Open your spice cabinet and you will find a pharmacopoeia of ancient wisdom. You may also find yourself on the way to the hospital. Herbal medicine is not something to embark upon uninformed. Self-medication, in any form, can be risky. At the same time, there are many herbs and spices that you can use to spice up your life, your diet and your health.
We all know that knowledge is power. When taking herbal supplements, you need knowledge... Read More
BMI, or Body Mass Index, is a measure of a person's body fat, based on a simple calculation of body weight in kilograms, divided by the square of the individual's height in meters.
It is used by health professionals around the world to determine whether a person is overweight or clinically obese. A person with a BMI equal to or over 25 is considered overweight, while an index of 30 or more is considered obese. At the opposite end of the... Read More
By Elisabeth Kuhn
Maybe this sounds a little overdramatic, but unfortunately the reality is that excessive, untreated stress can actually kill you. When you're stressed, your body produces the hormone cortisol, which is designed to get your rear in gear as part of the fight-or-flight mechanism. However, this... Read More
The simple word detox evokes images of cleansing away impurities from your body. It conjures up thoughts of healthy individuals with clear skin, white smiles, and a slim physique. Behind the scenes, the detox diets, for some individuals, can be more like a horror film full of fatigue, diarrhea, and potentially death. What is it that makes these detox diets so popular?
Proponents of detox diets believe our bodies need... Read More
At first glance, smoking and exercising do not seem to go hand in hand. Smokers are generally not known for their stamina and overall good health. They do, however, put their health in jeopardy if they do not engage in some kind of exercise to offset the health effects of smoking. If you are a smoker, this is probably not what you want to hear. But there is good news; exercise can help to keep your general health in a better state. ... Read More
Soy has gained popularity for its many health benefits. As its appeal increases, so does the controversy surrounding the consumption of soy, leaving people feeling unsure whether or not to include it in their daily diet. While there are undeniable health benefits, there are also real risks for certain people. Depending on gender and age, it has the potential to negatively impact the body, especially when it is consumed in high quantities. While some... Read More
You have one of those natural, slender bodies that most people can only look at with both longing and envy. If this is you, and you have not had to fight tooth and nail to achieve this body, then you are very lucky. Think being so slim means that you do not have to be careful about your diet and exercise? Try again. Having a healthy body requires more than just being slim or thin.
The Importance of Exercise
Regular exercise is vital in... Read More
The unique, wonderfully fragrant aroma of roast lamb sizzling in the oven with sprigs of rosemary, or freshly made pizza topped with the delightfully aromatic herb, oregano, are just some of those delicious memories that can be stored quietly at the back of our nasal sensory organs to be reminded about out when the mood takes us. Not only do herbs smell and taste great, some of them also have remarkable and... Read More
Several years ago, it was all over the news. Free radicals were damaging -- we all had them, and antioxidants were the solution. But what role do free radicals play in damaging the body, and how are we supposed to get rid of them? How do antioxidants work and what is the best way of adding them to our diet?
Twenty-four hours a day, while the body is constantly working, cells are metabolizing and creating energy as they carry out their... Read More
Typically, childhood vaccinations are monitored and meticulously recorded on special sheets from the pediatrician's office while adult vaccinations are often forgotten or overlooked by health care providers.
Approximately 50,000 people die each year from diseases that could be prevented with vaccinations, 36,000 of those deaths are due to the influenza virus.
Many of the immunizations received as children should continue through... Read More