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5 Natural Remedies for Your Medicine Cabinet


If you consider yourself health conscious, you’re probably fed-up of using pharmaceutical medicines to ease every little ache, pain, or skin issue. In addition to all the chemical ingredients that make up conventional medicines (good luck trying to pronounce the names, let alone spell them), using lab created remedies leave you open to a plethora of unpleasant side effects. The most common, and dare I say “most pleasant” include nausea and vomiting, allergic reactions, drowsiness, and insomnia. It doesn’t end there, some of the strangest drug side effects include (brace yourself) inability to hold bowel movements, amnesia, vision changes, compulsive behavior, and birth defects. Seriously, that’s just not right.

Besides the possible side effects, most chemical-based medications only treat one symptom, so you’re stuck buying a ton of medicines and hoping they react OK together. Then they sit in your medicine cabinet for who knows how long and the next time you think about taking one they’ve already expired (has anyone else frantically researched drug shelf-lives at 2am?). All this adds up to a lot of wasted money, overflowing medicine cabinets full of chemicals, and the increased risk of side effects when you mix medicines together.

The great news (that we often forget about) is that Mother Nature has always had our back when it comes to combating many common health issues. While you might not be able to replace all your pharmaceutical meds right away, there are many easy, affordable, and all natural (really natural, not natural flavoring natural) remedies that can help you clean up your medicine cabinet. And the best part is that most natural remedies treat more than one ailment – so you’re not buying one remedy for every symptom (plus natural remedies often smell good, taste good, and are less expensive than the factory made medicines).

Lucky for us, there are many natural remedies available, but the following are my top 5 picks you need to know about:

1. Ginger

Ginger is a natural remedy powerhouse. This root plant boosts immunity, relieves nausea and motion sickness, has anti-inflammatory properties, increases metabolism which assists weight loss, aids in digestion, improves circulation, increases insulin sensitivity, and opens up the sinus passages. Ginger is available fresh, in powder, and pill form (such as Wakaya Perfection’s Ginger-Eze.) You can make a simple ginger paste to apply directly to your skin, take a daily pill (a homeopathic doctor prescribed this to me years ago to improve my circulation), or try some delicious ginger recipes (ginger tea and cookies perhaps?).

2. Bee Propolis

Propolis is a sticky resin used by bees to keep their hive together and protect it from outside dangers. Because of its function, bee propolis has strong anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties and is rich in flavonoids. Typically honey has trace amounts of bee propolis, but you can buy pure propolis as a liquid to ingest orally or directly put on your skin to treat minor cuts or sores. If you choose to take it orally (that’s how I always use it), it does have a strong taste so you might want to mix it with quality honey. I don’t travel without bee propolis and I always take it at the first sign of a cold.

3. Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus is one of my favorite refreshing scents. Of course, it made the list because it’s a powerful sinus and chest decongestant, encourages breathing by opening up airways, and relieves achy and sore muscles. It’s easy to use and available fresh or as an essential oil. You can simply smell the oil, make a homemade vapor rub (minus the petroleum), massage the essential oil into your legs or sore areas, or add it to a hot bath. One of my favorite ways to enjoy eucalyptus is a drinking a fresh eucalyptus martini (I told you natural remedies could taste good too)!

4. Dilo Cream

If you haven’t heard of dilo cream, you’re not alone. Dilo cream is made from the oil of the dilo tree – called the tree of a thousand virtues – which only grows close to ocean water in the Pacific and tropical regions of Africa. Dilo cream is becoming a popular natural skin remedy because its magical ingredient, calophyllic acid, is only found in dilo oil. Calophyllic acid enhances your skin’s own repair system – this means better hydration, firmness, elasticity and less appearance of lines and wrinkles. It also soothes sunburns, rashes, insect bites, and various skin irritations.

5. Garlic

Garlic makes the list because it’s easily available worldwide, full of natural healing properties, and it’s really had my back the last couple of years. Garlic strengthens the immune system, fights colds and infections, treats hypothyroid conditions, combats bad cholesterol, provides a good dosage of B6 to create new cells and ward off mood swings, regulates blood sugar, and keeps mosquitoes away. Garlic is available in pills, powders, and fresh. It’s great to cook with and you can use it directly on your skin.

