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September Issue of Natural Alternatives
August 31, 2012

Natural Alternatives for Your Total Health


September 2012

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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) AYURVEDA – THE SCIENCE OF LIFE

2) THE TOP 5 HERBS FOR CONTROLLING MOOD SWINGS

3) THE BEST DIET PLAN IS NO DIET AT ALL


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1) AYURVEDA – THE SCIENCE OF LIFE


Ayurveda is The Traditional Hindu System of Medicine Which is Based on Customs, Beliefs, and Practices of the Hindu Culture.

Ayurveda means "the science of Life": veda - science, ayur – life.

The Science of Life, is a comprehensive medical system that has been the traditional system of healthcare in India for more than 5000 years. This medical system was well established around 2500 to 600 BC, when it evolved into 2 schools: the School of Physicians and the School of Surgeons, similar to allopathy. Around 600 BC. Ayurveda was branched into internal medicine; pediatrics; psychiatry; surgery; eye, ear, nose, and throat; toxicology; geriatrics; and eugenics/aphrodisiacs.

In the pre-biblical Ayurvedic origins, every creation inclusive of a human being is a model of the universe. In this model, the basic matter and the dynamic forces (Dosha) of the nature determine health and disease, and the medicinal value of any substance (plant and mineral).

The body is composed of 3 body doshas, 3 mental doshas, 7 dhatus, and malas. The harmony among the body doshas of vata (nervous system), pitta (enzymes), and kapha (mucus) and the gunas, or mental doshas (which are human attributes: satogun [godly], rajas [kingly], and tamas [evil]), constitutes health, and their disharmony constitutes disease.

The management of illness requires balancing the doshas back into a harmonious state through lifestyle interventions, spiritual nurturing, and treatment with herbo-mineral formulas based on one's mental and bodily constitution.


Learn more about Ayurveda and Ayurvedic Medicine.


Source: Pubmed.gov National Library of Medicin


2) THE TOP 5 HERBS FOR CONTROLLING MOOD SWINGS
By Dr. Edward Group DC, ND, DACBN, DABFM


Whether you have a short temper or just can’t seem to optimize your mental clarity, mood swings and emotional distress can be a serious situation to deal with. Thankfully, a number of herbs can assist you in your fight against mood swings and emotional distress.

Below, I highlight the top herbs for controlling mood swings and their beneficial properties. However, the first thing you need to look at when controlling mood swings is your diet. Things like caffeine, alcohol, artificial sweeteners, food additives, and highly processed foods have a tendency to throw your whole outlook off balance. By eating a diet of organic foods, you can help fend off mood swings and enhance your emotional health. Dietary changes are beneficial, and several herbs can be used to your advantage to help control mood swings:


1. St. John’s Wort
This herb is used to maintain a sense of wellbeing. Many people use St. John’s Wort to assist with depression and report a great degree of success. It is one of the most widely studied and accepted herbs in the use of emotional maintenance.
2. Passionflower
Passionflower may be useful in reducing insomnia, anxiety, ADHD and nervousness. Excellent news when it comes to boosting your overall mood and mental health.
3. Ginseng
Used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine, ginseng is a stimulating herb known to increase energy levels and general vitality. It is also known to increase focus and improve your emotional state.
4. Rhodiola Rosea
Rhodiola Rosea has been shown to be a powerful adaptogen. This means it normalizes body functions, including the functions of the brain. In this manner, it may help to decrease stress, improve appetite, and decrease irritability.
5. Kava Kava
This plant has been used for centuries in the South Pacific islands as a ceremonial drink. It is said to calm the central nervous system, providing an overall sense of relaxation and relief to the body. It may even help reduce stress and anxiety in other ways.


There’s little doubt that the growing number of Americans on mood-altering prescriptions is directly related to the growing problems with the average American diet. By eating an organic diet and cleansing your body on a regular basis, it is easy to see how mood swings could be virtually eliminated. Herbal remedies like these listed above may also help in reducing stress, increasing alertness, and promoting overall mental health.


Source: globalhealingcenter.com


3) THE BEST DIET PLAN IS NO DIET AT ALL
By John Cawrse


As a nutritionist, the most common question I get daily is “What is the Best Diet to follow?”  My answer is always the same and one that shocks many people.  “The best diet to follow is to follow NO diet at all.”  How could any nutritionist wanting to promote health tell you not to follow a diet?”


Easy.  I’m here to tell you that diets do not work.  They are one of the most common reasons people have such a hard time losing weight.  People are making the mistake of following a diet instead of following a delicious way of eating that will satisfy their hunger, their taste buds and help them reach and maintain an optimum weight and optimum health.

With all of the junk food, false advertising, and false information out in the world today, how is this even possible?  A delicious way of eating healthy that will help me lose weight at the same time?

Yes, this is possible for you once you are armed with the correct information.

The best diet is going to be one that you can stick to (for more than just a week), one that includes delicious food and one you are happy with, not to mention one that you can maintain for a lifetime.


Here are a few tips that will help you develop the Best Diet for you:


1.  Only eat food you enjoy.
Well Isabel, that would be just great, but I enjoy pizza and donuts and that sure doesn’t seem to be helping me lose weight.  Yes, I agree.  What I mean here is don’t establish a crash diet of cottage cheese and grapefruit if you absolutely hate those 2 foods.  Healthy food does not have to be akin to bird seed.  How about scrambled whole eggs in butter with your favorite vegetables and 2 slices of sprouted grain toast?  French toast made from healthy bread, and eggs?   A juicy hamburger or steak for lunch or dinner?  How about making your own pizza from healthy ingredients?  I could go on and on with a long list of delicious foods. The point is you do not have to eat like a bird or eat tasteless food to be healthy and lose weight.  Find the healthy foods you enjoy and get creative with those.  You will find you will have an incredible amount of delicious food options.
2.  Do not go cold turkey.
Rome wasn’t built in a day right?  You do not have to change every single one of your habits overnight.  Establishing one healthy eating habit each week or eliminate one “not so good” food every week.  This will prove to be life changing in just 1-2 months.  Not to mention it will eliminate any stress or anxiety you may have over changing all of your habits overnight.  Start with the easiest one for you.  How about drinking water?  Can you replace your sugar drinks with water and just do that for one week?  How about just cutting down on a few sodas and replacing them with water?  One small step each week will make your transition simple and easy.
3.  Do not go hungry.
Another very common mistake I see is people starving themselves in an effort to lose weight quickly.  The truth is you do not need to feel hunger in order to effectively lose weight.  Actually, the contrary is true.  You must give your body enough nourishment (good nourishment, that is) in order to see weight loss results.  Make sure to feed your body consistently throughout the day.  Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all important but so are snacks in between.  Munching on things like raw nuts, fresh fruits and healthy trail mixes can really keep you from experiencing any hunger throughout the day and help control any cravings that may come up.


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Thank you for reading.


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


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