- Do you suffer from constipation? If so, in addition
to increasing the amount of pure filtered water you
drink throughout the day, as well as being sure to
have at least 6 to 9 servings of fruits and veggies,
you may want to consider adding probiotics to your
daily health program. Probiotics are food supplements
that help to increase the amount of healthy bacteria
in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Increased healthy
bacteria in the GI tract can help to keep you regular.
In addition, an adequate supply of healthy bacteria
in the GI tract can help prevent and relieve GI infections,
colon cancer, and a variety of other gastrointestinal
problems. Two of the most popular and effective probiotic
supplements are acidophilus and bifidus, both of which
can be found in your local health food store.
- Is your sex life warning you that you are at risk
for diabetes? If you are a man and suffer from erectile
dysfunction, the answer could be yes. This little
known fact can save you from developing type II diabetes,
which in recent decades has reached epidemic levels
in the United States. If you are experiencing erectile
dysfunction, ask your Health Expert to test your fasting
blood glucose level to determine whether diabetes
is a risk for you.
- Did you know that butter is a health food? Despite
the negative publicity butter received in the past,
medical experts are now realizing that butter is good
for you. Not only is butter a rich natural source
of vitamin E it also contains lutein, an antioxidant
nutrient that has been shown to protect the eyes from
age-related vision problems. Moreover, the natural
healthy fats that butter contains also help to improve
your body's ability to absorb and use lutein. So don't
be afraid to add butter to your diet. Just be sure
to choose an organic brand to ensure the highest quality.
- Do you suffer from rheumatoid arthritis? If so,
you may want to consider acupuncture instead of pain
reliever drugs (analgesics). Studies conducted by
researchers at Albans City Hospital and Exeter University
(both in England) found that four sessions of acupuncture
treatments can reduce pain symptoms caused by rheumatoid
arthritis by at least 50 percent. In addition, acupuncture
is perfectly safe, unlike pain relievers, which can
cause a variety of unhealthy side effects.
- Are you at risk for rheumatoid arthritis (RA)?
If so, avoid drinking decaffeinated coffee, since
research indicates that regular consumption of decaf
coffee increases the risk of RA, while regular caffeinated
coffee poses no such health risk. The reason for this
fact is that decaf coffee contains industrial solvents
that are added to coffee beans that are not used in
the production of regular coffee.
- To improve your overall health, you might want
to get in the habit of drinking Rooibos tea. Until
recently, Rooibos was little known in the United States,
but in recent years an increasing number of health
experts have started to recommend it as a healthy
alternative to coffee and commercial teas because
of the rich supply of antioxidants and anti-aging
nutrients that it contains. Research also shows that
regularly drinking Rooibos tea can help prevent and
relief a variety of health problems, including allergies,
constipation, depression, insomnia, and skin problems.
- If you suffer from athlete's foot, consider using
tea tree oil. That's because research shows that twice
daily applications of tea tree oil (50 percent solution)
can resolve athlete's foot safely and effectively
in as little as four weeks.
- Here's another way to help you and your loved ones
reduce your risk of cancer - avoid gravy with your
meals. That's because gravies, which are commonly
made from beef, fish, pork or poultry, contain significant
amounts of more than 15 known carcinogenic (cancer-causing)
chemicals that are produced due to the high temperatures
required to make gravy from meats, fish and poultry.
(These chemical are not found in these foods in their
uncooked state.) So, while you may not want to skip
on gravy during Thanksgiving, overall it's a good
idea to avoid it.
- We've all heard the saying, an apple a day keeps
the Health Expert away. But did you know that regularly eating
apples may also reduce your risk of cancer. It's true.
Red apples contain a wide variety of nutrients known
as flavonoids and phenolic acids. These compounds
are natural antioxidants that help to prevent and
reverse free radical damage, a known cause of cancer.
Additionally, apples also contain a wealth of other
nutrients that promote good health. To get the most
benefit from eating apples, be sure to select organically
grown varieties and don't peel the skin.
- If you suffer from psoriasis and safe and effective
way to treat your problem is to apply aloe vera gel
topically to the affected areas of your body. Numerous
studies attest to aloe vera's effectiveness for treating
psoriasis, including one study that showed aloe cures
the condition over 83 percent of the time. Be sure
to use a high quality brand of aloe vera, however,
which you can usually find at your local health food
store. The higher the concentration of aloe, the better.
