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Warning: May Contain Gluten

By Diane Irving

 

Millions of Americans have gluten sensitivity or suffer from full-fledged Celiac Disease, which can conjure up severe health problems. Simple food indulgences could be harmless in moderation, but it could also have substantial impacts on the body. Symptoms from Celiac or gluten sensitivity can start out with headaches or less serious reactions, then autoimmune diseases, organ or brain dysfunction may occur over time. A warning to consumers: allergy awareness is crucial to health. Avoid consuming gluten contents and you could lessen the severity of symptoms or prevent serious illness.

 

Knowing the difference between a sensitivity and Celiac Disease can be tricky. According to the Celiac Center, the disease affects 1 percent of the population, and 18 million suffer from sensitivity. Celiac Disease can evoke harmful problems including intense stomach pain, bloating, brain fog, headaches, and a multitude of other symptoms. Sensitivity may also induce brain fog, tiredness, stomach issues, joint pain, and more. BeyondCeliac.Org claims Celiac is mostly genetic, and the disease “damages the villi of the small intestine and interferes with absorption of nutrients from food.” According to the site, about 5-22% of diagnosed Celiac sufferers have a relative who also experiences symptoms of the disease. They claim that other possible outcomes from a diagnosis are reduced bone density and possibly even some cancers!

 

The Body’s Internal Reaction to Gluten

 

Dr. Amy Myers, a respected functional medicine practitioner has done extensive research on the impact gluten has on the body’s food process: “In sensitive people, gluten can cause the gut cells to release zonulin, a protein that can break apart the tight junctions holding your intestines together.” She calls this process leaky gut, which allows harmful bodily byproducts including toxins, microbes, food particles and anti-bodies to spread throughout the body by the blood. From her studies, she believes leaky gut is a pre-condition of autoimmune diseases. The body’s response leads to inflammation, which causes the body to start attacking itself.

 

Besides foods that can cause a reaction, there are some bodily tissues that have a similar molecular make-up as gluten. The protein in gluten (gliadin) has similar properties as the thyroid. Once gluten is identified as a harmful substance in the body, the immune system begins to attack anything comparable. Other foods that could be confused as gluten by the body are: dairy, corn, millet, oats, rice, and yeast for their similar properties. Dr. Myers has identified this as, “molecular mimicry, when you eat dairy your body can get confused and think you just ate a bowl of pasta and trigger an immune reaction.”

 

 

Attack of the Antibodies

 

Surprisingly, gluten is found everywhere. Not just in foods, but in hair and body products as well. With consumption coming from all directions, cells can get overloaded and overworked. Year after year of an overfilled body could overwhelm the system. Dr. Myers explains that about one in thirty people have gluten sensitivity, and eating it consistently generates constant inflammation. Inflammation, if not controlled, can eventually turn into a full blown autoimmune disease. The connection of gluten and inflammation/autoimmune diseases is that gliadin antibodies get confused and attack organs, nervous systems, and other important systems. Dr. Myers reveals that approximately 55 diseases are associated with gluten sensitivity. Sensitive consumers may experience autoimmune diseases (Hashimoto’s, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and more), neurological issues (depression, ADD, MS, bi-polar, etc), infertility, diabetes, arthritis, skin disorders, IBS, acid reflux, muscle pain, and other serious medical problems.

 

Gluten must be removed from the diet completely. Dr. Myers suggests, “recent research has shown that eating gluten can elevate your gluten antibodies for up to three months, meaning that even if you only ate gluten four times a year, you would be in a state of inflammation year-round.” Dr. Myers warns that 99% of people with gluten intolerance have never been diagnosed! There is hope though; Dr. Myers believes that healing the gut with a special diet program can reverse most autoimmune diseases.

 

Gluten is labeled on ingredient lists as wheat, rye, malt and barley. It is described as a protein, gives food its consistency, and is used as a filler in many foods. Anyone who suffers from this intolerance should stay away from breads, pastas, and desserts, and even soy sauce! However, there are gluten-free alternatives for those who still want to enjoy carb indulgences or sauces. Most grocery stores offer gluten-free breads, pastas, dessert mixes, and soy sauces for anyone who wishes to follow the diet. Tastes may be slightly or exponentially different, but the benefits may be worth it.

