Posted 1 year ago

What is UTI?

What is UTI?
by Tess Thompson
Article courtesy of Native Remedies

UTI is an acronym for Urinary Tract Infection and before understanding what UTI is, a proper understanding of the functioning of the excretory system of our body will not be out of place.

During normal metabolism, body cells produce wastes like carbon dioxide and urea. Blood that contains waste enters the kidneys that remove urea, excess water and other harmful substances from it. Purified blood returns to circulation and the wastes are excreted. The fluid that remains, urine, leaves each kidney through a tube, ureter, into a sac like organ called the bladder. The bladder stores urine until it can be released from the body. When you urinate, the bladder muscles help push urine out through the urethra and out. In men urethra passes through the penis and in women it opens just in front of the vagina. A muscle squeezes the bladder shut to keep urine in and relaxes to facilitate urination.

The urinary tract comprises of organs from the kidneys to the urethra. Any infection in this tract is called UTI and necessitates a bladder infection treatment and/or urinary tract infection cure.

Infections in the urinary tract are the second most common type of infection that affects millions of people numerous times during lifetime. Women, for reasons not yet established by researchers, are more prone to UTI than men. Twenty percent of women visit a doctor at least once in a lifetime for urinary tract infection cure. UTI may be less common amongst men but when it occurs, it can be very serious.

Urine is normally sterile but the sugar and mineral content of urine can make bacteria grow in it. Your body is structured in a way that keeps bacteria out of the urine. When the urinary bladder muscles are slapped shut, bacteria cannot enter through the outside opening. The length of urethra ensures that it is a long way up to the bladder. One reason why women are more prone to UTI, therefore, could be the shorter length of their urethra.

Secondly, the very process of urination results in recurrent flushing out of any bacteria that may have accidentally entered the urethra. Also as we normally empty our bladder completely whenever we urinate, this results in flushing out any bacteria that may have reached the bladder. But the chances of UTI occurring enhance to a great degree when, due to certain factors the bladder cannot be emptied fully or when we hold in urine for a longer period of time.

Thirdly, valves at the point where the ureter enters the bladder prevent urine from going back into the kidneys so that even if the bladder or urine are infected, they cannot travel up to the kidneys.

In men, the prostrate gland produces secretions that slow bacterial growth and in both sexes, the body’s immune defenses prevent UTI.

Despite all the physiological deterrents, bacteria does manage to enter the urinary tract by moving upward (from the outside opening of the urethra) or downward (from the blood stream to kidneys) and causing UTI which requires urinary tract infection cure and/ or bladder infection treatment.

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Posted 1 year ago

Lower Blood Pressure with Herbs

Lower Blood Pressure with Herbs
by Tess Thompson
Article courtesy of Native Remedies

What we know as high blood pressure is termed as ‘hypertension’ by the medical fraternity. Stress is perhaps one of the most commonly known causes of hypertension, but it is not the only cause. Primary hypertension is the most common type of hypertension. It has unknown causes and is manageable/treatable by making basic lifestyles modifications and sometimes even without high blood pressure medication. Secondary hypertension is normally caused by an underlying clinical disorder. Pregnancy and certain medications like oral contraceptives can also result in an increase in blood pressure.

Obese people are more prone to primary hypertension and so are those who smoke, indulge in alcohol abuse or are generally stressed. An impairment of the kidneys, hormonal disorders, disorders of the thyroid and the adrenal glands is usually the underlying cause behind secondary hypertension.

According to the American Heart Association nearly 33% of adults have high blood pressure. It is a silent disease, and most people who suffer from hypertension do not even realize that they have a condition that needs monitoring.

Natural remedies for high blood pressure like herbal and homeopathic medicines can lower blood pressure in hypertension patients to a great degree. Herbs can provide multiple benefits as they contain complex compounds, which have long lasting effects.

