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November Issue of Natural Alternatives
November 01, 2013

Natural Alternatives for Your Total Health


November 2013


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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) HOW YOUR DIET IS MAKING YOU DEPRESSED

2) FIVE REASONS TO TRY YOGA

3) 7 FACTS YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT COCONUT OIL

4) HOLIDAY SPECIAL OFFER: WILD DIVINE BIOFEEDBACK COMPUTER GAME


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1) HOW YOUR DIET IS MAKING YOU DEPRESSED
by Anne-Marrie Botek, agingcare.com


Your daily dietary choices may be upping your risk of depression by more than 40 percent, according to a new study.


Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health conducted a long-term analysis of the eating habits and subsequent mental health of 43,000 women. Those who regularly ate certain foods—specifically, refined grains, red meat and soda—saw their chances of being diagnosed with depression increase by anywhere from 29 to 41 percent.


Study authors believe the findings highlight the connection between diet and depression, which lies (at least partially) in the inflammation caused by an out-of-control immune response.


Prior research has linked low-grade inflammation with depression and other mental disorders, but the precise biological mechanics of the link aren’t completely clear, according to study co-author, Michel Lucas, Ph.D.


Foods that Fight Inflammation


One thing that is clear is that the right diet can do wonders for your overall physical and mental wellbeing.


While there are countless iterations of the “anti-inflammatory diet,” most follow a general set of guidelines:


Whole grains (brown rice, quinoa, bulgur wheat, etc.) are better alternatives to refined carbohydrates, such as white rice and pasta made with white flour.


You can never eat too many organic fruits and veggies.
Protein is best consumed in the form of fish, chicken, beans and nuts. Consumption of red meat and full-fat dairy products should be minimized.


Though it may seem counter-intuitive, strong spices including cayenne, curry, ginger, garlic, cinnamon and turmeric all have anti-inflammatory properties.


A different study done by Lucas also found that women who consumed four or more cups of caffeinated coffee each day had a 20 percent lower risk of developing depression than those who drank less.


2) FIVE REASONS TO TRY YOGA
by Jordyn Cormier


Yoga has become so incredibly fashionable nowadays that many people join in just to become a part of “the scene.” But yoga is so much more than a class — it is an experience, a mindset, a lifestyle. You do not have to have Gumby-like flexibility or become a serious juicer to embrace the benefits of yoga practice. There are so many different varieties of yoga — from vinyassa to kripalu — that it is an ideal, personal practice for absolutely anyone with the will. If you are a little tense and out of touch with yourself, here are 5 reasons that you should give yoga a try.


Exude positivity. People who truly practice yoga are overwhelmingly positive beings. Surrounding yourself with these people and incorporating yoga into your day can lift your spirits and change your perspective on life. If you are a chronic pessimist, yoga could rock your world!


Gain confidence. Yoga can give you a boost of self-confidence and help you to regain control of your metal and physical clutter. Not only does it calm your mind, but it tones and lengthens your body. It can bring peace to the little voices inside your head and free you to just BE YOURSELF.


Less stress. Ooze into a downward-facing dog, take a step back from your problems, and consider the big picture. Through the conscious breathing and meditation of consistent practice, situations you once found hair-pulling-ly stressful will soon seem far more manageable. Learn to breath deeply.


Eat healthier. Nothing is worse than eating a greasy burger and fries after an intense yoga class. Scratch that — reverse it. Nothing is worse than an intense yoga class after eating a greasy burger and fries. With continued practice, yoga makes your body feel so wholesome and healthy, you’ll think twice before you fill it with unhealthy junk foods.


Get to know your body. Incredibly, your body is slightly different every morning you wake up. Some days, you may be a little tighter, some days you may feel heavier, some days you may feel superhuman, et cetera. Consistent practice of yoga helps you to understand the intricacies of your body and give it the tender love and care it needs to be healthy and safe. After all, it is your body and it’s the only one you’ve got.


Keep in mind, not everyone loves yoga — and that’s OK. Perhaps it is not for you right now. But by keeping your mind and body open to new possibilities, you will discover the activity that brings you joy and wholeness. Maybe it will be yoga; maybe it won’t. Regardless, you will never know never know until you give it a good try.