 

Studies have shown that gluten can negatively impact those who are sensitive to it. The best proactive approach is to get tested for Celiac or gluten sensitivity. Dr. Marone can provide tests to help decipher individual allergy causes. In the meantime, forgo gluten-filled food indulgences and check the contents of each product. Label readers could not only enjoy positive health benefits, but could avoid serious debilitating illnesses.

 

*The information in this article is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical condition and does not substitute for a thorough evaluation by a medical professional.  Please consult your chiropractor or physician to determine whether these self-care tips are appropriate for you.

See also:

http://maronewellness.com/gluten-intolerance/

http://maronewellness.com/watch-yeast-prevent-leaky-gut/

 

SOURCES:

 

https://www.glutenfreeliving.com/gluten-free/gluten-sensitivity/what-is-gluten-sensitivity/

http://www.amymyersmd.com/2017/02/3-important-reasons-give-gluten-autoimmune-disease/

 

https://www.amymyersmd.com/2016/05/your-gut-on-gluten/

 

https://www.amymyersmd.com/2017/06/gluten-cross-reactivity/

https://www.glutenfreesociety.org/symptoms-of-gluten-sensitivity/ – Dr. Osborne

 

https://www.beyondceliac.org/celiac-disease/facts-and-figures/

 

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Your Child’s Studying Posture: 5 Tips to Help Improve It

The school year is well under way by now. Have you noticed your children’s posture as they do their homework (or watch TV or play video games, for that matter)? When we are focused on the project at hand, we often do not think about our bodies. It is all too common to see children slouching, leaning against the arm of the couch, or propping their heads up with one or both hands. Children don’t see the long-term danger in poor posture, because they are not experiencing pain yet. It has even become “cool” to be seen this way and “uncool” to use good posture. All of this can make trying to change their bad habits difficult for parents. There are some things you as a parent can do, however, to help them with their posture.

 

  • Lead by Example: Show by your own good example what good posture looks like.
  • Show Them: A mirror is a great tool to show your child what his/her posture looks like vs. healthy posture. Have your child stand looking sideways into a mirror. Point out how the ear, shoulder, hip and ankle should be in alignment. How far from that is their posture? Which areas need the most correction?
  • Chair: The chair your child uses can either help or hinder their posture. The most important aspect of a chair is that it will allow his/her feet to rest flat on the floor while their knees are bent at approximately 90 degrees. This way their back does not have to try to balance with the weight of dangling feet. If all of your chairs are too tall, try putting a foot stool or wooden block under his feet. Back support is another issue. If the seat is too deep, your child is likely to slouch to try to reach the back of the chair. If you don’t have a chair that fits his body correctly, try putting a pillow behind him as he sits.
  • Desk:  Check the height of the desk he/she is using. Watch your child as he works. Where does the table meet his body? The desk tabletop should be at a level slightly above your child’s belly button in the middle of his torso.  If the table is too low, your child will tend to slouch forward while working.  If the table is too high, he/she will have to raise the shoulders (like shrugging) in order for their arms to reach their books and papers. This can cause overuse syndromes in the neck and shoulders. If the table is too high, try putting pillows under your child as he/she works. If the table is too low, try finding a lower chair to compensate. Then check to be sure this has not thrown his legs off balance. (See the last tip.)
  • Set Limits: What about the other activities—video games and TV?  Since most seating in our family rooms is not conducive to good posture, it is important to set time limits on these activities. Try limiting gaming to 20 minutes at a time. Set a timer; at the end of each 20 minutes, have your child get up and move around for a few minutes before going back to their game.

If you try these tips and still do not see improvement in your child’s posture, or if your child complains of pain, or has difficulty sitting still for longer periods of time, it may be that there is some underlying muscular tightness or weakness that is making it difficult for him to practice good posture. Dr.Marone can help in diagnosing the problem and help to get the body back to anatomical neutral through adjusting the spine and by recommending exercises for strengthening or stretching. It is this neutral positioning that puts the least pressure on the joints, reduces tension in our muscles, and optimizes circulation.