    Hawthorn (Crataegus xyacantha) helps the body to adequately dilate blood vessels, thereby maintaining a healthy supply of oxygen and energy to the heart and facilitating normal pumping ability. Numerous recent studies have confirmed the benefits of Hawthorn on the health of the cardiovascular system. (Pittler MH, Schmidt K, Ernst E. “Hawthorn extract for treating chronic heart failure: meta-analysis of randomized trials.” Am J Med 2003;114(8):665-674.)
    Passion flower (Passiflora incarnata) has flavonoids which are compounds found in fruits and vegetables that have diverse beneficial biochemical and antioxidant effects, glycosides (that play numerous important roles in living organisms), alkaloids (that have pharmacological effects on humans) and saparin. Passiflora has stood up well to clinical studies on animals that support its traditional usage to assist in cardiac health. (Ichimura T, Yamanaka A, Ichiba T, et al. “Antihypertensive effect of an extract of Passiflora edulis rind in spontaneously hypertensive rats”. Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry. 2006;70(3):718-721).
    Cramp bark (Viburnum ppulus) is known for its natural ability to relax muscles while supporting cardiac muscle health. (Nicholson JA, Darby TD, Jarobe CH. Viopudial, “A hypotensive and smooth muscle antispasmodic from Viburnum opulus”. Proc Soc Exp Biol Med 1972;40:457-61).
    Maidenhair tree (Ginkgo biloba) is highly prized for its medicinal properties in Chinese Traditional Medicine. One of the most important active ingredients, ginkgolide, has been clinically shown to be an effective cardiac muscle tonic. Recent studies have demonstrated this herbs ability to support cardiac health. (He M, Zhang XM, Yuan HQ. “Clinical study on treatment of pulmonary interstitial fibrosis with ginkgo extract” Dongfang Hospital, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, Beijing. 25(3):222-4. PMID: 15842142) Further studies have proven Ginkgo biloba as a natural antioxidant with regards to cardiac health (Shen J-G, Zhou D-Y. “Efficiency of Ginkgo biloba extract (EGb 761) in antioxidant protection against myocardial ischemia and reperfusion injury”. Biochem Mol Biol Int 1995;35:125-134). (Akiba S, Kawauchi T, Oka T, Hashizume T, Sato T. “Inhibitory effect of the leaf extract of ginkgo biloba L. on oxidative stress-induced platelet aggregation”. Biochem Mol Biol Int 1998;Dec;46(6):1243-8).

Unlike conventional medicines, herbal medicines seldom have any side effects when taken in accordance with recommended doses. Some herbs are not recommended in certain cases as they may have an adverse affect on other conditions that a hypertensive patient may be struggling with. For example, Rauwolfia Serpentina should not be taken by patients suffering from depression, stomach ulcers or ulcerative colitis. Garlic, on the other hand, can result in thinning of the blood, as can aspirin, and cause problems with blood clotting if taken in excess.

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Posted 1 year ago

Panic Attack Treatments Options

Panic Attack Treatments: A Review of Your Options, Including Panic Attack Medication
by Tess Thompson
Article courtesy of Native Remedies

If you suffer from panic attacks, you are familiar with brief episodes of terror that can overtake your life for short periods of time. Panic attacks usually occur suddenly, unpredictably and without a logical cause, and can leave those who suffer from them shaken and upset. Panic Disorder, however, is a largely treatable condition, and there are a variety of highly effective psychological, behavioral and medical treatments you can explore with the help of a professional.

Panic attacks begin most often during young adulthood, are sometimes hereditary and occur more often in women, but they can affect people of any age, sex or background. Attacks can last for a few minutes or for an hour, but most peak after about 10 minutes. For many people, symptoms of an attack include sweating, nausea, trembling and rapid heart beat.

Many professionals agree that the most effective treatment for Panic Disorder and the best route to long-term anxiety relief is psychotherapy. Panic attacks are a symptom of the body’s natural “fight-or-flight” response, which exists to protect a person who is in a dangerous situation. For those with Panic Disorder, however, the body reacts even when there is no threat present. Psychotherapy teaches the patient to recognize when he is experiencing the physical symptoms of “fight-or-flight”, which is an important step in treatment. For some patients, behavioral therapy — focusing on gradual exposure to situations that induce panic — is also an appropriate form of treatment.

