Add PRUNELLA VULGARIS To Your Teas!

Have you heard of Prunella Vulgaris?

  • It is also known as self-heal or heal-all and is in the same family as mint.

Ancient claims are that Prunella Vulgaris can protect against diabetes and cancer. The best way to consume this is in the form of tea. When taken internally, it can help fight infection and viruses but can also be used externally for wounds.

Check out the video from NATURAL CURES!

Have You Heard Of The ASIAN DIET?

Not to add more confusion to the “diet” talk, the Asian Diet is coming to attention. While I don’t think there is any one perfect diet, when you look at the diets that are most effective they typically have common points.

From Lauren Bedosky of Everyday Health

  • As there are many countries in Asia, and the cuisines vary greatly from one region to another, there isn’t a single “Asian diet,” says Zhaoping Li, MD, PhD, a professor of clinical medicine and the chief of the division of clinical nutrition at the University of California in Los Angeles. That said, the diets of people living in these regions have several things in common. 

As with many diets, The Asian diet has a baseline of food that is encouraged every day.

  • At the base of the Asian diet food pyramid are foods you’re encouraged to eat every day: leafy greens, legumes, vegetables, fruits, soy foods, whole grains, herbs, and spices. Moving up the pyramid, you have fish or shellfish twice a week; moderate portions of eggs, poultry, dairy, and healthy cooking oils; and “sometimes” foods like red meats and sweets. Plain water and unsweetened tea are encouraged, whereas sugary juices and soda are discouraged. 

Unsweetended tea is a staple in the diet and may be a big reason it has so many healthy benefits. So many tea varieties are packed with antioxidants. Some the aspects are:

  • May help prevent and control Type-2 diabetes.
  • May lower heart disease risk.
  • May promote gut health.

While the Asian diet is more of a healthy lifestyle than a fad designed to promote weight loss, there is some evidence that the diet is associated with lower body weight.

A sample menu for a day on the Asian Diets would consist of:

Breakfast Vegetable omelet

Snack 1 piece of local, seasonal fruit

Lunch Soba noodles in sesame oil with scallions and cabbage

Snack Small handful of almonds

Dinner Tofu and vegetable stir-fry over brown rice

Sometimes the best thing to do is take parts of a variety of diets, as long as the diet is rich in fruits and vegetables.

Until next time…#eatthedamnsalad

Add GALANGAL To Your Health Food List!

Have you heard of GALANGAL? As far as roots spices go, ginger and turmeric are the most popular. However, GALANGAL is becoming more popular as research is showing how powerful it is.

  • Galangal root is an antioxidant powerhouse. It is a rich source of polyphenols, plant compounds and flavonoids.
  • Numerous studies have shown that galangal root can help prevent and protect the body from certain cancers.
  • Has the ability to fight inflammation and relieve pain.
  • Has great antibacterial, anti-fungal and antimicrobial properties.

Check out the video from FOODS4HEALTH!

Are You Showering Properly?

It isn’t rocket science but, apparently, there is a right way to shower.

According to Emily Slawek of Yahoo news, while it isn’t life-threatening, how you shower can have a positive, or negative, effect on your skin and gives a few tips.

  • Don’t shower too often. If you’re not active, you can cut back to a few times a week. Just don’t cut back so much that you smell, or risk letting skin infections take hold.
  • Keep it short. According to Dr. Jessica Krant, a board-certified dermatologist, Water exposure can lead to dry skin and hair. A longer shower also “gives the water a chance to allow any cleansers to be more damaging.
  • Stay cool. Hot water strips away natural oils and damages the skin faster, so stick to a lukewarm — or cooler — shower.
  • Don’t wash your hair too much. Hair is made of dead skin cells — it just doesn’t need as much washing as the rest of our skin.
  • But don’t wash your hair too little either. Washing hair less often has become such a trend that dermatologists say some people are overdoing it, causing a scalp buildup of dandruff.
  • Focus on the dirtiest areas.
  • Cleanse with care. Some experts say traditional soap can strip the oil from your skin. Dr. Doris Day, a board-certified dermatologist in New York, suggests products labeled as “cleanser,” such as a moisturizing body wash.
  • Start at the top.
  • If you’re shaving, do it last.
  • Pat yourself dry.
  • Moisturize.

Our hair and skin are the first things people see and can give us a signal about other health issues, so take care of them!

Until next time…#eatthedamnsalad

Mental Health Benefits Of Exercise!

Exercise offers many physical benefits, which is probably the main reason most will start a program. However, the mental benefits can be just as great and, most of the time, we notice those mental benefits before reaching our physical goals.

From HELP GUIDE, there are many areas of mental well-being we can use exercise on before, and/or during, using medication.

EXERCISE AND DEPRESSION

Studies show that exercise can treat mild to moderate depression as effectively as antidepressant medication—but without the side-effects, of course. As one example, a recent study done by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that running for 15 minutes a day or walking for an hour reduces the risk of major depression by 26%.