 

See also:

http://maronewellness.com/tips-healthy-laptop-use/

http://maronewellness.com/arranging-a-childs-computer-station-for-good-posture/

 

*The information in this article is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical condition and does not substitute for a thorough evaluation by a medical professional.  Please consult your chiropractor or physician to determine whether these self-care tips are appropriate for you.

 

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Laptop Use: 6 Tips to Keep You Healthy

Laptops are an essential part of daily life these days, however they can also be a source of neck pain, back pain, and hand strain. The very aspects of the laptop that make them so useful—its small size and compact keyboard and screen all in one—are what also make it so difficult to use without putting strain on our bodies. If we move the laptop high enough to see it without having to scrunch down, the keyboard will be too high for our hands to use well. If the keyboard is at a good height, the screen will be so low we might find ourselves bending over and scrunching down to get a good look at it.

 

Laptop Tips

There are several things you can do to make a laptop work while still saving your body in the process.

 

  1. Sit up with your spine straight and head balanced. Then look out at the horizon. Move your eyes down to meet the screen, not your neck. Tilt the screen of the laptop until you can see it well without having to bend your neck or hunch your shoulders in order to see it.
  2. Move the laptop far enough away from your body so that your arms aren’t pulling backward in order to use the keyboard. Be sure your arms are able to hang freely from the shoulders without tension.
  3. Use a book to raise the laptop a little closer to eye level. (Put it under the back half of the computer to raise it at a slight angle.)
  4. Place the laptop on enough books to raise the screen up to eye level. Then attach an external keyboard and place it at a height which will allow your arms to remain parallel with the floor as you work.
  5. If you wear glasses, be sure that you adjust them to fit you, not the other way around. Sometimes we can create neck pain by adjusting our necks so we can see through our glasses rather than adjusting our glasses so they are where they need to be for us to see the screen.
  6. If you find that sitting causes pain, you may want to try standing as you work. A kitchen countertop may be just the right height. Keep your weight evenly distributed on both feet to avoid strain on your back.

 

Work is so much easier if we’re comfortable while we’re doing it! We’d love to hear from you. Let us know which tips have been the most helpful!

See also:

http://maronewellness.com/arranging-a-childs-computer-station-for-good-posture/

http://maronewellness.com/what-do-you-look-like-when-you-use-your-phone-or-tablet/

http://maronewellness.com/i-pad-hand-the-new-technology-syndrome/

http://maronewellness.com/taking-care-of-that-not-so-furry-mouse/

http://maronewellness.com/how-do-you-use-your-hands-at-the-computer/

*The information in this article is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical condition and does not substitute for a thorough evaluation by a medical professional.  Please consult your chiropractor or physician to determine whether these self-care tips are appropriate for you.

 

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Handwriting Tips to Avoid Painful Hands

Pain while writing can be a result of something as simple as a tightened muscle, to something more involved such as arthritic changes. Handwriting doesn’t have to be painful, however. If we learn to use our hands and our writing implements properly, pain can be avoided or at least lessened.

  • Sit upright so that you are not putting your body weight on your forearm as you write. Doing so can put pressure on nerves and create pain.
  • It is best for your upper and lower arm to form an “L” or a wider angle as you write. The more your elbow is bent the greater the hand and wrist strain will be.
  • Keep your fingers and hand relaxed. Be aware of the back of your hand remaining relaxed.
  • Watch for knuckles turning white. This is a tell-tale evidence of tension.
  • The more open your fingers are the better. Curled (as opposed to curved) fingers put more tension on the flexor tendons and can lead to pain.
  • Allow your wrist and forearm to move your writing implement rather than your fingers. Keep your fingers as still as possible.
  • Be sure that your paper is at an angle that allows your wrist to stay relaxed. If not, rearrange your work space until the wrist is “neutral”—straight in relation to your hand and forearm, as it looks when it is hanging comfortably at your side.
  • If your thumb is painful while writing, try supporting your pencil in the web space between the index finger and middle (long) finger.
  • Use cursive as much as possible. Cursive writing puts less strain on the hands than printing.
  • Practice writing with larger lines. Larger handwriting is less stressful on the hands than small, cramped writing.
  • Use writing implements that are larger in diameter. They allow your hand to be more open.
  • Use rubber grips, tubing or tape on the end of your pencils and pens to reduce the amount of force necessary to grip.
  • Pens with easy flow ink, gel, or roller balls require less pressure and put less friction between the tip and the paper. Try switching to one of those.
  • Be sure to pace yourself. Take breaks when writing, and write more slowly.

