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February Issue Of Natural Alternatives
February 02, 2015

Natural Alternatives for Your Total Health


February 2015


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“The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well.” ~Hippocrates


IN THIS ISSUE:


1) THE ANCIENT ART OF T'AI CHI CH'UAN

2) CUCUMBER'S BENEFITS FOR SKIN CARE TREATMENTS

3) 10 HEALTH BENEFITS OF BEE BALM (LEMON BALM)


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1) THE ANCIENT ART OF T'AI CHI CH'UAN


Tai Chi (in English usage), is an internal Chinese martial art practiced for both its defense training and its health benefits. Some of t'ai chi ch'uan's training forms are especially known for being practiced with relatively slow movement.


It is an excellent form of exercise that offers many benefits. T'ai Chi is a low impact form exercise and is suitable for older people. The exercises help to build strength in the muscles and that is very important as people age and lose muscles mass through a lack of use.


It is also a very powerful form of stress management and it can have a positive effect on your youthful look.


T'ai Chi also helps people to become more balanced and to be steadier on their feet which reduce the chances of falls as people age.


Posture is another area that is improved through the exercises that are performed in T'ai Chi and this helps people to look younger because of the ability to stand tall.


The strength that you can build through the exercises will improve many areas of health and that will slow the aging process and improve the chances of living a longer life and having the ability to enjoy life better.


Many T'ai Chi instructors will adapt programs to suit the various age groups and levels of fitness and there are moves underway in many areas of the country to encourage more elderly people to start doing T'ai Chi as it has been shown to improve the quality of life for elderly people.


It can also help to reduce the impact that old injuries can have on pain management and the enjoyment that can be lost when injuries affect sleep and other areas of aging.


The social interaction of joining in with others to do T'ai Chi helps people to stay alert and coordinated and the positive attitude that this brings with it enhances their life keeping them younger for longer.


In Less Than 10-Minutes Per Day, T'ai Chi Can  Help You Get Back In Shape, Sort Out Your Diet And Give You A Balanced Exercise Routine Where You Don’t Even Get Out Of Breath!


And the best thing of all – you can do it almost anywhere – in the garden, the local park, the office, even in the comfort of your own home! No more making time, and paying for, the toil of turning out to the gym. No more hassle of travelling to and fro. No more turning out in the dark, wet and cold to go and practice. No more feeling awkward or embarrassed when in the company of those frustratingly trim 19 year olds.


Many thousands of people worldwide, having discovered T’ai Chi are now embracing it and seeing real results with growing numbers now accepting it as a welcome and refreshing new way of life. Quite simply: T’ai Chi embodies the secrets of successful living and health improvement – it’s completely portable and something you can indulge in whenever and wherever YOU want… safely and conveniently.


Please understand this – there’s a difference between WANTING to do something and a feeling you HAVE to do something! Once you’ve ‘got this’ – you’re already ahead of the game.


Now most people initially consider T’ai Chi to be a sequence of slow physical exercises – you’ve probably seen these movements on television and travel programmes – however, there’s a lot more to T’ai Chi than just exercising.


T’ai Chi routines (Forms) can also help you develop and maintain a focused, calm and alert mind.


And what’s more, through consistent, regular practice over time, T’ai Chi has been scientifically documented to help:


* Reduce Stress
* Increase Muscle Strength
* Enhance Flexibility
* Improve Balance
* Increase Energy Levels
* Improve Concentration
* Enhance Organ Function
* Improve immunity against virus infection
* Decrease blood pressure
* Reduce tension headache
* Benefit patients with heart disease
* Reduce arthritis and back pain
* Prevent depression
* Improve sleep
* Enhance the Functioning of the Cardiovascular, Circulatory, Respiratory And Nervous Systems
* Contribute To A Feeling Of General Well-being


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2) CUCUMBER'S BENEFITS FOR SKIN CARE TREATMENTS
by Ion Gireada


A constant in otherwise dynamic world of skin care is to use natural remedies, free of artificial colors and fragrances. When the goal is attaining natural clear skin or healing conditions like acne, cucumbers offer a natural homemade alternative, providing the much sought-after skin care results, including remedies for acne.


Cucumber, a fruit growing on a creeping vine, originates in India. Because of its cooling effect on the skin, it has been used in Asia and the Middle East as natural agent to sooth dried out skin. Its mild taste and extremely high concentration of water – more than 90 percent is water – made cucumber one of the best natural acne remedies, with hydrating and moisturizing properties, and reducing inflammation and redness.


Cucumbers pack many other healthful nutrients including vitamin A, C, and E, potassium and amino acids. The role played by its antioxidant vitamins, especially vitamin E, in stopping the damaging effect of free-radical on skin is well known.


Is there a particular form cucumber is most beneficial?


Cucumber works both internally and externally. You can have cucumber as a salad every day, or extract the juice in cucumbers and blend it with other pleasant tasting ingredients such as yogurt and strawberries. Also, we are all familiar with the image of cucumber slices placed over the eyes to weaken dark circles and puffiness, and create a soothing effect. Some use cucumber as a mask.


