Natural Treatment For Depression and Anxiety

Natural Treatment For Depression and Anxiety

We all experience bad weeks, that eventually lead to the point where we don’t really want to get up and handle the day in front of us – life is challenging, that’s what makes it interesting (most of the time!).

But what happens when you get this feeling every time you wake up?

That uncomfortable feeling that seems to grip every inch of your body – what’s the point? Why bother?

Depression is a serious issue – just ask anyone who has suffered from it.

The most obvious solution is to take yourself down to the local surgery, get loaded up on a course of pills…

But they bring the side effects – and the news surrounding antidepressants hasn’t exactly been positive over the last decade or so…has it?

In this article we will be taking a look at options for a more natural treatment for depression and anxiety.

Now, I’m not a doctor, or even a medical professional – these treatments are based on information I have gathered over the years.

I’m not promising miracles here – but they have been known to bring out brilliant results in some cases (and they’re completely natural!).

Perhaps one or a combination of these treatments can help you to feel like yourself again…

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St. Johns Wort For Depression


St. Johns Wort For Depression

Before we go into this herb – I should point out that there are dangers involved when mixing it with a selection of antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications.

If you are considering using this option for depression – please, please, please check with your doctor first IF you are using medications!

There are actually records stretching back hundreds of years involving St. John’s Wort being used for depression. A recent study (around the 2010 mark!) in Europe concluded that it has effective properties that fight depression and a lot less side effects than regular medications.

It is worth pointing out that this report was only handling people with ‘moderate’ depression.


Ashwagandha Uses and Benefits


Ashwagandha Uses and Benefits

Indian Cherry, or Ashwagandha, is a herb that has been used for hundreds of years by Indian practitioners.

It apparently naturally aids the thyroid and adrenal glands, in turn helping you handle the stress levels you feel. It’s also pretty good at creating a calming effect over the central nervous system – killing off anxious feelings.

Ashwagandha is also known for it’s sedative effects, resulting in many people taking it to handle depression-related insomnia.


Yoga Poses For Depression and Anxiety


Yoga Poses For Depression and Anxiety

If your depression levels are bringing on unnatural feelings of anxiety, Yoga could be a great way to find some peace!

Our bodies contain a stress hormone called cortisol and many Yoga experts believe that certain poses can help reduce this hormone.

Yoga is a great way to improve and strengthen the link between mind and body – helping you feel more in control of your emotions and your primary thoughts.

For more information on Yoga poses for beginners, check out this video here.


Does Exercise Help Anxiety and Depression?


Does Exercise Help Anxiety and Depression?

Yes, in the past I have personally found exercise to improve my mood when the whole world seems to be coming at me from all sides!

You don’t have to run miles and miles every day – a simple half an hour walk will improve your overall state of mind.

A recent study from the University of Toronto concluded that even moderate levels of exercise are great from stopping various forms of depression setting in, and taking over your life.


The Benefits of Psychotherapy For Depression


The Benefits of Psychotherapy For Depression

Sometimes, something as simple as having someone to listen to you is enough to stem the tide of depression.

A psychotherapist is trained to listen and can support you in having more positive thoughts throughout your week.

Psychotherapists can put you through a course of Cognitive therapy – an effective way of locating negative thought patterns then changing their path, leading them to less harmful parts of the brain.

With consistent questioning and challenging, psychotherapists can alter these damaging thought patterns and even change the setup of your brain to a more positive one.


Natural Treatments For Depression


Now it’s over to you – have you had any experience with using natural treatments for depression?

I’ve also heard that music therapy and Meditation/Mindfulness can help – do you have any personal experience with these?

We would love to hear about your experiences with handling depression, please consider leaving them in the comment section below.

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The Best Morning Protein

The Best Morning Protein

How many times have you quickly toasted a couple of slices of white bread in the morning to eat in the car…only to find yourself completely starving two hours later?