Although it sounds elementary, another of the recommended panic attack treatments is learning relaxation techniques. Patients can participate in private or group sessions that teach such techniques, and which may include discussion of fears and coping skills. In order for these sessions to be beneficial, experts say that patients must practice the techniques as often as possible — at least daily — in order to internalize them to such an extent that they become almost second nature and are easily called upon in the middle of a panic attack.

Although many people who suffer from Panic Disorder are treated effectively without ever taking prescription medication, it is recommended in some cases. The most common prescriptions for Panic Disorder are benzodiazepines, such as Xanax. Antidepressants are sometimes prescribed, but can produce even more severe side effects than benzodiazepines and so are often avoided. More and more people are also discovering the benefits of natural treatments for anxiety which contain herbs that can treat the symptoms of panic attacks as effectively as prescription panic attack medication and with less risk.

Although the majority of medical professionals are not familiar with them because they do not participate in them, many patients have found relief through in-person or online support groups. These groups can provide a forum for discussion of which techniques are working for people, and can also provide much-needed personal support. Do not be afraid to take control over your treatment and to explore all of the options available to you — you will be one step closer to finding the right combination for you.

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Posted 1 year ago

Foods to Eat For a Healthy Thyroid

Foods to Eat For a Healthy Thyroid
by Tess Thompson
Article courtesy of Native Remedies

Thyroid dysfunction can lead to abnormal levels of weight gain, general fatigue, sleeping disorders, anxiety, depression, allergies, skin diseases, pains and gastrointestinal problems. Thyroid dysfunction normally relates to production disorders that involve either excessive or inadequate production of thyroid hormones.

Hypothyroidism, or inadequate production of thyroid hormones, is more common than hyperthyroidism, or excessive hormones. Detection of a thyroid condition is done mainly through thyroid function tests. These tests check the level of hormones (T4, T3 and TSH) in the blood. While T4 and T3 are secreted by the thyroid, TSH is the thyroid-stimulating hormone secreted by the pituitary gland, which stimulates thyroid function.

There are two common problems with diagnosing thyroid function. First, it is possible that you may or may not be able to recognize symptoms of thyroid problems, while you may see abnormal levels of thyroid hormones. Secondly, blood tests may show normal levels of thyroid hormones, while you may have debilitating symptoms of thyroid problems. While detailed investigation may produce a definite diagnosis in such complicated cases, you can try to improve overall thyroid health by modifying your diet.

Up to 80% of T4 is actually converted to T3. T3 actually exerts the same biological effects of regulating metabolism as T4 , but it is more potent and briefer. Iodine is a major component of both these hormones, and its deficiency in diet is one of the major causes of hypothyroidism. Iodized salt, seafood and vegetables have sufficient iodine content to help prevent occurrence of hypothyroidism.

For hyperthyroidism, there is a need to suppress thyroid function. There are some vegetables that can gradually calm down an overactive thyroid. Brussels sprouts, cabbage, spinach, broccoli, turnips, kale, beans and Indian mustards deserve mention among vegetables that can help in inhibiting the excess production of thyroid hormones.

The primary function of the thyroid gland is to maintain metabolism. Essential fatty acids are involved in biologic functions of metabolizing nutrients. These Omega-3 and Omega-6 fats also act as anti-inflammatory agents, affect moods, and perform many other cellular functions. The body cannot synthesize these essential fatty oils, and therefore these must be supplied to the body through the diet. The main food sources of essential fatty acids are fish and shellfish, Soya oil, canola (rapeseed) oil, chia (Salvia hispanica) seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, flaxseed (linseed), leafy vegetables, and walnuts. Regular consumption of these foods can extend a helping hand to the thyroid.

As a general principle, avoid refined foods, refined sugar, wheat, caffeine and alcohol, and exercise regularly. A thyroid supplement can also help in providing the necessary support to this important gland of the endocrine system.

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Posted 1 year ago

Natural Way to Bring Blood Pressure Down

Natural Way to Bring Blood Pressure Down
by Tess Thompson
Article courtesy of Native Remedies

The force that the circulating blood exerts on the walls of the blood vessels and arteries is known as blood pressure. This pressure is controlled by a complex system of vital organs including the heart, kidneys, adrenal glands, and the brain. The veins and arteries that carry blood also play an important role in regulating blood pressure. Any disturbance in this system results in fluctuations in blood pressure, which can prove to be serious in many cases.

