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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Smoother than Water.

Drinking water is not the only way to stay hydrated. Both fruits and vegetables contain water, important minerals and beneficial vitamins. Mix things up a bit and try this healthy hydrating Berry Green Smoothie recipe. We’re sure this drink will “smooth” over well with the entire family.


Berry Green Smoothie

(these ingredients make about three servings):



Place spinach in blender and add water. Blend until you see a green juice consistency, then add remaining fruit in blender. Continue to blend until desired thickness is achieved and enjoy.


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WATER = LIQUID GOLD

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

This article was team written by graduate students in the Nutritional Sciences and Pharmacology Students Association within the Department of Pharmacology and Nutritional Sciences at the University of Kentucky and Dr. Sara Police.

If they like the bottle, they will be more likely to use it.


Sip Sip Hooray!

Everyone loves fun and games, especially children. This summer, host a family and friends hydration challenge where all of you are responsible for tracking your water intake. With the right incentives and a little friendly competition, your child’s hydration status will remain in check. Mix and match challenge rules and duration. Have a craft day and make water intake charts and poster reminders to drink up. One objective should be to ensure everyone is consuming his or her daily recommended amount of water.


Savor the Flavor.

A common complaint about drinking water is lack of taste. For added flavor and an excellent ice substitute, freeze fruits in plastic bags or ice cube trays, then add them to your water. Try popping frozen grapes, cherries, melon balls, blueberries or strawberries into your water glass or bottle. Upon thawing, the flavor of the fruit will infuse the water.  

A day of play could end in mayday depending on the vigor of your child’s physical activity and play environment. Prolonged or high-intensity physical activity can increase body temperature and sweat rate, leading to the loss and eventual depletion of water, or dehydration. Dehydration is a serious issue that can lead to heatstroke, seizures and urinary and kidney problems. Over half of the body is composed of water, so it is much more than a thirst quencher. Water is important to many vital functions, such as regulating body temperature, lubricating and cushioning joints and excretion of waste. Help your child enjoy the health benefits of water and avoid the dangers of dehydration by encouraging him to drink water before, during and after physical activity and play.


From breathing and keeping cool to making energy, we run on water. It is not always easy to get kids to drink water, but establishing good habits can pay off for years. Use these hydration tips to keep your family topped off and running smoothly.


Bottles Up.

Increasing water intake is easiest when water is readily available. Pack a few bottles of water to take everywhere you and your family go. With a bottle in the car, back pack, lunchbox and purse, no one’s thirst will go unquenched. For a more budget-friendly and green option, purchase refillable water bottles. Visuals can make a difference to children, so when purchasing a refillable water bottle for them, select one in their favorite color and/or with their favorite cartoon character on it.