Good fats, bad fats, it can all get a little confusing—especially with “essential” fatty acids. If they are essential, does that mean they are always good for you? Not in the case of Omega-6. While Omega-6 and Omega-3 fats are both essential to good health and serve important functions, the key is striking the right balance or ratio.
Alcohol is probably the most socially acceptable intoxicant in our society. In 2012 almost 90% of Americans, aged 18 and over, said they had used alcohol at some point in their lifetime. Nearly 60% of adults in America have used alcohol in the past month.
Most people understand that too much alcohol, especially an addiction to alcohol, is unhealthy. But research indicating there may be some health benefits from light to moderate alcohol consumption may confuse the issue.
Exercising is one of the most beneficial activities you can engage in for your mental and physical well-being. Yet modern science has confirmed what has been taught in the holistic science of Ayurveda for thousands of years: too much exercise can actually be harmful to your health.
In moderation, physical activity can reduce stress, improve your sleep, tone your muscles, increase cardiovascular health, ward off disease, improve blood sugar, lower blood pressure, boost mood and cognitive health, and reduce excess body fat.
Ayurveda comes from two Sanskrit words, “veda” meaning study, and “ayur”, which means life. So literally “ayurveda” means the study of life. The science of Ayurveda has been studied and practiced for millennia. Ayurveda is a holistic form of medicine that considers diet, lifestyle, and mindset all as integral parts of your health. It is based on the idea that we each have a unique constitution, or prakriti, from birth, and that constitution is influenced by our lifestyle, diet, emotions, and environmental factors.
When looking for serious health benefits, search no further than your spice cabinet or the produce section of your local grocery store. Here’s a follow up to Healing Power of Herbs and Spices (Part 1) to help you tap into the medicinal potential of culinary herbs and spices.
Nothing can put a damper on winter fun like a cold or flu. Fortunately, there are simple steps you can take to protect yourself and your family from the onslaught of sniffles, sneezes, coughs, and fever:
For thousands of years, spices have been revered for both their culinary and healing properties. Ancient cultures around the world benefited from the use of spices and today, modern science has corroborated their medicinal effects. Here are some of the most notable benefits of common spices along with easy ways to incorporate them into your diet:
Building and maintaining healthy bones is important throughout life, from youth to old age. While osteoporosis carries the risk of serious complications, there are many simple steps you can take to build and maintain strong bones no matter what your age.
The best way to get healthy often costs little or no money. For example, we all need to eat, but you don’t have to spend more money to make healthier food choices, especially if you follow our guidelines on how to get healthy on a budget.
In the United States, nearly 20 million adults and 7 million children suffer from asthma, accounting for over 14 million doctor visits and nearly 2 million emergency department visits.
Asthma is a serious respiratory disease, resulting in more than 3000 deaths each year. While it’s very important to be under the supervision of a health professional if you suffer from asthma, there are also a number of positive steps you can take to naturally improve asthma symptoms: