Category Health

Natural Remedies for Spider Veins

May 20, 2013 Natural remedies

spider veinsSpider veins are tiny red or bluish capillaries under the surface of the skin looking like spiderwebs or tree branches lines. They usually appear on the face, legs and thighs. Even though they are not a serious health issue, they are certainly beauty enemies. Spider veins are more common in women and often get worse during pregnancy.

Once they appear, there is no miraculous way to get rid of them completely, but there are natural remedies which can prevent, reduce and keep them under control.

Lifestyle recommendations to improve circulation

  1. Try to get better circulation. Keep your legs elevated from time to time, while resting, and make a few simple exercises when sitting for many hours...
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Eating, Juicing or Blending?

May 15, 2013 Nutrition

juicing or blendingQuestions about nutrition are never simple and always get more than one answer. Whatever the question, we often find passionate opponents and supporters of the same idea. One of these controversial questions is which is best: eating, juicing or blending fruits and veggies? Although eating seems to score best, with practically no cons, let’s take one at a time. The analysis of pros and cons only refers to homemade juices and smoothies, because bottled juices might contain preservatives or other not so natural ingredients.

Juicing – Pros

Nutrients in juice are better and faster absorbed – although often mentioned, it seems that there is no clear evidence to assert this or the contrary...

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Cherries – Deliciously Healthy

April 30, 2013 Nutrition

cherriesCherries are so great that you can enjoy them simply for their taste. But on top of that, they are also very healthy. So, if you love cherries you will be happy to know that research showed they have many positive health effects. And if you don’t love them, maybe you will come to reconsider.

One of the studies was conducted by dr. Russell J. Reiter, professor of neuroendocrinology at The University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, quoted by Bob Trott. The study revealed that tart cherries contain melatonin, a hormone produced by the body and considered able to fight insomnia and jet lag. Melatonin soothes the nervous system, thus having positive effects in case of neurosis and headaches.

Cherries are rich in antioxidants, which are responsible for a great deal of their benefi...

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Swimming – Lots of Fun and Benefits

April 26, 2013 Sports

swimmingSwimming is one of the best ways to get fit, with a lot of health benefits and no contraindications. It can be practiced at any age and even by people with health problems. The only barrier that could stop you from swimming might be not having a pool nearby. Or the fact that it is more expensive than other sports which require almost no financial effort.

Robyn Stuhr, exercise physiologist and director of the Women’s Sports Medicine Center at New York’s Hospital for Special Surgery, interviewed by WebMD, says that “Swimming will increase your stamina, can help ward off diabetes and high blood pressure, and relieves stress”.

Main health benefits of swimming and water-based exercise

Swimming and water aerobic classes are recommended for people with chronic diseases, like arthritis and os...

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The Vegan Bible: The China Study

April 18, 2013 Nutrition

veganThe vegan diet, like many facts about nutrition, is subject to many debates. While some “traditional” medicine doctors and nutrition specialists consider vegans to lack essential nutrients from animal proteins, others say the contrary. If you are interested in healthy eating you are probably familiar with “The China Study” written by Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Thomas M. Campbell MD. The book offers clear and concise arguments in favour of a plant-based diet.

Briefly, the authors examine the relationship between animal protein consumption and several chronic illnesses like diabetes, cancer and heart disease. One of the most complex study on nutrition was made in China...

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Propolis – Top Health Benefits

April 10, 2013 Natural remedies

propolisWhat is propolis

Propolis is a resinous mixture that honey bees collect from tree buds, sap flows, or other botanical sources. It is used as a sealant for unwanted open spaces in the hive” (source: Wikipedia). But twentieth century research showed propolis to be effective also in other ways besides protection against outside elements. It sanitizes the hive by inhibiting bacterial growth and prevents putrefaction within the hive, according to the same source.

Main health benefits

Made of resins from plants and trees, wax, essential oils, pollen an a combination of vitamins, minerals and bioflavonoids, propolis is considered the most powerful natural antibiotic...

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Enjoy the Outdoor Exercise Routine

April 2, 2013 Sports

Outdoor exercise routineThe benefits of a daily exercise routine are priceless, while the lack of exercise ruins all other efforts for a healthy body and mind, like healthy food or keeping up the good spirits… we all know it. However, knowing it is not enough to motivate us to exercise daily or at least 3-4 times per week. So, while some manage to get good results with indoor exercise, either at home or at the gym, others are still in search of a good motivation.

Exercising outdoor could be the key to success. Especially now, when the warm weather is here, tempting us to go outside and enjoy the sun and the fresh air. Moreover, you should know that there are benefits to exercising outdoor that are lost on a treadmill. Here are just three of them:

  • Outdoor workout eliminates many of the common excuses for not ke...

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Raw Food Diet – Pros and Cons

March 31, 2013 Nutrition

rawfoodThe raw food diet is trendy ever since a number of celebrities like Demi Moore, Madonna, or Gwyneth Paltrow have embraced it. Raw vegan diet promoters are very excited about its benefits, which are indeed quite appealing. On the other side, there are voices who claim that it is based on several misconceptions.

The raw food diet is a plant based diet in which the food is not cooked over 104 degrees Fahrenheit (40 degrees Celsius) in order to preserve the enzymes. Fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, vegetable milk, sprouted grains are either eaten fresh, dehydrated or fermented. That is why they sometimes talk about the live food versus dead food. Raw foodists consider that during cooking the enzymes and a great deal of essential vitamins and minerals are lost...

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Cinnamon Health Benefits

March 21, 2013 Natural remedies

cinnamonWith its enchanting and unmistakable flavour, cinnamon is a tasty ingredient in many food products. It is also known as a natural remedy used in traditional Chinese and Indian medicine. Moreover, several modern studies found beneficial effects of cinnamon in case of health problems like diabetes or high cholesterol, while other studies could not establish the same connection.

Here are some of the cases in which cinnamon is said to have a positive effect:

- In Chinese medicine it is considered able to release blocked energies which can cause pain and abdominal problems. Thus, the vital energy or qi can circulate again in the body and the pain is relieved. It is also used to treat colds and improve circulation because of its warming effect.

- It could play a role in lowering the level of blo...

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Pilates and Physical Perfection

March 11, 2013 Sports

pilatesPilates is a body working routine that focuses on building flexibility and coordination of the body without creating muscle bulk. Pilates comes from the name of its inventor, Joseph H. Pilates. Born in 1883 in Germany, he was a very sickly child, suffering from asthma, rheumatic fever and rickets. Joseph began studying how to train his body through body building, gymnastics, and yoga techniques. Thus he managed to overcome his frailty and became a true athlete.

Later on, he dedicated his life to curing others with his own methods. During World War I he created special exercises and equipment for the injured patients who were immobilized. Pilates’s philosophy that physical and mental health are connected influenced his exercise program...

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