Sunday, October 31, 2010

Tea up for Better Health

Tea is the second most popular beverage in the world and it is good for the mind, body and soul. Tea is made from the leaves of Camellia sinensis plants, has a distinct taste and comes in several different colors: green, white and black.

Teas' are loaded with antioxidants and food compounds that work to neutralize harmful free radical molecules, which over time damage cells and contribute to disease.

The Japanese culture use the process of making tea to meditate on the principles of harmony, respect, purity and tranquility. Research suggest that drinking one cup of tea a day, especially green tea, decreases the risk of some cancers.

Moreover, drinking three cups of black tea a day may reduce risk of heart attack. The next time you enjoy a cup of tea, just know that you are drinking to your health!

More information on the Benefits of Drinking Tea
Green Tea Provides Stress Relief

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Multi-Vitamins or Whole Food Supplements?

"You might as well stand unprotected in front of an X-ray machine as to not eat enough fruits and vegetables." — Dr. Bruce Ames, Winner of the National Medal of Science

Do you take multi-vitamins or a whole food supplement? According to Dr. Don Colbert's Book, Seven Pillars of Health,  multi-vitamins simply do not provide us with the  powerful plant pigment that we get from phytonutrients in whole food supplements.

Plant pigments in whole food supplements help to prevent heart disease and cancer. Dr. Colbert also wrote, " Unfortunately, most of us, as well as our children, are also falling way short of the USDA- recommended servings of fruits and vegetables each day and we fall prey to disease as a result of the shortage.

Dr. Colbert also recommends that we take a whole food supplement that contains phytonutrient powder from a combination of colorful organic fruits and vegetables such as: red, yellow, green, orange and purple for your protection every day.

Are you wondering where to get a whole food supplement? Have you heard of Juice Plus? Juice plus is a researched based whole food nutrition that is recommended by Doctors all over the world and researched by Universities all over the world.  Moreover,over 500,000 children all over the world are taking Juice Plus and participating in the Juice Plus Children's Health Study.

Check out this video of  Dr. Richard Dubois talking about the importance of taking a whole food supplement such as Juice plus.

With Your Health & Wellness in Mind,
Shiketa Morgan

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Whole Food Nutrition

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Garden Therapy For The Soul

Garden Therapy for the Soul

Garden Therapy have been used throughout history to aid in the healing process according to the St. Louis Yoga & Spa Magazine article tiltled, Tranquil Garden Spas. As one sits and enjoys the beauty of nature, there is an escape to serenity. Moreover, enjoying the beauty of nature, listening to the sound of birds chirping, makes life seem so much more peaceful and enjoyable.

Roger Ulrich, a professor and director of the Center for Health Systems and Design at Texas A & M University, discovered that viewing natural scenes or elements fosters stress recovery by evoking positive feelings, reducing negative emotions, holding attention and reducing stressful thoughts.

Gay Goeslling, a trained Landscape Architect, Environmental Artist and Healing Garden Specialist says, "There is a need to reconnect with the natural world, an anchor that will let us bring more ephemeral discoveries back into our lives." Gay's sculptures and healing gardens are microcosms of the natural world.

The next time that you need to relax and get away from the stress of life, try some garden therapy and reconnect with the natural world!

With your Health & Wellness in Mind,
Shiketa Morgan

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Natural Remedies for Headaches

Thousands of children and adults are afflicted with this headache "thing" and headaches are the most common reason people seek chiropractic care, according to Dr. Paul B. Hyland a Chiropractor living in St. Louis, Missouri. 

On Dr. Hyland's Committed to Health Chiropractic website Newsletter, he defines the word headache as an ache in the head, not a disease. Headaches are simply your body "talking back to you" and it is a sign that your body produces to let you know that it is having difficult time handling something.

Get Relief for Headaches

According to an October 5, 2010 MedBroadcast health feature article written byAmy Toffelmire, there are natural ways to head off headache pain including: exercise, relaxing, compress, rub, unclench, eat and drink more water.

1. Exercise- When you excercise, your body releases a natural painkiller called endorphins. Endorphins ease an aching head by boosting the mood and reducing the sensation of pain.

2. Relax- Taking a 20 minute break in a quiet place is a great way to relieve tension and to get some rest and relaxation. Try some relaxation music.

3. Compress-Head ache pain that is caused by muscle tension may respond well to a hot or cold compress. The compress will help relax the tension in the muscles.

4. Rub- Using your fingers to massage your temples, scalp, neck and shoulders relieves muscle pain. Also, try lightly squeezing and rubbing the outer edge of your ear between your thumb and index finger.

5. Un-clench-Clinching your teeth puts pressure on the muscles around the jaw, which could lead to a headache. If you think that too much clenching is causing headaches, take a break from chewing on hard food such as: nuts, candy, tough meat and chewing gum.

6. Avoid foods that seem to prompt your headaches such as food or drinks that contain; MSG, caffeine, alchohol and artificial sweetners. Avoid skipping meals, because this contributes to fluctating blood sugars.

7. Drink-Drink plenty of water daily, because dehydration is known to cause headaches.

Dietary Changes to help reduce headaches

As indicated in Amy's article, you must avoid foods that prompt headaches. In the book, Natural Health Remedies, Dr. Janet Macarro, recommended some dietary considerations such as: eating turkey to boost serotonin levels in the brain, add dark leafy greens and brocolli to the diet, eat more pinapple and cherries. Also, a cup of black coffee can help relieve a headache once it has begun.

Supplement Support For Headaches
  • A daily cup of green tea sweetened with stevia
  • 5-HTP to calm stress
  • Gingo Biloba
  • Nature's ultimate cleanse to detoxify
Lifestyle Choices Support for Headaches
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