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Get A Leg Up On Varicose Veins

By Anna Soref

It’s time to get dressed for yoga class, and you’re faced with a wardrobe decision: Will it be the leotard, the shorts, or the leggings? If you’re one of the 50percent of people who suffer from varicose veins, the leggings will probably win out. But with a little help from the plant world, the bulging blood vessels could be a thing of the past, leaving your wardrobe options wide open.

Varicose veins are caused by damage to the valves which prevents vascular flow from moving in one direction, as it usually does. This in turn causes the blood to pool and the vein to swell. Aside from being unattractive, these swollen veins can cause extreme pain and lead to more severe problems.

To counteract this effect, Mindy Green, director of education for the Herb Research Foundation in Boulder, Colorado, recommends taking herbs that increase circulation, such as horse chestnut, gotukola, and butcher’s broom. Their ability to treat varicose veins has been confirmed in numerous studies conducted in Europe, where these herbs are widely used. A study published in the British medical journal The Lancet, for instance, found that 50mg of horse chestnut extract taken twice a day proved just as effective as using the expensive and cumbersome leg-stockings often recommended by doctors.

Green says to follow the manufacturer’s dosage instructions for these herbs as their strength may vary, “especially with horse chestnut, which can be toxic when overtaken.”

Green also suggests applying horse chestnut tincture directly to the skin daily as a preventative measure, and adds that compresses with astringent herbs such as white oak bark or witch hazel have a toning effect.

Many health practitioners recommend spending as much time as possible with the legs elevated to get the blood moving. Yoga postures such as Viparita Karani (pictured above), with the legs up against a wall, are ideal. Standing and sitting for too long (especially with legs crossed) can aggravate symptoms, so take frequent stretching and walking breaks when working at a desk.

Studies also demonstrate that a diet high in flavonoid-rich foods such as berries can help prevent the development of varicose veins and maintain vein wall integrity.

A tea made from buckwheat, high in the bioflavonoid rutin, has been shown to alleviate symptoms. Also, indulge in high-fiber fruits and vegetables to enhance overall circulation and supply vitamins and minerals necessary for healthy and beautiful legs.

(Source: yogajournal.com)

Coffee, an infusion of ground and roasted coffee beans, is one of the most widely consumed beverages in the world. Although the negative effects of caffeine have received the most attention from health writers, coffee is a complex mixture of chemicals, many of which are beneficial to our health. A ground and brewed cup of coffee is a rich source of antioxidants and other healthy compounds. This is good news for the 80% of Americans who drink coffee - downing an average of 3.2 cups per day. About 54% of adults in the USA drink coffee every day. In countries such as Germany, Austria, and Finland adults drink twice as much as those in the United States. Populations consuming a modern diet of refined and processed foods suffer obesity, heart disease and a host of other degenerative diseases. Is a high level of coffee consumption contributing to the problem? The answer is that in excess it may. But I’m glad to say that regular and moderate coffee consumption is a good protection against many of these diseases. One of the best ways to protect yourself from degenerative diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer is to eat a diet rich in antioxidants. But many of us do not eat enough fresh vegetables and fruit - the best source of antioxidants. Guess where many people are getting their antioxidants instead? Coffee, several studies say (2,3,4,15,17,25). In fact, coffee is the top dietary source of antioxidants in many populations, including that in the USA. This is in addition to studies discussed in Grow Youthful that show that regular drinkers of tea and coffee have substantially lower ‘all causes’ death rates than non-drinkers (25). One of these studies (19) showed that the lower mortality of coffee drinkers included heart disease. Coffee is a rich source of amino acids, vitamins, minerals, alkaloids and phenolic compounds. It also contains a range of antioxidants, caffeine and other yet-to-be researched compounds. It seems that coffee has several health benefits, although most of the research is in the early stages. Roasted coffee residues retain their antioxidant ability; it isn’t lost in processing. If you don’t already drink coffee, the news about antioxidants is probably not a good enough reason to start the habit. And if you already drink it, it’s no excuse to stop eating fruits and veggies. Your best bet is to eat your fruits and veggies, and limit yourself to one or at the most two small cups of coffee per day. That way you will consume no more than 250 milligrams of caffeine per day, the limit recommended by most of these studies… .For the rest of the article, visit: http://www.growyouthful.com/tips/coffee-antioxidants.php

Coffee, an infusion of ground and roasted coffee beans, is one of the most widely consumed beverages in the world. Although the negative effects of caffeine have received the most attention from health writers, coffee is a complex mixture of chemicals, many of which are beneficial to our health. A ground and brewed cup of coffee is a rich source of antioxidants and other healthy compounds. This is good news for the 80% of Americans who drink coffee - downing an average of 3.2 cups per day.