Have you tried these natural remedies before? What other ones do you swear by? I’d love to have a conversation in the comments below.

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5 Natural Ways to Boost Total Body Wellness


There’s a reason we often refer to “wellness” instead of “health,” though both words in essence refer to the same thing. The difference is that the former connotes a whole-self vitality that brings mind, body, and spirit into alignment for optimal health. And in most cases, the path to wellness is paved with natural products and practices, making the individual the expert on his or her own well-being.

If you struggle with any health concerns, or if you just want to boost overall wellness, increase your energy, and get that “glow” people are always talking about, then you may benefit from introducing some new practices into your daily routine.

Here are 5 natural tools to boost overall wellness:

1. Introduce spices and herbs into your diet.

Many common seasonings pack antioxidants and polyphenols, which can curb inflammation in the body, relieve pain, lower blood pressure, and more. In addition to that, spices and herbs add so much flavor to recipes that you’ll find yourself reaching less and less for the salt, sugar, and other unhealthy additives. A win-win all around!

Our tip: Ginger is the perfect spice to start with. With its spicy kick and subtle sweetness, ginger adds delicious flavor to savory and sweet dishes, alike! We love Wakaya Perfection Organic Ginger powder, which is 100% pure ginger naturally sourced from the beautiful island of Wakaya.

2. Start a mindfulness practice.

“Mindfulness” can mean different things to different people, but the intention is always the same. Be aware of your thoughts and biases, practice listening, practice gratitude, and challenge yourself to speak, think, and act mindfully throughout the day. Mindfulness techniques, which can include meditation, focused awareness, and yoga, have been shown to help reduce stress, depression, and anxiety (along with other conventional treatments.)

Our tip: Find a time of the day that works for you to sit, be still, and just breathe. Maybe it’s right when you get up in the morning and are still sitting in bed; or perhaps it’s a few quiet moments after the kids have gone to sleep and the computer is turned off. Return to this inner space every day, and feel the effects the practice has on your life.

3. Try natural remedies for common ailments before turning to chemical-based drugs.

There is certainly a time and place for conventional medicine, don’t get us wrong! But many common, daily ailments – like headaches, nausea, sore muscles, and morning sickness – can be more easily (and effectively!) remedied by natural products. If there is a specific chronic condition you struggle with, do a bit of research to see what herbs, spices, and practices might help alleviate discomfort.

Our tip: Ginger has been proven to be an extremely effective product for easing nausea and related ailments. Try Ginger-Eze, a natural ginger remedy, as your go-to for alleviating motion sickness, cold symptoms, sore muscles and more.

4. Incorporate fitness into your daily routine.

For some people, having an allotted hour at the gym or in a fitness class is what they need to make sure exercise makes it into their schedule. But for many of us this strategy can be daunting, and we either skip it altogether or over-work ourselves when we do make the time to exercise. Staying active can be surprisingly easy, though, when we incorporate fitness into our lives by walking and biking for transportation, doing exercises that promote practical strength, and enjoying fun weekend activities that get us moving!

Our tip: Opt for “functional fitness” workouts, either on your own or at a gym that specializes in this kind of exercise. Functional fitness focuses on whole-body strength, balance, and stamina for daily life.

5. Use natural products for beauty and skin care.

Many commercial beauty and skin care products are terrible for your health. Some products have even tested positive for mercury, lead, bacteria, and other toxins. Yikes! Thankfully some of the most effective, powerful, and beautifying products come right out of the earth and don’t carry the same side-effects at the drugstore variety.

Our tip: To nourish and moisturize your skin, as well as treat rashes and minor burns, try Dilo Cream, made with oil from the super-plant Calophyllum inophyllum. This tree has so many amazing properties, and its oil has been used as a skin treatment throughout the Pacific and tropical regions of Africa for years.

We hope these tips give you some creative and empowering ideas for boosting your own wellness practice. What are your favorite tools for overall health? Let us know in the comments below!

