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July 31, 2014

Natural Alternatives for Your Total Health

August 2014

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





by Lizette Boreli

Chances are most of us struggle to maintain a good balance in life when it comes to family, health, and work. We tend to prioritize one over the other, creating a rift that leaves us disheveled and unbalanced. While unhealthy lifestyles can lead to an array of problems like acidity, indigestion, stress, and other lifestyle-related illnesses, Ayurveda can help create harmony between the body, mind and spirit, to maintain a balance that boosts our health.

The practice of Ayurveda stems from the belief all areas of life impact our health. In the U.S., Ayurveda is a complementary health care option used by many Americans who incorporate Ayurvedic elements such as massage, meditation, or cleansing therapies to treat conditions. Pamela Quinn, Ayurvedic specialist, yoga teacher, social entrepreneur, life coach, and author of The Elemental Cleanse, believes Ayurveda is “the mother of healing.” "As such, this philosophy contains very practical routines to maintain health and prevent disease," Quinn told Medical Daily in an email.

From morning to night, these Ayurvedic health hacks will help us teach the human body how to stay healthy, naturally.

1. Drink Warm Water With A Lemon In The Morning
Drinking warm lemon water is one of the easiest Ayurvedic ways to improve our health. The acidity of lemon promotes regularity in the body to help prevent toxic build-up in the digestive track. Warm water can remove the accumulated toxins floating around the bloodstream, and prevent it from staying put and triggering illnesses. Quinn suggests, “Before breakfast, drink hot water with a little bit of lemon to stoke the digestive fire.” It’s important to make sure the water is room temperature, since cold water in the morning can actually shock your system.

2. Add Cinnamon To Tea/Coffee
Cinnamon is considered to be “the ancient healing spice” that not only enhances the flavor of any dish, but also has numerous health benefits seen in Ayurvedic medicine. Sunita Kumar, functional nutritionist and woman’s health expert, who struggled with polycystic ovary syndrome, believes in the power of food based medicine. Cinnamon is a “soothing Ayurvedic spice that regulates blood sugar  which caffeine throws off,” Kumar told Medical Daily in an email. The spice also soothes the nervous system.

3. Scrape Your Tongue
Ayurvedic medicine suggests our tongue can teach us about our health. This is because tongue surface is known to be the breeding grounds for accumulated toxicity. Using a steel tongue scraper can remove the “ama” — toxins on our tongue — and stimulate certain nerves that stimulate digestion. A tongue scraper will prevent the toxins from getting reabsorbed by the body, which can lead to breathing difficulties, digestive problems, and a weaker immune system. “Scrapping helps remove them from the body and helps in a variety of health issues,” Kumar said.

4. Do Oil Pulling
Oil pulling is one of the recently best known Ayurvedic practices. Gargling with coconut or sesame oil for 10 to 20 minutes in your mouth helps remove the hundreds of bacteria, including Streptococcus. Irene Ross, health and nutrition coach, told Medical Daily in an email, oil pulling, especially in the case of Streptococcus bacteria, “aids sinus infections and sore throat.” It’s crucial to remove as many toxins from the mouth, according to Ross, because bacteria’s ability from the mouth to the heart, and other organs is highly possible.

5. Oil Your Body
Massaging the body with oil helps improve the texture of the skin and provides you with a healthy glow. It’s best to put massage oil on yourself in the morning before bathing or showering for optimal absorption. Overall, “Oil massage helps to detoxify and reduce stress, remove chemicals and energy that are throwing off balance in the body,” Kumar said.

6. Get Good Sleep
Whether it’s Ayurvedic medicine or no medicine, it’s well known getting a good night’s sleep is essential for proper functioning the following morning. Maintaining a regular sleep schedule is considered one of the main focal points of health in Ayurveda, suggesting we need to be protective of our sleep time. Maharishi Ayurveda, a blog based in the UK, reads, “Ayurveda describes sleep as one of the three pillars of health, along with food and a balanced life.” Ideally, it recommends to sleep from 10 p.m. until no later than 6 a.m. to start the day with a fresh and clear mind.

These Ayurvedic health tips will train your body to help you stay healthy and live a long life.

By David Gutierrez, contributing writer to Natural News

Acupuncture reduces the frequency and severity of hot flashes, according to a meta-analysis published in the journal Menopause.

Acupuncture is a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine that has been practiced for at least 2,500 years. It consists of placing thin needles into parts of the body known as “meridians.” which are determined by the specific health condition to be treated. In recent years, research by Western scientists has confirmed acupuncture’s benefits for numerous health conditions, particularly pain, and it is now covered by some private insurance plans.

All Forms of Acupuncture Help

Hot flashes are one of the most common symptoms of menopause, reported by 85 percent of U.S. women. They can begin as early as three years before a woman’s last menstrual period, and continue for up to 15 years after. Although the severity of hot flashes varies from woman to woman, they are often extremely uncomfortable. Some women may suffer up to 20 hot flashes per day, and nighttime hot flashes can even cause chronic insomnia.

For the new study, the researchers compared the results of 12 separate randomized controlled trials on a total of 869 women who underwent natural menopause between the ages of 40 and 60. The participants had used various different forms of acupuncture, including not just the traditional form but also acupressure, ear acupuncture, laser acupuncture, electroacupuncture and sham acupuncture.

The researchers found that all forms of acupuncture tested reduced the frequency of hot flashes. Acupuncture also reduce the severity of hot flashes, and the effects were not dependent upon the number of treatments sessions or the duration of treatment. The effects lasted up to three months.

“More than anything, this review indicates that there is still much to be learned relative to the causes and treatments of menopausal hot flashes,” said Margery Gass, executive director of The North American Menopause Society. “The review suggests that acupuncture may be an effective alternative for reducing hot flashes, especially for those women seeking non-pharmacologic therapies.”

Other Natural Ways to Relieve Hot Flashes

Acupuncture is just one of many non-pharmacological ways to help relieve menopause-related hot flashes.

One of the most effective things you can do is simply to reduce your levels of stress. Some doctors believe that the imbalances of progesterone and estrogen that occur during menopause may lead to increased stress, and vice-versa. Reducing stress levels may help normalize hormonal levels. In addition, stress leads to increases in adrenaline and a corresponding rise in body temperature, even in non-menopausal women.

Another simple lifestyle change that you can make is to wear looser clothing, particularly around the groin and abdomen. This prevents the temperature of the sensitive area from rising excessively. Some manufacturers actually market loose, breezy “menopause clothing.”

Of course, your diet can also have a big impact on hot flashes. Spicy foods, meats and dairy products have all been shown to increase the frequency and severity of hot flashes, while certain foods such as soy (which contains estrogen compounds) have been shown to reduce them.

According to a study conducted by researchers from Tarbiat Modarres University in Tehran, Iran, a vitamin E supplement (and thus, presumably, foods rich in vitamin E such as leafy greens, tropical fruits and nuts) can reduce the severity of hot flashes. Many women have also found vitamin C or vitamin C-rich foods helpful for reducing hot flash frequency.

Finally, Black Cohosh is a popular European remedy for hot flashes and other menopause symptoms. Studies have shown that it works just as well as pharmaceutical estrogen, and may also prevent excessive sweating.



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