Happy handwriting!

As usual, please feel free to let us know which of these ideas was the most helpful to you by leaving a comment below.

See also:

http://maronewellness.com/what-do-you-look-like-when-you-use-your-phone-or-tablet/

http://maronewellness.com/i-pad-hand-the-new-technology-syndrome/

http://maronewellness.com/taking-care-of-that-not-so-furry-mouse/

 

 

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Debunking the Vitamin Myth: Healthy or Hazardous

by Diane Irving

 

Popular over-the-counter vitamin brands contain unsettling chemical ingredients without consumers’ knowledge. It’s hard to get all the nutrients we need from our diet, so we strive to be healthy and buy vitamins to get the right daily dose. Taking supplements is supposed to help restore health in our bodies, but is it doing more harm than good? To debunk a common myth among consumers, vitamins aren’t always restorative to health or vitality.

 

In an article called “Why most vitamins and supplements will destroy your health,” by Justin Zalewski, a surprising statement was made that the “pharmaceutical industry are the main manufacturers of vitamins.” Mass production of prescription drugs by the pharmaceutical industry typically contain synthetic ingredients in their formulas. The same can be said for vitamin production. Even if the label says the product is natural, buyers should be aware of misleading information. Zalewski clarifies, “Natural means nothing whenever it comes to supplements, as they only have to use 10% of natural ingredients.” In another article called “The Truth About Vitamins In Nutritional Supplements,” by Dr. Robert Thiel, he states that, “Vitamins found in any real food are chemically and structurally different from those commonly found in ‘natural vitamin’ formulas.” He reveals several important revelations about vitamins including the discovery that they contain unnatural sugars and types of petroleum.

 

Decode Cryptic Vitamin Labels

 

Learning to decode labels is the best weapon against purchasing the wrong product. Look for 100% natural or organic whole food vitamins for a better alternative. If the letters dl are listed in front of an ingredient, the additive is synthetic. Harmful ingredients are used to increase potency, which is legally required of supplements. They also have to have a guaranteed shelf life, which is why chemicals are used to sustain the life of a product.

 

Synthetic vitamins don’t provide the same health benefits as organic. Synthetic can’t restore all the deficiencies our bodies suffer from. Restoring deficiencies can help prevent disease and help us feel more energetic. Without completely natural ingredients, the body may not respond to the vitamin the same way and could even react negatively to the chemicals. Eventually, this may lead to more health problems.

 

 

Harmful Vitamins to Avoid

 

Vitamin and food labels will claim they contain certain vitamins. However, if the following ingredients are on the label, they aren’t all natural. Check the label for harmful additives to avoid potential risk of toxic chemicals. Zalewski provides a helpful list in identifying harmful synthetic vitamins to avoid:

 

Vitamin A: Acetate and Palmitate

Vitamin B1 (Thiamine): Thiamine Mononitrate, Thiamine Hydrochloride

Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin): Riboflavin

Pantothenic Acid: Calcium D-Pantothenate

Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine): Pyridoxine Hydrochloride

Vitamin B12: Cobalamin

PABA (Para-aminobenzoic Acid): Aminobenzoic Acid

Folic Acid: Pteroylglutamic Acid

Choline: Choline Chloride, Choline Bitartrate

Biotin: d-Biotin

Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid): Ascorbic Acid

Vitamin D: Irradiated Ergosteral, Calciferol

Vitamin E: dl-alpha tocopherol, dl-alpha tocopherol acetate or succinat

Nutritional vitamins are supposed to help heal the body. However, when they’re interwoven with chemicals and the compounding process, what’s left is less than healthy. The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) published an article called Vitamin Poisoning: Are We Destroying Our Health with Hi-Potency Synthetic Vitamins,” by Ori Hofmekler In the article he states that “with immuno-deficiency diseases, supplementation regiments have shown to be helpful in relieving symptoms similar to drug administration. What we haven’t been told is that in large dosages, as commonly prescribed by physicians or recommended by manufacturers, vitamins can become overwhelmingly toxic, and the same vitamin treatment that potentially benefits sick individuals may actually devastate healthy individuals.”

