Wellness Solutions for Your Headaches

How to Relieve Your Headache Pain Naturally

If you have a headache, you’re not alone. Nine out of 10 Americans suffer from headaches. Some are occasional, some frequent, some are dull and throbbing, and some cause debilitating pain and nausea. What do you do when you suffer from a pounding headache? Do you grit your teeth and carry on? Lie down? Pop a pill and hope the pain goes away? There is a better alternative.

Headaches

Most people do not realize that there are many natural remedies available to you to ease your headache pain. Further, there are wellness solutions that can help correct the underlying cause of your headaches. These natural options will empower you to overcome the debilitating pain of headaches. You can get your life back! 

New Research Shows Power of Greens For Good Gut Health

An unusual sugar molecule found in green vegetables feeds the 'good' bacteria in the gut, improving gut health.

A new study published this week has found that eating leafy green vegetables could hold the key to promoting gut health. While there are many factors that promote gut health, eating leafy green vegetables is an easy yet powerful way to do just that.

The study, conducted by a team of researchers from Melbourne, Australia and York, UK, has found that an unusual sugar molecule found in green vegetables feeds the ‘good’ bacteria in the gut, promoting their growth in the gut and reducing the number of bad bacteria, thus improving gut health.

What do the 2015-2020 USDA Dietary Guidelines mean to you?

Cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and obesity have been on the rise, but an abundance of research shows that healthy eating patterns and regular physical exercise reduce the risk of chronic diseases and lead to longer lifespans. We also need essential supplements to provide sufficient living nutrition to promote cellular health needed for optimal health.

USDA Dietary Guidelines

Under the 1990 National Nutrition Monitoring and Related Research Act, the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and of Agriculture (USDA) must publish a report outlining nutritional and dietary information and guidelines for the general public. The jointly published report seeks to educate medical professionals and the general public on new nutritional research that can lead to a healthier, and longer living, populace.

Could Adrenal Fatigue Be The Cause Of Your Chronic Exhaustion?

Remember when your heart was pounding out of your chest, your palms became sweaty and you felt nauseated before a big exam or speech in school? If anything traumatic has ever happened in your life, do you remember being physically and mentally exhausted in the aftermath? How about dizzy after having the flu or in between meals? All of these examples highlight the adrenal system.

adrenal fatigue

The adrenals are part of our intricate endocrine system that releases hormones throughout the day, all working together to help our bodies run efficiently. In fact the whole system is a giant feedback loop that is exquisitely controlled. Unfortunately, it can get overwhelmed.

The hypothalamus in the brain stimulates the pituitary which then activates the adrenal cortex to produce hydrocortisone, cortisone, aldosterone and sex hormones like estrogen, or testosterone (although these are mostly produced in the actual sex organs). These regulate metabolism, cardiac function, blood pressure support, inflammation, immune system support and the ability to fight off infections, sexuality, and much more.

For example, one of the most important things that cortisol, released by adrenal cortex, does is to control immunity (IgA) in your gut. Hence, if you’re stressed, the immune response in your gut suffers, increased gut wall permeability occurs and good bacteria gives way to bad bacteria, causing immune dysregulation.

But that’s not all… The adrenal glands also have an adrenal medulla (the inside part of the gland) which is responsible for the famous fight of flight syndrome that occurs when adrenaline or epinephrine/norepinephrine, is released. It is regulated by the sympathetic nervous system and can be quieted by some simple Eastern medicine techniques.

The Dangers Of Taking Aspirin or Ibuprofen

A splitting headache, tense back pain, a high fever –  just three of the experiences that the majority of us have come to know and experience at various points in our lives – some of us more regularly than others. Whether it be because of the busy nature to our lives or our desire to remove these pains as quickly as possible, many of us have become dependent upon pharmaceutical pain killers – primarily aspirin and ibuprofen – to rid ourselves of these experiences. We’ve become so dependent that in 1998 alone over 500,000 pounds of acetyl-salicylic acid (the main component used in aspirin) was produced in the United States alone, according to US EPA statistics – a number which has only grown annually since.

aspirin

So many of us take both aspirin and ibuprofen because for the most part when it comes to a short-term analysis, they work! I remember 5+ years ago I had my wisdom teeth removed and there wasn’t any amount of fatigue that was going to make me capable of falling asleep while experiencing the throbbing pain the procedure had left me in. I tried to tough it out, but when I hit the 24-hour awake point I decided to give in, taking a pain-killing aspirin. The end result: I fell asleep within the hour.