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To experience the benefits of natural wellness practices, stock up on Wakaya Perfection’s 100% organic Dilo Cream and Ginger powder! Visit WakayaPerfection.com to order your Dilo Cream, Ginger powder, and Ginger-Eze, too, with accompanying recipes like the Ginger Lime Creme Brulee or Mushroom-Stuffed Pork Chops!

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Deepak Chopra: Can We Reduce Physical Pain?

One of the most common questions people ask is: Are there non-prescription ways of decreasing pain? Most people don’t want to experience pain, whether physical or emotional, but sometimes the common methods we have for dealing with it are insufficient. In this episode of “Ask Deepak” on The Chopra Well, Deepak addresses this classic concern and offers several tips for reducing physical pain.

Some tips for minimizing physical pain:

  • Any form of physical exercise will reduce pain in almost every chronic illness because exercise gives you an endorphin boost and endorphins have pain reliving properties.
  • Practicing yoga, meditation, and breathing techniques is very important and they are all extremely useful when tackling pain.
  • Laughter, music, positive social interactions and gentle massages are also good ways to deal with pain.
  • Common misconceptions are that drinking alcohol or smoking will ease pain but they actually make it worse.

What methods do you have for reducing pain? Let us know in the comments section!

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Stinging Nettle Tea: A Natural Remedy to Fight Spring Allergies

nettle intent imageI don’t know how you fare this time of year, but it’s usually right around now that I start to experience seasonal allergies.  For me that means itchy eyes and throat and sneezing, especially in the morning. However, seasonal allergies can be present in many ways, with symptoms that span from a mild runny nose to severe chronic headaches.

For the past few years, I’ve mostly just toughed it out (thankfully my symptoms are mild enough that this is an option), but this year I have a natural medicine plan: Stinging Nettle tea.

In the United States, stinging nettle (Urtica dioica) is considered a weed by many given the ease with which it grows.  It’s funny name comes from the Latin verb urere, meaning “to burn,” because of its urticate (stinging) hairs that cover the stem and underside of the leaves. So, while walking through a field of this plant is probably not a good idea, using it for its anti-allergic activity can be an effective way to manage seasonal allergy symptoms. It has a nice amount of published research demonstrating positive benefit for a host of allergic and inflammatory conditions.

Stinging Nettle contains a set of compounds that act on the immune system to provide anti-inflammatory action and block histamine release. Perhaps you are familiar with over-the-counter medicines called “anti-histamines”?  Well, stinging nettle works in a similar fashion, blocking the release of histamine compounds that alert our immune system and trigger inflammation, redness, and all those pesky symptoms those of us who are sensitive to pollen, etc. experience this time of year.

Because stinging nettle doesn’t contain caffeine, you can brew it as tea and exchange it for your water source throughout the day.  Here’s my recipe/plan:

  • Add 1tsp dried Stinging Nettle leaf to 16oz hot water. Steep for 2-3 minutes.
  • Drink right away in the morning when I experience the most symptoms.
  • Re-fill tea infuser with hot water and re-use same tea leaves a couple more times throughout day (although most of the anti-histamine activity will come from the first steep, there is a mild benefit from re-using the leaves)
  • Continue as I feel like I need symptom relief throughout day

With any treatment, you should always talk to a licensed health professional and make sure the products and medicines you are using are appropriate for you. Licensed naturopathic doctors are a great source for natural therapies like this one.


Photo credit: John Tann

Eight Natural Remedies For Sore Throats

Wintertime is wonderful in so many ways: the holidays, friends and family, cold weather and warm hearths. However, winter is also the time when many people catch colds. Sore throats can make you miserable but you may not be crazy about taking yet another commercial medicine. Fortunately, there are many natural ways to relieve the pain and discomfort of sore throats. Here are eight ways you can start feeling better, fast!

Slippery Elm LozengesThe inner bark of the Slippery Elm tree has been used for hundreds of years to relieve sore throat pain. NPR’s program The People’s Pharmacysays, “The colonists were familiar with the use of bark from other elm species to treat coughs and sore throats in England and as a poultice for broken bones or wounds. It was also used to treat urinary tract infections. Native Americans used slippery elm bark topically for cuts, cold sores, and boils.