Blood pressure is recorded in two numbers denoting the pressure on contraction of the heart (systolic reading) and when it relaxes or dilates (diastolic reading). Although there is wide range in normal pressure, an average human adult has a blood pressure of 120/80 (systolic/diastolic). A chronic condition where these readings show abnormally high levels is known as hypertension.

Hypertension is classified as primary and secondary. Primary hypertension is essentially a lifestyle disease and can be treated with natural remedies for high blood pressure. Secondary hypertension, on the other hand, may also require conventional or alternative high blood pressure medications.

Foremost attention is given to removing the causes behind primary hypertension. Body weight plays a major role in the working of the heart. With obese individuals, the heart has to work harder to pump blood to different parts of the body. Daily exercise is best, but aim to get regular exercise at least three times a week. A thirty minute walk every day normally brings good results and can provide necessary motivation to exercise harder.

Reducing weight through fasting is not recommended. On the contrary, stick to a healthy and balanced diet that is low in fats, cholesterol, and sodium, but is full of nutrients to maintain energy. Avoid foods that contain caffeine, and place stress on a vegetarian diet. Also, avoid refined grains and sugar. Salt consumption can elevate blood pressure, so cut down on salt intake. Garlic and turmeric have been mainstays of Indian Ayurveda therapy for hypertension. Garlic lowers blood pressure, cholesterol, and triglycerides by promoting circulation of blood.

Stress is the most important factor behind primary hypertension. It is a psychological factor that only you can manage. Do not become overworked and try to give yourself some time to relax. Join a laughing club, indulge in fun games, or take up a sports activity. Meditation and yoga are other options that you may try to reduce stress.

On an estimate, one in every four Americans has problems with blood pressure. Although medical conditions like kidney problems or narrowing of arteries can cause blood pressure to increase, in the majority of the cases the culprit is unhealthy eating habits, sedentary lifestyles, and tensions. Small steps to revert to a natural living style and controlling weight can actually help avoid high blood pressure medications.

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Posted 1 year ago

High Blood Pressure Symptoms & Remedies

High Blood Pressure Symptoms & Remedies by Tess Thompson
Article courtesy of Native Remedies

Blood pressure is determined by the amount of blood that the heart pumps as well as the condition of the arteries and arterioles. Factors such as excessive cholesterol levels cause blood vessels to become constricted, making it difficult for blood to pass through them, leading to high blood pressure or hypertension. High blood pressure can also be caused if the volume of blood passing through the blood vessels is above normal. If for any reason the heart is beating faster or with more force than normal, it will also cause the blood pressure against the walls of the arteries to increase.

High blood pressure is a silent disease. Most of the people do not have any symptoms until the disease progresses and starts creating complications. The symptoms of high blood pressure vary, generally include:

    Vertigo, lightheadedness, or dizziness
    Flushed face
    Sensitive and jittery temperament
    Bleeding in the eye
    Abnormal perspiration
    Incremental urination
    Cramping in the legs

Sometimes a blood pressure reading may show a higher level after exertion such as climbing stairs or following a stressful incident. A single reading does not constitute a confirmed diagnosis and should not be a reason to worry. A diagnosis is confirmed only when a person consistently shows high blood pressure readings while resting. Two readings showing high blood pressure for at least three days are required to confirm the diagnosis.

Conventional treatment involves high blood pressure medications as well as lifestyle changes. Drugs normally include diuretics for flushing out excess urine and sodium from the body. In addition, different types of beta blockers are prescribed to reduce impulses to the heart and blood vessels, which act to slow down the heart, bringing down the blood pressure.

Hypertension is classified as primary and secondary. Secondary hypertension usually has an underlying disease that causes it. Once the causative condition is identified, treatment is given accordingly. Primary hypertension has no known causes and is mostly treated with lifestyle modifications and natural remedies for high blood pressure.

