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7 Benefits of Fish Oil »

Written: January 15, 2010 By: In: Holistic

Author: By Michael Byrd
Research studies show fish oil benefits are down right amazing.

And knowing this is the second most important thing you can do for your health. (We’ll get to #1 in importance soon.)

Studies are published almost daily as the scientific community discovers more and more of the many extraordinary omega 3 fish oil benefits.

If you haven’t already been swept up in the net yet, here are 7 proven omega 3 benefits you should know about.

1. Less Pain and Inflammation. Omega 3 fatty acids, particularly EPA, have a very positive effect on your inflammatory response. Through several mechanisms, they regulate your body’s inflammation cycle, which prevents and relieves painful conditions like arthritis, prostatitis, cystitis and anything else ending in “itis.”

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Optimum Natural Health Remedies »

Written: December 7, 2009 By: In: Holistic

Choice is always yours
Image by Bindaas Madhavi via Flickr

Remedies for maintaining optimum health are suggested to us from many directions. It can be very difficult to know who to believe or where to turn for honest and appropriate advice.

Finding optimum natural health remedies can be even more difficult as the natural health marketplace has fewer governing evaluation procedures for testing and/or restricting manufacturer claims.

Are dietary supplements different from foods and drugs?

Although dietary supplements are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as foods, they are regulated differently from other foods and from drugs. Whether a product is classified as a dietary supplement, conventional food, or drug is based on its intended use. Most often, classification as a dietary supplement is determined by the information that the manufacturer provides on the product label or in accompanying literature, although many food and dietary supplement product labels do not include this information.

We believe there is value in many natural health remedies, but we also suggest you carefully evaluate claims made and consult your doctor when there is any chance that a natural health remedy may interfer with the purposes of a previously prescribed medication. We also suggest you evaluate the source of your information and rely on appropriately trained natural health professionals for advice.

Feel free to share your experiences, pro and con, with the natural health remedies you’ve tried in the past.

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Nutritional Feedings Provide »

Written: November 23, 2009 By: In: Holistic

Nutritional feedings provide us with life-sustaining substances found in food, that work together to supply the body with energy to perform all of its physiological functions.  Without proper fuel the body is unable to work efficiently, nor effectively and disease has more potential to appear.

Diet is not necessarily a bad word, it is simply what you eat.

Ensure your nutritional feedings are balanced to provide your body the optimal fuel mixture to best enable you to perform whatever your “function” is.

Aromatherapy to Curb Appetite »

Written: October 15, 2009 By: In: Holistic

To curb appetite, many different tactics have been employed.  Some beneficial and worthy of your use to curb appetite and others just a bit goofy.

Here is a simple one which may stimulate the alertness region of your brain.

Research suggests lighting a peppermint candle the next time you’ve got that junk food craving.  It’s often these transient hunger impulses that sabotage dietary goals as little thought is used in search for relief from these short term cravings.

Other noted benefits of Peppermint Aromatherapy:

Anti-inflammatory; relieves pain, muscle spasms, and cramping; relaxes the nerves; kills viral infections; decreases gas and indigestion; clears lung congestion; reduces fever

Portion Sizes of Meals »

Written: September 27, 2009 By: In: Holistic

There are several factors that combine to encourage and sustain the ever swelling American waistline.  The failure to appropriately determine portion size of meals is one of the primary culprits.

Portion sizes, whether delivered from the finest restaurant, the cheapest fast food joint, or from our own kitchens tend to be far beyond the portion size needs for healthful energized living.

Determining the portion sizes of meals can seem difficult, but with a few common sense comparison tricks you can improve your caloric intake efforts. Check out the following tips from exrx.net

  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml)
    • about the size of the top half of your thumb
  • 1 ounce (28 g)
    • approximately inch cube of cheese
    • volume of four stacked dice
    • slice of cheese is about the size of a 3 1/2 inch computer disk
    • chunk of cheese is about as thick as 2 dominoes
    • 1 handful (palm) of nuts
  • 2 ounces (57 g)
    • 1 small chicken leg or thigh
    • 1/2 cup of cottage cheese or tuna

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