If these drugs are effective for many people – including myself in a past experience – why would I bother putting together an article focused on the dangers associated with them? I’ve put this together because unfortunately research shows that the impact these drugs can have on the human body goes a lot more in-depth and long-term than the short-term potential relief.

Orthorexia Nervosa – New mental disorder aimed at people who insist on eating a clean diet

In a world where meaning is malleable, you can twist the truth however you want. You can create a story to make worthwhile endeavors look bad. You can make harmful practices appear attractive. The mental health system has recently taken a shot at making healthy food choices appear dangerous, if you can imagine, especially when those choices are your top priority. Clinicians are actively diagnosing patients with orthorexia nervosa, the extreme desire to eat pure food.

Orthorexia Nervosa

by: Mike Bundrant (NaturalNews)

This is not a parody. It’s actually happening.

If you have a strong desire to eat pure, uncontaminated food, then you could be suffering from a mental disorder per this new medical labeling trend.

The war on cancer is a tragedy. Billions upon billions of dollars are being spent to develop and apply treatments that are invasive, expensive, painful, often mutilating, and in many cases of little benefit.

“Meanwhile, most of us are unknowingly increasing the probability of cancer with our every meal. The more I’ve learned about diet and cancer, the more stunned I’ve been at our ignorance of their close relationship. We do not have to quake helplessly in the face of cancer, ‘hoping’ to escape its clutches.

“We do not have to sit by passively, watching our loved ones succumb to this disease. We do not have to spend our life savings, undergoing painful and devastating treatments that do little or no good. We are blessed now with the knowledge, which enables us to make clear, life-giving choices. We need only make them in time.”

Watch out for nasty global flu pandemic surprises, WHO warns

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Risk factors for heartburn: excess weight, smoking

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I think it is clear that the American diet is indicted as a cause of coronary heart disease. And it is pertinent, I think, to point out the same diet is now found guilty in terms of many forms of cancer: breast cancer, cancer of the colon, and others…

Dr. Mark Hegstead
Nutritional Scientist from Harvard University

Top Lifestyle Hacks to Defeat Seasonal Affective Disorder

Are you tired of this cold and gloomy winter weather? Many of us are frustrated, tired, experiencing more colds and illness, and even a bit depressed. You are not alone in this! These symptoms are more common this time of year; however, there are many easy, natural, common sense solutions.

Seasonal Affective Disorder

While spring is just around the corner here in the U.S., we still have several more weeks of winter to contend with. You don’t have to continue to deal with these symptoms of what is often referred to as Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD. Here are some great tips and healthy habits to maintain vibrant health and a great mood all winter long!

The Truth About Superfoods

Superfoods are quite the rave these days. Every month, there seems to be a new super fruit or vegetable that you may have never seen or even heard of before. Their amazing benefits are often touted in such a way that they seem more than super. They actually seem magical!

Superfoods

The truth is, there is no superfood that will give you magical powers. Sorry to burst your bubble! Most superfoods are truly amazing but, individually, they are limited. The key is to incorporate an abundance of these foods in your daily diet. Your body needs a variety of healthy foods in order to thrive and achieve real wellness.

That doesn’t mean that you have to go on an exotic and expensive grocery trip to pick up sacha inchi, salsify and maca. The good news is that most superfoods are inexpensive and commonly found either in your own garden or in your local produce market. Try adding a variety of these common superfoods to a green smoothie to super charge your daily nutrition.

Here is a fantastic infographic from Evoke.ie to help you understand what you need to know.