet, so you follow the rules only 70 per cent of the time. 30 per cent of the time you can eat normal, gluten pizza, chocolate and wine. Everyone needs to have a life and go to the pub now and then!”
Easy 7-Day Detox
If you feel like it’s time for a detox but don’t want to commit to a strict diet, SHAPE’s 7-Day Clean Eating Challenge could be the perfect solution. It’s a fun, easy 7 day detox governed by five simple rules, and you can either use the recipes provided by SHAPE or make up your own.
“It’s easy and the payoffs include skyrocketing energy, weight loss, better control over your appetite, and even better looking skin,” says Cynthia Sass, RD.
Best Natural Detox Foods
Not all natural foods are created equal. Some foods, such as garlic, have amazing detoxing properties. Aside from being both antibacterial and antiviral, garlic also stimulates your liver to release detoxing enzymes.
Ginger will cleanse your liver of free radicals, and cabbage is another amazing detoxing food, being a diuretic that will remove excess fluid. And of course green tea is both tasty and healthy as it is rich in antioxidants.
To read more about these detox foods, head over to Times of India
How to Live to 100 and Beyond
“They call it the grandmother affect,” says Dr. Seibel. “Interestingly, in a recent study of killer whales reported in Science, in which the grandmother whale survived and continued to live with the pod, the effect on her adult male offspring was a 14 times greater likelihood of his survival one year beyond the loss of his mother.”
Natural Flu Treatments
If you’ve been lucky enough not to get the flu this winter, it may be due to taking vitamins. Research has shown that vitamins provide immunity to infections as well as reducing the symptoms of the flu.
So even if you already feel symptoms coming on, eating vitamin-rich foods or taking vitamin supplements will go a long way to fighting the flu. Especially potent are zinc, vitamin C, NAC or N-Acetyl cysteine, and ECGC.
Lose Weight Fast
How to “Cheat” While Fasting
If you don’t think you have the willpower to fast for longer than 24 hours, then “cheating” may be the perfect solution. And recent research by the University of Illinois in Chicago has proven that you can still lose weight by eating on alternate days.
All study participants alternated between eating a normal calorie intake and fasting (though they were allowed a small percentage of daily calories on the fast day). What the researchers don’t yet understand is how the participants lost fat and not muscle mass.
Best City for Losing Weight
According to Trulia Trends, San Francisco is the best city in the U.S. for getting into shape and losing weight. There are so many great outdoorsy playgrounds and activities, from biking across the Golden Gate Bridge to running along the beach at Crissy Field.
The survey was based on categories such as “access to and consumption of healthy food,” “commuting by body power,” “plentiful gyms,” and “plentiful outdoor alternatives.”
Interview with the Founders of BluePrint
To get the real story on juice cleansing, Ali Rosen of the Daily Meal interviewed Zoe Sakoutis and Erica Huss, founders of BluePrint about the juice cleanses they offer.
“I think the biggest misconception is that you’re going to be tired and not have enough energy,” said Huss. “The truth is you’re actually feeding your cells instead of stuffing them. Think of the nourishment you get from 500 calories of bagels. You compare that against a bottle of a green juice that contains 6 pounds of produce; your body is receiving that differently.”
Smoothie and Juice All in One
“Whenever I make the Mean Green I always make enough for two juices,” says Joe Cross of Reboot with Joe, “I drink the first batch as soon as it’s juiced and then I store the other half in an air-tight glass container and save it for the next day. But, here’s the trick. I don’t just drink the juice. I still get the amazing nutrients from the Mean Green but I change it up and make it into a smoothie.”
“Here’s what I do…I add the leftover juice into my Breville blender, then add a frozen banana and 1 cup of almond milk. Blend it up and there you have it…a Mean Green Smoothie!”
How Well Do You Handle Change?
Considering the way change is a constant factor in our lives, we often have trouble accepting it. This is especially true with the signs of aging such as wrinkles or thinning hair.
“Our ability or inability to deal with change effectively is directly related to our relationship to change and our relationship to ourselves,” says Mike Robbins of Care2.com. “We spend a great deal of time focusing on the circumstances, situations, and details of the particular changes we’re facing, instead of taking a deeper look at what’s going on for us emotionally, which is where both the impact and the resiliency needed to deal with the change exists.”
Co-curricular Programs for Personal Development
Having a university degree is no guarantee of employment in this competitive market. So Professor Marilyn Andrews of Keele University believes that students should engage strongly in personal development as part of their academic programs. She calls this “co-curricular” rather than extracurricular, meaning that it should be integrated into the university learning process.
“Engagement with non-academic pursuits is not only beneficial to student development, but is known to be highly valued by employers,” says Andrews, “It may seem like a small change, but by demonstrating to students that we view these activities as equally important to academic study, we encourage participation.”
How to Beat Sugar Addiction
Sugar is not an illegal drug, and yet it has a strong addictive quality that is very hard to break. It’s important to understand that this could require both dietary and lifestyle adjustments. For example, you could reduce salt and dairy consumption, since they both trigger the craving for sweets.
Fennel, anise and licorice root teas are good antidotes to sugar addiction since they stabilize blood sugar and taste sweet. Also, try to eat plenty of beets, apples, artichokes, and green leafy vegetables to support the liver, kidneys and adrenals and ease the transition.
Mushrooms Prevent Breast Cancer
“Most breast tumors are estrogen receptor positive, meaning they respond to estrogen; estrogen makes them grow,” says Dr. Michael Greger, “Well, with no estrogen around, many breast tumors devise a nefarious plan—they’ll just make their own! Seventy percent of breast cancer cells synthesize estrogen themselves using an enzyme called aromatase.”
“After years of searching, they found seven vegetables with significant anti-aromatase activity. You can see the graph in my video Vegetables Versus Breast Cancer. Bell peppers, broccoli, carrots, celery, green onions, and spinach dropped aromatase activity by about 20%, but mushrooms forced down the estrogen-producing enzyme more than 60%.”
Taking Time for Self Care
Even when it feels selfish to take the time for a massage or manicure, it’s important to give yourself this time to relax. You might feel like it’s taking time away from your kids, friends, and loved ones, but in reality this is not at all a selfish act.
“If you can start with one way to care for yourself, it will lead to a better understanding of yourself and likely, a desire to continue to care for yourself in other ways as well. It can be really hard to convince yourself that you deserve any appointment, any extra measure of care. I understand that,” says Kat Dawkins of PsychCentral, “If you fight with negative thoughts, like I often do, remind yourself that self-care is essential to our well-being; it’s not selfish or extreme.”
Managing Internet-Induced Stress and Anxiety
Having access to unlimited knowledge about current events via the internet makes us feel well-informed, but Nathan Feiles of PsychCentral calls this vast array of knowledge a “double-edged sword.” Because this unlimited access to information can be overwhelming, the side effects that are related to it can be emotional stress and anxiety as well as physical symptoms such as headaches and back pain.
Adopt a critical attitude towards news stories, especially ones that may be trying to scare you. You can ask, “Why is this being reported the way it is?” or, “Why is this being reported at all?” Usually, the answer is, “Because it sells.”