2017: Wellness, Health and Happiness

After New Year’s, our attention turns towards our goals. It may be a cliché, but it’s also all too real. Here are tips from top wellness experts on how to successfully achieve health, healing, and happiness in 2017.

With indulgence over the holidays, it’s natural to let yourself to chill a bit more, but that can lead to self-sabotage. Holiday indulgences tend to make way for more of the same until one is totally off their path and barely being able to wake up without extra double shots of the espresso. In fact, people knowing that the “New Year” is around the corner often makes them want to grab that extra slice and or eat more pie. Eventually, too much time in the party scene, just like a crazy house where you can barely think in, leads to the need to create some clarity, freshen up and give yourself a new start.

Be ready to go through a break up…with your old patterns.
Every step we take to move forward is essential. With the welcome of ‘the new’ comes the ability to let go of the many threads of the past woven into the fabric of who we are. As we create space in our lives for the present by freeing ourselves from “it’s just what I’ve always done,” our life goals become more than a piece of paper with unattainable words. We start replacing the spaces of what could be by filling them with the dreams that can become reality.

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Christmas Symbols Tied to Natural Healing

With Christmas nearly here, your kids may ask why the three wise men gave baby Jesus frankincense and myrrh along with the gold, according to Christian texts. In any case, frankincense and myrrh are resins derived from the sap of trees that grow in the Arabian Peninsula, East Africa, and India. And they’ve been cherished for both their spiritual qualities and healing powers for more than 5,000 years.

Modern science is finally catching up with the ancient remedies, finding evidence to support many of their traditional health benefit claims, including:

Immune System support – frankincense boosted the production of antibodies while reducing the hypersensitivity to pathogens and other body intruders that can cause inflammation. If you do get sick, myrrh works as an expectorant to relieve congestion.

Antiseptic qualities – Antiseptic qualities: Frankincense and myrrh have been used to treat wounds and heal infections since ancient times

Pain relief – frankincense oil helps to soothe pain from muscle aches, digestive issues, and arthritis.

Fighting Cancer – One lab study showed that frankincense can be deadly to ovarian cancer cells with researchers concluding that it “may form the basis of a novel anticancer treatment…perhaps alongside conventional chemotherapy.”

Regulating Hormones – Frankincense helps normalize estrogen levels and regulate the menstrual cycle, easing headaches, cramps, nausea, mood swings, and other symptoms. Myrrh can give you energy by boosting thyroid function.

Skin Care – have anti-aging and skin rejuvenation qualities, reduce scarring from acne and surgery, and encourage blemishes and stretch marks to fade.

Reducing Stress – Frankincense and myrrh act as sedatives to soothe anxiety, ease depression and foster a good night’s sleep.

NewsMax Health

Red cabbage microgreens help reduce LDL cholesterol

Research in animal studies has uncovered that red cabbage microgreens help reduce LDL cholesterol – bad cholesterol. Microgreens are gaining traction in the food industry and showing up in more dishes.

Microgreens are a tender, immature plant which grow within two weeks time. Researchers suggest that microgreens can offer greater benefits to health as opposed to their fully-grown counterparts. Red cabbage has already been found to help protect against excess cholesterol and so the researchers wanted to see if their microgreens counterparts could offer greater benefits.

The researchers wanted to test the benefits of red cabbage microgreens on mice who consumed a high-fat diet as a means of reducing cardiovascular disease risk. The mice who consumed the red cabbage microgreens had reduced weight along with lower levels of LDL cholesterol in their livers. Furthermore, the microgreens showed to have greater effects on reducing LDL cholesterol compared to fully-grown red cabbage.

Belmarra Health

Improve Your Blood Circulation NATURALLY in a Month

A healthy circulation is very important if you want to remain healthier for a long time. To improve your blood circulation, there are certain common foods that you can add to your diet.