This time of hunger is a dangerous period for calories – you’re already in work and the snack machine is the ONLY option!

In this article we will be taking a look at the best morning protein you can consume instead of the worthless carbs – stay full until lunch time and keep well clear of those 10:30am blues…

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A Great Egg-Sample (See What I Did There?)


A Great Egg-Sample

For some unknown reason, a large majority of dieters swoon and faint when I tell them I often enjoy eggs in the morning.

We all know that the ‘yellow’ or ‘yolk’ in the egg isn’t exactly great for a diet…but who sits down and eats four egg yolks for breakfast?

Not many of us!

You see, the truth of the matter is that egg yolks have very little effect on your blood cholesterol and can even HELP with weight loss issues.

There are approximately 6 grams of high-quality protein in each egg you consume – this means they are an excellent choice of food for fending off hunger pangs.

When you manage to stay full until lunchtime – you are keeping your weight loss efforts on-course!


Low-Fat Dairy Choices


Low-Fat Dairy Choices

Not really my cup of tea, but there’s no getting away from the fact that low-fat dairy is a quality source of complete protein (and it’s a great choice for those of us who are eating ‘on the go’ in the morning!).

A good friend of mine, who has seen TREMENDOUS success through her weight loss efforts, swears by Greek yogurt.

She pointed out that it is high in calcium, potassium and vitamin D, and also contains about 17 grams of protein (per approx 5 to 7 ounces).

If you are partial to a little smoothie in the morning, and you can stomach Whey Protein, you should really think about combining the two – Whey contains around 25 grams of complete protein per scoop!


We’ve all Gone Nutty!


We've all Gone Nutty!

My favorite protein choice – at any point in the day (I’m a BIG fan!)

By simply adding a small portion of nuts to your choice of breakfast, you are effectively adding around 4 to 6 grams of protein. Don’t forget – certain nuts offer much higher levels of protein than others (almonds, cashews and pistachios).

If you don’t really fancy nuts in the morning – why not try a bit of organic peanut butter?

I’ve found that a lot of dieters who don’t like nuts, actually warm to the taste of peanut butter.

Remember – ORGANIC peanut butter for dieters (not the cheaper manufactured store version!).

Certain studies have also concluded that the right kind of peanut butter, can in fact moderate blood sugar levels.


Do You Really NEED That Bacon?


Do You Really NEED That Bacon?

Bacon and sausage are lovely in the morning, in my book, there’s nothing better for breakfast!

They are decent sources of protein…but they are also pretty shitty in regards to heart disease and cancer.

So what’s the alternative?

What healthy meats can you eat for breakfast that are packed with protein?

Well you can always make your own sausages…out of meats that are more acceptable from a health point of view!

Seriously, turkey or chicken can make great sausage patties when combined with simple ingredients – onion, fennel seeds, oregano, salt and pepper seasoning…

Think outside the box, and see what comes out the other end!

Not in the mood for sausages?

No problems!

Ever heard of the rich kids eating salmon and eggs for breakfast?

This is for a reason.

Packed full of heart-healthy fats and protein – salmon is an excellent breakfast choice.


Morning Protein Foods


Now over to you…

What are your high-protein choices for breakfast?

I’m sure you’ve got a few tasty ideas that would add value to this article!

Please consider leaving them in the comment section below.

Stay Healthy! 🙂

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The Dangers of MLM – Health Products

The Dangers of MLM - Health Products

This is probably one of the most important articles we have published to this site since it’s launch…and we really should have got around to it much, much sooner!

Most of you have probably already noticed that we promote a handful of select health products on this site, here is one example.

Now, we only promote well known products that have been tested by ourselves or our writers – we are able to stand behind these options without any sort of worries.

Why?

Well, these products are stand alone products, designed to provide a solution to your health problems, with money back guarantees included.

They ARE NOT MLM PRODUCTS!

In this article we will be taking a look at the dangers of MLM setups – a marketing industry that seems intent on taking over the health niche…with overpriced and frequently ineffective products.