 

Debunking common myths about vitamin health is so important in order to sustain a healthy lifestyle. Be smart about your choices or chose to obtain vitamins the natural way – through 100% organic foods. Dr. Marone has access to organic vitamins and can provide patients with the right ones to help you avoid any deficiencies.

Suggested Further Reading:

http://maronewellness.com/good-foods-bad-foods/

http://maronewellness.com/how-do-i-make-sure-my-supplements-are-real-food-and-not-synthetic/

*The information in this article is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical condition and does not substitute for a thorough evaluation by a medical professional.  Please consult your chiropractor or physician to determine whether these self-care tips are appropriate for you.

 

 

 

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Rosemary as an Herbal Memory Remedy

By Diane Irving

Besides the alluring aroma of rosemary, the herb has many mental and physical influences on health. The Mediterranean herb’s natural name is Rosmarinus Officinalis. The ancient Greeks used the herb as a mental enhancer, and ancient Egyptians put it on tombs. These days, it is known to reduce stress, enhance memory, encourage hair growth, and improve many other conditions. The results can make a big difference in everyday life.

 

The long-stemmed green needles sprout small blue flowers. Growing rosemary is somewhat challenging. However, if you are wanting to try your hand at it, you can purchase plants from garden centers and local herb shops. It can grow best in warm, sunny environments.The plants don’t need large amounts of water, but humidity is a must. Herb lovers use it in tea, as a dry herb, or in oil form. Leaves can be penetrated for oil or hung upside down to dry out. Afterward, it can be cut up and used for cooking. It is most commonly used as a dry rub on meats or potatoes.

 

Rosemary Benefits

Even just the smell of rosemary can be a health booster. The scent can increase memory, elevate mood, and lessen stress or anxiety. A few studies have also reported that it has prevented certain cancer cells from spreading. Along with all the benefits mentioned above, studies have suggested that the herb can help headaches, arthritis/joint/muscle pain, inflammation, and immunity. It is anti-bacterial, a liver detox, has anti-aging properties, aids digestion and blood circulation, and is good for the skin. Natural Society reports a study done by the Journal of Neurochemistry and Nature Reviews Neuroscience which found that, “Rosemary’s active component carsonic acid can actually protect the brain from damage, including that caused by strokes and degeneration due to toxins and free radicals.”

 

Pregnant women should avoid using large amounts of rosemary, and anyone suffering from hypertension should also stay away. In cases of people who have epilepsy, the condition could get worse. The essential oil should not be taken by mouth; if a person takes rosemary in large amounts, it could cause pulmonary edema, nausea, or more serious results. Therefore, it is always best to consult a physician before consuming large amounts.

 

Whether age or a degenerative disease has taken a toll on mental capacity, remember rosemary as a remedy for memory health. Or simply try the herb to improve the effects of other health problems. Whether it’s used in cooking, as an essential oil, or in tea, its impressive benefits could have a pleasant outcome. Don’t forget to ask Dr. Marone about herb options, and take advantage of nature’s medicine!

You may also enjoy:

http://maronewellness.com/give-oregano-go-better-health/

http://maronewellness.com/holy-basil-well-rounded-herb/

http://maronewellness.com/healthy-benefits-turmeric-curative-spice/

*The information in this article is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical condition and does not substitute for a thorough evaluation by a medical professional.  Please consult your chiropractor or physician to determine whether these self-care tips are appropriate for you.

 

SOURCES:

http://naturalsociety.com/rosemary-benefits-health-growing-own-medicine/

https://www.mnn.com/health/fitness-well-being/stories/8-health-benefits-rosemary

http://www.naturalalternativeremedy.com/20-health-benefits-of-rosemary/

 

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Watch Yeast Consumption to Prevent Leaky Gut

By Diane Irving

Consuming too much sugar or carbohydrates can yield a high amount of yeast in the body, resulting in serious health conditions. Though our bodies contain a healthy amount of yeast naturally, filling our diets with it can produce overflow. It’s important to stay away from ingesting too many sweets, breads, pastas, and other carbs, because yeast can leak into the bloodstream. Then, it can cause a decline in gut health. Cutting out the good stuff can be difficult, but those that suffer from medical conditions can breathe a sigh of relief. There is a potential anecdote in preventing certain health inhibitors: eat a minimal amount of yeast in the daily diet.

