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Relax and Rejuvenate: 10 Natural Ways to Reduce Stress and Strengthen Your Immune System

Stress seems to have become a constant factor in today's fast-paced society. If left unchecked, it can wreak havoc upon our health. Learning how to effectively manage stress can mean the difference between being robust and full of life, or becoming susceptible to illness and disease. Stress can weaken the immune system and accelerate the aging process. The ability to relax and rejuvenate promotes wellness, vitality and longevity. A healthy immune system regulates our body's healing process and protects it against infections and diseases. When stress compromises our immune function, it can result in colds, flu, fatigue, cardiovascular disorders and premature aging. Stress increases heart rate, blood pressure, glucose levels, adrenaline, cortisol, free radicals and oxidative damage. This initiates the "fight or flight" response, places undue...

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Menopause and Bioidentical Hormones

Can menopause symptoms be safely comforted with bioidentical hormones? Recent research suggests that menopause can be treated with bioidentical hormones, a natural replacement for a woman's body, with no reported side effects. In the past, menopause has been treated like a disease - primarily with Hormone Replacement Therapy or HRT (including Premarin, which is made from pregnant mareís urine, Prempro and Provera), which meant ingesting synthetic chemicals on a regular basis. Now we know that these drugs are causing the very problems weíre trying to avoid including breast cancer and heart attacks. Bioidentical means the hormone molecule in the product, for example progesterone cream, acts exactly like the molecules produced by the female body. They function in your body in a natural and normal way unlike synthetic chemicals....

Resolve to Improve Your Health with Omega 3s

Resolve to improve your health with omega-3s Now that the holidays are over, many health-conscious Americans do their best to make healthier choices in the new year. But according to new research, even those who do their best to eat a balanced diet aren't getting enough omega-3s - essential nutrients that the body requires to function. Among their numerous benefits, omega-3 fatty acids, such as eicosapentaenoic (EPA) and docosahexaenoic (DHA), have been associated with overall heart health, improving eye, brain and joint performance as we age. But when it comes to health, knowledge is just the first step. People should consider if they are consuming enough omega-3s and take action. A study recently published in Nutrients compared consumers' knowledge and perception about omega-3s in their diet with...

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Simple ways to follow a low-glycemic eating plan for better health

Adopting a diet that mainly consists of foods ranking low on the Glycemic Index (GI) can help you have a consistent energy level, feel calmer, improve cholesterol levels and lose weight. So, why aren’t more people following a low-glycemic diet and reaping these health advantages? Some say a low-GI diet is hard to follow. Others consider it an eating plan only for people living with diabetes. According to Dr. Nishath Hakim, these are myths. “As an integrative health physician, I have consistently seen how easily my patients learn to incorporate low-GI foods into their meal plans and how happy (and relieved) they are with their results,” says Hakim. Want to commit to a low-GI lifestyle? Here are some easy tips to help you see results: * Not sure...

Youthful Aging

With few exceptions, people age at a similar rate until they reach their late twenties or mid-thirties.  Then most people reach a turning point – a transition from “growing” into “aging.”  In general, each biologic function begins to decrease in the transition.  There is enormous variation among individuals, as they age, in the rate of decline of biologic function.  Biologic age is an estimate of an individual’s level of biologic functioning compared to others at different chronological ages.  The individual who makes unhealthy choices may actually function and be aging biologically at the same level as someone 15-20 years older.  The question is how can you be one of those people who function and age biologically at a level equivalent to someone who is many...