Ginger Tea. Another fabulous recommendation from The People’s Pharmacywho offers this suggestion: “Grind about half an inch of fresh ginger root into a paste and place in a mug. Add boiling water and "steep" for several minutes. Strain the clear liquid into another mug, sweeten, and sip. Our symptoms start to subside within about twenty minutes.”

Gargle with Salt Water. Yep, Gramma was right. In a cup of very warm water, add about a half teaspoon of salt and gargle 3-4 times, then spit. Repeat 4-6 times per day.

Use a humidifier. Heaters in use during cold weather keep your toes toasty but dry out your mucus membranes, making a sore throat feel even worse. Try to take one to work, if you can, like this one by Vick’sand be sure to also keep one in the rooms where you spend the most time at home.

Cayenne Pepper. To me, this sounded completely counterintuitive, but it works! Here are directions for making the mixture from Health 911“Add 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper to 1 cup of boiling water; stir well and gargle while mixture is very warm. This brings more circulation to the area and helps draw away the infection. To this formula you can add 4 parts echinacea, 1 part garlic bulb, and 2 parts peppermint leaves to 1 part cayenne.”

Cinnamon Tea. Cinnamon tea is another great way to alleviate sore throat pain. HomeRemedies.com suggests “One teaspoon of coarsely powdered cinnamon, boiled in a glass of water with a pinch of pepper powder, and two teaspoons of honey can be taken as a medicine in the treatment of this condition. Two or three drops of cinnamon oil, mixed with a teaspoon of honey, also give immense relief.

Hard Candies. Keep hard candies in your purse or pocket. Keeping your throat moist will help you feel better when you can’t gargle or make hot tea, and you don’t want the numbing effects of commercial lozenges.

Sleep. It may be hard to slow down, but you will only prolong your cold and misery if you push yourself too hard and don’t get enough rest. Your body needs downtime to fight the infection, so allow yourself time to recover.

PHOTO (cc): Flickr / Frl. Schrödinger

Cherry Juice: The Next Miracle Insomnia Cure?

Is cherry juice the next cure for your insomnia? New research suggests that drinking cherry juice before bedtime may help insomniac sufferers wake up less frequently during the night. Says an article from FYI living: 

In the past, tart cherry juice blends have been shown to reduce the inflammation and oxidative stress caused by exercise in healthy adults. Participants in the studies that demonstrated these effects reported improvements in their sleep during the studies. These reports lead scientists to postulate two plausible mechanisms for the effect of tart cherry juice on sleep. One theory holds that the participants merely responded to the melatonin present in cherries. The other involves the close relationship between inflammation and sleep regulation; high levels of inflammation can hinder sleep, so any agent that reduces inflammation should help with sleep.

Researchers from the University of Rochester Medical Center collaborating with scientists from other institutions recently undertook a project to examine the anti-insomnia potential of tart cherry juice and published their results in the Journal of Medicinal Food. They conducted a randomized, double-blind study in which fifteen elderly insomniacs drank tart cherry juice and a placebo on an alternating schedule for eight weeks. The results showed that the tart cherry juice reduced the severity of insomnia by improving sleep maintenance. In other words, insomniacs drinking the cherry juice woke up less frequently during the night. However, cherry juice did not diminish the amount of time it took participants to fall asleep.

Read more at FYI Living: http://fyiliving.com/sleep/sleep-disorders/insomnia/cherry-juice-may-cure-insomnia/#ixzz0vm2QnMvO