Cucumber masks stories go back to the days of Cleopatra of Egypt. To make a cucumber mask, slice a medium-sized cucumber, run it through the blender, and add other natural components that offer the benefits you would expect from the mask. By adding yogurt, the mask would have moisturizing properties, while oatmeal gives the mask an exfoliating property.


Similarly, honey will add its antimicrobial properties, while lemon juice will act as an astringent. Add the components gradually and observe that the mask gets to the right consistency, sufficiently thick to place it on your skin. Apply the mask on your face, avoiding the eyes, for fifteen minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water, and pat-dry. Any unused portions can be refrigerated for later use.
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3) 10 HEALTH BENEFITS OF BEE BALM (LEMON BALM)
by Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM


Bee balm, also known as lemon balm, has earned a reputation for being a potent health-supporting tool. The name ‘bee balm’ is attributed to its ability to attract bees. While the plant’s reputed effect on vigor and longevity have certainly contributed to its popularity, scientific studies have only served to reinforce its reputation. Here are 10 benefits bee balm users enjoy.


1. Calms the Mind


Natural healers often give bee balm to those suffering from anxiety and other nervous disorders. Several recent studies support the supposed relaxing effect on the mind. One placebo-controlled, double-blind study noted significant relaxation in study participants who had taken lemon balm extract.


Another recent study from Germany looked at the effect of a lemon balm/valerian root extract on 169 children under 12 with hyperactive behaviors and concentration problems. The children who took the extract showed an incredible improvement, and the children’s parents reported substantial improvements in their children’s behavior. Only 2 of the children reported mild side effects.


2. Encourages Restful Sleep


Bee balm also encourages a more restful sleep, according to some research. Parents of the children in the German study reported their children slept more peacefully throughout the night after supplementation. A placebo-controlled trial found menopausal women suffering with sleep disruptions reported much better sleep after taking a bee balm/valerian extract compared to those taking the placebo.


3. Makes Skin Look Years Younger


Bee balm is still frequently featured in many cosmetics for its soothing effect on the skin. The first cosmetic use of bee balm goes back to the 1300s when the Queen of Hungary used it to erase the years (and reportedly the wrinkles). It’s still recommended for soothing the skin and reducing fine lines.


4. Boosts Alertness


Although bee balm calms the mind, it certainly doesn’t dull the mind. An Australian study noted improved alertness in participants supplementing with the herb in addition to feelings of calm and an improved, more positive mood.


5. Sharpens Memory and Problem Solving


Studies like the one above have observed improved memory and problem-solving in test subjects regardless of age after taking bee balm. Young or old, those taking bee balm show improvements in problem-solving skills and recall.


Though preliminary, patients suffering from Alzheimer’s disease have seen improvements based on several recent studies. In one Chinese study eugenol, a powerful antioxidant found in bee balm, and acupuncture helped test subjects recover memory-related functions.


Another study noted bee balm suppresses brain chemical acetylcholinesterase which breaks down the brain-signaling chemical acetylcholine which is responsible for memory and thought. This action helps stimulate and support memory and mood.


6. Powerful Antioxidant


Bee balm is loaded with antioxidants that keep your cells safe from free radical damage. Studies on eugenol and rosmarinic acid show they support a healthy brain. Other significant antioxidants include ferulic, caffeic acids, and quercetin. Quercetin specifically is known as a powerful compound.


7. Supports the Liver


The liver clears toxins from the body, so keeping it healthy means keeping your entire body healthy. Over time, the process of detoxification can wear down the liver and lead to liver damage. This is especially true if you are eating a diet that is less than ideal. In one trial using animal models, bee balm proved as effective as a liver drug in protecting the organ from the damaging effects caused by toxins. It also supports the liver’s production of two of the human body’s natural antioxidants: glutathione and superoxide dismutase.


8. Supports Normal Blood Sugar


Many herbs that support antioxidant levels also help balance blood sugar. Although research is limited on bee balm’s effect on blood sugar, one study has shown that, when taken consistently, it does promote stable blood sugar and reduces insulin resistance. Based on the research so far, bee balm appears to have a positive influence on blood sugar.


9. Protects Brain Cells


Beyond the positive effect on memory, thinking, and calmness, research suggests bee balm protects the physical brain from damage. Eugenol neutralizes free radicals before they can attack brain cells. Rosmarinic acid, another key compound in bee balm, has shown promise in the treatment of stroke victims. Research with animal models shows that given shortly after a stroke, bee balm appears to protect areas of the brain against damage.


10. Thyroid Support


The calming influence of bee balm works for an overactive thyroid, among other things. It’s recommended to take a lemon balm tea to support normal thyroid function. To make, simply take 2 tbsp of lemon balm and steep in one cup of boiling water. Strain and drink three times daily. While bee balm may slow a hyperactive thyroid, you should consult with your healthcare practitioner before beginning an herbal regimen, especially if you have a thyroid disorder.


One Final Thought


Bee balm can be taken as a tea or as a supplement. The most potent comes from its extracted form. Whether you choose to take bee balm as a tea or in a supplement, make sure to check the quality of your source. For the best effect, it should be organic.


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PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE!


Thank you for reading.


Livia
http://www.natural-health-and-healing.com
Brampton, Ontario, Canada


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