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Natural Ways to Lower Blood Pressure

 Pow-Pow-Power Walks: Exercise helps the heart use oxygen more efficiently, so it doesn’t work as hard to pump blood. Get a vigorous cardio workout of at least 30 minutes on most days of the week. Pump those arms (all the way up to your ears!) Try increasing speed or distance and tackle some hills to give your heart a better workout. Plug in some energizing music to help motivate you!

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Pregnancy: The Importance of Vitamin D and Iron

The pregnant mother is going through many physiological changes, which means the micronutrients of the mother’s daily diet must accompany such changes. There is a great amount of research that points to proper nutrients and supplementation in a pregnant and lactating mother’s diet and the low morbidity and healthy birth weight and baby health success of the new born. There has been much importance placed on folate, iron (do decrease anemia risk) and iodine levels in pregnant mothers in the past, but this article will focus on two minerals that seem to be consistently deficient in most women of the child bearing age: Vitamin D and Iron. The following is an overview as to why these two deserve extra attention.

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People Living and Battling Cancer:Top Foods to Avoid

I came across an article in the International Food Journal Microbial (1993) by David Lawrence Dewey, who is passionate about spreading the truth about orthodox medicine and alternative routes to wellness. In a presentation to the World Health Organization, he published a study that showcases how specific ingredients in the foods we consume are really the killers and exacerbaters of cancer within our bodies. Foods that are acidic forming, fungal producing, processed foods and ones that are inflammatory should be taught to all people living with cancer, trying to beat it or have survived cancer. His information made a lot of sense to read and I thought I would highlight many of the specifics. 

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6 Healthy Habits That Reduce High Blood Pressure

If you are not a fan of taking pharmaceutical medication to reduce your high blood pressure, feel good knowing that there are many different easy forming habits that can be formed that have great positive effects in reducing that scary number that has been linked to dangerous heart conditions, the increase of stress hormones and body fat. High blood pressure is described by the Mayo Clinic as having a systolic pressure — the top number — of 140 or above or a diastolic pressure — the bottom number — of 90 or above). In a nutshell, high blood pressure increases the chance of having a stroke, heart attack, heart failure, kidney disease, and early death.Try to incorporate as many of the following healthy habits and watch these numbers reduce as your personal health becomes stronger.

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Habits and Foods That Boost Mind and Body Energy Naturally

Sensitive to coffee, caffeine or in the middle of a detox that doesn’t have even green tea on the list of foods allowed? Don’t fret! There are many natural ways to boost the body and mind energy, including taking a cold shower, eating specific foods like certain nuts and even certain exercises. Next time you hit snooze on that alarm clock in the morning or your eyes begin crossing as you are staring through the computer screen at 3 pm, take note of the following go-to remedies to boost alertness, energy and mood.

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Matcha Tea: The Incredible Hulk

There are so many different types of teas available on the market these days and just as many studies and reports boasting their antioxidant, immune-boosting qualities. To a non-tea master that devotes hours upon hours studying, steeping and drinking teas, it is pretty hard to know which ones are truly the authentically ones with healing powers. Tea masters joke and point to traditional Lipton and other American tea bags and call them “sweepings from the floor.” I do have to admit, there are so many different types of teas out there, but to make it easy on consumers, I suggest coffee and tea lovers to start drinking matcha green tea as part of their daily regiment because of the amazing energy and healing potential it delivers. This Japanese tea is different because it is grown in the shade to increase the chlorophyll content, hence its emerald and bold green color. The health benefits of matcha tea exceed those of green tea because when you drink matcha you ingest the whole leaf, not just the brewed water. It is so powerful that Zen Buddhist monks drank it to remain alert and calm during long hours of meditation.

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Yerba Mate: Health Benefits and Considerations

It is celebrated as a natural and powerful energy drink, comparable to the caffeine in coffee, and comes from the South Americas with roots in Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil. Yerba mate has been consumed in social circles in the form of a tisane and commonly sold as a tea because of the way it is brewed, steeped and prepared before consumption from a vegetable gourd.  People all over the world can find Yerba Mate in liquid, dry leaves and capsule form in health food stores.
Yerba mate has many beneficial healing qualities for the body, including stimulating the central nervous system, delivers immune boosting antioxidants, amino acids, polyphenols, vitamins and minerals and detoxifying the blood to prevent many times of chronic diseases and cancer. It is a strong anti-inflammatory and also helps to reduce anxiety and stress as well as decreases insomnia.

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Green Tea and Its Amazing Abilities

The Chinese have known the healing power of green tea for generations. Many believe that the unprocessed tea leaves can help to prevent or even cure many chronic diseases including heart disease, cancer and dementia.

Volumes of scientific evidence now provide compelling proof that the active polyphenol found in green tea (EGCG) has the power to increase the number of regulatory immune support T-cells. T-cells play a crucial role in the suppression of autoimmune diseases including the terminal condition ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). Research published in the journal Immunology Letters demonstrates that regular consumption of green tea can help your innate immune system to operate at peak efficiency to fight invading pathogens.

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Breastfeeding with Alcohol, Caffeine, Nicotine, Medication and Recreational Drugs

Many substances can travel from your bloodstream into the breast milk. This, for mothers of nursing babies, means that what you eat, drink and consume can affect the quality and nutritional content of your baby’s food. How do medicines, alcohol, caffeine, and recreational drugs measure up and what precautions should you take? Read below to find out.

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Got Insomnia? Ways to Improve Your Sleepless Nights

Got Insomnia? If you are like the 35% of the American population that suffers from insomnia, chances are you may be one of the 10 million people to use prescription sleep aids. These sleep aid drugs come with a huge list of side effects, which may include: burning or tingling in the hands, arms, feet, or legs, changes in appetite, constipation, diarrhea, difficulty keeping balance, dizziness, drowsiness, dry mouth or throat, gas, headaches, heartburn, stomach pain or tenderness, uncontrollable shaking of a part of the body, unusual dreams, and weakness.  Did you know that more than half of Americans lose sleep due to stress or anxiety, and that people who suffer from sleep deprivation are 27% more likely to become overweight or obese? Research indicates that people who are sleep deprived have lower levels of the appetite-regulating hormone leptin, which makes them hungrier, want to eat more and be at risk for weight gain. When sleep is hard to come by, always remember that there are many natural ways to catch those elusive ZZZ’s, and nutrition plays a key role in sleep and relaxation.

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