 

Yeast is also known as candida, which is a type of fungus normally found in our intestines and mouth. There are tests that can be done to see how much is in the bloodstream. If levels are high, it may be time to take a break from it. With a more in-depth look at leaky gut and yeast, Functional Medicine expert Dr. Amy Myers explains, “When it is overproduced it breaks down the wall of the intestine and penetrates the bloodstream, releasing toxic byproducts into your body and causing leaky gut. This can lead to many different health problems ranging from digestive issues to depression.” Many have concluded that yeast is to blame for multiple autoimmune diseases, infections, allergies, depression, digestion problems, skin issues, foggy head, tiredness, and a long list of other symptoms.

 

Though it’s difficult to gauge how much yeast in the diet is too much, it’s important to continue to reduce the amount until symptoms subside. Maintaining a low- or no-carb and low sugar diet is the best way to heal leaky gut. However, there are also diet programs available that can help individuals manage candida intake. But, the right route begins with cutting back on certain foods.

 

Symptoms of Yeast Overgrowth

Organic Lifestyle Magazine provides a list of symptoms to watch out for. Here are a few listed:

 

  • Chronic fatigue, insomnia, memory loss, brain fog
  • Muscle aches or weakness
  • Pain or swelling in joints
  • Intestinal issues including bloating, constipation, and gas
  • Infertility
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Chronic rashes and skin conditions
  • Food sensitivity or intolerance
  • Recurrent bronchitis, other infections (athlete’s foot etc) and other viral infections

 

Also mentioned by Organic Lifestyle Magazine are some foods that can help diminish candida in the system. They suggest that 80% of foods digested should be vegetables and leafy greens. The magazine article, How to Kill Candida Fungi Yeast in the Body, gives a list of foods to incorporate in meals that will help combat the hard-to-kill candida infestation: green apples, garlic, oregano, onions, coconut, olive oil, lemon/limes, arugula, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, and cabbage.

Out of the ordinary foods and beverages to avoid include: alcohol, sauerkraut, pickled foods, kombucha, yogurt, kimchi, and more.

 

Moderation is the key, no matter how tasty or convenient a meal might be. There is something we can do to help alleviate some suffering of the conditions mentioned. Check with Dr. Marone or another physician to test yeast levels. Visit the sources listed below for more information and recipes.

 

Understanding how yeast affects the body is a bit complicated. After research, the verdict is clear – it can’t hurt to eat minimal amounts of yeast. Patients should experiment with diet alterations and see what happens. By eating candida-causing foods in moderation, patients may not only heal their gut, but also other health issues.

 

You might also find these helpful:

http://maronewellness.com/gluten-intolerance/

http://maronewellness.com/unlock-detox-box-10-day-purification/

 

*The information in this article is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical condition and does not substitute for a thorough evaluation by a medical professional.  Please consult your chiropractor or physician to determine whether these self-care tips are appropriate for you.

 

 

SOURCES:

 

http://www.amymyersmd.com/2015/11/10-signs-you-have-candida-overgrowth-and-what-to-do-about-it/

http://www.organiclifestylemagazine.com/how-to-kill-candida-fungi-yeast-in-the-body

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-8376/10-signs-you-have-candida-overgrowth-what-to-do-about-it.html

 

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Give Oregano a Go for Better Health

By Diane Irving

Like many herbs, oregano has a long list of health benefits that can transform negative health problems into positive solutions. For centuries, it was used as a remedy for its multi-purpose healing properties and to mend bacterial infections. These days, it’s believed to help with many other conditions including heart disease or as a cancer deterrent. As well as being great for our heatlh, the herb has remained a popular flavor enhancer. Some chefs use it in Italian, Hispanic, and other nationality dishes. With a great reputation, herb users shouldn’t hesitate to give oregano a go. It may provide better flavor and health.
OrganicFacts.com suggests it can protect against diabetes and increase energy levels. They also declare it has good fiber components for digestion and can help speed up metabolism, “By improving the functionality of the metabolism, thanks to B-vitamins and its unique organic composition, the body is rejuvenated and energized.” OrganicFacts.com also noted, “The increase in circulation, due to the presence of iron and increased levels of hemoglobin, helps to fully oxygenate the cells and muscles of the body, thereby increasing energy and strength.” Muscles aren’t the only physical benefit; joint pain can also be alleviated.

