Ladies, Are You Keeping Your Bones Strong?

I received a question recently from one of our wonderful fans, Elyse. Like many women concerned about their health, she was wondering what foods will help keep her bones strong as she gets older. Bone density is dependent upon a number of nutrients, most notably calcium. Women between the ages of 19 – 50 need about 1000 milligrams per day, and for 50+, it increases to 1200 mg. Dairy is indeed a good source of bioavailable calcium. A cup of… Continue reading

Maca Root – for Energy, Vitality, Libido

Every area on our planet seems to offer at least one regional plant that stands out in its ability to enhance vitality and energy: From the Orient, we have Ginseng; from India, there is Ashwagandha; and from Siberia, we have Rhodiola (“Arctic Rose”)… And from the high Andes of South America, there is Maca. Maca is truly amazing! Maca is a root vegetable cultivated by the indigenous peoples of Bolivia and Peru since pre-Incan times. It flourishes in conditions where… Continue reading

Bad Breath?

If you’ve ever had a bout of bad breath, or “halitosis” as it’s called in the medical community, you know how distressing it can be… trying to talk without getting too near to anyone, or avoiding breathing directly towards them. Perhaps even worse is not knowing you’ve got it ‘till it’s too late… hmm, why is everyone discreetly edging away from me… The most common reason for bad breath is bacteria. What may surprise you, though, is that it’s not… Continue reading

Licorice – The Great Harmonizer

As a child, were you ever given a slice of raw Licorice root to chew on, instead of candy? This is because Licorice root contains a compound that is about 50 times sweeter than sugar – a property which comes in very handy for helping to ‘disguise’ other less favorable flavors in a given remedy! Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) is a wonderful herb that has been used as both food and medicine for thousands of years. It is highly valued for… Continue reading

Vaccinations: Flu Shot Causing Seizures in Infants?

Vaccinations are a hot topic of debate, with many people divided over the benefit they may offer, vs the risk that they may also impose – especially when it comes to young infants and children. The increase in number of vaccinations recommended and the concurrent controversies about whether vaccinations are safe or even effective, have left many parents confused and concerned. In the U.S., flu vaccination is recommended for everyone except infants under 6 months. But is it any safer… Continue reading

NEEM – 5000 Years and Going Strong

Neem is often called the “Village Pharmacy” for its usefulness in treating a wide variety of ailments, from skin conditions to blood sugar imbalances. All parts of the Neem tree, including its seeds, leaves, flower, and bark, have therapeutic value. Neem is one of the most important herbs of Ayurveda, the ancient healing tradition of India. Extracts from the “Sacred Tree,” as Neem is also known, have been used both medicinally and ceremonially for over 5000 years. Neem is an… Continue reading

Kids’ Earaches – Natural Alternatives

Next to colds, earaches are the most commonly diagnosed childhood condition – as many a mom will attest! In fact, 3 out of 4 kids will have otitis media (middle ear infection or inflammation) by the time they’re 3 years old. It’s the #1 reason for visits to the children’s emergency department. There are several reasons why young children develop ear infections (or inflammation) including:

SILVER THROUGH THE AGES

Since before the time of Hippocrates (370 BC – 460 BC), the “Father of Medicine,” silver has been used in medicine for its antiseptic and disinfectant properties. Water casks lined with silver were used to purify drinking water during the wars of Napoleon, a practice continued even up through WWII by the Soviet Army. Water filters exist today that still utilise silver in their purification technology. With the advent of antibiotic therapy, medicinal usage of silver products essentially stopped in… Continue reading

PCOS, BPA, and Hair Loss – What’s the Link?

What’s the link between bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical that is prevalent in food and drink packaging and plastic products, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), and hair loss? Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is the most common hormonal disorder of women of reproductive age, and it increases the risk of infertility, obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease. With PCOS, there is an excessive secretion of androgens including testosterone (and others that can convert to testosterone). These promote masculine characteristics. Excessive secretion… Continue reading

Essentials for Natural Wellbeing – Cleansing Part 2

In yesterday’s post on Cleansing (Part 1), we took a look at why cleansing can be so beneficial and restorative. (Btw, if you missed Part 1, just scroll down our Wall here a bit to read it. ) In it, we covered off the first of several points to keep in mind if you’re considering a cleanse.* In summary, they were: 1. Go Green – kale, collards, chard, spinach, dandelion leaf 2. Hydration – adequate water, preferably Coconut water 3.… Continue reading

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