Monthly Archives: September 2015

20 Natural Home Remedies

Via @PreventionMag

[Excerpt only. Read original article by PAMELA BOND dated March 5, 2014 here.]

We are often caught off guard with minor aches and pains, something that you may feel not serious enough to rush to your GP for, yet serious enough to cause major discomfort and/or embarressment. The hangover after a night of indulgence, for instance. How do you explain that to a medical expert?

Sometimes it is not so much muscular aches or the common cold that can add grief to our lives, sometimes it is just something like discolored teeth or insomnia caused by your better half snoring away until the early hours (then, of course, the lack of rest can cause a whole range of other complaints: red eyes and a pounding head ache amongst others).

Pamela Bond put together a lovely slideshow with photographs of the compounds you can use to quickly relieve some of your most common ailments and complaints together with easy-to-understand tips on how to prepare and administer said remedies.

I took the liberty of mentioning the problems and the type of remedies used below. For more details on preparation and use, please continue to the original article here or click on the ailment to go to that specific slide.

  1. Nausea = Ginger
  2. Hiccups  = Sugar
  3. Sore throat = Garlic
  4. Cough = Dark Chocolate
  5. Fever = Linden flower tea
  6. Burn  = Aloe Vera
  7. Flatulence = Peppermint capsules
  8. Foot odor = Vinegar
  9. Cold = Lemon
  10. Bad breath = Lemon Juice
  11. Chapped lips = Olive oil
  12. Stiff neck = Contrast hydrotherapy—a quick blast of hot, then cold water
  13. Snoring = Put a tennis ball in a shirt pocket cut from an old T-shirt and sew it to the midback of your tight pajama top. The discomfort forces you to roll over and sleep on your side – without waking you up.
  14. Insomnia = Cherries
  15. Puffy, tired eyes =  Black tea
  16. Stained teeth = Strawberries
  17. Prevent a headache = 200-400mg Magnesium
  18. Prevent a hangover = Take a B-50 complex before bedtime.
  19. Menstrual cramps = Crampbark tincture
  20. Dry skin, rashes, and eczema = Oatmeal

SOURCE:

BOND, Pamela  2014/03/15  20 Natural Home Remedies: A trove of quick DIY fixes for everything from stomach upset to the common cold. [Web:] PreventionMag.  [Date of Access:] 23 September 2015

21 Ways To Stay Healthy When You Sit At A Desk All Day

Via @mindbodygreen

“For those of us who sit down at a desk most of the day, health and well-being aren’t always easy to work into our lifestyles,” says Rebecca Plantier in her article for MindBodyGreen.com. Some of us are lucky enough to have health centers at work, but do we have the time to use it? Lunches are often served in office cafeterias, but how healthy are those really?

Being a stay-at-home-mom, freelancing in charity and counselling, I do rush around a lot during the day, but still spend many hours stuck in front of my computer. Ms Plantier’s tips will therefore come in very handy. I’ve highlighted a few of her pointers. Have a quick look below and click here for all 21 tips:

  1. Take hourly breaks, stand up, walk around and S-T-R-E-T-C-H
  2. Avoid elevators, escalators and walkways; take the stairs.
  3. Instead of pushing buttons to reach a colleague, take a walk to his desk.
  4. Use lunchtime to take a walk.
  5. If possible, walk or ride a bicycle to work.
  6. Ditch the cafeine! Drink herbal teas instead.
  7. Say no to those irresistable office snacks – cakes, pastries, etc.
  8. Feeling peckish? Do not raid the tuck shop or vending machine; avoid chocolate bars and crisps, instead keep some nuts and dried fruit in your desk drawer for times you may need a power snack.
  9. Click here to continue reading original article.

Source:

21 Ways To Stay Healthy When You Sit At A Desk All Day – mindbodygreen.com

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5 Signs of Stroke

Via @PreventionMag

One is never too young to suffer a stroke. Alexa Tucker says in her article for Prevention Magazine: “While the majority of strokes do occur in people ages 65 and older, about 10% of all strokes happen to those under 45—and women are more at risk than men. In fact, according to the American Heart Association, each year more than 100,000 women under the age of 65 will have a stroke. That means you or someone you know could be affected at some point in her life—and sooner than you’d expect.” [Tucker: 2015]

Here are five signs you should be watching for:

  1. Feeling weak or numb on one side of your body.
  2. Having trouble speaking.
  3. Severe headache.
  4. Vision loss.
  5. A sudden onset of any or all of these symptoms.