This versatile herb is filled with antioxidants and other healing factors. MedicalNewsToday.com writes that Oregano provides an ample amount of Vitamin K, which aids in bone density and blood flow. They also state, “Antioxidants help protect your cells against the effects of free radicals and improve your ability to fight infection.” It appears the herb can help with almost anything and should be present on every spice rack for its resourcefulness. Potential benefits are seemingly endless, and   MedicalNewsToday.com states that oregano can also help with these issues: inflammation, allergies, skin conditions, common cold, headaches, intestinal/digestion problems, and fatigue.

Though it isn’t a typical allergen for people, it can cause an allergic reaction. So, use caution when consuming. Also, a doctor should advise women who are pregnant before using large amounts of oregano. Safe herbs aren’t always good for everyone and amounts of consumption should be monitored.

Oregano as a Flavor Enhancer

The dry spice grew in popularity from Southwest Eurasia and the Mediterranean area. Surprisingly, the herb belongs to the mint family. Though it doesn’t have the same flavor, it can have a strong presence in food. OrganicFacts.com mentions that “it is used to flavor everything from soups, sauces, and curries to meat dishes, pizza, pasta, vegetables, and even salads.” It’s also a nice herb to add to the garden. Growers should let it sprout for four weeks or until leaves have grown about 4 inches. Then, clip the stem; hang upside down to dry it out, dice and use in desired food.

Flavor enhancers are great, but the real prize is the health benefits that can arise from consuming oregano. Consult Dr. Marone for more information on appropriate daily intake. With the possibility of increased blood flow, increased antioxidants, reduced inflammation, hindered infections, improved health conditions, and a recipe enhancer, it may be time to give oregano a go. It’s a spice that’s hard to beat with potential better health solutions and tastier meal outcomes.

You may also enjoy:

http://maronewellness.com/holy-basil-well-rounded-herb/

http://maronewellness.com/healthy-benefits-turmeric-curative-spice/

http://maronewellness.com/sage-herbal-superhero-holistic-healing/

SOURCES:

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/266259.php

https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/

 

 

 

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Holy Basil: The Well-Rounded Well-Being Herb

By Diane Irving

Holy basil is a diverse herb that has been used to treat a wide variety of countless conditions for thousands of years. Also known as Ocimum sanctum or Tulsi, this miracle herb was predominantly used in India and other parts of Southeast Asia. Well known for its ability to help bodies cope with stress, it is the perfect antidote with holistic healing powers.

Holy Basil Suppresses Distress

Stress, anxiety, and depression affect millions of Americans with sometimes crippling consequences. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America reveals that 15 million people suffer from depression and 40 million from anxiety. To treat symptoms, most turn to prescription drugs. However, Mother Nature can also provide relief in a natural way. Holy Basil is a safer alternative method for anyone suffering from these symptoms and more. Anxiety, stress, and depression dampen a person’s mood, but if individuals suffer chronically, symptoms could develop into physical health problems. Symptoms management is an absolute must to preserve mental and physical health.

Spiritual Name–Heavenly Health Affects

Holy basil’s name may be connected to its importance in certain religious traditions. An article published by Organicauthority.com mentions that the herb is widely used for spiritual purposes by Hindu culture. Those who use it experience relaxation and a more balanced body system.

Besides the name, some may consider it a heavenly herb due to helpful healing of many problems including coughing, asthma, ulcers, indigestion, fevers, arthritis, eye conditions, heart/artery, back pain, skin conditions, malaria, insect bites, and many others. Worldwide studies have been conducted to prove its treatment use validity.  Heal Naturally reports, “Researchers from the University of Nebraska Medical Center tested holy basil against human pancreatic cancer cells in the laboratory. They found that Tulsi blocked the growth of the cancer cells into tumors.” In other studies, the herb also positively suppressed prostate and breast cancer. With no cure for cancer on the horizon, it is up to us to find other ways to reduce the spread of cancer cells. Integration of holy basil into a daily diet could help and preserve life a little longer.

