A Good Night’s Sleep – Article

Rama Kant Mishra

Rama Kant Mishra

Millions of Americans of all ages are affected by sleep problems, many with severe, chronic sleep deprivation. While there is substantial awareness about the need for proper nutrition and exercise, many people tend to shrug off lack of sleep as not being of much consequence, and, as a result, go through life with both mind and body always performing at less than optimal levels.

Recent research indicates that pervasive sleep deprivation can lead to more serious health problems than just a dull clouded feeling the next morning — including obesity, high blood pressure and diminished resistance to infections.

The article link below includes ten easy ways to get your sleep based on an Ayurvedic approach.

Article Link: A Good Night’s Sleep by Rama Kant Mishra

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On Reducing Stress – Video

with John Fenton

with John Fenton

How do you deal with stress each day? Are you aware that the stress in your life impacts your health, quality of life and relationships?

In the video link below learn how to use your power of choice to take actions toward more balance in your life.

Video Link: On Reducing Stress with John Fenton

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Why Are Current Conventional Calcium Recommendations Wrong?

David Getoff, CCN, CTN, FAAIM

David Getoff, CCN, CTN, FAAIM

People can usually meet their calcium requirements with a healthy, traditional diet. Sometimes another 500-600mg is helpful. However, what is detrimental to health is too much calcium, especially calcium supplementation that is not in a 2 to 1 ratio with magnesium. For example, if you take a multivitamin with 800mg of calcium it should also supply you with at least 400mg of magnesium. More magnesium than that is not a problem, and is sometimes beneficial, as most of us are deficient in this nutrient, but more calcium is not helpful.

Often people will be told by their doctors that they need to supplement with 1500-2000mg a day of calcium. Interestingly, there are no research studies where individuals supplemented with those levels of calcium and succeeded in reversing osteoporosis. Yet, this is a common medical recommendation. Overlooked in these recommendations are the other nutrients needed to build bones and prevent bone loss-including magnesium.

From Class Four of Attaining Optimal Health in the 21st Century Instructed by David Getoff, CCN, CTN, FAAIM.  Presented by the Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation.

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Your Genes Don’t Have the Final Say – Article

H. Robert Silverstein, MD, FACC

H. Robert Silverstein, MD, FACC

Virtually all the diseases and malfunctions in the body have direct causes. Each person has particular genetic weaknesses and strengths that play a major role in the cause of disease. Most diseases occur if, and only if, susceptible people make lifestyle choices that trigger the expression of that genetic tendency.

The article link below lists items that can be used to proactively avoid the conditions that encourage disease, in a person who has the propensity.

Everyone should feel empowered to change the course of their medical history which otherwise may seem inevitable.

Article Link: Your Genes Don’t Have the Final Say by H. Robert Silverstein, MD, FACC

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Treatment question? – AHHA Resource

AHHA_LOGO_CLR_squarePerhaps the most important resource ever created by AHHA is the Health Information Search Services list. This unique list includes organizations whose experts can research treatment options for any health condition, plus they also answer other health questions. You can specify conventional medicine and/or alternative approaches. If you know of someone dealing with a life threatening or debilitating diagnosis, please let him or her know about this valuable support option.

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6 tips to Control Your Food Cravings – Video

with Daniel Amen, MD

with Daniel Amen, MD

Did you know that strong food cravings could be playing havoc with your decision making? When your blood sugar goes low, less blood flows to your brain – and contributes to you make poor decisions.

In the video link below learn six important tips for dealing with cravings:
1. Keep blood sugar balanced.
2. Get rid of artificial sweeteners.
3. Stress management program.
4. Outsmart the food triggers.
5. Deal with hidden food allergies.
6. Use supplements to help cravings.

If these are not enough, you may be a compulsive overeater and need more tools.

Video Link: 6 Tips to Control Your Food Cravings with Daniel Amen, MD

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Sure-Fire Tips to Cultivate More Joy & Less Stress – Article

Susan Smith Jones, PhD

Susan Smith Jones, PhD

Everyday life can simply get you down, but you can choose not to make it a way of life.

The article link below provides tips that you can incorporate to experience more joy and less stress.

Discover how you can be on your way to creating a healthy, happy, peaceful, fulfilling, and soul-satisfying life.

Article Link: Sure-Fire Tips to Cultivate More Joy & Less Stress by Susan Smith Jones, PhD

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Lower cataracts risk – Research Article

Aisle7-4_Photo“Your eyes aren’t deceiving you: a new study has found a link between some dietary B vitamins and a lower risk of cataracts (cloudiness or opacity in the lens of the eye that impairs vision).” from a new healthnotes NEWSWIRE research article
B Vitamins Associated with Lower Risk of Cataracts.