About the Author: Jordyn is a choreographer, freelance writer, and an avid outdoors woman. Having received her B.F.A. in Contemporary Dance from the Boston Conservatory, she is passionate about maintaining a healthy body, mind, and soul through food and fitness. A lover of adventure, Jordyn can often be found hiking, canoeing, mountain biking, and making herself at home in the back country! Check out what else Jordyn has been up to at jordyncormier.com.


3) 7 FACTS YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT COCONUT OIL
by Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM


Cultures and countries across the world use and appreciate the coconut tree. Because of its nutritional and therapeutic values, it’s referred to as “Kalpavriksha” (the all giving tree) in India. As the name implies, the coconut palm is extremely versatile and used in many capacities. Everything from the coconut water, to the leaves, to the kernel hull have characteristics that are beneficial to human health. Coconut oil, specifically, has become quite popular for cooking and even other uses. Let’s take a look at a few facts about coconut oil that you may not know.


1. The Saturated Fat in Coconut Oil isn’t All Bad


I’ve heard reports from people who are confused when they spot coconut oil at the grocery store, read the nutritional label, and see the high saturated fat content. “What gives?” they ask, “I thought this stuff was healthy?” Well, it is.


Unfortunately, the fat in coconut has been the subject of debate and misinformation. Although we’re told that saturated fat, across the board, is bad, the saturated fats in coconut oil are medium chain fatty acids — these are different than saturated fat from animal sources — and do not degrade within the body. In fact, the human body uses them directly as energy and coconut oil consumption has even been associated with beneficial lipid profiles.


Coconut oil is even better than other vegetable oils like sunflower or safflower oil. Those oils contain polyunsaturated fatty acids, which aren’t good for the cardiovascular system. Many nutritional experts recommend switching to coconut oil to avoid the health risks.


2. Coconut Oil is Great for Hair


Coconut oil is used in a staggering amount of shampoos, conditioners, and hair care products. The reason for its inclusion is quite simple. With its low molecular weight and straight linear chain, coconut oil can effectively penetrate the hair shaft to reduce protein loss, leaving it nourished and healthy.


3. And, It’s Great for Skin


Coconut oil is also very moisturizing and beneficial for the skin. In many cultures, it’s used as a remedy for a great many skin conditions. The reason? It’s chemical structure. The short-chain and saturated fatty acids, which prevent it from oxidizing and becoming rancid, are nourishing to the skin and have even been found to encourage wound healing.


4. Useful Against Harmful Organisms


Perhaps one of the most astounding facts about coconut oil is how potent it is against harmful organisms.
When a 2007 study evaluated the effectiveness of virgin coconut oil against candida, a 25% concentration of coconut oil was found to be 100% effective against candida.


Randomized and controlled research in 2010 found that a coconut oil and anise spray was effective against head lice.


Coconut oil has been found to repel mosquitoes.


Tungiasis, or sand flea disease, is a nasty problem not common in the United States but way too common elsewhere. Research earlier this year discovered that coconut oil may be an effective repellant to the flea that spreads the disease.


5. Can Replace Milk in Ice Cream


Everyone loves ice cream but not everyone is keen on the milk fat used to produce it. What’s the alternative? Bland, fat-free ice cream? Maybe not. It seems that virgin coconut oil may be an acceptable replacement for milk fat in ice cream. Those who have tried it claim that the ice cream has a pleasant coconut flavor and an excellent appearance, texture, and aroma. (If you’ve happened to try it, please leave a comment below and let us know the brand and what you thought.)


6. Massage Oil for Newborns


Did you know that giving oil massages to newborns has been found to improve thermoregulation and encourage healthy weight gain? A 2005 study evaluated the effect of coconut oil on the growth of newborns in India. Starting on the second day of their lives, an oil massage was given four times a day by a trained person until the baby was discharged, and then by the mother until the baby was 31 days old. The results? Coconut oil massage significantly increased weight gain and growth.


7. Might be a Remedy for Poison?


It might be premature to call coconut oil an antidote for poisoning but a 2005 incident in Iran certainly suggests it may have something to offer. Hospital officials there reported of a young man who had attempted suicide by ingesting the pesticide aluminum phosphide. Upon admittance to the hospital, he was experiencing severe indications of toxicity and given several counteractive substances, including charcoal, sodium bicarbonate, magnesium sulphate, and coconut oil. The result? He survived, and coconut oil, while probably not deserving of all the credit, was labeled as an important part of the protocol.


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Thank you for reading.


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


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