Along with the other problems mentioned, it has also treated infections. It is an anti-septic, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral. Benefits don’t stop there either. It has improved inflammation, lowered blood sugar, healed scars, helped with hypertension, cholesterol, andinsulin issues, and reduced stomach acid in the body. For these reasons, holy basil has wholeheartedly earned the label “well-rounded.”

The seeds or leaves have been used in cooking, including pesto sauces, or used as a tea. It is high in vitamin C, chlorophyll, calcium, zinc, and iron. Tastes differ to regular basil. It’s been described as being bitter, spicy or pungent, which may make it hard to swallow. To avoid unfavorable flavor, supplements are a great alternative.

Herbalists have been relying on herbs to heal conditions for centuries. Though it may not work for everyone, modern medicine could benefit from some herbal ancient wisdom. Earthly herbs potentially have fewer side effects and have been put to the test for thousands of years. Holy basil’s well-rounded ability to heal a wide range of conditions makes it a good choice for overall well-being.

 

*The information in this article is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical condition and does not substitute for a thorough evaluation by a medical professional.  Please consult your chiropractor or physician to determine whether these self-care tips are appropriate for you.

See also:

The Health Benefits of Basil

 

SOURCES:

http://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/basil-benefits#overview1

http://www.organicauthority.com/6-holy-basil-benefits-3-is-the-most-powerful-of-all/

https://www.realnatural.org/amazing-health-benefits-holy-basil/

 

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Healthy Benefits of Turmeric–A Curative Spice

By Diane Irving

Anti-oxidants, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer are pro-health when it comes to turmeric benefactors to the human body. Healthy benefits of this spice have been seen for thousands of years in Asian recipes and Indian dishes including curry. Curcumin is a component in turmeric that gives it a bright yellow color, which seems to cheer the body up. Origins of the spice come from the ginger family and can help the immune system strengthen. The University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) states that the spice may fight unhealthy disruptions or diseases.

According to the UMMC, a few diseases turmeric can help include osteoarthritis, stomach ulcers, indigestion, heart disease, bacterial or viral infections, cancer, and neurodegenerative conditions like Alzheimer’s disease. Cancer is a worldwide worry, and turmeric has shown to reduce tumor growth. Just a little bit goes a long way–even a teaspoon serving can have positive affects.

Turmeric as an Anti-Inflammatory

Anti-inflammatory proponents of turmeric are high. They’ve been known to help reduce arthritis, swelling of muscles, and any other problems associated with inflammation. Many with autoimmune diseases might find it as a helpful tool when inflammation flares up in the body.

Turmeric as an Anti-Cancer Herb/Spice

Anti-cancer is a hot issue in the 21st century with so many people being diagnosed. Anything that can aid in the cancer fight is a daily must. It can suppress the growth of a tumor, particularly in colon cancer cells, breast cancer, and more.

Turmeric as an Anti-Oxidant

Anti-oxidants are important in detoxifying the body of poisons. Curcumin is rich in anti-oxidants and can prevent liver malfunction. Given the amount of chemicals we ingest through food and personal care products, it is necessary to flush out toxins. Poisonous waste can stay trapped between muscles and organs, which can block healing.

Turmeric has also shown to boost heart function, gut health, and cognition, help cystic fibrosis, decrease stress, depression, nausea, cramps, and more. It can be taken in pill form or with powder while cooking. Too much of the spice can be harmful, so consult Dr. Marone before seeking the health benefits of turmeric. Instead of reaching for a medical antibiotic for any disease listed, try turmeric as a helpful curative.

*The information in this article is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical condition and does not substitute for a thorough evaluation by a medical professional.  Please consult your chiropractor or physician to determine whether these self-care tips are appropriate for you.

 

Sources:

Worlds Healthiest Foods: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=78

Organic Facts: https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/herbs-and-spices/turmeric.html

The University of Maryland Medical Center: http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/turmeric