ALA Omega 3 – PMS and Hormonal Imbalance – Women s Health

November 28, 2011 by  
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Watch PMS and Hormonal Imbalance – ALA Omega 3 – Women s Health in HD.This episode covers the importance of ALA Omega 3 in curing the complications of the periodical cycle of a woman hormonal imbalance and curing the problems of life style habits in women.Subscribe to get daily updates on useful tips and tricks at

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Food Factor – Healthy Eating for Women

September 29, 2011 by  
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Food Factor is a programme that gives you an expert advice on how you can lead a healthy lifestyle by just following simple moderations in your daily life. Different topics relating to health are covered in each episode. The tips given are really simple and easy to follow. One can incorporate these tips given by our experts in their daily life and assure a healthy family life. Subscribe NOW to get daily updates on many such useful videos and At-Home Tips

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Baba Ramdev – Yoga To Increase Sperm Count In Men – English – Yoga Health Fitness

April 30, 2011 by  
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Watch Baba Ramdev – Yoga To Increase Sperm Count In Men – English – Yoga Health Fitness. This video is designed to help childless couples. Infertility is a problem that is on the rise and needs to be dealt with significance. Yoga techniques help you to redirect your attention to focus on yourself, your movement and your breathing. All of these elements merge to help you mitigate stress, feel more in tune with your body and facilitate to restore and balance out your body’s systems. This is exactly why many infertile couples have found yoga to be helpful for them. Click on to watch more Baba Ramdev Yoga videos and bring fitness and spirituality into your lives.

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YouTips4U – Herbal Health Tips for When You’re Sick to Help You Get Well Fast – Flu Season Herbs

January 15, 2011 by  
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To purchase a YouTips4U Custom Designed T-Shirt, please click here: For more helpful tips, or if you have any questions, please visit Hi, in the video I share with you what I do to get well quicker when I am sick with a cold or flu. I am a big believer in herbal teas to help relieve symptoms, boost my immunity and speed my recovery. I share with you three products that I use that I think you will find very helpful next time you are feeling ill with a cold or flu. I believe in the healing effects of herbal teas, tinctures, liquids and capsules. Herbs have been around for centuries and many of the over-the-counter drugs and pharmaceuticals we use have not. I always take the natural approach whenever I can. Use them when you need them only so you don’t overdue it. Please SUBSCRIBE because I have lots more helpful videos to come including more herbal tip videos. Thanks so much for viewing and I always love your comments

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Spice up your health!

August 18, 2010 by  

Most of us pay attention to the food that we eat. The big food stuffs, at least. What we usually take for granted are the little stuff: the condiments, the spices and the herbs.

The spices and herbs we use in our kitchen come from flowers, leaves, seed, fruit, roots and other parts of plant. They not only give flavour to our food, they are also beneficial to our health. With the trend of limiting salt in our food for the sake of heart health, herbs and spices are important taste boosters. But what is also important is that some of them have special properties that help fight a wide range of chronic diseases, from heart disease to cancer, from diabetes to arthritis.

Let us take a look at of the top performers in our kitchen spice rack:

Chili peppers
These peppers contain compounds that help in weight loss and control blood pressure, according to a report in WebMD. The compound dihydrocapsiate boosts fat-burning capacity and another one, capsaicin provides heat and lowers blood pressure in lab animals.

Besides being the star of Christmas baking, cinnamon contains antioxidants that may prevent inflammation and help control blood glucose concentrations in people with diabetes.

Tara Parker-Pope of the New York Times wrote:

“…garlic appears to boost our natural supply of hydrogen sulphide… which acts as an antioxidant and transmits cellular signals that relax blood vessels and increase blood flow.”

This hydrogen sulphide-boosting property makes garlic a powerful ally against cancer and heart disease.

This yellow pungent powder which gives your curry its color is practically a health superstar. The active ingredient is curcumin which has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anticancer, antibacterial, stomach- heart- and liver-protective effects

WebMD recommends simples tips on how to incorporate these health stars in out diet.

Ground cinnamon:

  • Add 1.25 teaspoons to prepared oatmeal; 1 cup Greek yogurt mixed with 2 teaspoons molasses or honey, or artificial sweetener; and French toast batter.
  • Sprinkle half a teaspoon of cinnamon over ground coffee before brewing.
  • Top a fat-free latte or hot cocoa with ground cinnamon.

Chili peppers:

  • Add chopped peppers to chili, burgers, soups, stews, salsa, and egg dishes.


  • Sprinkle on egg salad.
  • Mix half a teaspoon turmeric with 1 cup Greek yogurt and use as a dip or sandwich spread.
  • Add to chicken or seafood casseroles, and to water when cooking rice.