In addition to drinking cherry juice, what are other natural treatment options and tips for people suffering from insomnia and restless sleep? 
– Start a yoga practice. Research studies have shown that long-term yoga practice helps improve the quality of sleep. Read Intent 101: How To Start A Daily Yoga Practice.
– Avoid caffeine as much as possible. You may be one of those people who is extremely sensitive to caffeine, even if it is just one cup early in the morning. By decreasing your dependence on caffeine to stay awake, you will have far less problems with going to sleep at night. Read one blogger’s journey to cut back on her caffeine addiction: How Mindfulness Beat Coffee Addiction.
– Guided visualization exercises. Many guided visualization videos and podcasts can be found on the internet, which helps you visualize calming and peaceful thoughts and images that take you away from anxious thoughts that may be disrupting your ability to sleep.
– Get sunshine during the day. Not only is outdoor sunshine good for you (it is the only way your body can naturally produce its own Vitamin D), seeing outdoor light is a way to set your body’s internal clock to know when you should be awake and when you should go to sleep.
– Make sure your bedroom is completely dark. Is your alarm clock LED display too bright? Does sunlight seep into your window earlier than when you want to wake up? Even minor lights, like the glare of a computer screen or the red "on" switch of an outlet plug can disturb your sleep. For complete darkness that will benefit your sleep, you may want to consider investing in black-out curtains or at least a sleeping blindfold.
– Write in your journal before you go to bed. Sometimes it helps to unload the thoughts that have been bothering you during the day before going to sleep, or writing down what you need to do tomorrow so you won’t have to worry about remembering them when you are trying to sleep.

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Detox Your Brain–Part 1

Nearly everyone is touched in some way by heart disease and cancer.  Perhaps it affects a spouse, parent, family member, or friend.  Perhaps we have personally experienced the wrath of these illnesses.  While the number of people affected by these tragic illnesses is staggering, you may be surprised to learn that scientists predict that within 13 years more North Americans will be affected or killed by brain disease than heart disease or cancer combined.


In addition to the many disastrous personal and societal effects of brain disease, leading researchers estimate that the economic impact of this growing problem will be $30 billion every year
A growing volume of research links brain disease with environmental toxins, chemicals and altered fats in our food supply, and poor lifestyle choices to brain diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, depression, autism, and many others. Consider one groundbreaking study entitled, Toxic Nation: A Report on Pollution: it found that no matter where people live, how old they are or what they do for a living, they are contaminated with measurable levels of chemicals that can cause cancer, disrupt hormones, affect reproduction, cause respiratory problems or impair neurological development. Canadians tested showed high levels of industrial pollutants, including lead, mercury, DDT and PCBs. Astonishingly, the latter two have not even been in commercial use for decades. Researchers found lead and mercury in the blood of ALL the subjects of this study. 
And Americans are no different. Every year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) performs a study of the chemicals found in human fat tissue samples. Chemicals like DDT continue to be found in 100% of the tissue examined. Research links these environmental toxins with the rapidly growing incidence of brain disease. 
Currently, over 100 studies show that environmental, nutritional, and lifestyle factors play a significant role in initiating or accelerating brain disease. 
But there is good news: scientists also continuously prove that nutrition and lifestyle factors are able to protect the brain from damage and even reverse brain damage in some instances. New research even demonstrates that certain foods and nutrients, eaten frequently and in specific doses, can even access the brain and escort the toxins and metals out. 
There are foods and herbs, which I will share in the next issue, that literally lock out brain-destroying toxins while letting in brain-building nutrients. I’ll share more information on these powerful foods, herbs, and nutrients in "Detox Your Brain—Part 2" next week. 
Michelle Schoffro Cook, DNM, DAc, ROHP, RNCP is a best-selling and six-time book author and doctor of natural medicine, whose works include: The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan.  Learn more at: www.TheLifeForceDiet.com.


