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13 Tips to Help You Keep Your “Healthier Eating” New Year’s Resolutions

Have your New Year’s Resolutions included healthier eating? Do you want to eat better but don’t want to give up your comfort foods? Thinking of substitutions rather than cutting things out of your diet can make the whole process a lot more pleasant. Here are some ideas to get you started. The sky is the limit with your own creativity to add to these!

 

  1. Add vegetables to many of your foods—spinach to smoothies, green peppers to scrambled eggs, broccoli to pasta dishes, etc. You’ll get more nutrition without totally changing your menu.
  2. Exchange French fries for Carrot Fries. Cut carrots to the size and shape of traditional French fries. Toss with olive oil plus salt or any herbs you like. Bake them at 425° until crisp.
  3. Replace white rice with cauliflower “rice.” Cut a head of cauliflower into manageable pieces. Pulse in a blender or food processor. Press out moisture with paper towels. Microwave for 5-7 minutes and add seasonings to taste.
  4. Instead of pasta, use shredded zucchini or spaghetti squash.
  5. Rather than drinking a glass of fruit juice, eat the fruit instead. You will get more fiber and more nutritional value with fewer calories.
  6. Swap the potato chips for air-popped popcorn.
  7. Take fruit for a snack rather than high-calorie, high-sugar processed snacks.
  8. Exchange white breads for whole wheat bread. The additional fiber in the whole wheat will help you to feel more full so you’ll be less tempted to overeat. (Fiber also has zero calories!)
  9. Oatmeal will stick with you longer than processed cereals. Just add berries, cinnamon or nuts to add flavor.
  10. Replace the fancy coffee drinks with a green tea. It has no calories but will still boost your metabolism.
  11. Instead of a packaged salad dressing, use olive oil and a flavored vinegar.
  12. Exchange iceberg lettuce for romaine, spring mix, or spinach. The iceberg lettuce is almost devoid of nutrients, while the other greens are packed with good things such as folic acid and iron, not to mention more flavor.
  13. Replace high-sugar sodas (or even diet sodas) with lemon/lime sparking water.

 

We hope your New Year’s Resolutions for healthier eating are going well. If any of these ideas are helpful, we’d love to hear from you!

See also:

http://maronewellness.com/services/10-day-purification-programs/

http://maronewellness.com/10-tips-to-eat-healthy-on-a-budget/

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7 Tips for Success in Your Weight Loss This Year

We’ve begun a new year! Have you set weight loss as a part of your new goals? Follow these tips to help you in your new endeavor.

 

  • Write down all of the reasons why you want to lose weight—all of the things that will keep you motivated and focused. Read the list every day. Post it on the fridge and other places where you will see it throughout the day.
  • All diets come to an end. Prepare for the end of the diet as well as you prepare for the beginning. Be sure you have plans in place to adopt a healthy lifestyle after the diet is completed.
  • Develop habits that can help, not hinder, you in your goals. If your goal is to exercise first thing in the morning, lay out your exercise clothes the night before. If you want to eat healthier, be sure that you have healthy foods at arm’s reach. Put a bowl of fruit on the counter at home or healthy snacks in your top desk drawer at work.
  • Keep tabs on your hunger level. Rate it on a scale of 1-10. When you are about a 5, eat a snack. The goal is to keep you from getting overly hungry where you will be more tempted to binge.
  • Studies show that when we are sleep deprived, hormonal changes take place that make us feel hungrier. Be sure to get enough sleep. Seven to nine hours is ideal.
  • Eat at home as much as possible. Restaurants design their food to taste good, not to help you lose weight!
  • Serve your food in courses. Rather than piling all your food on a plate at the same time, serve them one at a time. Begin with a soup and filling vegetables, such as a salad. By the time you have finished with these and are ready for the more calorie-dense foods (meat and dessert), you will already be near full or already full.

 

And, here is a bonus tip: Use a lot of blue—on tablecloths, dishes, the walls, etc. Blue acts as an appetite suppressant. (How many fast-food restaurants do you see using blue? They’re going to use yellow, red, and orange to encourage you to eat, so these are the colors you should avoid in your own eating areas.)

 

If you are looking for a plan to shed those extra holiday pounds or more, please give our office a call to see if our ChiroThin Weight Loss Program would be right for you. Our patients average 20-35 pound weight loss in just 42 days! We would love to have you join the ranks of successful newly-thin people.

See also:

http://maronewellness.com/15-tips-for-lowering-the-fat-in-your-diet-without-losing-the-flavor/

http://maronewellness.com/services/chirothin-weight-loss-program/

 

*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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Eating Healthy Even Through the Holidays

The holidays will soon be upon us, and that can wreak havoc on our diet and eating habits! Have you ever decided to eat healthier —“This year is going to be different”? A typical scenario might look something like this: You know you need to watch your diet and weight. You choose a super-strict regimen which then takes all the pleasure out of eating. This forces you to avoid social opportunities because you know you’ll blow it. How well does that work? Probably not very well.

“Weight management really should be about focusing on eating healthy foods that you like, rather than trying to stay away from foods that you like,” says Katie Rickel, PhD, a clinical psychologist and weight-loss expert in Durham, North Carolina. A diet that will work must contain both foods that are healthy for us and foods that we enjoy eating.  The secret is knowing when you can indulge, and when it is time to stop.1

Steps to Help You Eat Healthier

  1. Rather than choosing a rigid diet that is focusing on the foods you cannot eat, instead focus on the foods that you will According to Vanessa Patrick, PhD (University of Houston), “’I can’t’ signals deprivation, which makes you more likely to cave, whereas ‘I don’t’ signals determination and empowerment, making your refusal more effective.”
  2. You need guidelines, but allow flexibility within those guidelines. Don’t be too specific, as in “I’m going to eat 3 oz. of Brussels sprouts every night.” Instead think of what those foods have—antioxidants, vitamins, etc. What else also has those same nutrients that your body needs?
  3. Only eat at meal times or at planned snack times.
  4. Forgive yourself when you slip.
  5. If your foods of choice are not available, find the closest substitute that will fill you up–and enjoy the meal.

This all boils down to the fact that what we think about our food may be just as important to weight loss as what we actually eat in the long run. Have you found ideas that help you in your weight loss journey that will help you to eat healthier? We’d love for you to share them with us!

 

See also:

http://maronewellness.com/15-tips-for-lowering-the-fat-in-your-diet-without-losing-the-flavor/

http://maronewellness.com/do-blood-sugar-issues-have-you-concerned/

http://maronewellness.com/10-tips-to-eat-healthy-on-a-budget/

1 The idea of eating healthy without obsessing over it comes from the ­ book 20 Pounds Younger by Michele Promaulayko with Laura Tedesco, Rodale, 2015.

 

*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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ACX: Relief for Colds, Flu, and Seasonal Allergies

With the winter cold/flu season upon us, we wanted you to be aware of a product that has shown great results with our patients. We have seen reduction in the severity and length of symptoms associated with viruses and seasonal allergies with ACX. (Made by Systemic Formulas.) As soon as patients begin feeling symptoms, we recommend taking this product. ACX is helpful for people who have chronic low resistance to fevers, colds, infections, etc.ACX

 

ACX is abroad spectrum, all-natural, gluten-free product. It provides drainage to cleanse and detoxify the organs, specifically the liver, spleen, and kidneys. ACX helps a healthy body to remove the pathogens that the body is battling. This product is high in Vitamins A, C, and E and includes many herbs as well as RNA.

 

We recommend having a bottle of this on hand to avert any type of virus or seasonal allergy that may decide to come your way. Call our office at 864-963-9304 to see if this would be best for you.

 

*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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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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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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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