If you have ANY sort of interest in diving into the health MLM setup – READ THIS ARTICLE FIRST!


Why MLM is BAD News…


Okay, before we go any further, we should really look deeper into the subject of MLM

What is MLM?

When you join a MLM opportunity you are signing up with a company to become their independent distributor.

As a distributor, you don’t just make money selling the product itself, but also from signing other people up who also sign other people up…and you make commissions on this ‘downline’.

As you can already see – we have moved away from the actual health product and are now concentrating on roping new distributors in (building a downline!).

Below is one of my favorite videos on the subject of MLM setups. Not all of you may be fans of John Oliver from HBO, but in this case, on this subject…he hits the nail right on the head…

 


What is The Difference Between MLM and a Pyramid Scheme?


Nothing at all!!!

There, I said it.

Hundreds of thousands of MLM ‘distributors’ will try their hardest to tell you otherwise…but they are only desperately trying to cover their own asses!

In most cases, a large majority of these distributors are already in over their head and are clinging onto their bank account overdrafts as we speak – they NEED you to sign up underneath them!

The compensation plans, and EVERY MLM SETUP is shaped like a pyramid, like so…

What is The Difference Between MLM and a Pyramid Scheme?

Seriously guys – what does that chart shape look like to you?

A pyramid.

Yet this is the shape of every working MLM setup…and they still try to convince you it is not a pyramid scheme!

MLM companies may sell products such as dietary supplements and health options – BUT their main source of income comes from mass recruitment.

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Multi Level Marketing Business Plan Template


So you have an interest in the subject of health and wellness – cool, so do I!!!!!

What’s the next step?

Try and make some money off this interest?

Yeah, why not, you have a good knowledge and it would be great to work around a subject you enjoy, right?

Unfortunately a simple Google search into ‘start a online health business’ will bring up a tidal wave of opportunities that are not right for you.

Oh, they’ll say they’re right for you – but they’re not.

These opportunities will be MLM based – they near enough taken over certain sectors of the health niche.

If you take up one of these ‘business opportunities’ you won’t ever own a business.

Multi Level Marketing Business Plan Template

Most people who fall into this trap have been persuaded by promises of passive income from very little work, speedboats and large mansions…

You get the picture, right?

Many MLM participants regard themselves as running their own business. However, this isn’t really true because to run your business you need some degree of control over the following:

  1. You need to be able to choose what products your business sells
  2. You need the chance to haggle or negotiate prices and shipments with your CHOSEN suppliers
  3. You need to be able to set the price on each of your products
  4. The marketing side of your business needs to be run by YOU and YOU ALONE!

MLM distributors who love to call themselves small business owners are full of the brown stuff – they don’t have any control over the four points I have covered above.


Becoming a Hustler


Starting a Health Business

This is the saddest part of choosing a health and wellness MLM setup – people won’t like you.

I know that sounds a bit strong, but it really is true.

How popular are hustlers? Do like like being badgered into buying something whenever you speak to certain individuals?

No, neither do I.

But that’s what you become when you take on health products from the MLM sector – a hustler.

A desperate individual who NEEDS to flog more products or rope more people in…just to make their initial investment back…or just to get out with their head above water.

Did you know that over 99% of MLM distributors make a loss and less than 1% make the lifestyle changing money they all advertise with?

Now that’s shocking!!!


Starting a Health Business


EVERY multi level marketing (MLM) opportunity will require some sort of payment for you to join – period.

But why are you paying for the opportunity to work…when you can get started for FREE?

Seriously, you can build your very own business in the health and wellness niche, for FREE!

If you are interested in learning how to succeed in this business without having to use your credit card – you may want to check out the education these guys offer here.


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Foods That Are Good For Your Immune System

Foods That Are Good For Your Immune System

The correct foods can form a barrier for your body against illness, and can also help you recover quicker if you do experience bad health.