About 54% of adults in the USA drink coffee every day. In countries such as Germany, Austria, and Finland adults drink twice as much as those in the United States. Populations consuming a modern diet of refined and processed foods suffer obesity, heart disease and a host of other degenerative diseases. Is a high level of coffee consumption contributing to the problem? The answer is that in excess it may. But I’m glad to say that regular and moderate coffee consumption is a good protection against many of these diseases. One of the best ways to protect yourself from degenerative diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer is to eat a diet rich in antioxidants. But many of us do not eat enough fresh vegetables and fruit - the best source of antioxidants. Guess where many people are getting their antioxidants instead?

Coffee, several studies say (2,3,4,15,17,25). In fact, coffee is the top dietary source of antioxidants in many populations, including that in the USA. This is in addition to studies discussed in Grow Youthful that show that regular drinkers of tea and coffee have substantially lower ‘all causes’ death rates than non-drinkers (25). One of these studies (19) showed that the lower mortality of coffee drinkers included heart disease. Coffee is a rich source of amino acids, vitamins, minerals, alkaloids and phenolic compounds. It also contains a range of antioxidants, caffeine and other yet-to-be researched compounds. It seems that coffee has several health benefits, although most of the research is in the early stages.

Roasted coffee residues retain their antioxidant ability; it isn’t lost in processing. If you don’t already drink coffee, the news about antioxidants is probably not a good enough reason to start the habit. And if you already drink it, it’s no excuse to stop eating fruits and veggies. Your best bet is to eat your fruits and veggies, and limit yourself to one or at the most two small cups of coffee per day. That way you will consume no more than 250 milligrams of caffeine per day, the limit recommended by most of these studies… .


For the rest of the article, visit: http://www.growyouthful.com/tips/coffee-antioxidants.php

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spineandsports:


  • Healthy Breakfast - Rich in fiber (bran, granola, oatmeal)
  • Green Tea & Black Tea - We recommend loose leaf Tiesta Tea
  • Coffee - Drink smaller servings (6-8oz) and sip it slowly for increased energy
  • Snack Frequently - Eat small snacks every couple hours (nuts, fruits, veggies)
  • Stay Hydrated - Drink 6-10 cups/water. Snack on the 30 Best Hydrating Foods
  • Exercise - Getting on a workout schedule can keep you going every day
  • Pack Your Lunch - Pack A Healthy Lunch for Your Kids & Yourself
  • Brisk Walking -Take a 10-30 minute walk around the neighborhood
  • Music - Listening to music can greatly increase energy & productivity
  • Vegetation - Plants/flowers in the office can stimulate creativity/energy

Via NBC “9 Fast Fixes for Instant Energy”

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Yikes! Say hello to the reason Chipotle makes everybody run to the bathroom and why I’m happy to say I’ve never eaten there.
wholeistichealth:

Chipotle markets that their meats and vegetables are from locally-grown farms. I’m for that. Chipotle doesn’t market that a majority of their food is prepared in GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) Soy Oil. Hm… I wonder why!
Soy Oil is a disease waiting to happen. It’s full of the toxic chemical, Hexane, and creates digestive problems in all mammals. The body has a hard time digesting grains and beans. The intestine is lined with villi and microvilli. These are tiny, hair-like projections that grab onto food, break it down, and absorb it into the intestinal wall to be distributed. When the body is constantly being fed a food it cannot properly digest then these villi can actually be “burned” off to the point where food passes right through tract or even the intestinal wall (Leaky Gut Syndrome). 
A GMO food is science’s version of a shot in the dark. The process for soy goes like this:

“Hey, the soy crops are dying when we spray this toxic pesticide on them.”
“Ok, let’s inject some mutated genes in the seed so they become resistant to the toxic spray.”
“Great idea, but we have to lie to people and say it’s harmless because it’ll cost us more money if we do it the ‘humane’ way.”