Alternative treatments for hypertension emphasize identification of the reasons behind the condition prior to treatment. Some of the possible causes include insulin resistance, heavy metal toxicity, food allergies, and nutritional deficiencies. Lifestyle modifications, foods that lower blood pressure, and herbal supplements are all important factors to consider when evaluating treatment and implementing changes. Homeopathy also forms an integral part of natural remedies for high blood pressure, as they are based totally on natural substances.

Causes of hypertension are difficult to identify, which makes prevention more difficult. Try to address the risk factors and lower your risks. The most effective preventive measures are exactly those that are recommended by alternative therapies for treatment:

    Maintain optimal body weight
    Make sure your diet is rich in natural nutrients
    Ensure a significant intake of high fiber foods, reduce sugar and salt intake
    Exercise regularly
    Don’t smoke

Posted 1 year ago

Proven natural remedies for high cholesterol

Proven natural remedies for high cholesterol. Herbs for reducing cholesterol naturally.
by Tess Thompson
Article courtesy of Native Remedies

How You Can Reduce Your Risk and Improve Your Health

Two of the main pushes of cholesterol guidelines revolve around the importance of having your cholesterol measured and knowing your risk of developing heart disease.

Controlling blood cholesterol levels can lower your risk for heart disease. It is critical for ALL adults - including healthy young adults - to have their cholesterol levels tested. The importance of screening, evaluation and treatment of high blood cholesterol in adults cannot be emphasized enough.

Research has clearly shown that lowering cholesterol can reduce the risk of developing heart disease. Cholesterol lowering is important for young, middle-aged, and older adults.

1 out of every 2 men and 1 out of every 3 women will develop heart disease sometime in their life. Heart disease is the number one killer of men and women in the United States and about 1.25 million heart attacks occur each year in the United States.

Whether you have heart disease already or want to prevent it, you can reduce your risk for having a heart attack by lowering your cholesterol level.

Why does blood cholesterol matter?

Blood cholesterol plays an important part in deciding a person’s chance or risk of getting coronary heart disease. The higher your blood cholesterol levels, the greater your risk. High blood cholesterol is a risk factor for coronary heart disease.

When you have too much cholesterol in your blood, the excess builds up on the walls of the arteries that carry blood to the heart. Over time, this build-up can narrow the arteries, slow down and impede the flow of blood to the heart. Thereby, possibly leading to a heart attack and related symptoms.

Cholesterol buildup is the most common cause of heart disease and it happens so slowly that you are not even aware of it. The higher your blood cholesterol, the greater your chance of cholesterol buildup.

Cholesterol Testing

All adults age 20 and over should have their total blood cholesterol checked at least every 5 years. Blood cholesterol levels of under 200 mg/dl are called “desirable” and put you at a lower risk for heart disease. Unlike total cholesterol, the lower your HDL, the higher your risk for heart disease. A HDL level less than 35 mg/dl increases your risk of heart disease. The higher your HDL level, the better.

Desirable Cholesterol Levels:
Total cholesterol: Less than 200 mg/dL
Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol (“bad” cholesterol): Less than 100 mg/dL
High Density Lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol (“good” cholesterol): 40 mg/dL or higher
Triglycerides: Less than 150 mg/dL

Importance of Lowering Your Cholesterol Levels

 *   Studies among people with heart disease have shown that lowering cholesterol can reduce the risk for dying from heart disease, having a nonfatal heart attack, and needing heart bypass surgery or angioplasty.
*    Studies among people without heart disease have shown that lowering cholesterol can reduce the risk for developing heart disease, including heart attacks and deaths related to heart disease. This is true for those with high cholesterol levels and even for those with average levels.

Even if your blood cholesterol level is close to the desirable range, you can lower it and reduce your risk of getting heart disease. Eating a heart healthy way, being physically active and losing weight if you are overweight are things everyone can do to help lower their levels. The good news is that people CAN prevent heart disease by controlling risk factors that can be modified. By lowering risk factors – through exercise, reducing saturated fats and cholesterol-containing foods, quitting smoking, and reducing excess weight, people can minimize their risk of ever developing coronary heart disease.

What Makes Your Cholesterol High or Low?