Your kid brings a bug home from school, the guy next to you on the train is sneezing, you share a car trip with a coughing mate…

Surely you are going to ‘get it’ this time?

But, you have more power in your hands than you think – your immune system is your BEST line of defense

In this article we are going to be taking a look at a great selection of foods that are good for your immune system.

Eat right, feel right and boost your body’s first line of defence!

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Foods Good For Your Immune System


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Foods Good For Your Immune System

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Foods That Boost Your Immune System


I was more than surprised to find out that your body’s fight against illness starts off in your mouth – did you know that saliva is packed with powerful antimicrobials like lysozyme, alpha-amylase and lactoferrin?

It’s a pretty hard task for ANY germs to get past this initial line of defence – those tough cookies that do manage it…end up having to take on our stomach’s hydrochloric acid.

If they are hard enough to win that battle – they then have to take on our digestive system which holds special proteins and chemical compounds.

Finally the germs will reach our own personal army of good bacteria – our final, powerful, line of defence.

This line of defence is what we need to feed – we need to keep this bacteria in tip-top condition!

A well thought out, and healthy balanced diet, that supports your immune system, is your best defence in avoiding sickness bugs in the first place.


The foods that are covered in the infographic above are great examples of what you need to eat to keep your good bacteria in order and boost immunity.

If you have any questions regarding these foods OR you would like to add a food to this list, please use the comment section below.

Stay healthy! 🙂

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What Are The Health Benefits of Beetroot?

What Are The Health Benefits of Beetroot?

Today we will taking a look at an ancient, prehistoric super-food that naturally sprouted up along coastlines in North Africa, Asia, and Europe.

When early man first encountered this vegetable he only consumed the greens off the plant – the actual ‘beet’ wasn’t consumed until Roman times

So, what are the health benefits of beetroot and why should we include it in our daily diets?

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 the health benefits of beetroot


The Health Benefits of Beetroot


Beetroot contains a large amount of nitrates which supply the body with lots of natural energy – great for those of us that like to take part in cardio or sport.

They are ram-packed with quality fiber which helps look after our digestive systems (taking on bad stomachs, diarrhea, constipation and even colon cancer!).

Beets also help keep our mind’s sharp due to the amount of natural potassium they contain – helping to transmit nerve impulses.

Expectant mums are advised to eat beetroot due to the folic acid content of the veggie – great for the development of embryos and prevention of spina bifida.

The ‘purple veggie beast’ is also topped up with a load of the mineral calcium – vital for developing and maintaining strong bones.

On the vitamin side of things – beets are very high in the vitamin C. This vitamin is great for taking on colds and infections and keeping the immune system in tune. Vitamin A is also present in the foodstuff – high levels of vit A can aid clear eyesight and also keep your skin cells healthy.

Beetroots also contain an antioxidant named Betalain which protects cells from damage and helps with the prevention of cancer.


Raw Beetroot Health Benefits


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Now over to you!

What are your thoughts and opinions on beetroot?

Do you have a favorite beetroot recipe?

Please leave your thoughts and opinions in the comment section below.

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The Functions of Antioxidants

The Functions of Antioxidants

I couldn’t help but notice that many health conscious individuals like to throw about antioxidants as a kind of buzzword…but most of the time they don’t really know what the word means!

In this article we will be taking a look at the functions of antioxidants, their benefits and general facts, in infographic format.

By the end of the article you should have a decent knowledge on the subject…

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The Role of Antioxidants


Okay, before I start banging on about the subject, it probably makes sense that you go through the information in the image provided first (after all – that’s what you’re here for!)…

antioxidants facts in image

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The Antioxidant Effect


Our bodies create free radicals and then create antioxidants to keep these free radicals in check. There’s only one problem though…

The body seems to be a lot better at creating these free radicals (i.e. in most cases, free radicals far outnumber the naturally occurring antioxidants).