1. Orange – rich in vitamin C and bioflavonoids, that can strengthen the walls of the capillaries in your circulatory system

2. Pumpkin Seeds – rich in vitamin E, they can help promote an effortless circulation of blood and oxygen and prevent blood clots

3. Ginger – known to stimulate the production of healthy red blood cells, and also help boost blood circulation to a considerable extent.

4. Garlic – a natural blood thinner, it has the ability to clear up clogged arteries

5. Watermelon – as it is rich in lycopene, it can prevent the build-up of plaque in the arteries

6. Nuts – rich in vitamin B3, which is very much essential for a healthy blood flow.

7. Dark Chocolate – rich in flavonoids that are linked to the improvement of blood circulation

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Introducing the MIND Diet

The MIND diet, as the name implies, is designed to promote a healthy mind and lower the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. It is a mash-up of the Mediterranean diet and the DASH diet — two diets that have been found to have several health benefits.

MIND stands for Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay. The Mediterranean diet focuses on eating foods that are as natural as possible, while limiting unhealthy fats and red meat. The DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet, as its name suggests, is aimed at helping to ease hypertension. It focuses on helping people to eat foods that can lower their sodium intake and blood pressure.

The MIND diet recommends eating 10 foods daily and avoiding five types of foods. The healthy-food group contains:

Vegetables; Green leafy vegetables in particular; Berries, especially blueberries; Nuts; Beans; Wine; Whole grains; Fish; Poultry; Olive oil

The five unhealthy foods are:

Fried or fast food; Red meats; Cheeses; Butter and stick margarine; Pastries and sweets

The rules of the diet are:
Get at least three servings of whole grains per day
Eat a salad each day
Eat one other vegetable every day
Drink a glass of wine each day
Snack almost every day on nuts
Eat beans every other day
Consume poultry and berries at least twice a week
Consume fish at least once a week
Unhealthy foods are allowed, but less than one serving per week, with the exception of butter
Less than 1 tablespoon a day of butter is allowed per day

LiveScience

Disease Risk Lowered with a Handful of Nuts

New research suggests that consuming a handful of nuts a day can greatly benefit your health. The study found that eating 20 grams of nuts daily lowers the risk of developing various conditions.

Heart disease risk was found to be reduced by 30 percent, cancer risk lowered by 15 percent, and premature death risk was lowered by 22 percent.

Consuming 20 g of nuts a day was also associated with a risk of death from respiratory disease cut by half and a 40 percent reduction in the risk of diabetes.

The study looked at the consumption of all types of nuts. Aune added, “Nuts and peanuts are high in fiber, magnesium, and polyunsaturated fats – nutrients that are beneficial for cutting cardiovascular disease risk and which can reduce cholesterol levels. Some nuts, particularly walnuts and pecan nuts, are also high in antioxidants, which can fight oxidative stress and possibly reduce cancer risk. Even though nuts are quite high in fat, they are also high in fiber and protein, and there is some evidence that suggests nuts might actually reduce your risk of obesity over time.”

BelMarra Health

Salmon is Not As Fishy As You Think

Salmon has been on the palate for some time now. And while we know that Norwegian salmon is the best in the world, what is it about this species that makes it so special? Norwegian salmon is fed an all-natural diet, comprising of both vegetable raw and marine raw materials. The salmon’s diet is thus packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, guaranteeing its delicious taste.

Is it fresh? Salmon from Norway is raised in cold, clear waters. It grows at its own pace, gaining a pure and fresh taste, fat marbling and an attractive red-orange coloring. It also has a firm consistency, making it a pleasure to eat. Some innovative Norwegians decided to farm the salmon and supply the market year-round. Norway’s ocean-farmed Atlantic salmon comes from the same origins as wild salmon.

Health benefits of this fatty fish

Salmon is a good source of healthy protein, Omega 3, vitamin A & D, and also vitamin B12. It also contributes towards a healthy heart, strong bones, and brain function.

RECIPE

2 fillets of wild or farmed salmon
4 tsp olive oil
2 tsp soya sauce
1 cup sour cream
2 tsp soya sauce
½ cup of pomegranate
½ cup of chopped dill
2 cups steamed rice

Fry salmon until tender, but not overcooked. Remove and drizzle with some soya sauce. Garnish with sour cream, dill, and pomegranate. Serve with buttered steamed rice.