For additional research results, visit the American Holistic Health Association’s Special Updates eReport Archives and note Featured Research item in each issue.

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Health Care Issues – Video

with Emmett Miller, MD

with Emmett Miller, MD

Most diseases are the result of how we handle stress and treat other people.

In the video link below Dr. Miller talks about our current health care system and how it is not responding to the fact that 80-90% of our diseases are the result of our lifestyles.

Consider how you can use your lifestyle choices to improve your own health.

Video Link: Health Care Issues with Emmett Miller, MD‬

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Cool Off with Home-made Infused Water!

Judy E. Buss

Judy E. Buss

Our bodies are composed of about 65% water. This life-sustaining, calorie-free fluid is essential for every cell and organ. Many folks consider drinking water unimportant or boring. This is, in part, the unfortunate result of decades-long aggressive marketing campaigns by commercial beverage manufacturers.  To replace daily large amounts of water lost by perspiration, breathing, in urine, and other waste-expelling mechanisms, we must drink 6 -8 cups of plain water, as well as additive-free beverages made up of mostly water. Eating more water-rich foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables is also part of a good hydration and detoxification strategy. Do not, however, drink more than a half cup liquid with or immediately after meals!

Water infused with vegetables, herbs, or fruit for daily consumption or when you are having company, is utterly refreshing, fabulously delicious, attractive in appearance, and nourishing to boot. This type of beverage is great for staying hydrated and is filled with vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients from the fresh ingredients incorporated in it.

When pouring a glass of infused water, strain into the glass only the amount to be served. You can garnish it with a sprig of an herb, or a slice of fruit. Twenty four hours after making the enhanced water, strain the entire amount (if any is left…), and discard its solid ingredients, to prevent them from rotting in the water.

Once you made a couple of these low-cal, delicious health-bombs, you can let your imagination and your creative juices concoct new combinations, as well as varying flavor strength: (gradually) add more water if you prefer only a hint of flavor. For a more robust taste use larger amounts of the ingredients added to the water. A teaspoon of finely grated ginger root adds a magnificent, more complex, tropical-like flavor to many of these types of beverages. Ginger root can be found in the produce section of most grocery stores. Additional ingredients that can be used for scrumptious infused water are berries, cantaloupe, peach, orange, honeydew, cilantro, parsley, rosemary, and other herbs and juicy fruits.

Make your own additive-free, caffeine-free iced tea from all natural, herbal tea bags. Do not add sugar, to any of the drinks or you will defeat your own wellness endeavor. For a slightly sweeter taste, if desired, you can add a teaspoon of honey dissolved in a tablespoon of warm water.

If you live in Sodaville, wean yourself from soft drinks and other commercial, health-wrecking drinks which marinate your body with, artificial food colors, artificial flavors and sweeteners, corn syrup, preservatives and/or caffeine. In addition, the beverages are infinitely more expensive – when you also consider the health issues they cause. Some of the terms used on the labels of these products, such as “natural” are loosely defined by the Food and Drug Administration’s laws and can be quite misleading to the consumer.

If you care about your health, cut down, or better yet eliminate, unhealthy, calorie-laden beverages, and make your own wholesome thirst-quenchers in minutes. This will also save you buckets of money, and greatly support your weight control effort. You can further save expense by investing in a counter-top water purifying pitcher and use clean, inexpensive water for drinking and cooking.   Question:  Do you pour junk liquids into your car gas tank?  No? So drink to YOUR health as well – cheers!

PINEAPPLE-MINT WATER
Yields 5 cups
5 cups filtered water
3 cups fresh pineapple, finely chopped
10 mint leaves, torn

Place the pineapple in a pitcher. Add the water and mint. Cover and chill for at least 6 hours, stirring occasionally. Strain into a glass before serving.

LEMON-CUKE WATER
Yields 5 cups
5 cups filtered water
1 cucumber
1 lemon
1-1/2 teaspoons ginger root, peeled, finely grated
13 mint leaves, torn

Scrub the lemon and cucumber clean, and thinly slice. Place in a large pitcher. Add the water, mint leaves, and ginger root. Cover and chill for at least 6 hours, stirring occasionally.  Strain into a glass before serving.

“Mission Nutrition” Tips and Recipe from Judy E. Buss, Health Columnist, Nutritional Cooking Instructor.

Excerpted from Judy E. Buss’ article, first published in the “Feeling Fit” Magazine, Sun Coast Media Group newspapers, Florida.

Stay tuned for more Judy E. Buss’ “Mission Nutrition” words of wisdom and recipes.

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