So, we really need to try and find some external sources of antioxidants if at all possible – try our hardest to level the playing field (between free radicals and antioxidants!).

But it doesn’t just stop there, oh no…

Antioxidants also benefit:

  • Vision
  • Bone Growth
  • Cell Function
  • Fighting Infection
  • Protection Against Cataracts
  • Cardiovascular Diseases
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Sun Damage to the Skin
  • Repairing DNA
  • Can Help Slow The Aging Process

The bottom line here is that you really should listen to your mother – eat up all your fruit and veggies and you’ll grow up to be a big strong boy/girl. 🙂


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The Health Benefits of Marmite

The Health Benefits of Marmite

So, you either love it or hate it – the awesome (yeah I love it) super-food named Marmite!

I personally think it boils down to what your mother gave you as a kid – Marmite is a strange enough taste, but if it is introduced early enough in your life you will take to it…and never let go!

In this article we will be taking a closer look at the health benefits of Marmite – most of us know it is good for us, but we don’t really know WHY it is good for us…

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Awesome Facts About Marmite…


Awesome Facts About Marmite...

Yeah, you can tell I’m an addict, can’t you?

But we before we dive into the benefits of Marmite, I thought it’d be cool to cover a few little known facts about the dark super-spread…

#1 Who Invented Marmite?

This popular super-food was actually invented by accident by a German dude named Justus Liebig (he was a scientist in the 19th century). He was messing about with brewer’s yeast and eventually came to the conclusion that it could be separated and concentrated into bottles.

He also discovered that it actually tasted pretty boss as well!!!

So, Liebig’s discovery was taken one step further in 1902, when the Marmite Food Company was founded in Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire.

There just so happened to be a mass of brewers in the Staffordshire area at the time, so getting hold of the yeast was a walk in the park!

#2 Marmite Helped Win The War!!!

Not sure whether or not this is a ‘Marmite Urban Legend’ but here we go anyway…

Apparently Marmite was included in soldiers’ rations in World War I, and later in World War II. In 1999 it was also sent over to the troops in Kosovo (the homesick soldiers needed something to remind them of Britain!).

#3 It’s So Awesome – It’s Got It’s Own Sculpture!!!

Seriously, it’s true!

The company that own the Marmite brand are called Unilever (they are a conglomerate) and they were so pleased with the product’s popularity, they decided to get a £15,000 sculpture made.

The sculpture is shaped liked the traditional Marmite jar and bears the nickname of ‘The Monumite’.

It currently stands outside the main library in Burton-on-Trent.

#4 Marmite (Apparently) Acts as a Mosquito Repellent?

Not sure about this one, but it was a listed ‘fact’ in several UK newspapers – apparently, Marmite keeps the mosquito at bay?

Now, this could mean spreading it all over your skin, which would be hideous…or it could mean simply consuming it (which I tend to lean towards!).


The Reported Health Benefits of Marmite


The Reported Health Benefits of Marmite

  1. It helps you sleep. Apparently the extremely high levels of magnesium in Marmite can help you get a better level of shuteye at night. This high level of magnesium apparently helps the body calm the nerves – leading to a more peaceful night’s sleep.
  2. It can help prevent dementia. Researchers from York University claim the high concentration of Vitamin B12 in the yeast extract increases levels of chemicals in the brain which are thought to protect against neurological disorders.
  3. It acts as a vitamin supplement. That’s right – no need to pay those ridiculous prices for over-the-counter vitamins any longer! Apparently, the super-spread is packed with B vitamins (not just B3) that are essential for good health. One researcher claimed that a regular serving could provide as much as an expensive supplement!
  4. It’s good for your heart. Being a (young) sufferer of arrhythmia – this was an extremely important fact for me. As I touched on above, Marmite contains high levels of the B Vitamins…including Vitamin B1 (good for preventing cardiovascular disease).
  5. It’s a hangover cure. Yep, you read that correctly – Marmite can act as a pretty awesome hangover cure! When you’ve drunk too much, the alcohol depletes your body’s store of B Vitamins (which leaves you feeling pretty shitty!). Marmite can quickly replace these lost vitamins…and lead to a smoother hangover recovery day!
  6. It’s BOSS for your babies. You will find that a high percentage of pregnant women LOVE to consume Marmite. Now, some of them may not exactly like it, but it’s high folic acid content is great for that unborn nipper! Folic acid is essential for pregnant women and anyone hoping to conceive, as it can help to prevent birth defects such as spina bifida.