  • Add fresh chopped or minced garlic to pasta dishes, stir-fry dishes, pizza, fresh tomato sauce, and meat and poultry recipes.


  • Add 1/8 teaspoon dried to scrambled eggs, salad dressings, and store-bought or homemade marinara sauce.
  • Sprinkle some on top of pizza, and stir into black bean soup.


  • Make a sandwich with low-fat mozzarella cheese, sliced tomatoes, and fresh basil leaves; add fresh leaves to green salads.


  • Sprinkle dried thyme onto cooked vegetables in place of butter or margarine.
  • Add 1/8 teaspoon dried thyme to two scrambled eggs, and to salad dressings.
  • Use it in a rub when cooking salmon.
  • Add fresh thyme to chicken salad and chicken soup.


  • Add dried crushed rosemary to mashed potatoes and vegetable omelets.


  • Add chopped flat leaf parsley to meatballs and meat loaf, and to bulgur salad.


  • Grate fresh ginger into quick bread batters and vinaigrette.
  • Add chopped ginger to stir-fries. Sprinkle ground ginger on cooked carrots.


  • Sprinkle ground cloves on applesauce, add to quick bread batters, and add a pinch to hot

Facing Depression

March 17, 2008 by  
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By Nancy Hine

These days hardly a week seems to go by without my hearing some news item relating to depression. You would have to have your head buried in the sand not to be aware that diagnosis is increasing, that prescription of antidepressants has reached an all time high and that the effectiveness of antidepressants is being challenged.

So how does all this affect you if you are depressed? Despite NICE guidelines recommending counselling rather than antidepressants for mild to moderate depression, you are still likely to find your GP offering you antidepressants. If your doctor is enlightened enough to refer you for counselling you are likely to face a wait of several weeks, or perhaps even months, for an initial assessment and then sometimes a further wait of weeks to start your therapy. The counselling itself is then likely to be limited to six to twelve weeks, although the Department of Health’s own report in 2001 stating that ‘often 16 sessions or more may be required for symptomatic relief and longer therapies may be required to achieve lasting change in social and personality functioning’.

The government is promising to pour money into the provision of more NHS counsellors, but this is going to take some time to have any impact on the patient in the doctor’s surgery. So if you are facing depression now what can you do to help your recovery?

Private Counselling

This is an obvious alternative to waiting for limited counselling on the NHS and for those that can afford it and I would certainly recommend it as your first step. There is much talk today about Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). This has gained in status because it has been subjected to more scientific studies than other forms of therapy. This is largely because CBT has its roots in behavioural and cognitive science. Other forms of counselling have traditionally focused more on case studies, individual success stories, and so there is less scientific data to support their effectiveness. Governments like to look at hard data to make policy. However, a good therapist from any of the disciplines will be able to help you.

The most important factor in the effectiveness of counselling is the relationship between the client and the therapist. Sometimes therapy may be difficult and you may not always feel comfortable in the therapy room, but you should feel at ease with your therapist. There needs to be a degree of trust and you need to feel safe in order to explore your inner world and move forward. So if you don’t feel that the relationship with your therapist works then it may be better to try someone else.

I would recommend using the Therapist Directory on the BACP or UKCP websites to locate a therapist in your area. This ensures that your therapist has been properly trained and is following an appropriate Code of Ethics. Or, if you have found someone locally check whether they are a member of either of these bodies.

However, not everyone can afford to go private, so what other options are there?


Exercise is increasingly being recognised as a useful tool in aiding recovery from depression. We are not yet sure why it helps. It may be to do with the effect it has on body chemistry, the social impact of exercising with others or the psychological impact of getting out of the house and doing something. Any exercise is helpful, but it is particularly beneficial if you can get out in the open air and/or exercise with other people. It can be very difficult to motivate yourself to do anything when you are depressed, so it may be a good idea to recruit a friend to help you exercise. Perhaps arrange to go to a class with someone else, if you know that will make you more likely to make the effort. Yoga postures and breathing have been suggested as particularly helpful.

Diet and Nutrition

There is some evidence that diet may be a factor in depression for some people. Certain foods can have a direct impact on your body’s physiology and hence your mood and are best avoided or reduced when depressed. These include alcohol, caffeine and sugary foods. It is also thought that deficiencies in certain substances can contribute to depression e.g. omega 3 oil and the Vitamin B complex. Some people have even found that food intolerances have contributed toward their depression. I would recommend visiting a qualified nutritionist for advice on changing your diet. Food is often a difficult issue for those who are depressed as appetite is often affected and our relationship with food is highly emotional. You may therefore find that you need to make changes gradually if they are to be effective. It is best to discuss this with your nutritionist so that they can put together a schedule for change that is manageable for you.