Your blood cholesterol level is influenced by many factors. These include what you eat, being overweight, lack of physical activity, heredity, your age and your gender. Many factors determine whether your LDL-cholesterol level is high or low. The following factors are the most important:

*    Heredity - Your genes influence how high your LDL (“bad”) cholesterol is by affecting how fast LDL is made and removed from the blood. One specific form of inherited high cholesterol that affects 1 in 500 people is familial hypercholesterolemia, which often leads to early heart disease. But even if you do not have a specific genetic form of high cholesterol, genes play a role in influencing your LDL-cholesterol level.
*    What you eat - Two main nutrients in the foods you eat make your LDL (“bad”) cholesterol level go up: saturated fat, a type of fat found mostly in foods that come from animals; and cholesterol, which comes only from animal products. Saturated fat raises your LDL-cholesterol level more than anything else in the diet. Eating too much saturated fat and cholesterol is the main reason for high levels of cholesterol and a high rate of heart attacks. Reducing the amount of saturated fat and cholesterol you eat is a very important step in reducing your blood cholesterol levels.
*    Weight - Excess weight tends to increase your LDL (“bad”) cholesterol level. If you are overweight and have a high LDL-cholesterol level, losing weight may help you lower it. Weight loss also helps to lower triglycerides and raise HDL (“good”) cholesterol levels.
*    Physical activity/exercise - Regular physical activity may lower LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and raise HDL (“good”) cholesterol levels.
*    Age and sex - Before the age of menopause, women usually have total cholesterol levels that are lower than those of men the same age. As women and men get older, their blood cholesterol levels rise until about 60 to 65 years of age. After the age of about 50, women often have higher total cholesterol levels than men of the same age.
*    Alcohol - Alcohol intake increases HDL (“good”) cholesterol but does not lower LDL (“bad”) cholesterol. Doctors don’t know for certain whether alcohol also reduces the risk of heart disease. Drinking too much alcohol can damage the liver and heart muscle, lead to high blood pressure, and raise triglycerides. Because of the risks, alcoholic beverages should not be used as a way to prevent heart disease.
*    Stress - Stress over the long term has been shown in several studies to raise blood cholesterol levels. One way that stress may do this is by affecting your habits. For example, when some people are under stress, they console themselves by eating fatty foods. The saturated fat and cholesterol in these foods contribute to higher levels of blood cholesterol.

How Can You Lower Your Cholesterol Levels?

The main goal of cholesterol-lowering treatment is to lower your LDL level enough to reduce your risk of developing heart disease or having a heart attack. The higher your risk, the lower your LDL goal will be. There are two main ways to lower your cholesterol:

*    Lifestyle Changes – includes a cholesterol-lowering diet, physical activity, and weight management. Lifestyle changes revolve around a proper diet with low saturated fat, trans-fats and low cholesterol foods and eating plan as well as weight management, physical activity, drug treatment and stopping smoking. To reduce your risk for heart disease or keep it low, it is also very important to control any other risk factors you may have such as high blood pressure and smoking.
*    Drug Treatment – if cholesterol-lowering drugs are needed, they are used together with lifestyle changes and treatment to help lower your LDL. Natural remedies are excellent tools as treatments for helping to lower your cholesterol levels and reduce your risks.

Natural Remedies and How They Lower Cholesterol

Herbs and other natural products have been around much longer than the standard prescription drugs used today to control high cholesterol.

There are many natural alternatives to treating high cholesterol. This may be especially optimal to patients who are regulating their cholesterol levels with diet and exercise. Natural products reduce cholesterol levels by dissolving fat in the blood.

Alternatives to prescription drugs are being viewed with increasing interest especially since the withdrawal from the market of the prescription cholesterol-lowering drug Baycol after numerous deaths associated with its use.