Below you can find a list of food Chipotle preps with GMO Soybean Oil…

ChipsCrispy corn taco shellsRiceFajita vegetablesBlack beansPinto beansChickenSteakBarbacoaChipotle honey vinaigretteLarge and Small Flour Tortillas

Foods made without GMO Soy…

CarnitasMild tomato salsaMedium corn-poblano salsaGreen chile tomatillo salsaRed chile tomatillo salsaGuacamoleCheeseSour creamLettuce

Yikes! Say hello to the reason Chipotle makes everybody run to the bathroom and why I’m happy to say I’ve never eaten there.

wholeistichealth:

Chipotle markets that their meats and vegetables are from locally-grown farms. I’m for that. Chipotle doesn’t market that a majority of their food is prepared in GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) Soy Oil. Hm… I wonder why!

Soy Oil is a disease waiting to happen. It’s full of the toxic chemical, Hexane, and creates digestive problems in all mammals. The body has a hard time digesting grains and beans. The intestine is lined with villi and microvilli. These are tiny, hair-like projections that grab onto food, break it down, and absorb it into the intestinal wall to be distributed. When the body is constantly being fed a food it cannot properly digest then these villi can actually be “burned” off to the point where food passes right through tract or even the intestinal wall (Leaky Gut Syndrome). 

A GMO food is science’s version of a shot in the dark. The process for soy goes like this:

“Hey, the soy crops are dying when we spray this toxic pesticide on them.”

“Ok, let’s inject some mutated genes in the seed so they become resistant to the toxic spray.”

“Great idea, but we have to lie to people and say it’s harmless because it’ll cost us more money if we do it the ‘humane’ way.”

Below you can find a list of food Chipotle preps with GMO Soybean Oil…

Chips
Crispy corn taco shells
Rice
Fajita vegetables
Black beans
Pinto beans
Chicken
Steak
Barbacoa
Chipotle honey vinaigrette
Large and Small Flour Tortillas

Foods made without GMO Soy…

Carnitas
Mild tomato salsa
Medium corn-poblano salsa
Green chile tomatillo salsa
Red chile tomatillo salsa
Guacamole
Cheese
Sour cream
Lettuce

reblogged from yogi-health

oatmealista:

1) They are nutritionally deplete. This is especially true of all refined grains like white flour, white rice, instant oats, and other similar items. They’ve all had their natural fiber, vitamins and minerals stripped during the manufacturing process.

2) They…

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palmheart:

All You Ever Wanted to Know About Food Combining by My New Roots
THIS IS IMPORTANT YOU SHOULD READ THIS NOW

reblogged from earthmagick

Everyone has a doctor in him or her; we just have to help it in its work. The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well. Our food should be our medicine. Our medicine should be our food.

Hippocrates (via heartmindspirit)

(Source: heartbloodspirit)

reblogged from yogi-health

palmheart:

Sweet Sweet HoneyThe benefits of this syrupy natural sugar go far beyond its taste..
Honey is a wondrously complex substance that scientists are still trying to completely figure out. What we do know is that it’s comprised of the natural sugars glucose and fructose, along with minerals such as magensium, potassium, calcium, sodium chlorine, sulphur, iron and phosphate, and vitamins such as B1, B2, B5, B6, and C. The specific levels of vitamins and minerals, however, change according to the nectar and pollen collected by the bees.
The sugar content in honey—glucose and fructose—is utilized and digested more easily by the body than many other forms of sugar. The glucose in honey is absorbed quickly giving an immediate energy boost, while the fructose is absorbed more slowly providing sustained energy. Honey has also been found to keep blood sugar levels fairly consistent compared to other types of sugar that spike insulin levels.
Honey also has antibacterial, antioxidant and antifungal properties, can help to build the immune system, is effective topically for various skin afflictions from wounds to acne, helps to soothe and even heal sore throats, helps cure hangovers due to it being gentle on the stomach and speeding up the oxidation of alcohol by the liver, can help cure allergies (when eating local honey), helps with digestive issues, and much more. I really can’t think of a reason not to eat it.

palmheart:

Sweet Sweet Honey
The benefits of this syrupy natural sugar go far beyond its taste..