Is Marmite Good For You?


Is Marmite Good For You?

Not a bad little pot of dark spread is it?

Now it’s over to you…

Have we missed out any Marmite health benefits you feel are important?

What’s your favorite way of eating Marmite? (try it with a mature cheddar – lovely!).

Are you a lover or a hater of the super-food?

Please leave your thoughts and opinions in the comment section below.

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Stay Fit and Live Well – Great Video Channel

Stay Fit and Live Well - Great Video Channel

I thought we’d mix things up a little bit today and take a step away from the more ‘traditional’ posts I put up on here.

I was actually in two minds whether or not to post this article to the Video Section of the site, but I felt the whole channel (we will be covering) needed a mention in a short article…

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Carly Rowena


Carly Rowena is a Personal Trainer and Fitness blogger from the UK (I’m not biased – honest!) and her channel was brought to my attention by a very informative article titled 15 OF THE BEST HEALTH & WELLNESS YOUTUBE CHANNELS.

I should start by saying that ALL of the channels covered in the linked article were quality, but Carly’s stood out the tallest (from my point of view!).

Below is an example of one of the video releases she posts to her channel:

She describes herself as “the girl next door who never wants to have to turn down a meal just to stay in shape, I’m all about independence and finding a healthy and happy way to feel incredible in our own skin”.

I think that this is the most important factor for me – she’s incredibly easy to relate to and her videos don’t really make you feel like a health failure!

On her website she goes on to happily admit that she struggled to find a career that fit around her all through her life, and finally took to YouTube in the hope that it would point her in the direction of her talents.

Well her view count and her subscriber list suggest that she really has finally managed to pinpoint a career she rocks in!

As I said, this post/article is a step away from the norm today, but if you are interested in finding a new YouTube channel that offers simple and effective advice on how to stay fit and live well – this channel is definitely worth checking out.

Here is the link – https://www.youtube.com/user/Carlyrowena

I’ll end by pointing out that these channels need comments/support to grow even bigger – so please don’t leave any comments underneath this article (for once!). If you enjoy Carly Rowena’s videos let her know by voicing your opinions below her uploads or even subscribing.

I hope you enjoy the channel as much as I did!

Stay Healthy! 🙂

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Why is Being Fat Bad For You?

Why is Being Fat Bad For You?

A high percentage of the population is going to spend most of it’s life locked in a battle between their body weight and their ideal weight – I completely understand this!

I’m not overweight – I’m a dedicated country runner, but I STILL manage to worry about my weight constantly.

But, it’s not just ‘the look’ that worries me – it’s the health issues….I’m now 42 and this health lark is beginning to get louder by the day!

So why is being fat bad for you?

Is being overweight actually as bad as many experts claim?

Let’s take a closer look…

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Health Risks of Being Overweight


Health Risks of Being Overweight

Okay, let’s start with the health risks as most of us see them – the health risks most of us are TOLD about (and believe without questioning).

Numerous articles online will inform you that being overweight will lead to the following health problems:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease and strokes
  • Various types of cancer
  • Sleep apnea
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Fatty liver disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Pregnancy problems, such as high blood sugar during pregnancy, high blood pressure, and increased risk for cesarean delivery (C-section)

Now I’m certainly not going to argue with the list above – there is a lot of medical proof out there to back this information up, and even the most ignorant and arrogant of us will have to agree with them.