The following list includes natural products that have been noted to reduce cholesterol levels through research:

*    B Vitamins, besides niacin, decrease the rate at which LDL is damaged through oxidation.
*    Carnitine has been seen to increase HDL levels, therefore decreasing total cholesterol levels.
*    Chromium has been seen to reduce LDL levels and increase HDL levels.
*    Coenzyme Q10 has been noted to reduce total cholesterol serum levels.
*    Fiber can be obtained through fiber supplements or through foods such as whole grains and vegetables. It is thought that fiber binds to cholesterol in the small intestine and preventing cholesterol absorption into the bloodstream.
*    Garlic has been widely studies for its cholesterol-lowering properties.
*    Grape Seed Extract has been noted to reduce total cholesterol serum levels.
*    Pantothine has been seen to increase HDL levels, therefore decreasing total cholesterol levels.
*    Red yeast rice contains a natural form of lovastatin. Effective natural product for cholesterol control. Included in Native Remedies Cholesto-Rite capsules.
*    Royal Jelly has been seen to lower cholesterol levels by reducing some of the cholesterol-elevating effects of nicotine.
*    Soy has been shown to reduce total cholesterol levels
*    Vitamin C has been noted to slightly reduce cholesterol levels.

Natural supplements should be used as a part of an overall program that includes dietary and lifestyle changes as referenced previous.

Posted 1 year ago

Top 10 Healthy Heart Tips

Top 10 Lifestyle Changes Your Heart Will Appreciate
Article courtesy of Native Remedies

1. Skip the elevator and use the stairs instead. Just start with one flight. Soon, you’ll be ready for two.

2. Start parking your car at the far end of the parking lot. The short walk every day to and from the store or school helps your heart.

3. If you ride a bus or subway, get off a stop before your destination. Walk the rest of the way.

4. If you can, spend a few minutes of your lunch break taking a stroll outside work or school. It will also help boost your energy levels after lunch.

5. Housework that is done vigorously counts as exercise. Vacuuming or mopping can be a real workout!

6. If you have a yard, mowing the lawn, pulling weeds, and raking leaves are also chores that count as exercise.

7. If you have a dog, take it for brisk walks twice a day, and benefit your heart and his!

8. If you have a family, schedule an after-dinner walk. It’s great to help digestion and to start clearing the mind to get ready for bed.

9. Include oats into your daily routine. Just a cup of cooked oatmeal will provide wonderful cholesterol-reducing benefits. (Be sure to check out this month’s special feature on oats!)

10. Try to laugh! Laughter helps release pent up stress and has been proven keep your heart healthy and happy.

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Posted 2 years ago

Tips for Coping with Panic Attacks

Even if you know what triggers your panic attacks, try not to avoid the situation completely. Often we fear the unknown and by running away, the trigger itself can become larger than life and all-consuming.

Try to remember that you are not expected to rid yourself of panic attacks overnight. While it’s very easy for onlookers to simply say “Don’t panic, just relax and it will pass,” for the person suffering from panic attacks, it is extremely hard to imagine the attack being over. Taking small steps (that you feel you can cope with) and very gradually increasing the demands on yourself can help facilitate a smooth transition back to a panic-free life.

If you are experiencing stress, whether in your relationships or at work, try and work on ways to improve or change the stressful circumstances – stress is a major precipitant of Panic Attacks. Take steps to change the things that can be changed and learn stress management techniques.

Make sure that you eat regular wholesome meals, have sufficient sleep and also exercise regularly – all important in the management of Panic Attacks.

Avoid stimulants such as caffeine and CNS depressants, especially alcohol.

While Having a Panic Attack:

  • Try not to let your mind get the better of you by running away with negative thoughts of death, disaster or fainting. Try to focus on the thought that the “this too shall pass.” Try saying this out loud – remember if you can talk, it means you are still breathing!
  • Slow down your breathing by closing your eyes, taking SLOW deep breaths and blowing each breath out through pursed lips. By keeping your hand on your stomach you will become more aware of your breathing.
  • Don’t concentrate too hard on the symptoms as this will only increase your anxiety. Try to simply ‘let go’ of the need to stop the attack and rather try to ride it out – getting yourself ‘through’ the worst of it until it passes.
  • Keep in mind there is no actual danger in having a panic attack. Reassure yourself that the fear of harm is only sustaining the attack and allowing it to last longer than necessary!

For more information, see our article:
Anxiety, Panic Disorder, Phobias, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Posted 2 years ago