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  1. Why some people are prone to the winter blues
    31
    Oct

    Why some people are prone to the winter blues

    Brain scans show cause of seasonal affective disorder
    Scientists say they have identified the underlying reason why some people are prone to the winter blues, or seasonal affective disorder (SAD). People with Sad have an unhelpful way of controlling the "happy" brain signalling compound serotonin during winter months, brain scans reveal. As the nights draw in, production of a transporter protein ramps up in Sad, lowering available serotonin. The work will be presented this week at a neuropsychopharmacology conference. The University of Copenhagen researchers who carried out the trial say their findings confirm what others have suspected - although they only studied 11 people with Sad and 23 healthy volunteers for comparison. Using positron emission tomography (PET)Memory

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  2. What Are Raw Food Natural Health Products?
    31
    Jul

    What Are Raw Food Natural Health Products?

    Raw foods NHPs are characterised by containing ingredients that have not been subjected to heat – above 48 degrees centigrade (115 to 120° Fahrenheit) during manufacture. Subjecting nutrients to cooking or heat destroys their enzymes which are essential for their therapeutic benefit. Without the presence of these enzymes, we simply do not get the full, life-supporting, health-promoting potential from our food. Further, cooking at high temperatures causes a drastic loss of vitamins and minerals and produces various carcinogens to appear in our food.

    Raw foods
    provide far larger quantities of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fiber, probiotics and enzymes. So in essence, raw foods are much closer to their living state: full of energy, growing and thriving. I

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  3. Preventing the Common Cold by using a Garlic Supplement
    04
    Feb

    Preventing the Common Cold by using a Garlic Supplement

    One hundred forty-six volunteers were randomized to receive a placebo or an allicin-containing garlic supplement, one capsule daily, over a 12-week period between November and February. They used a five-point scale to assess their Health and recorded any common cold infections and symptoms in a daily diary. The active-treatment group had significantly fewer colds than the placebo group (24 vs 65, P<.001). The placebo group, in contrast, recorded significantly more days challenged virally (366 vs 111, P<.005) and a significantly longer duration of symptoms (5.01 vs 1.52 days, P<.001). Consequently, volunteers in the active group were less likely to get a cold and recovered faster if infected. Volunteers taking placebo were much more likely to get more than on

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  4. Keep on Track with Your Weight Loss Goals

    We all know that the very best way to lose weight is to improve our diet and move more. Eliminating refined and processed foods, reducing meat consumption, and eating more whole grains, legumes, fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats are always the first steps when embarking on a weight loss program. Engaging in a consistent exercise routine that you enjoy is also important to maintaining a healthy weight.

    Try to do exercise daily Once you have tuned up your diet and exercise routines there are a variety of supplements that can be used to speed up the process and give you the extra motivation to keep you on track.

    Oils that helps you to lose weight Including healthy fats

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  5. Vitamin D + calcium = longevity

    Researchers writing in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology found that older people who were given Vitamin D and Calcium together were 9 per cent less likely to die over three years than those given placebo pills. Vitamin D alone had no impact on death rates. A 9 per cent dip in death risk over a three year period might sound small, but lead researcher Lars Rejnmark said that effect is “at least as pronounced” as the bene­fits linked to cholesterol lowering statins and blood pressure drugs.

    Clinical tr

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  6. Osteoarthritis and Curcumin
    04
    Oct

    Osteoarthritis and Curcumin

    Osteoarthritis is a chronic debilitating disease involving cartilage breakdown in specific joints of the body. The joints most commonly affected include the hips, knees, fingers, and spine. Classified as a “wear and tear” disease, osteoarthritis is most commonly triggered by joint use associated with aging; however, a predisposition can exist because of joint trauma, congenital defects, or metabolic disorders. Osteoarthritis is highly predominant in Canada. In fact, 1 in 10 Canadians suffer from osteoarthritis. Plants which are anti-inflammatory can potentially alleviate some of the symptoms of osteoarthritis.

    Cucumin is anti-inflamatory “Turmeric” is the common name of Curcuma longa, a tropical plant whose dark yellowish orange root pigment is a familiar ingredient in traditional Indian coo

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  7. Bone Health
    02
    Oct

    Bone Health

    One health continues to be a major cause of worry among women today. With a majority of the baby boom generation already at or near their menopausal years, many are swallowing Calcium supplements like there’s no tomorrow in the hopes of reducing their chances of getting broken bones and/or hip fractures. Doctors are still routinely prescribing bisphosphonate drugs like fosamax/adrenolate along with calcium because they get better bone density results (despite the negative reports and side effects). Few are even questioning whether or not bone density is even a valid measure of bone health .

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  8. Banish those Winter Blues
    05
    Sep

    Banish those Winter Blues

    Seasonal Affective Disorder .Every year, as the days get shorter and the weather gets , colder millions of people (particularly in the northern climates) are affected by a condition known as SAD or Seasonal Affective Disorder. About a third have the actual SAD, as it is clinically defined, while the rest can be lumped into the “winter blues” category, which many of us can identify with.

    Natural light and Tryptophan
    There are many theories as to why this condition exists and trying to isolate a single causal factor is unlikely. Many feel that SAD is likely due to an imbalance of the neurotransmitters melatonin and erotonin. Production of b

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  9. High Blood Pressure - Natural Medicine and Lifestyle
    05
    Sep

    High Blood Pressure - Natural Medicine and Lifestyle

    Hypertension is one of the greatest health care problems facing North Americans, with over 50 million affected. Elevated blood pressure is a known risk factor for heart attacks and strokes and is the foremost cause of unexpected death. The International Journal of Internal Medicine suggests that hypertension also contributes to comorbidity in individuals with diabetes, as approximately 50-70% percent of people with diabetes also have elevated blood pressure.

    Methods to control hypertension
    There are numerous conventional approaches to help a patient control hypertension including the following well-known interventions: diuretics; angiotension-converting

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  10. Children and a Wholesome Diet

    We live in a fast paced society where the nutritional aspect of foods is greatly overlooked. There is so much emphasis today on poor nutritional food supplements and meals via the media markets today, that it is often frustrating and difficult to plan nutritious meals, but it is not impossible. Because we are competing against market retailers that have discovered how to reach the appetites of our children through emotions and desires, it is essential to find alternative choices to present to them as better substitutes in their diets. The majority of the calories ingested during the day are often taste-enhanced refined foods or fast food from fast food restaurants.

    1. Just turn on the TV during

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