Article Jul 25, 2017 facebook twitter google+ It's time to embrace one of 2017's hottest wellness trends and use adaptogenic herbs to get yourself back on track… Meditation, massage and yoga all have a crucial role to play in balancing mind and body, but recently there’s been a rapid rise of another ancient tool to add to your stress-busting arsenal: adaptogens. So what exactly are they? Adaptogenic ingredients are plant-based compounds that help your body adapt to physical and emotional stress. These natural healers have adapted to thriving in stressful conditions and have become adept at sharing their survival properties and techniques.
‘Adaptogenic herbs have a balancing effect, reducing the negative changes that can happen in the body in response to stress,’ explains Sebastian Pole, herbal director of Pukka Herbs. ‘There’s good evidence that adaptogens can help boost energy, lessen fatigue, reduce anxiety, encourage positivity and improve focus – with no known negat..

Article Jul 25, 2017 facebook twitter google+ Get lean and clean with these new healthy protein powders! The protein supplements market is going through something of a transformation. Again. First, the big macho pots of protein powder aimed at male bodybuilders were joined on the shelves by female-friendly equivalents, aimed at helping us get leaner and more defined.
Now, the brands behind the supplements are realising that people who care about their bodies don’t just want to down this stuff without caring what’s in it. We want our bodies to be healthy as well as to look good. So now, many protein powders and products are becoming more plant-based, less additive-laden and often organic. That makes sense to us.
‘People are increasingly looking for more raw and minimally processed proteins that are as close to their natural state as possible,’ says Darlene McCormick, co-founder of That Protein (thatprotein.com). ‘They’re also interested in protein-based products that bring additio..

Home Food 26 Quick and Tasty Zucchini Recipes Zucchini may be at the back of the alphabet, but it's at the front of our minds when it comes to summer vegetables. Here are 26 ways to cook zucchini (including two zucchini bread recipes!) in dishes that range from sweet to savory to spicy.
Zucchini may be at the back of the alphabet, but it's at the front of our minds when it comes to summer vegetables. Here are 26 ways to cook zucchini (including two zucchini bread recipes!) in dishes that range from sweet to savory to spicy.
More Ella Quittner June 15, 2015 1 of 27 Getty Images Zucchini bread and more Zucchini may be at the back of the alphabet, but it's at the front of our minds when it comes to summer vegetables.
This miracle squash is so easy to grow, you can easily end up with a bumper crop. But don't let it go to waste—it has lots of vitamin A, few calories, and it's simple to cook.
Here are 26 ways to cook zucchini (including two zucchini bread recipes..

In most cases, “spot reduction” isn’t possible.
Markham Heid August 16, 2017 This article originally appeared on Time.com.
Whether you have some extra weight in your upper arms or rear end, it makes sense that targeting those areas with exercise—curls for your arms, lunges for your butt—would slim them down.
Weight-loss experts refer to this as “spot reduction.” But it turns out that in most cases, this kind of laser-focused weight loss isn’t possible. One study in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research found that six weeks of intensive ab workouts did nothing to slim the exercisers’ midsections. A related study found that 12-weeks of one-armed workouts resulted in less loose skin in the trained arm, but zero fat loss.
Working out just one part of your body probably won’t slim it down, but some body parts are more likely to shed fat when you exercise. Your stomach is one of them.
MORE: The TIME Guide To Exercise
“Some fat deposits are more metabolically active than ot..

Home Style 50 Healthy Holiday Gifts for Women Set those fit foodies, glam girls, and techie friends up for daily bliss with these gorgeous—dare we say indulgent?—presents.
Set those fit foodies, glam girls, and techie friends up for daily bliss with these gorgeous—dare we say indulgent?—presents.
More 1 of 51 Lisa Shin Best healthy gifts Shopping for holiday gifts can be awfully stressful. After all, your best friend is into tech, while your sister only uses sustainable products, and your mom goes giddy for the newest kitchen gear. Take a deep breath and consider this chaotic problem officially solved with our new gift guide for every type of woman in your life. 2 of 51 amazon.com Vitruvi Essential Oil Diffuser, Ultrasonic Aromatherapy Diffuser To buy: $119; amazon.com
If aromatherapy is your (or their game), this is the absolute best diffuser for you. About 10-20 drops will infuse a 500 square foot room with the scent of your choice. Did we mention this is easy-to-clean and has a..