EXERCISE AND ANXIETY

Exercise is a natural and effective anti-anxiety treatment. It relieves tension and stress, boosts physical and mental energy, and enhances well-being through the release of endorphins. Anything that gets you moving can help, but you’ll get a bigger benefit if you pay attention instead of zoning out.

EXERCISE AND STRESS

Exercising is an effective way to break this cycle (stress). As well as releasing endorphins in the brain, physical activity helps to relax the muscles and relieve tension in the body. Since the body and mind are so closely linked, when your body feels better so, too, will your mind.

EXERCISE AND ADHD

Physical activity immediately boosts the brain’s dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin levels—all of which affect focus and attention. In this way, exercise works in much the same way as ADHD medications such as Ritalin and Adderall

EXERCISE AND PTSD AND TRAUMA

Evidence suggests that by really focusing on your body and how it feels as you exercise, you can actually help your nervous system become “unstuck” and begin to move out of the immobilization stress response that characterizes PTSD or trauma.

There are a number of additional benefits according to Help Guide.

  • Sharper memory and thinking
  • Higher self-esteem
  • Better Sleep
  • More energy
  • Stronger resilience

They go on to say a little bit of exercise is better than not and you don’t have to beat yourself up to reap the benefits.

Even with all the benefits, so many have obstacles to fitting it into a busy schedule.

  • Exhausted? Studies show that regular exercise can dramatically reduce fatigue and increase your energy levels
  • Overwhelmed?  If you begin thinking of physical activity as a priority (a necessity for your mental well-being), you’ll soon find ways to fit small amounts of exercise into even the busiest schedule.
  • Feeling hopeless? Start slow with easy, low-impact activities a few minutes each day, such as walking or dancing.
  • Have a lot of pain? Divide your exercise into shorter, more frequent chunks of time if that helps, or try exercising in water to reduce joint or muscle discomfort.

Ultimately, there is almost no reason not to do some sort of physical activity, especially when you look at all the ways it can help! You can also enlist the help of a trainer or Health Coach to give you direction.

Until next time…#eatthedamnsalad

There Is Help During And After A Pregnancy!

You probably know there is an ongoing battle in the overturning of Roe VS Wade. Actually, that battle has been going on for 50 years. This isn’t to spark an argument, but rather to bring to light the VAST services that are available to men and women who have an unplanned pregnancy.

To be transparent, I am a Catholic, white male who is Pro-Life. I know the white male part makes me the most evil person on earth right now. And when you throw in Catholic and Pro-Life, well, that is just an explosion. Although Catholic and Pro-Life should go hand in hand, that is a battle going on in the church. That being said, I will never apologize for standing up for the lives of the unborn.

Those who are for abortion make the argument that no one cares about the mom or baby after the birth. As a proud catholic, one thing I feel the Church has done a horrible job with is sharing the incredible services available to those who are expecting a baby, and single moms who are struggling. The amazing part is these services are available to anyone in need, not just Catholics. I have a link to all of these, such as Birthright and Our Ladies Inn, at the end, but this needs to be shared with all!

Putting that aside, there is an important part of women’s health that is ignored. I understand that making the choice of aborting a pregnancy is probably the most difficult decision a woman and man can make. I know there are those who have made that decision who end up regretting it for the rest of their lives. Where can they go to get help? Does planned parenthood have a program? This seems to be dismissed. Fortunately, there are programs in the Catholic church that address that specific issue.

Project Rachel is that program available to ALL women!

  • Project Rachel, a women’s only program through our archdiocesan Abortion Healing Ministry, provides healing and hope to women wounded by abortion through the following: 
  • Referrals for confidential, professional counseling from compassionate and trained clinicians
  • Spiritual direction and healing prayer  
  • Monthly spiritual support group meetings (every fourth Thursday at 7 p.m.)
  • Retreat opportunities
  • Women’s Bible study 
  • Sacrament of Reconciliation

Project Rachel is for people of all faiths and backgrounds. Women are welcome to participate, regardless of how long it has been since the abortion experience. Confidentiality is key to Project Rachel and your privacy will be respected. 

Project Joseph is a program geared toward men and getting them help after an abortion.

  • Project Joseph is for people of all faiths and backgrounds. Men are welcome to participate, regardless of how long it has been since the abortion experience. Confidentiality is key to Project Joseph and your privacy will be respected. 
  • Referrals for confidential, professional counseling from compassionate and trained clinicians
  • Spiritual direction and healing prayer 
  • Monthly spiritual support group meetings
  • Retreat opportunities through Rachel’s Vineyard (for both men and women) 
  • Sacrament of Reconciliation 

Rachel’s Vineyard is a fairly new retreat that is available to help husbands and wives who are struggling to deal with having an abortion.

  • Rachel’s Vineyard is a safe place to renew, rebuild and redeem hearts broken by abortion. Weekend retreats offer you a supportive, confidential and non-judgmental environment where women and men can express, release and reconcile painful post-abortive emotions to begin the process of restoration, renewal and healing.

