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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these drinks are full of unwanted calories and sugar. Instead of having a soda (even a diet soda), drink water. Water is free, easily available and healthy for you. It has no sugar or calories, helping you maintain a healthy weight. It keeps you hydrated, too, preventing headaches and fatigue. You can make water more flavorful by infusing it with lemons, berries or cucumber.


Follow these easy tips to design a healthy diet for the new year. Just applying a few of the tips can make a huge difference in how you look and feel. Make your healthy diet New Year’s resolution a success.

DESIGNING A HEALTHY DIET FOR THE NEW YEAR

TANIQUA WARD, M.S.

TaNiqua Ward is a staff writer for Health & Wellness magazine.

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The amount of calories a person needs to consume each day varies based on age, height, weight and gender. The baseline for calorie consumption is 1,200 calories per day for women and 1,800 calories per day for men. In order to lose weight, an individual has to expend more calories in energy than she consumes. Research shows 1 pound of fat is equal to 3,500 calories, so a daily calorie deficit of 500 should result in 1 pound per week of fat loss. Based on how much weight you want to lose, you can figure out how many calories you need to consume daily, or talk to a health professional for recommendations.


3. Eat More Meals at Home

Home-cooked meals are sometimes hard to put together, but with planning and practice, making them can become easy. Meals at home help you eat better, count calories and save money. First, plan out your meals for the week. You can find plenty of good-for-you recipes on the Internet. Then make a grocery list of the ingredients you need. Finally, create your wonderful healthy meal.


4. Drink More Water

What are you drinking right now – a sweetened beverage? You should know

Every year, millions of Americans make New Year’s resolutions. The majority of these resolutions focus on diet in attempts to lose weight and be healthier. A new year is the perfect time to jumpstart a healthy diet to make the changes you want to see for yourself throughout the year. However, research shows 80 percent of resolutions fail by February. Many people strive for unrealistic goals, which ultimately set them up for failure. This year, make your weight-loss goal achievable by devising a plan in advance and setting minor milestones along the way to hold you accountable. Instead of diving into a complex diet plan, start out small and decide from there what area you would like to emphasize. Here are four areas of focus for designing a healthy diet for the new year:


1. Eat More Fruits and Vegetables

This year, add more fruits and vegetables to your diet by finding ways to incorporate them in every meal. Research shows adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet decreases your risk for heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure. Try having berries in yogurt for breakfast and carrots for snacks. Put more vegetables on your dinner pizza. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, adults should eat 1 1/2 to 2 cups of fruits and 2 to 3 cups of vegetables daily. Even though these are recommendations, you should always strive for more.


2. Consume the Appropriate Amounts of Calories

A calorie is the unit of energy used to measure the foods we eat.