A little time off to unwind and de-stress is a key to feeling happier.
Alexandra Sifferlin August 10, 2017 This article originally appeared on Time.com.
Taking time off from work or the daily grind not only helps people de-stress and feel happier, but it also helps productivity and mood—as long as you do it right.
But the barrier to entry is high, since many Americans don’t even take their allotted vacation time. Fewer Americans are going on vacation now than in the past: Data suggests that Americans used to take nearly three weeks of vacation a year in 2000, but took just slightly more than two weeks in 2015. Even when people are on vacation, more than 60% say they keep working remotely.
Yet the benefits of vacation are clear. “We know that taking a break is extremely good for one’s mental health,” says Susan Krauss Whitbourne, an adjunct professor of gerontology at the University of Massachusetts Boston, who frequently writes about the benefits of vacation. “It puts you in a dif..

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic, episodic intestinal disorder characterized by abdominal pain and altered bowel habits. It affects 1 in 7 Americans, although most go undiagnosed. IBS can have a substantial impact on well-being and health, but doctors underestimate the impact the disease can have, particularly the pain and discomfort. Using some measures, the health-related quality of life of irritable bowel sufferers can rival that of sufferers of much more serious disorders, such as diabetes, kidney failure, and inflammatory bowel diseases. The first step toward successful treatment is for doctors to acknowledge the condition and not just dismiss the patient as just hysterical or something.
Another reason sufferers often don’t seek medical care may be the lack of effectiveness of the available treatments. There is a huge unmet therapeutic need. Since IBS has no cure, treatment is targeted to alleviate the symptoms. Typical antispasmodic drugs can cause side effects, inclu..

The results of the CHAMACOS (Center for the Health Assessment of Mothers and Children of Salinas) study were published recently. This study of a California birth cohort investigated the relationship between exposure to flame retardant chemical pollutants in pregnancy and childhood, and subsequent neurobehavioral development. Why California? Because California children’s exposures to these endocrine disruptors and neurotoxins are among the highest in the world.
What did they find? The researchers concluded that both prenatal and childhood exposures to these chemicals “were associated with poorer attention, fine motor coordination, and cognition” (particularly verbal comprehension) by the time the children reached school age. “This study, the largest to date, contributes to growing evidence suggesting that PBDEs [polybrominated diphenyl ethers, flame retardant chemicals] have adverse impacts on child neurobehavioral development.” The effects may extend into adolescence, again affecting ..

Though many reported feeling better on Dr. Walter Kempner’s rice and fruit diet, he refused to accept such anecdotal evidence as proof of success. He wanted objective measurements. The most famous were his “eyegrounds photographs,” taken with a special camera that allowed one to visualize the back of the eye. In doing so, he proved diet can arrest the bleeding, oozing, and swelling you see in the back of the eye in people with severe kidney, hypertensive, or heart disease. Even more than that, he proved that diet could actually reverse it, something never thought possible.
In my video, Can Diabetic Retinopathy Be Reversed?, you can see before and after images of the back of patients’ eyes. He found reversal to such a degree that even those who could no longer distinguish large objects were able to once again read fine print. Dr. Kempner had shown a reversal of blindness with diet.
The results were so dramatic that the head of the department of ophthalmology at Duke, where Kempner wor..

Lasting for 3,000 years, ancient Egypt was one of the greatest ancient civilizations—with a vastly underestimated knowledge of medicine. They even had medical subspecialties. The pharaohs, for example, had access to dedicated physicians to be “guardian[s] of the royal bowel movement,” a title alternately translated from the hieroglyphics to mean “Shepherd of the Anus.” How’s that for a resume builder?
Today, the primacy of the bowel movement’s importance continues. Some have called for bowel habits to be considered a vital sign on how the body is functioning, along with heart rate, blood pressure, and breathing rate. Medical professionals may not particularly relish hearing all about their patients’ bowel movements, but it is a vital function that nurses and doctors need to assess.
Surprisingly, the colon has remained relatively unexplored territory, one of the body’s final frontiers. For example, current concepts of what “normal” stools are emanated primarily from the records of 12 ..

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