But what is the real truth behind being overweight? What are the most damaging aspects of being fat in this day and age?


The Real (Modern Day) Dangers of Being Overweight


The Real (Modern Day) Dangers of Being Overweight

I’m going to throw this one out there because I’ve recently gone through several excellent articles that cover the REAL reason people are scared of getting fat. I should also point out that I am certainly not a medical professional (as you ALL should know by now), and this is just my opinion on the subject.

So, we’ve got diabetes, heart disease, and certain cancers etc, etc – these suggestions are enough to keep anyone up at night, right?

But it seems like the biggest issue facing overweight people is not their weight, but social stigma.

It doesn’t matter where in the world you are based – we all seem to carry some sort of cultural disdain for people that appear to be overweight.

Recent studies have sort of ‘gone undercover’ to highlight this rather worrying fact, and they started off in the workplace.

Did you know that overweight people are less likely to be hired than traditionally attractive applicants?

overweight people are less likely to be hired

It’s certainly a little worrying…but you can see some sort of twisted logic behind the employer’s thoughts!

On top of this, studies also show that overweight people are a lot more likely to face some form of discrimination in the workplace, even if they manage land the job in the first place!!!

Obesitiy

The very same report also highlighted the fact that a large percentage of doctors and nurses discriminate against the overweight – the very people that are put in place to help you with your health in the first place.

This modern day stigma (if it is to be considered modern!) also effects the chances of overweight people actually doing something to improve their weight issues – fat stigma is considered an obstacle for overweight people who want to join a gym and work out.

They are petrified about signing up for a membership only to be stared at and ridiculed when they walk into the training area.


Why is Being Fat Bad For You?


At the end of the day, is it more important to pay attention to one’s health habits than one’s weight?

How often do you take part in some form of cardio?

Do you enjoy a few walks throughout the process of the week?

Does your job entail sitting behind a computer screen all day long?

Do you eat well?

These questions are always going to be more important than numbers on a scale.

Nutrition and physical activity have a far more direct effect on health – and probably always will.

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The Benefits of Taking Echinacea

The Benefits of Taking Echinacea

I suppose I should start by saying that the early days of my relationship with echinacea were a pretty stormy affair – it was introduced to me by an ex-girlfriend who had a great deal of knowledge on natural remedies.

If I’m honest with you – in those days (early twenties) I thought she was full of s##t!

Back then natural remedies were well known, but most of us were blissfully unaware of how effective they could actually be.

So, bearing this in mind, why am I choosing to write an article on the benefits of taking echinacea?

Good question, I’ll explain…


What is it With Plane Journeys and Viruses?

So I was going out with a girl that was well into her natural remedies…well….natural EVERYTHING really!

That wasn’t really a problem – it’s what first attracted me to her. She was different, and very good looking! 🙂

Anyway…

We had been seeing each other for about a year and we decided to take a 10 day holiday to Eastern Europe, which turned out to be great, but the plane journey home managed to infect me with one of the most hideous cold-type viruses I’ve ever had the displeasure of experiencing.

I was in a bad mood – my holiday felt like it had been ruined by this last gasp virus and I was stuck back in the Welsh weather feeling awful.

It didn’t take long for my ex to get on the herbal train and start banging on about what natural remedies could clear this infection up. I was in no mood to argue with her as I didn’t have the energy…

So I started taking her ‘top’ suggestion of echinacea.


It Worked!!!

Yep, it really did work…surprisingly well!

So, echinacea was my first real step into the world of natural remedies, and I was curious to find out more about this herbal savior that sparked my interest in healthier living…


What Exactly is Echinacea?

Surprisingly, echinacea is nothing more than a member of the daisy family – a bog standard plant at the end of the day!

It’s often referred to as a purple coneflower, which rolls off the tongue a lot easier.

What Exactly is Echinacea?

The name derives from the Greek word ekhinos (hedgehog) because the cone looks a lot like a small hedgehog.

