Boost Your Immune System With Herbal Tea

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Strengthen your immune system with herbal teas especially during flu season.

Rosehips — full of Vitamin C; administer rose hip  two hours before or four hours after antacids and iron containing supplements.

Elderberry — Clinical research shows that some elderberry extracts might reduce flu-like symptoms when given within 48 hours of initial symptoms. Significant symptom relief seems to occur within 2 to 4 days of treatment for most patients.

Marshmellow Extract — soothes your mucous membrane  so very good for a dry cough.  Theoretically it may lower blood glucose so Diabetics must use with caution.

Slippery Elm — very soothing to mucous membranes and can ease  sore throats

Stop Drinking Soda and Lose Weight Now

As much as I hate to say this drinking soda will not directly cause you to gain weight. The problem with soda is the sugar,  high-fructose corn syrup and loads of empty calories it provides! One 12-ounce can of regular (non-diet) soda contains about 150 calories, and one 20-ounce bottle, contains about 250 calories.

With soft drinks it is easy to consume many extra calories in addition to regular meals and snacks. The fact is if you eat more calories than your body needs, you will gain weight.

What is High-Fructose Corn Syrup?

High-fructose corn syrup is a sweetener that is used in place of sugar in everything from soft drinks to salad dressings, and even bread and soup. Actually, its pretty hard to find any food that is processed that doesn’t contain high-fructose corn syrup.

Is High-Fructose Corn Syrup Bad For Me?

Many scientists attribute the surge in obesity to increasing consumption of high-fructose corn syrup; some also argue that it increases the risk of diabetes and abnormal cholesterol levels. There are also recent concerns that high-fructose corn syrup made in the United States may contain mercury.

Eliminating high-fructose corn syrup from your diet is easier said than done. But if you start avoiding packaged or processed foods and eliminate soda, you may find that you are well on your way to improving your health.

Skip the Diet Soda

Many people assume that choosing “diet” foods is a good way to lose weight. At least that is what the commercial suggest. Taking in few calories would seem to be an obvious way to shed pounds but there is some bad news for you diet cola addicts out there! Drinking diet soda is not associated with weight loss. In fact, one study found that a daily can of diet soda was associated with a 41 percent increased risk of becoming obese. Body mass index has been shown to increase by 1.5 points in those who drink three diet sodas daily.

Why You Gain More Weight With “Diet” Soda

Research on artificial sweeteners has yielded some interesting findings that teach us a lot about how our bodies respond to food. Studies demonstrate that substituting artificial sweeteners in foods like yogurt leads to increased consumption of calories overall.

When you eat sugar, your body responds by increasing insulin levels. But in the absence of real sugar, the insulin levels may spike anyway leading to hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). Your body responds by craving more sugar so try to avoid choosing between regular and diet soda. The choice may be easier than you think if you are stuck deciding between regular soda or diet soda. You don’t have to drink either one!

So next time you reach for that can of soda, instead of drinking all those calories, try eating your calories in the form of food and see if you find it more satisfying.

Secret of Drug Companies Revealed

This post was inspired as I was working in the pharmacy dealing drugs. It hit me that most people don’t realize the secret of drug companies and the healthcare industry.

Do you believe pharmaceutical medications are designed to cure you? Well, the sad truth is there not!  Medications are designed so you will come back and get your prescription filled month after month.

So what can you do as a consumer? Take charge of your health. Become your own patient advocate. Ask Questions about your treatment and diagnosis. Use your FOOD AS MEDICINE! I know that is not the popular thing to say in this age of “give me a pill to fix me” but that is the truth. Go back to the basics and eat a healthy, balanced diet to begin taking control of your health.

Check out the video below and LEAVE A COMMENT sharing your thoughts!

Eating Healthy on a Budget

Can Healthy Eating and the Family Grocery Budget Belly Up To The Same Table?

Eating healthy and family budget generally are not two phrases that get linked together too often in our discussions and planning, but don’t fret, we’re not alone. There’s a large gap in what we are searching for on the Internet when it comes to healthy eating versus the family grocery budget. Here is the latest look at Google® Search Engine traffic:

Healthy Eating vs. Family Grocery Budget

Yes, that nearly non-existent red line at the bottom of the graph is our search engine usage for the term “Family Grocery Budget” and the other, seemingly more impressive one in blue is our interest in the search engine for “Healthy Eating” – can the two ever be at the same table?

Budgeting Tips for Healthy Eating

While everyone’s situation is different, here may be a few ideas that can help bring your desire for healthier eating closer to your need for a manageable family grocery budget:

Holistic Health Defined

Holistic health has come to mean a many different things to a many different people, depending on what is read, heard, and understood. For a more basic and elementary approach, let us simply begin with the root holism, from the Greek root holos, simply meaning the whole (all, entire, total). So simply put, when we are talking about “holistic health” we are approaching the subject by looking at the entire body, the entire overall “whole-person” health system, not just one part while ignoring the implications or inter-connectivity of the other parts of the whole system, or body in this case.

Holistic Health Buzz

What’s in Your Multi-Vitamin

Multivitamins help to fulfill your nutritional needs for the day. These nutritional needs will be based on your age, gender, pre-menopausal or post-menopausal.

Multivitamins contain:

  • Vitamin A – critical for healthy vision and skin
  • Vitamin B – a metabolism booster
  • Vitamin C – keeps your immune system strong, especially important during cold and flu season.
  • Vitamin D – promotes healthy bones (and your immune system) in combination with calcium
  • Vitamin E – for healthy development of muscles and brain function
  • Calcium – maintains strong bones
  • Magnesium – supports proper muscle and nerve function
  • Iron – important for growth in children, maintaining healthy immune system and for energy production

Lets take a moment and highlight a very important vitamin that many don’t give the attention it deserves. Vitamin D plays an important role in many of the bodies functions, to include: promoting absorption of calcium and bone health, boosting immune function, reducing inflammation and protecting against some forms of cancer. The wonderful thing about Vitamin D is you don’t have to eat it to make sure you’re getting your daily dose! Vitamin D is actually produced in your body from the sun’s ultraviolet rays.

Your multi-vitamin may contain additional ingredients based on your needs. Be sure to read the label of your multi-vitamin!

A great combination: Pain-killers and Alcohol

So it’s the holiday weekend and many of you all will engage in dangerous behavior this weekend but before you do I have a special warning for you! It’s very common for people to mix alcohol and pain killers even though they know better. Why would people do this? Well because alcohol can enhance the effects of these drugs. So if you are feeling “high” – then you will feel “higher”.

The FDA recently notified healthcare professionals of changes to the Warnings section of the prescribing information of tramadol/acetaminophen combination (Ultracet) and tramadol (Ultram).  So I figured I would share some knowledge with you all and remind you of some things to be cognizant of.

Tramadol is a centrally acting synthetic opioid analgesic indicated for the management of moderate to moderately severe chronic pain. The strengthened warning emphasizes the risk of suicide for patients who are addiction prone, taking tranquilizers or antidepressants (Zoloft, Prozac…etc).  Tramadol-related deaths have occurred in patients with previous histories of emotional disturbances or suicidal ideation or attempts, as well as history of misuse of other drugs. Tramadol may have additive effects when used in conjunction with alcohol, other opioids or illicit drugs that cause central nervous system depressions.  Tramadol has abuse potential and patients need to be aware since you can find it in many medicine cabinets!

Watch this quick video for more information and leave a comment below.

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