Diet Healthy Foods Supplements Wellness 

Common Nutritional Deficiences: The Next 6

In our last article, we explained there are eleven common nutritional deficiencies among Americans, and we examined the top five. Even those of us who eat healthy may be vulnerable to deficiencies because of depleted soil, when our food was picked and how long it was stored, and even our own individual biological processes. Here is a look at the next 6 most common deficiencies:

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Healthy Foods Supplements Wellness 

Common Nutritional Deficiencies: The Top 5

Even if you eat a balanced diet of whole foods, and avoid processed foods, you may not be getting all the vitamins and minerals your body needs. Where your food was grown can influence the nutritional value of foods, as can soil quality and storage time. Your personal metabolism and state of health also affects how well your body uses food. There are 11 common nutritional deficiencies. Here are the top 5: 1. Vitamin D Vitamin D deficiency affects people of all ages, especially people who spend little time outdoors…

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Health Studies Wellness 

What the Feds are Saying About Medical Marijuana and Cancer

Even as the federal government continues to hold the line on marijuana laws, classifying the weed as a Schedule 1 Controlled Substance, it is simultaneously acknowledging the usefulness of medical marijuana in combating cancer. Schedule 1 drugs are those considered dangerous, addictive and lacking in medical merit. Federal government agencies serve many masters. The powerful prison lobby wants drug offenders behind bars. The FDA clients are big drug companies, which do not want medical marijuana competing with their products. Nevertheless, the National Cancer Institute recently referenced unpublicized studies that include…

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Diet Wellness 

Could Your Diet be Making You Depressed?

After decades of depression, Jodi Corbitt, a 47-year-old mother from Catonsville, Maryland, believed she would always have to take antidepressant medication to function. Then, in 2010, she decided to lose some weight. She stopped eating gluten, and within a month her life had changed. She says, It was like a veil lifted and I could see life more clearly. It changed everything. Corbitt had accidentally come across a phenomenon that scientists are just beginning to study: the idea food can impact the mind in the same powerful way it impacts…

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Diet Exercise Wellness 

How to Lower Your Blood Sugar Fast

Diabetes is a journey, and you learn as you go along. If you’ve had the disorder for a while, you probably know what will cause a spike in your blood sugar and how to correct it. If you are newly diagnosed, however, seeing a high number can be scary. First thing: Relax. Stress hormones cause blood sugar to rise even more. Drink a cup of calming herbal tea, breathe deeply, or take a little walk. Now spend a little while thinking about what you’ve eaten recently. It’s even better if…

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Healthy Foods Wellness 

The Benefits of Barley

One of our most undervalued grains is barley. Research shows that barley regulates blood sugar, and it helps those suffering from a variety of health problems. Its health benefits are attributable to the fact it is a complete protein, as it contains each of the eight essential amino acids. Barley is also an excellent source of both soluble and insoluble fiber. You can eat barley in salads, soups, stew and even as a side dish with meat or vegetables. The health benefits of barley include the following: Keeps Colon and…

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Natural Remedies Wellness 

Use This Essential Oil for More Than Just the Amazing Scent

Lavender oil smells heavenly, and unless you have access to fresh-cut lavender, the essential oil is the best way to enjoy it. But lavender essential oil is much more than fragrant. It has the ability to support our health in a variety of ways. Here are some of the health benefits of lavender essential oil: Bug Repellent: The smell of lavender essential oil is a potent repellent for mosquitoes, midges, and moths. Apply some of the oil on exposed skin. If you are bitten, the oil has anti-inflammatory properties that…

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Diet Healthy Foods Wellness 

Understand and Correct Your Body’s pH Balance

Many health experts now believe an acidic body is an unhealthy body. An acidic environment allows illness, bacteria and yeast to thrive. If the body is too acidic, it will pull minerals from vital organs and bones to neutralize the acid and expel it from the body. When this happens, your reserves of minerals such as calcium, sodium, potassium and magnesium are eroded, and the damage may not be fully realized for years. The American diet is filled with acid forming foods such as dairy, grains, meats and sugar. As…

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Natural Remedies Wellness 

The Chemistry of Essential Oils

Essential oils have become increasingly popular. If you decide to use essential oils for health, here is some basic related chemistry it will be helpful to know. First, you should know that therapeutic grade essential oils never contain propylene glycol or petrochemicals. Second, the chemical makeup of any essential oil determines its medicinal properties. Being aware of the chemical constituency of oils facilitates blending them for optimal effect. What are the Main Groups of Compounds in Essential Oils? The two main groups of compounds in essential oils are hydrocarbons and…

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Digestion Disease Healthy Foods Wellness 

How this Harvard-Trained Doctor Healed Himself

Dr. Akil Palanisamy is a physician who practices integrative medicine, and the author of a new book, The Paleovedic Diet: A Complete Program to Burn Fat, Increase Energy, and Reverse Disease.┬áHis interest in holistic health grew out years of struggle with his own health issues. Palanisamy was graduating from Harvard and had been accepted to medical school at University of California, San Francisco, when he starting having pain in his wrist and numbness and tingling in his arms. The pain was diagnosed as repetitive strain injury (RSI). He was prescribed…

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