Overall, there are nine distinct species of this plant but many of them are considered ‘endangered’ so it’s important to be sure about what you are picking (we don’t want you to get into trouble do we?).


Will I Find It Growing at the Bottom of my Garden?

Well at a guess – no…

Unless you live in the central and eastern parts of the good old US of A.

Research indicates that the Native Americans used the flowers, leaves and roots of this plant for remedies, centuries ago.

These days it is certainly re-gaining popularity and can be easily harvested and cultivated in these American areas (central and eastern parts).


The Benefits of Taking Echinacea

What are the benefits of taking echinacea? Although there seems to be an infinite number of echinacea benefits, these are the ones which stand out…

1) Combats Cancer

This was a really surprising one for me – and I only found out about it recently (about two months ago!).

Apparently recent research on this plant seems to indicate that phytochemicals contained in it are great for the fight against tumors.

Now, I’m no doctor, and I struggle to re-word medical reports (who doesn’t?). So, if you’re interested in finding out more about echinacea in cancer treatment I recommend checking out one of the in-depth articles about it online.

Here is a decent one I came across this morning – echinacea in cancer treatment.

2) Gives The Immune System a Good Kick!

This wonder plant manages to cut the chances of having a cold by 58% – that’s from a study published by the University of Connecticut.

On top of that, the study also concludes that echinacea reduces the duration of the common cold by almost 48 hours.

3) It Acts as a Natural Painkiller

Apparently, the Great Plains Indians first started using echinacea when they discovered it acted as a powerful painkiller. Headaches, stomach pains, toothache…even snake bites!

You name it and echinacea can probably nail it on the pain front!

Some common ways to use echinacea to combat pain is to drink the herbal echinacea tea.

You can also opt to mash it down into a paste and apply it directly to the area on your body that is causing you pain.

4) It Can Act as a Laxative 

As I touched on above in the painkiller section – echinacea is particularly effective at healing gastrointestinal (or stomach) problems.

Medical Herbalism have published a report that recommends echinacea as a mild and natural laxative for constipation relief.

From what I gather, the tea version of the plant is best for this. One cup a day can relieve the more ‘common’ pressure, whilst two to three cups can really help with sudden bouts.

It goes without saying that you should probably not go overboard with this herbal consumption – always read the supplement packet before ingesting the plant (there are guidelines you know!).

5) It’s Good For Your Skin

Actually, my partner pointed this fact out – so you can thank her for this section of the article (because I had no idea that echinacea benefits the skin!).

Armando González Stuart, PhD, has written and published a paper on how the Native American tribes have used echinacea for skin conditions over the years. Apparently it is very effective on…

  • Arthropod bites
  • Eczema
  • Inflammatory skin conditions
  • Psoriasis
  • Snake bite
  • Skin infections
  • Stings
  • Wound healing

He also believes that the Native American tribes used it for skin regeneration.

6) It Helps in the Fight Against Mental Health

Again, this is a subject I have read about…but I’m no medical professional at the end of the day!

Echinacea angustifolia is a species of the plant which is known to help with adults and children who suffer from ADD/ADHD.

Apparently, this form of the plant can help with the anxious feelings, depression and social phobias they suffer.


Echinacea – Conclusion


Echinacea

Well all of this has been pretty positive so far right? What a wonderful plant!

But please stop for a minute and remember that too much of any supplement is probably a BAD idea!

Apparently, high doses of echinacea can sometimes cause nausea and dizziness, particularly in those who have allergies.

I’ve also heard that overdosing on the plant can lead to diarrhea, disorientation, dry mouth, fever, headache and insomnia.

As always – it’s a good idea to read the guidelines before taking ANYTHING!

What are your thoughts on this natural wonder plant?

Have you used it to cure any problems that I have not mentioned in the article above?

Over to you – we would love to hear about your experiences with echinacea, please leave them in the comment section below.