HERBS FOR HEALTH MANAGEMENT

Herbs are a foundational root in medicine and health treatments, dating back thousands of years throughout every culture around the world. Modern Western herbalism comes from ancient Egypt. The Greeks developed a comprehensive philosophy of herbal medicine by 100 BCE and the Romans built upon it to create a variety of medical practices, some of which are still used today.

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ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE IMPACTS PSYCHOLOGICAL HARDINESS

Psychological hardiness is an individual’s resistance to stress, anxiety and depression. It includes the ability to withstand grief and accept the loss of loved ones. Alternative medicine is a more popular term for health and wellness therapies that have typically not been part of conventional Western medical approaches but are often used along with conventional medicinal protocols.  Coping and dealing with stress in a positive manner play a major role in maintaining the balance needed for health and well-being.

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ALTERNATIVE REMEDIES FOR ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION

Interest in complimentary and alternative medicine (CAM) is increasing as consumers and health care professionals search for additional ways to treat anxiety, depression and other mental health disorders. Some of these remedies include:

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CARBOHYDRATES CAN BE BENEFICIAL


weight loss. Among 120,877 adults over a four-year period, increased intake of potato chips, potatoes, sweetened drinks and processed meats was associated with weight gain, but intakes of vegetables, whole grains, fruits, nuts and yogurt was associated with weight loss. According to a 2014 systematic review published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 29 observational studies unanimously suggest higher consumption of whole grains helps low-grade inflammation. Further, results of randomized clinical trials have shown whole-grain consumption improves insulin resistance and endothelial function and reduces inflammation and LDL (the bad cholesterol) without reducing HDL (the good cholesterol) or triggering a rise in triglycerides. Instead of white bread, donuts and pasta, reach for vegetables, whole grains, legumes and starchy vegetables such as sweet potatoes, carrots and beets to reap the vast health benefits of complex carbohydrates.


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SARA POLICE, PH.D.


Sara Police is an assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Nutritional Sciences at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine.


Complex Carbohydrates

Complex carbohydrates are distinct from simple carbohydrates because their molecular structure is longer, larger and – you guessed it – more complex. Complex carbohydrates include oligosaccharides and polysaccharides, which are found in starches and dietary fibers such as whole grains (whole wheat bread and oats), sweet potatoes, carrots and beans. Complex carbohydrates are a recommended feature of a heart-healthy diet due to their high fiber content of whole grains. Eating plenty of fiber has been shown to lower cardiovascular risk factors, reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, facilitate weight control and prevent constipation. Some vegetables contain carbohydrates. Non-starchy vegetables such as broccoli and zucchini are relatively low carb, but starchy vegetables such as sweet potatoes, winter squash and beets are mega-healthy sources of complex carbohydrates.


Benefits of Healthy Carbohydrates

A 2011 research study published in the New England Journal of Medicine examined changes in diet and lifestyle that result in long-term weight gain or

Carbohydrates are not your enemy. Social media messages or fad diets might suggest otherwise, but carbohydrates can bring a multitude of vitamins, minerals and protective antioxidants to your diet.


However, not all carbohydrates are created equal. Specific types of carbohydrates confer health benefits while others fall short. There are two types of carbohydrates: simple and complex.


Simple Carbohydrates

Simple carbohydrates, also known as simple sugars, include monosaccharides (single sugar molecules) and disaccharides (double sugar molecules). Some examples of simple carbohydrates are fructose, lactose and maltose. These are found in soda and sugar-sweetened beverages (teas, juices and some coffees), donuts, cakes, pasta and flour tortillas. Foods containing simple carbohydrates usually have little to no fiber. According to a 2007 systematic review and meta analysis in the American Journal of Public Health, there is a clear and positive link between soft-drink consumption and risk factors for metabolic syndrome. In a study of over 90,000 women followed over eight years, those who consumed one sugar- sweetened drink or more each day were twice as likely to develop diabetes, compared to those who consumed less than one per month over the course of the study. Alternatives to regular soda include flavored seltzer waters, fruit-infused waters and teas and unsweetened milk.