Digestion is one of those bodily functions that occur without thought -unless it’s going poorly. Most people go through their day letting their autonomic nervous system go through its various functions breaking down and digesting food. But, when symptoms like constipation, heartburn, stomach pain, and bloating occur, it’s time to look at how to improve digestion, discovering the underlying causes.
More and more Americans complain that they suffer some sort of fatigue. It may range from needing a nap mid-day to symptoms more severe like chronic fatigue. Fatigue is frustrating and can be debilitating. For some people they have to push through every day. For these same people, at the end of each long and exhausting day, sleep is yet another challenge. Oddly, for many people the more exhausted they are during the day, the worse sleep at night. After a restless night of tossing and turning, the cycle begins again as the sun arises.
If you read the paper or watch the news, you have heard about the importance of vitamin D. Most people know that the best way to get their vitamin D is through daily sun exposure. Our bodies make vitamin D when our skin is exposed to the sun. Actually, vitamin D is not a vitamin at all but rather a hormone that targets more than 2000 genes in your body. Because most people do not get out in the sun on a regular basis without sunscreen on, (sunscreen blocks vitamin D production) vitamin D deficiency is believed to be wide spread. To complicate matters, as we age it becomes more difficult to produce vitamin D.
I was traveling last week and read an article in the Wall Street Journal about how our foods are getting blander. The author of the article, Mark Schatzker, also the author of the book, The Dorito Effect, says that diets come and go and ultimately don’t work because we are not addressing the real issue
I just returned from a week in Antigua Guatemala with my husband. It was a place with a lot of history, wonderful people and great food.. My husband and I really paid attention to the people and culture. Given my background, I’m always looking at how healthy the people are. Guatemala is technically a 3rd
Why do we need calcium? It turns out that calcium is one of the most important nutrients in our body. Needed for a variety of functions, including the contractions of the heart and soft tissues, it’s a major player in our health. Most people associate calcium with strong bones, but there is much more to calcium when it comes to our body.
Beans should be an essential part of any healthy diet. They are excellent sources of fiber, folate, protein, plant iron, vitamin B1, and minerals such as magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and copper. Eating beans regularly may decrease the risk of diabetes, heart disease, colorectal cancer, and helps with weight management. Beans are low on the glycemic index so they don’t cause a quick rise in your blood sugar. With beans, we have the best of both worlds since they count as both a protein and a vegetable. The government recommendation for beans, or legumes, is a minimum of ½ cup per day
Apple Cider Vinegar for Health
Apple cider vinegar has been used medicinally for many hundreds of years before the development of western medicine. Apple cider vinegar has been utilized to treat digestive issues, allergies, acne, skin inflammation and even for flu relief. Apple cider vinegar elevates pH levels and increasing alkalinity in the body. It is, antiseptic, anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. Hippocrates, the father of medicine, recommended apple cider vinegar over 2000 years ago. It has long been used as an aid for digestion. It increases the acidity of the stomach, which helps digest protein, and other foods that need an acid environment. You can add one teaspoon to a large container of water and drink it throughout the day. This will help keep the body’s pH in an alkaline state.
My 5 Top Picks for Fall Produce
Fall is here. The weather is about to cool down. The kids are back to school and they are planning their Halloween costumes. Fall also means that we have a whole new crop of fresh produce available to us. Fall produce tends to be rich in nutrients and fiber. When we eat the produce that is in season, we tend to eat fresher and less expensive produce. This is because stores can obtain these crops from more local sources cutting down on fuel cost and storage cost. To get the most nutrients from produce it’s best to eat it as close to when it was picked.
Is Menopause Holding Back Your Vitality?
Menopause can be a trying time in the lives of many women, affecting day to day activities, mental clarity, and mood. Many women find relief from annoying menopause symptoms using herbs as they have less side effects compared with hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Here are four very effective herbs for menopause.