The herb most commonly associated with the treatment of depression is St John’s wort. This has been widely researched and it is widely prescribed for depression in Germany where the most research has been done. Some people do seem to find it helpful, although (as with antidepressants) there is some debate over whether the effects are more of a placebo. If you want to try taking St John’s wort then you need to stop taking antidepressants first, as there are reports of negative interactions. In fact there is an increasing list of reactions with various medications, so if you are taking any medicine it is best to check with your GP for interactions first. You should also be aware that there are some reported side effects with St John’s wort, although these are relative minor e.g. dry mouth, dizziness, gut problems. As with all herbal medicines, the safest way to take them is to consult a qualified herbalist.

Complementary Therapies

There are a number of complementary therapies that claim to be able to help with depression. The most common are probably homeopathy, acupuncture and reflexology. There is anecdotal evidence of success with all three of these, but little scientific evidence at this stage. More research is needed and new ways need to be found to gather evidence as many complementary therapies are not easily tested by traditional scientific method due to their nature. If you can afford it then there is no harm in trying any of these approaches and they may actually help.

Self Help

There are things that you can do to support yourself whilst undergoing or waiting for treatment. Many of these are simple steps to surround yourself with positivity, rather than negativity. For example:

* Watch funny films, comedy TV shows, etc.
* Avoid watching the news
* Read inspiring books
* Listen to music that makes you feel good, avoid music that makes you feel bad
* Have a regular massage to help you relax
* Where possible avoid people who make you feel worse
* If you can spend more time with supportive family and friends See if there is a Depression Alliance local group in your area

Self Acceptance

Many of my clients talk about feeling guilty or lazy. They feel they should be able to ‘just snap out of it’, that they are letting other people down. There is often a lot of self hatred associated with depression. This will not help you. Accepting that you feel how you feel, that you are who you are, is the first step to recovery. This does not mean that you will never get better, or that you don’t want to get better, it’s not giving up, and it’s just accepting that in this moment this is how you feel and that’s ok. This level of self acceptance allows you to let go of a lot of guilt and negativity, which will have been using up a lot of energy and blocking your path to recovery.

Hopefully this has given you an insight into some of the steps you can take to aid your recovery. Just the act of taking a small step to help yourself can have a positive impact. However bad you may be feeling and however hard it is to believe right now, it is important to remember that most people do recover from depression.

Nancy Hine is a qualified counsellor and the author of ‘THE DEPRESSION TRAP: Ten Ways to Set Yourself Free.’ She also writes a blog on depression. For more information visit or

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Natural Diabetes Treatments

January 23, 2008 by  
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Avoiding the injection?

In recent years, particularly since the 1990’s, people have been looking more and more to nature to solve health issues. Almost every single day there is more information released in the news and online that details new and amazing uses for one herb, extract, or food. Often one will be touted as the ‘Wonder Cure’ for diabetes.

As of right now, there is no wonder cure-all for diabetes. With the recent breakthrough in medical science covered in my earlier post ‘Scientists Jumpstart Insulin Production In Diabetic Mice’, there may one day actually be a cure. But for now, here are the facts.

Herbs and spices for good health.

Just this month, scientists in China have found that a compound in pumpkin can help regulate blood glucose levels. The complete verdict is still out, but pumpkin is full of vitamins and minerals your body needs. It never hurts to add more into your diet.

Cinnamon has long been a favorite among herbalists for helping the body control blood glucose levels. Science has proven the validity of the claims, along with alleged arthritis treatment. To experience the benefits of cinnamon, include the spice in your diet each and every day. At least a teaspoon is needed to show results in arthritis and sugar levels. If you drink tea, try mixing it into your tea. Making your own cinnamon toast with Sucralose/cinnamon is easy! Toast your bread, spread one side with a low calorie margarine, then sprinkle a little cinnamon and sweetener onto the ‘buttered’ side.

Bitter Melon or Balsam pear has had confirmed results in lowering blood sugar. In fact, the juice and extract works so well it can cause hypoglycemia in diabetics who use it in conjunction with traditional medicines. Over use can result in abdominal cramps and diarrhea, so it is not recommended for children. This is one herb to use quite a bit of caution with, if used at all.

Garlic and Onions have been confirmed to have many health benefits. Lowering glucose levels, cutting cholesterol, and helping the body fight disease. Unless you have allergies to this family of plants, garlic and onions are a perfect addition to any diet.

What Now?

Even if you incorporate foods and herbs known to help with controlling blood sugar levels, you should not stop your insulin routine. Only your doctor can give you medical advice concerning your diabetes and you should never stop treatment on your own. You can, however, add foods and spices to your diet. If your sugar levels become more controllable, mention the foods you are eating to your doctor. It is possible through diet to control diabetes better, but until there is a cure, you still need to use caution with any treatment, natural or otherwise.

Sources:Diabetes Holistic Online and dlife

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