Ahmedabad Mirror

Naturally Cleanse Your Body with these Top 6 Detox Foods

Cleansing diet and detoxifying foods help in flushing all the toxins out from your body. The natural cleansing methods of fasting once a week and including detoxifying fruits and vegetables in your diet can give you a clearer skin and a better immune system. Here are some foods that detoxify the body and also help in restoring the body’s healthy vigor.

1. Avocados – The fruits are loaded with heart-healthy mono-unsaturated fatty acids and fiber and are highly rated for their detoxifying qualities.

2. Beetroots – According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, they reduce the oxidation of bad cholesterol, protect the artery walls and guard against heart disease and stroke.

3. Broccoli – This works with the enzymes in your liver and eases up the work of toxin removal from the body.

4. Cabbage – Incorporate in your diet through cabbage soup or by including it in your vegetable curry and witness its detoxifying wonders.

5. Asparagus – Along with the detoxification benefits, it reduces the free radicals in your body and keeps your heart healthy.

6. Garlic – stimulates the liver to produce detoxification enzymes that help in flushing out the toxic residues from the digestive system

IBTimes Singapore

Bad Oils – Do you know the dangers?

ACCORDING to the Ministry of Health, four out of five Fijians are dying from non-communicable diseases including diabetes, cancer, lung and heart disease.

In case you didn’t know: Vegetable oils are bad. Bad news. Bad for your health. Bad for the environment. The word “vegetable” makes these oils sound good and healthy for us but nothing could be further from the truth

Unlike virgin coconut oil or olive oil that can be extracted by pressing, the manufactured oils have to be extracted in very unnatural ways. Today the average consumption in the US is 30 kilograms a year; per person! Even today, despite the fact that heart disease and cancer continue to rise at an alarming rate while butter consumption is down (and vegetable oil consumption is at an all-time high), people are still believing the hype and buying this very non-traditional, non-healthy food-like product.

So why are vegetable oils bad?

Vegetable oils are bad because they contain very high levels of polyunsaturated fats (PUFAs). But did you know that the fat content of the human body is about 97 percent saturated and monounsaturated fat? Our body needs fat for rebuilding cells and hormone production.

And it can only use what we give it. Polyunsaturated fats are highly unstable. They oxidize easily, meaning they cause inflammation and mutation in cells. That oxidation is then linked to all sorts of potential diseases. Vegetable oils also contain a very high concentration of Omega 6 fatty acids. These fatty acids also oxidize easily.

Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to reduce inflammation and protect against cancer. Unbalanced levels of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fats have been linked to many types of cancers and a host of other problems.

Fiji Times

Prevent hand arthritis with exercise and natural remedies

Arthritis is a painful condition that can limit a person’s ability to complete daily tasks. But with the help of exercise and natural remedies, arthritis can be manageable.

How arthritis can affect your hands?
Arthritis in the hands can lead to pain, swelling, and stiffness, making it quite difficult to use the hands properly. You may find your grip has become weaker and tasks that were once easy – like turning a faucet on – have now become much more difficult.

Natural remedies for arthritis in hands

Ice packs: Just like an injury, when inflammation occurs it’s important to apply ice packs to reduce it

Apple cider vinegar: Apple cider vinegar is a natural anti-inflammatory.

Honey and cinnamon: Combine a tablespoon of honey with half a teaspoon of cinnamon and consume each morning on an empty stomach.

Epsom salt: Epsom salt can help reduce stiffness, inflammation, and pain. It is packed with magnesium, which is essential for bone mineralization.

Olive oil

Garlic: should be consumed regularly to reduce inflammation and pain.

Fenugreek seeds: Fenugreek seeds are anti-inflammatories that also provide antioxidants.

Castor oil: Castor oil contains ricinoleic acid, which can bring down inflammation and reduce pain

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