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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the root of the problem is that they are eating because they are happy, sad or lonely. We help them feel those things instead of eating them.”


Addressing any underlying troubles in your life will make your new year go smoother. If you are struggling with an issue, it is impossible to move forward until you admit it.


“We need to put ourselves in a position where our issues rise to the top,” Olliges said. “We need to put ourselves in a reboot type of program with the desire to learn things about ourselves.”


Olliges offers a 21-day transformation program that follows certain rules about eating and exercising. “I give you an opportunity to grow and change so you can lose weight and be excited,” he said. “You have to stay committed for it to be effective.”


Olliges’ program begins with a guidebook and food list. “There are over 100 things you can eat, from chicken to eggs to fruit to vegetables and coffee,” he said. “We do not eat after 7:30 p.m. in this program.”

When it comes to planning for a new and improved you in the New Year, it is important to take one step at a time.


“You need to transform your brain before you transform your body, so we need to get people to think right,” said Joe Olliges, owner/operator at Trainer Joe’s.


Through a 90-minute assessment, Olliges helps people understand where they are and what it will take to get to where they desire. The hardest part is often taking the first step.


“I am helping to make the connection that you need to quit living a simplistic lifestyle and start being honest,” Olliges said. “People have no problem getting up, going to work and working hard, but they have a problem working out. I call them out and tell them they need to begin to live in reality.”


It takes more than just joining a gym to experience weight loss or get in better physical shape. A balanced diet is the key to success. Emotional eating can be an obstacle to this goal.


“The vast majority of people need to have a mindset change of how they relate to eating and food,” Olliges said. “We try to find out if

TRAINER OFFERS ADVICE FOR GETTING HEALTHY AND FIT IN THE NEW YEAR

JAMIE LOBER

Jamie Lober is a Staff Writer for Health & Wellness Magazine

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Maintaining a healthy weight and building strength are important, Olliges said. Activity is encouraged. “We want you to walk every day for 20 minutes,” he said. “It is about deciding that losing weight is not the most important thing in the world, but it is too important to ignore. You can wait until you need insulin or deal with it before that. You can wait until you contemplate gastric bypass or have a heart attack or you can deal with it.”