Also check to see if it is stabilized.
- Besides adding zest to meals, ginger is also an
herb that is effective for promoting good health.
Among its many benefits is its ability to reduce cholesterol
and triglyceride levels, and to help prevent hardening
of the arteries (atherosclerosis). If your cholesterol
and triglyceride levels are above normal, trying supplementing
with 250 mg of ginger root extract for two to three
months. Most likely you will experience a noticeable
improvement within that time period.
- Are your nasal tissues abnormally dry? If so, here's
a tip to quickly relief this problem. Massage the
insides of your nostrils with pure sesame oil. Doing
so is usually more effective than the use of nasal
sprays and nose drops. For best results, choose a
brand of sesame oil that is pharmaceutical grade quality.
- Did you know that lowering the temperature inside
your house can help you to lose excess weight? It's
true. Reducing your indoor home temperature by as
little as two degrees will cause your body to burn
extra calories in an effort to maintain your normal
body temperature (98.6 degrees). Sleeping in a slightly
colder than normal bedroom can also increase the amount
of calories your body burns.
- Drinking more water can help you shed unwanted
pounds. That's the finding of researchers at the University
of Washington, who found that one glass of water in
the evening before bedtime eliminated hunger pangs
in nearly 100 percent of people on a diet. Additional
research has also shown that nearly 40 percent of
all American mistake signs of dehydration for hunger
pangs. More alarmingly, other researchers have found
that approximately 75 percent of all Americans suffer
from chronic dehydration.
- Here's another tip to help you lose weight. Eat
a big breakfast. Unlikely as this advice may sound
to you, it's true. Eating a hearty breakfast of healthy
foods helps to improve your body's overall metabolism,
which in turn improves your body's ability to burn
more calories. Research has also shown that a healthy
breakfast is the most important meal for ensuring
overall health. In fact, many health experts recommend
that for breakfast we eat like a king, for lunch we
eat like a prince, and for dinner we eat like a pauper.
Eating in this manner has been shown to improve weight
loss and to provide a variety of other health benefits
as well, including more energy.
- Here's a useful tip to remember the next time your
Health Expert checks your blood pressure. Have him or her
measure your blood pressure levels in both of your
arms, not just one of them, as is commonly done. Although
a difference between blood pressure levels in your
arms is not always abnormal, in many cases it can
be a sign of underlying problems in your cardiovascular
system. In short, this simple tip has the potential
to save your life.
- Want more energy during the day? Then drink more
water. Researchers have found that most people (75
percent) in the United States are chronically dehydrated,
meaning they are not getting enough water to allow
their bodies to work efficiently. They have also found
that even mild cases of dehydration can slow down
metabolism levels, which in turn leads to increased
levels of fatigue.
- Here's another reason to exercise regularly. Not
only is exercise one of the most important self-care
steps you can take to improve and maintain your physical
health, it also helps to prevent the onset of impaired
mental functioning as you get older. One of the reasons
that regular exercise is good for your brain is that
it increases blood flow to the brain, thereby also
increasing the brain's supply of oxygen and nutrients.
Regular exercise also helps to stimulate the growth
of nerves involved in brain function.
- Want to know how regular you are? Here's a simple
trick to help you determine how efficiently your body
is digesting the foods you eat and eliminating their
waste products. Swallow a spoonful of corn kernels
without chewing them. Then examine your stool until
it contains the corn kernels. Healthy people will
typically eliminate the corn kernels within 24 to
36 hours after consuming them. Anything longer than
that is an indication that your elimination is sluggish
and needs to be improved.
- Do you suffer from stomach upset or other types
of gastrointestinal problems? If so, consider drinking
green tea on a daily basis. Not only is green tea
a rich source of antioxidant nutrients that protect
against free radical damage, it also contains a variety
of chemicals that help to reduce symptoms of stomach
upset and other gastrointestinal problems that are
related to chronic low grade inflammation. Drinking
green tea every day with your meals can significantly
improve and even eliminate your symptoms within a