Honey is a wondrously complex substance that scientists are still trying to completely figure out. What we do know is that it’s comprised of the natural sugars glucose and fructose, along with minerals such as magensium, potassium, calcium, sodium chlorine, sulphur, iron and phosphate, and vitamins such as B1, B2, B5, B6, and C. The specific levels of vitamins and minerals, however, change according to the nectar and pollen collected by the bees.

The sugar content in honey—glucose and fructose—is utilized and digested more easily by the body than many other forms of sugar. The glucose in honey is absorbed quickly giving an immediate energy boost, while the fructose is absorbed more slowly providing sustained energy. Honey has also been found to keep blood sugar levels fairly consistent compared to other types of sugar that spike insulin levels.

Honey also has antibacterial, antioxidant and antifungal properties, can help to build the immune system, is effective topically for various skin afflictions from wounds to acne, helps to soothe and even heal sore throats, helps cure hangovers due to it being gentle on the stomach and speeding up the oxidation of alcohol by the liver, can help cure allergies (when eating local honey), helps with digestive issues, and much more. I really can’t think of a reason not to eat it.

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nutritionista:

(via Cracked)

None of this will come as huge shock to any of you that are even remotely familiar with the food industry, so really, just think of these as six more reasons to stop eating processed food.

6. The Secret Ingredient: Wood

You know what’s awesome? Newspaper. Or, to be precise,…

the lack thereof. The Internet and other electric media have all but eaten up classic print media, with the circulations of almost all papers on the wane. Say, do you ever wonder what they do with all that surplus wood pulp?

The Horror:

What do they do with all the cellulose wood pulp? They hide it behind a bullshit name and make you eat it, that’s what.

And everybody’s doing it. Aunt Jemima’s pancake syrup? Cellulose. Pillsbury Pastry Puffs? Cellulose. Kraft Bagel-Fuls? Fast-food cheese? Sara Lee’s breakfast bowls? Cellulose, cellulose, goddamn cellulose.

It turns out that cellulose can provide texture to processed foods, so food companies have taken to happily using it as a replacement for such unnecessary and inconveniently expensive ingredients as flour and oil… Even organic foods are no salvation — after all, cellulose used to be wood and can therefore be called organic, at least to an extent.

But the worst thing about cellulose is not that it’s everywhere. The worst thing is that it is not food at all. Cellulose is, unlike the actual, normal food items you think you’re paying for, completely indigestible by human beings, and it has no nutritional value to speak of. If a product contains enough of it, you can literally get more nutrients from licking the sweet, sweet fingerprints off its wrapper.

5. Zombie Orange Juice

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Quick, name the most healthy drink your nearest store has to offer. You said orange juice, didn’t you? …The labels are always about health benefits — the cartons scream “100 percent natural!”, “Not from concentrate!” and “No added sugar!”

And why not believe them? When it comes to making the stuff, orange juice isn’t sausage. You take oranges, you squeeze oranges, you put the result in a carton, with or without pulp. End of story, beginning of deliciousness.

But what if we told you that “freshly squeezed” juice of yours can very well be a year old, and has been subjected to stuff that would make the Re-Animator puke?

The Horror:

Ever wonder why every carton of natural, healthy, 100 percent, not-from-concentrate orange juice manages to taste exactly the same, yet ever so slightly different depending on the brand, despite containing no additives or preservatives whatsoever?

The process indeed starts with the oranges being squeezed, but that’s the first and last normal step in the process. The juice is then immediately sealed in giant holding tanks and all the oxygen is removed. That allows the liquid to keep without spoiling for up to a year. That’s why they can distribute it year-round, even when oranges aren’t in season.