A Natural Anti-Inflammatory Gains Acceptance


Acceptance among doctors of the use of natural anti-inflammatory compounds has been increasing in response to evidence that pins the blame for some heart attacks and deaths on COX-2 drugs. COX-2 inhibitors are drugs for inflammation that selectively block the COX-2 enzyme. Blocking this enzyme impedes the production of the chemical messengers (prostaglandins) that cause the pain and swelling of arthritis inflammation.
When COX-2 drugs appeared on the market in 1999, they were touted as the answer to the problems of the older nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), which while effective against inflammation and the consequent pain, had a range of nasty side effects that included stomach ulcers and renal failure.
The COX-2 drugs were said to offer relief from the misery of arthritis pain and other forms of chronic inflammation, without the dangers of the older drugs. For a while, COX-2 drugs appeared to live up to the marketing hype. COX-2 drugs such as Vioxx and Celebrex became the most frequently prescribed new drugs in the United States. By October 2000, US sales exceeded 100 million prescriptions per year and were increasing rapidly. Sales of Celebrex alone reached $3.1 billion during 2001.
The future for this new class of drugs looked stellar, until a few doctors began to notice that their patients on COX-2 drugs experienced more adverse cardiac events than other patients. Research by concerned doctors led to one of the most popular COX-2 drugs, Vioxx, being withdrawn by its maker, Merck, in September of 2004, in response to data showing that it appeared to increase the risk of heart attack by several hundred percent. Other COX-2 withdrawals followed in various parts of the world.
There have been about 16,000 lawsuits against Merck in the United States and many more legal actions elsewhere in the world. It is thought that COX-2 inhibitors increase the risk of heart attack because they make blood platelets stickier, which can lead to the blockage of blood vessels. While Vioxx and Celebrex have the misfortune of being the best known of the COX-2 drugs accused of causing harm, they are by no means alone. A survey of 1.5 million patients that was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that the COX-2 inhibitor Dicolfenac increased the risk of heart attack by 40 percent.
COX-2 drugs are still being prescribed throughout the world, although evidence of the risks involved has caused an increasing number of doctors to look at other options. This is a big step for most American-trained doctors, because US medical schools teach little about the use of natural alternatives.
By comparison, European medical schools treat natural alternatives as first-choice therapeutic options. The medical culture in Europe is quite different from that in the United States. A German doctor, for example, would likely consider prescribing a natural remedy for a patient as a first-choice option and would not resort to a synthetic drug unless or until the natural remedy had been shown to be insufficient for the needs of that patient.
The US situation is changing, though. Organizations such as the American Association of Integrative Medicine have made great strides in making medical professionals aware of low-cost, low-risk, efficacious natural options to synthetic drugs.
For example, there are natural anti-inflammatory options, such as marine oils and various plant oils, that have been found to have a modulating effect on the body’s inflammatory response. The problem with natural anti-inflammatories is that, with one notable exception, they are not particularly potent, so large doses are needed to achieve a therapeutic benefit.
The notable exception is a product called Lyprinol, which is the result of a patented process that extracts the lipid (marine oil) fractions of the New Zealand green-lipped mussel. Research conducted at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane, Australia, by Dr. Sir Michael Whitehouse and published in the peer-reviewed journal Inflammopharmacology, showed that Lyprinol was 350 times more potent than salmon oil, 350 times more potent than other green-lipped mussel products (powders), and 400 times more potent than flax seed oil. Dr. Whitehouse also compared the efficacy of Lyprinol with that of synthetic anti-inflammatory drugs, and Lyprinol was the winner again. He found that as an anti-inflammatory the mussel oil was 97 percent effective.None of the other marine oils, or pharmaceuticals such as Indomethacin, were able to achieve a result that matched the effectiveness of the mussel oil.
Even more important, Lyprinol achieved this high level of efficacy without causing any nasty side effects and or adverse interactions with other medications. The mussel lipid fraction extract is also protein free, and therefore safe for people who have an adverse reaction to shellfish. During more than two decades of use and research, there has never been a single recorded adverse reaction to the pure extracted oil of the New Zealand green-lipped mussel.
The mussel oil has another advantage over fish oil, in that it does not inhibit blood clotting. The consumption of large quantities of fish oil can be contraindicated for some patients who are on blood-thinning medications, because fish oil inhibits clotting.
In addition to the anti-inflammatory benefits of Lyprinol, it also plays a role in promoting good heart health, as one would expect of a potent omega 3 marine oil. Diets high in marine oils have been shown to be beneficial for cardiovascular health, because they inhibit the accumulation of atherosclerotic plaque (hardening of the arteries). Marine oils also reduce the level of the "bad" LDL cholesterol in the blood and help to keep the blood vessels supple and elastic.
Because Lyrinol has been shown to be 350 times more potent than salmon oil as a source of omega 3, it can deliver a worthwhile heart health benefit with a much smaller dose. For example, just one Lyprinol capsule has the potency of about a quarter of the typical bottle of fish oil capsules.
Work conducted by Dr. Whitehouse and others published in peer-reviewed medical journals has shown that this completely natural product is in every way a superior alternative to synthetic anti-inflammatory drugs. More US doctors are becoming aware of the therapeutic applications of the oil of this small sea creature, and sales of Lyprinol have increased accordingly. As evidence mounts of the dangerous and sometimes fatal side effects of synthetic anti-inflammatory drugs, it’s good to know that there’s a safe and effective alternative available from nature’s pharmacy.