[Click here to read the full article.] 

Source:

TUCKER, Alexa.  2015/09/18.  You’re not too young to have a stroke: Here are 5 signs you need to watch for.  [Web:] Prevention Magazine. [Date of Access:] 21 September 2015.

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Want to reach career goals? Follow this simple morning routine.

Via @mindbodygreen

Original article by Tyler C Beaty

“For the past 12 years, I’ve worked from home. For 11 of those years, I was working for other people. On my typical day, after hitting the snooze button too many times to count, I’d crawl out of bed…” [1]

Sound familiar? To me it does. I’ve been a stay-at-home-mom for 16 years, but after finding myself in pj’s and still struggling to feed the baby around noon one day, I decided to venture out and DO something with my life.

I studied for a degree in Counseling and decided to further this experience by founding a NPO focusing on the needs of the poor in my community. But still, I got stuck in this rut. Most nights I’d lie awake, waiting for the awful sound of happy little birds twittering hello to the morning (how dare they sound so happy?). I’d worry about the next day and then, when it dawned, it would be business as usual. Kids off to school, husband off to work, household chores done, e-mails, social media….on and on it went….a seemingly useless cycle repeating itself day in and day out. Point is, I was getting nowhere. Worse, I was getting depressed because I felt like I was not doing anything useful.

Reading this article I couldn’t help but smile…..I’m slowly getting into the ”program” suggested by the author and finally I’ve found that I can actually live a useful life. I can actually reach the goals I’ve set for myself. I’m finally taking charge of every day.

Have a read below, I’ve pointed out the different steps suggested by the author, steps you can take to regain control of your days and thus reach your career goals – become what YOU have dreamed of and not what your chaotic life allows you to become. Please DO read the full article here for a more detailed discussion.

  1. Prepare the night before
  2. Meditate
  3. Visualize
  4. Get inspired
  5. Exercise
  6. Keep a journal
  7. Stretch

[Read more details of these 7 points here.]

Ask yourself the question: Do you own your days?

Source:

[1] A Simple Morning Routine That Helped Me Reach My Career Goals & Make More Money – mindbodygreen.com

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The 8 worst foods to eat at night

Via @preventionmag

Original article by Victoria Wolk

Having a big meal before retiring for the night or late night snacking can be hazardous for your health; and not only because your Mother told you to refrain from such practices. The old wives’ tale that the food would ‘’lie in your stomach and give you nightmares’’ may not be accurate, but it can cause something that will definite be a source of discomfort. It is something called ‘’silent reflux’’.

Victoria Wolk explains: ‘’No doubt you’re familiar with acid reflux, which occurs when digestive juices back up into the chest and/or throat and cause a burning sensation. But there’s also something called “silent reflux,” which is different from common heartburn. It has the same causes but without the usual symptoms. Instead of indigestion, sufferers get sore throats, chronic coughs, and have difficulty swallowing.” [1]

Wolk continues to discuss the findings of Jamie Koufman, a New York City laryngologist. She discovered that nearly 50% of Americans suffer from silent reflux and they do not even realize it. Koufman continues to say that: “The single greatest risk factor is, by far, the time that people eat dinner” [1]  and suggests that we should be “having supper no later than 3 hours before bed”. [1]

In addition to restricting your final meal of the day to no less than 3 hours before bedtime, Wolk adds that one should avoid snacking before going to sleep and, if you cannot resist the temptation, there are 8 types of food that one should definitely not have:

  1. Alcohol
  2. Soda
  3. Fatty foods
  4. Chocolate
  5. Cheese
  6. Nuts
  7. Citrus
  8. Coffee

[The reasons why Wolk suggests avoidance of these foods before bedtime is detailed in the original article. Read it here.]

This, of course, doesn’t mean that one should go to sleep hungry. From time to time we will all be struck by sudden cravings at midnight. The secret is to choose wisely. Dr. Koufman suggests that you select food low in acid like bananas or a bowl of low-sugar cereal with low-fat milk. She says that she is, herself, partial to soothing chamomile tea.

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