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:

St. John’s Wort.  More than 30 studies show it to be effective for treatment of mild forms of depression,…

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If you are looking to try a new aerobic exercise, consider one that fits your lifestyle and fitness level. Low-impact aerobic exercises are gentle on the joints and make great options for people with a history of joint problems, surgeries and limited mobility or those who are new to exercise. Some examples include yoga, cycling, swimming, Pilates, rowing or using an elliptical trainer. High-impact exercises are ideal for people without joint or bone problems who are looking for a physical challenge. Some examples of high-impact aerobic exercises include running, jumping jacks and jumping rope, playing racquetball or tennis and skiing.


As noted above, 150 minutes of activity per week is recommended to protect cardiovascular health. However, according to the Center for Disease Control’s Web site, some activity is better than none – much better! Adults who sit less and do any amount of moderate-to-vigorous intensity physical activity have been shown to experience health benefits. Start small with achievable goals week by week until you have built a strong habit of regular physical activity. It’s time to get moving!


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CARDIO 101: TAKING STPS EVERYDAY KEEPS THE DOCTOR AWAY

cardiovascular system. Walking is the most popular aerobic activity in the United States. In 2018, over 110 million people in the United States named walking as their exercise of choice.


A rising trend in fitness tracking indicates people should take 10,000 steps a day. However, this figure is not rooted in science. A 2021 article in the New York Times challenged the notion, indicating remarkable health benefits, such as reduced risk of premature death, can be realized with as little as 5,000 to 7,500 steps a day, particularly when people who were previously sedentary start walking this distance.


Everyday tasks such as grocery shopping, household chores and lawn work require movement and can increase your heart rate. Active hobbies such as gardening and hiking or games such as frisbee can double as ways to increase physical activity while having fun. Dancing and trampolining are additional examples of activities that can increase the heart rate while putting a smile on your face. Take opportunities to add steps and activities whenever possible by parking farther away from the entrance of a store when shopping, taking the stairs, using a push mower or joining a game with your kids.  

According to recent physical activity guidelines, adults ages 18-65 years should get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity or 75 minutes of high-intensity aerobic activity every week, or an equal mix of both two or more days a week. Aerobic activity or exercise, also known as cardio, is any movement that requires more oxygen intake and increases the heart rate during activity.


All forms of aerobic exercise – low, moderate and high intensity – are linked with health benefits in the short and long term. Intensity refers to how hard you are working. Whatever type of activity you decide to do, the proven benefits of regular cardio include:



A variety of aerobic exercises have been proven to strengthen the