Find more information about the anti-inflammatory properties and health benefits of Lyprinol at www.lyprinolusa.com.

Why Turmeric Should be in Your Medicine Cabinet

Turmeric, also known by its botanical name Curcuma longa, is a common Indian spice used to make those oh-so-delicious curries. But did you know that turmeric also has a long history of use in Ayurvedic tradition for digestion and pain? Turmeric is actually related to ginger. The rhizome (underground stem) is the part often utilized for its medicinal qualities. The active constituents are a group of compounds called curcuminoids (most supplements are standardized to 95% curcuminoids). One of these, curcumin, is what gives turmeric its golden yellow color and is probably responsible for the anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anticancer effects. Turmeric is believed to inhibit the COX-2 enzyme; this is similar to the action of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

A comprehensive review of several hundred turmeric studies by James A. PhD was published in 2007 in Alternative & Complementary Therapies. He concluded that turmeric seemed to do better than many conventional drugs for such diseases as Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, and cancer. Not to mention, it did so without the side effect profile of the pharmaceuticals. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine is funding studies to investigate the active compounds in turmeric, in an effort to better understand turmeric’s health effects in humans. Whether you want to add some warm spice to your food, soothe indigestion, or balance inflammation, consider adding more turmeric into your diet. Here are two simple recipes from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition to get you started:

(1) Tofu scramble
(2) Anitoxidant Golden rice

As always, let me know what you think and feel free to share any other tasty turmeric recipes…


Why Salt Water Gargling Helps Your Throat

As home remedies go, this might be the most widely known/practiced/recommended.  But why does gargling with warm, salty water help soothe a sore throat?  Since I’m doing this multiple times a day–and since I feel like it helps–I decided to Google the gargle and attempt a better explanation than "because it does."

First of all, gargling of any kind is helpful when you have a throat infection because it flushes the area and can encourage any lingering bits of phlegm to ride the wave and leave the premises.  For those who still have your tonsils (or who, like me, have big ones), flushing the throat with fluid helps loosen anything that gets stuck in there as well.  Alternatives to salt water gargling: cider vinegar, lemon juice, natural mint or cinnamon mouthwash, or just plain warm water.

But here are the main two reasons why salt water in particular are helpful for sore throats (information I learned here and here and here):

  • Salt sucks.  This is a phrase that I learned in 12th grade biology class, and I’ve come back to it again and again.  Salt draws moisture and promotes osmosis.  This is why salting eggplant or tomatoes makes them give up their liquid so they’re easier to cook with. In your throat, salt water "sucks" in two ways: it draws moisture out of any bacteria who have set up shop there, and it draws moisture out of your own swollen tissues, relieving inflammation.
  • Salt cleanses.  Not only does salt water flush out post-nasal drip and other bacterial material (just like any fluid would), a salty environment prevents bacteria from growing.  Just ask any medieval meat-eater how they kept their meat from going rancid, and you’ll recall that salt is a bacteria-fighter.

Fair warning, though – you can have too much of a good thing when it comes to salt water gargling.  First, do not swallow the salt – your body does not need the extra sodium, it needs to be well-hydrated in order to fight your infection.  Second, if the concentration of salt in your gargle is too high, it will dry out your throat membranes, causing them to inflame further.

A good rule of thumb is to use only enough salt so that the water tastes just salty, not WHOA, SALTY!  I usually do 3 10-second gargles in a row, 3-4 times a day when I have a cold. And for whatever reason, I usually feel better afterward.

Do you gargle?  Does it help?

From Holly Lebowitz Rossi

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