There is just one downside to the process (from the manufacturers’ point of view, that is) — it removes all the taste from the liquid. So, now they’re stuck with vats of extremely vintage watery fruit muck that tastes of paper and little else. What’s a poor giant beverage company to do? Why, they re-flavor that shit with a carefully constructed mix of chemicals called a flavor pack, which are manufactured by the same fragrance companies that formulate CK One and other perfumes. Then they bottle the orange scented paper water and sell it to you.

And, thanks to a loophole in regulations, they often don’t even bother mentioning the flavor pack chemicals in the list of ingredients.

Read the rest on Cracked! They’re horrifying, truly.

ATTENTION ALL!

If anyone seeing this post has something they would like to submit or a link to a great site with interesting material that is appropriate for this blog, please message me with a link or something.  I’m looking for stuff I’ve never seen or read before. But remember, it must be related to things like massage/bodywork, yoga, natural & holistic health, wellness, nutrition, naturopathy or fitness, meditation, etc. You get the drift!

Let me know if you’d like to be credited with the find and you’ll be mentioned in the resulting post :D

reblogged from alternativz

altmedsdotcom:

We don’t hear much about this vitamin, but it’s so important.

reblogged from rootwellness

rootwellness:

learn the top 6 marketing ploys to get you to buy the ‘bad’ stuff.

reblogged from acupuncturegirl

acupuncturegirl:

Reading the whole article is worthwhile to understand the latest findings.

Dr. Mark Hyman writes:

Regulation of hormones and neurotransmitters that affect appetite and cravings is complex and involves many factors including how quickly food spikes our blood sugar, stress, getting enough sleep, nutritional deficiencies, chemicals such as artificial sweeteners, food sensitivities which drive inflammation, and more.

For those with personal struggles with food addiction, remember it is not a moral failing or lack of willpower. Here are a five suggestions I offer my patients to help them break their food addictions.

1. Balance your blood sugar: Research studies say that low blood sugar levels are associated with LOWER overall blood flow to the brain, which means more BAD decisions. To keep your blood sugar stable:

  • Eat a nutritious breakfast with some protein like eggs, protein shakes, or nut butters. Studies repeatedly show that eating a healthy breakfast helps people maintain weight loss.
  • Also, have smaller meals throughout the day. Eat every 3-4 hours and have some protein with each snack or meal (lean animal protein, nuts, seeds, beans).
  • Avoid eating 3 hours before bedtime.

2. Eliminate sugar and artificial sweeteners and your cravings will go away: Go cold turkey. If you are addicted to narcotics or alcohol you can’t simply just cut down. You have to stop for you brain to reset. Eliminate refined sugars, sodas, fruit juices, and artificial sweeteners from your diet. These are all drugs that will fuel cravings.

3. Determine if hidden food allergies are triggering your cravings. We often crave the very foods that we have a hidden allergy to. For a simple allergy elimination program, consider trying The UltraSimple Diet, or The UltraSimple Diet Challenge Home Study Coaching Program.

4. Get 7-8 hours of sleep. Research shows that lack of sleep increases cravings.

5. Optimize your nutrient status with craving cutting supplements

  • Optimize your vitamin D level: According to one study, when Vitamin D levels are low, the hormone that helps turn off your appetite doesn’t work and people feel hungry all the time, no matter how much they eat.
  • Optimize omega 3s: Low levels of omega three fatty acids are involved in normal brain cell function, insulin control and inflammation.
  • Consider taking natural supplements for cravings control. Glutamine, tyrosine, 5-HTP are amino acids that help reduce cravings. Stress reducing herbs such as Rhodiola can help. Chromium balances blood sugar and can help take the edge off cravings. Glucomannan fiber is very helpful to reduce the spikes in sugar and insulin that drive cravings and hunger.

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chemicalfreeskinny:

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Originally posted at Summer Tomato

Awesome! . Thanks for this!

chemicalfreeskinny:

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JUST FOR FUN

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Originally posted at Summer Tomato

Awesome! . Thanks for this!

"Sugar: The Bitter Truth"

An educational lecture which may be long but its well worth the watch. Important for anyone interested in nutrition, health, and maintaining or losing weight.

Too bad I watched it after having a Cherry Coke :(