The mental well-being after an abortion is something that will only get worse. I feel that young women, especially in high school and college, are given the wrong message that it is not a big deal to have an abortion. In fact, it has to do with women’s health. This is such a bad message as it is a HUGE decision and all aspects should be addressed. One of those is what happens when a young girl has an abortion, as she thinks it is nothing, then comes to the realization that she ended a life. That can be devastating. Again, even if you are pro-abortion, knowing that you can share a service that can help those dealing with mental issues down the road should not be disputed.

Walking With Moms is a wonderful site to go to find many organizations that will help moms-to-be! If you know of more, please share!

Until next time…#eatthedamnsalad

How To Monitor Your Health As You Age!

As we get older, it is important to monitor our health so we can enjoy those “golden years”. Living until a certain age is one thing. More importantly, in my opinion, is to have a good quality of life. Staying active and having a healthy diet are 2 big things to keep healthy. However, we can also test to see where we are with our fitness.

According to Alex Janin of the Wall Street Journal, there are 5 simple tests to do on a regular basis.

1. One-legged standing test.
The average person under the age of 70 should be able to stand on one leg for 10 seconds at a time, says Claudio Gil Soares de Araújo, a sports and exercise physician in Rio de Janeiro.
2. Sit-to-stand test

The sit-to-stand test involves sitting in an armless chair and timing how long it takes you to stand up and sit back down. At home, a friend or loved one can time you. Sit in a chair with your arms crossed over your chest, then stand up while keeping them crossed, and sit back down five times. 

3. Push-up test

The number of push-ups you can do may provide useful feedback about your musculoskeletal health. A 2019 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that among men with an average age of 40, participants able to complete fewer than 10 push-ups (without long pauses) were at a significantly higher risk of cardiovascular disease than those on the upper end of the spectrum of endurance, who could do more than 40.

4. Six-minute walk test

In this test, measure how far you can power walk (not run, not stroll) in six minutes. If you don’t get farther than 350 meters, or about 1,150 feet, that could indicate other health issues, according to physicians.

5. Cognitive test

Cognitive health in midlife is an important predictor of health later on, neurologists say. It’s a good idea to get a baseline measurement around age 65 or earlier if you have a family history of cognitive decline or are noticing yourself forgetting something that used to be a no-brainer, such as paying bills.

Is see very fit people every day out for walks in the park and around the neighborhood. Daily habits lead to amazing health benefits. Stay alert to any changes that may happen and address them as you go. This can help you to keep from any setbacks.

Until next time…#eatthedamnsalad

Can We Slow, Or Prevent, Alzheimer’s?

Having an Alzheimer’s diagnosis can be one of the scariest moments, whether it is for us or a loved one. While there is no guarantee that lifestyle habits can prevent Alzheimer’s, there is some pretty solid evidence that doing certain things can ward it off, or lessen the effects.

From The Alzheimer’s Organization, prevention and treatment can be the same. There are many Alzheimer’s drugs that are widely used, however, the overall effectiveness is still up in the air. What we do on a daily basis, whether there is a diagnosis or not, is very important.

  • Numerous studies have shown the beneficial effects of exercise on the health of brain. Cardiovascular exercise causes an increase in blood flow to the brain which brings nutrients which the brain uses to create new brain cells, maintain existing brain cells, and remove the brain’s harmful waste products.
  • In 2014 the American Academy of Neurology published a study showing a “clear link” between vitamin deficiencies prevalent in seniors and the development of Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Be socially active, spend time with your friends or family at least once a week. Social activity is some of the best mental stimulation.
  • Individuals who believe they may be beginning to experience memory loss should make efforts to monitor its progression so that if treatment is necessary they will be prepared to treat the disease as early as possible.

Just as important is to avoid habits that can lead to Alzheimer’s.

  • When sleep is interrupted, so are these restorative processes. Chronic interruption, like that associated with sleep apnea, and regular sleep deprivation, can disrupt these processes enough to result in damage to the brain and an increased risk of Alzheimer’s.
  • In addition to the well-known brain shrinkage associated with smoking, smoking can also double your risk of developing Alzheimer’s. Fortunately, many individuals see a significant improvement of their symptoms after quitting smoking.
  • A recent study found that moderate drinkers were 20% less likely to develop Alzheimer’s than non-drinkers. The same study found that those who regularly over-consumed were three times more likely to develop a dementia as those who did not.
  • Common anti-anxiety medications, benzodiazepines, have been found to increase the risk of developing Alzheimer’s. Researchers theorize that these drugs may interfere with the brain’s ability to repair itself and remove the waste products associated with Alzheimer’s.

Healthy daily habits can have an incredible effect on so many health issues, and helping to lessen the devastation of Alzheimer’s is one of them. Taking one habit at a time to make it part of your life is key so you don’t get overwhelmed. And you will find it isn’t impossible to do!

Until next time…#eatthedamnsalad